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An Apfel a day

By June Wulff
Globe Staff / October 17, 2009

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Here’s what our new idol, Iris Apfel, has said about style: Never take yourself or an outfit too seriously; visit the animal kingdom; don’t fret about your age; don’t be afraid to stop traffic. And this fashionable octogenarian is probably still stopping traffic. “Rare Bird of Fashion: The Irreverent Iris Apfel’’ is a romp through the closet of this fashion femme fatale who in the 1940s persuaded the owner of a Wisconsin Army & Navy store to order her a pair of boy-size denims. Today, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (through Feb. 7). $15, $13 seniors, $11 students, free for ages 16 and under. Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem. 866-745-1876. www.pem.org