The Advanced Style Ladies are known for wearing bold accessories and wonderful hats. I think the pictures above are proof enough that hats are having their day in the sun. Which are your favorites?
I am excited to report that our dear friend Tziporah Salamon just signed with Europe's leading modeling agency Models 1. Tziporah happened to be in London during my panel discussion at The Royal Academy of Arts, where she delivered the wonderful news. This has been a dream of Tziporah's for many years and I can't wait to see what lies ahead for her. Check out Tziporah's portfolio on the Models 1 website HERE.
Tziporah Salamon Signed By Models 1
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com February 26 2013, 3:20pm
Daphne Selfe in a suit from Old Ladies Rebellion
This past weekend, I joined 83-year-old model Daphne Selfe, designer Fanny Karst, and Nigel Hartley from St. Christopher's Hospice for a panel discussion at The Royal Academy of Arts in London. We had a very special conversation about the interplay between aging, illness, and physical appearance. Audience members joined in for a lively conversation reinforcing how creativity can positively influence one's mood and outlook. I was especially struck by a point made by Mr. Hartley that we must find ways to engage with communities of seniors who are often overlooked and not as vibrant as the men and women that I tend to photograph. My goal has always been to make older people as a whole more visible and valued in our society, so this topic is one that I hope to continue to address more completely in the future.
Portraying Life at The Royal Academy of Arts
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com February 25 2013, 2:53pm
As promised here is a small video tour and some photos of Sue Kreitzman's amazing home in London. For more on Sue and her incredible art work CLICK HERE.
Welcome to Sue Kreitzman's Wild and Wonderfully Colorful World(VIDEO)
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com February 22 2013, 11:18am
Countess Marianne Bernadotte of Wisborg in an original coat by Pierre Balmain
While in Stockholm, I had the honor of meeting and presenting Countess Marianne Bernadotte of Wisborg with an award, celebrating a lifetime of style, from M-Magasin. After the award ceremony Countess Marianne asked if Joyce and I would like to join her for a coffee at her home in Stockholm. Joyce and I were thrilled to receive this wonderful invitation and we joined Countess Marianne at her home the next day.
The Countess told me that she has loved fashion ever since she was a child. She explained that style is something that she feels one is born with and that, " A thing of beauty is a joy forever."(Keats) Now 88 years-old, she has acquired an incredible collection of couture items from friends like Pierre Balmain. Countess Marianne is in the process of lending some pieces from her collection, spanning over 50 years of couture, to a local museum, to be exhibited later this year. Joyce and will always remember our time in Stockholm and we can't wait to return to catch Countess Marianne's upcoming show.
Countess Marianne Bernadotte of Wisborg
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com February 20 2013, 4:39pm
I met Lena and and Sybil during my visit at Forest Trace and was instantly struck by their incredible energy. I was amazed to learn that they are both in their 100s and I asked them what their secret is. Lena told me, " You have to be in love with life. Some people think that life may be coming to an end, but for me I am having so much fun. This is just the beginning." Sybil concurred and added, " Yes you have to have fun, never stop having fun."
How To Live To Be 100
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com February 19 2013, 5:58pm
I am finally in Seattle to celebrate a friend's wedding, after a few weeks of whirlwind travel. It's hard to explain how incredibly insightful and moving each of my trips has been. I am constantly meeting so many inspiring people, hearing their life stories, and it's difficult to process everything that is happening at the moment. On Tuesday I am off to London for a few days, and then back to New York for a few weeks, where I hope to write more in depth about these incredible experiences.
I met Ingmari Lamy in Stockholm and asked her to share a few words about her experience as model working in her 60s below.
When I came into modeling at the age of 19 and shortly after that did my first cover for Harpers Bazaar, I was a young woman loving nature and the world of fashion was art to me. Using make-up was great during the photo-shoot itself, the playfulness and the transforming possibilities. I loved it! Even so, I always took my make up off after work and was " a natural". That
s the way it was for me. Being in the world of fashion today, still modeling at the age of 65, I have kept these habits of staying natural. For my skin I use organic olive oil, thats the way I like it. I want to inspire women, young and old, to know their true inner beauty and strength. I want them to know that their beauty is always there every moment. Always present. And then we can play with make-up and clothes! I love the way your women are colorful and expressing a true personality. Maybe when I get older I will be wearing make-up as well.
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com February 18 2013, 5:09pm
I met this gorgeous woman at my book signing at Forest Trace last week. She just moved to Florida from New York where she worked in the fashion industry for years. She told me that she made her headband especially for my event and apologized for her missing dentures. She had to have dental surgery and didn't want to let this stop her from coming to the event. I was incredibly moved by this wonderfully talented woman and couldn't wait to share her photo with you all.
A Delightful Encounter
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com February 13 2013, 9:19pm
Ever since my last trip to Stockholm, it has been my dream to photograph 83-year-old design legend Gunilla Ponten. Today my dream came true when Gunilla met me at my hotel armed with bags full of her wonderful accessories. Gunilla has so much energy and was even cooler than I could have ever imagined. I can't wait to share the rest of the shots next week.
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com February 12 2013, 2:23pm
I met Elsie during my trip to Florida last week. She just moved to Forest Trace from Canada two months ago. She is absolutely gorgeous both inside and out.
By the way if you happen to be in Stockholm this week, Joyce and I will signing books. Location: NK Bookstore in Stockholm. Date: Tuesday, February 12. Time: 17.00
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com February 11 2013, 10:59am
As part of my book presentation at Forest Trace, they put together a wonderful fashion show with some of their residents modeling dresses from Sondro Boutique. Joining the residents in the show was model Susu Smith. Susu has been modeling since the age of 16, and now in her 60s she looks better than ever !!!
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com February 8 2013, 1:07pm
I have spent the past three days presenting my work at Forest Trace senior living community in Lauderhill, Florida. This was my first visit to a retirement community, and I wasn't sure what to expect when I arrived. After spending a few days with the residents, I discovered that it was an inspiring and vibrant community of active and vital seniors. Beverly, one of Forest Trace's best dressed residents, was born in New York and has been living in the community for over two years. I asked her what her style inspiration was, and she replied, "I love fashion. I have always loved fashion. You get up in the morning and you look in the mirror and you can't ignore what you see. Why not make the best out of what you've got and try to always look your best?"
Beverly, Forest Trace
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com February 7 2013, 2:37pm
I have been a long time fan of Karen Walker eye wear, so I was thrilled when she approached me to shoot her latest campaign with some of the Advanced Style ladies. I cast some of my favorite women and shot all the photos in their own homes. I am proud to present The Karen Walker Spring 2013 Forever Campaign starring Ilona Royce Smithkin, Joyce Carpati, Linda Rodin and Lynn Dell.
Karen Walker X Advanced Style
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com February 6 2013, 11:29pm
I met Linda Machado at my book signing in Phoenix last month. Here is a beautiful email that she sent to me:
"Flamenco dance is a powerful, passionate, improvisational art form that allows me to explore my individuality, sharpen my creativity and keep in shape. I started dancing when I was 40 and never stopped. Flamenco dance is great for balance, coordination, bone density, muscle toning and cardio – things we need to be concerned with as aging women. Plus the costumes are incredibly fun!
While I may be a bit “young” at 62, I consider myself an “Advanced Style Apprentice”, learning from those older than me and inspiring those my age and younger. And with mentors such as the Advanced Style Women and heroes such as you, I am more excited about the next 40 years than I was when I was younger! "
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com February 4 2013, 3:05pm
I have quite a busy and exciting month ahead of me. Tomorrow I head to Florida for a book signing and presentation, and then I fly straight to Stockholm to do it all over again. If you happen to be in near Lauderhill, FL, Stockholm, or London during my February visits I would love to meet you there. The Advanced Style book is now on it's 5th printing since May, thanks to all of you!!! I have included my February schedule below, just in case...
Presentation and Book Signing at Forest Trace
Location 5500 NW 69th Avenue Lauderhill, Flroida 33319
FREE and open to the public
RSVP required: 954-572-2100 ext.23
2:00 pm book signing
Book Signing at Nordiska Kompaniet
Location: The Royal Academy of Arts
Portarying Life: An Evening Lecture with Ari Seth Cohen, Fanny Karst, Daphne Selfe, and Nigel Hartley on how ageing can shift our presentation of self.
Book online HERE http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/events/talks/portraying-life,2253,EV.html
February Book Signings
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com February 1 2013, 5:52pm
From The Film Irene William Queen of Lincoln Road
I am heading to Florida to give a presentation and book signing at Forest Trace Luxury Resort and Adult Community. I can't wait to hit the streets and find some amazing ladies and gentleman to photograph. Florida holds a special place in my heart because it is the home of one of my favorite style icons, Irene Williams. The documentary about her life, Irene Williams: Queen of Lincoln Road, is a must see for any lover of advanced style. Check out the trailer to this wonderful film below and I hope to see you on February 6th. c
Heading to Florida
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com January 30 2013, 5:47am
Jacquie "Tajah" Murdock, 82, dresses up everyday inspired by a lifetime of dance and performance. I asked her about style inspiration and she replied, "It has always been about the dance. The glamour of the costumes. Glmaour is everything."
Glamour is Everything
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com January 28 2013, 2:31pm
"Style is a response to the terror of invisibility and isolation--a wish for inclusion."- Lisa Cohen, Three Lives. In the process of working on The Advanced Style Documentary, I have been thinking a lot about what motivates people to dress up. I was instantly struck by the quote above while reading Lisa Cohen's book on the lives of three extraordinary women. For me style and dressing up was always encouraged by my parents and grandparents. They saw it as an act of creativity and my grandfather always said, "The way you dress is how the world sees you." For him well groomed presentation was of the utmost importance.
When I am walking around the city and looking for people to photograph my eye is drawn to many different things. Sometimes its a wonderful jacket, or an exquisite hat, a knowing face, or a confident stance. Most important to me is that the photos tell a story--that they express a sense of vitality and spirit. I am not a style expert, nor am I a fashion critic. I just seek to present a positive and inspired look at aging and style and show that many wonderful things exist beyond middle age.
Style means something different to each person who gets up in the morning and decides what they are going to put on. While some may consider it a means to celebrating the self, a fight against invisibility,and an act of creative expression, others may simply get dressed without putting much thought into how they appear. Beyond motivation, with the people I photograph style is a reflection and example of the care, passion, and energy that they invest and express in their daily lives.
What is Style?
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com January 24 2013, 5:23pm
I spend a lot of my time looking at vintage fashion photography, old movies and advertisements. I have appreciated vintage glamor ever since the first day my grandmother showed me pictures from her old scrapbooks. My eyes were always drawn to the wonderful hats and gloves worn by all the seemingly elegant individuals. The other day 80-year-old Joyce Carpati brought out some of the hats that she has kept for over 50 years. Joyce has been wearing her hair in a braid for a number of years, so it was fun to see her try on these wonderful hats and create an entirely new look. While taking photos of Joyce, I remembered a quote from my dear friend Mimi Weddell, "The only romantic thing left in life is a hat." What do you think of Joyce's hat makeover?
so it was wonderful to see her
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com January 22 2013, 4:42pm
This weekend, Lina and I met up with the always stunning Tziporah Salamon to film some beauty shots for the Advanced Style Documentary. Tziporah will be performing her one-woman show at the Dahesh Museum of Art on February 10th. For more information on her performance CLICK HERE.
Black and White
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com January 21 2013, 5:08am
I met Maureen last year during my exhibition in Geneva. She happened to be shopping for a hatin the neighborhood ear the gallery and noticed me crossing the street. Maureen and I looked at one another as if we knew each other and suddenly she announced my name. I didn't know anyone in Switzerland so I was surprised that she knew who I was. It turns out that she had been following the blog for some time and read I would be coming to Geneva. It was a great coincidence that we met on the street like we did and I was happy to make a new friend. Maureen is in New York for a few months visiting her family. It was great to catch up with her over lunch and a trip to Off Broadway Boutique.
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com January 18 2013, 8:24am
Debra and I visited Frank Lloyd Wright's winter home, Taliesen West, on our trip to Phoenix. If you happen to be in the area, a side trip this magnificent residence is well worth it. Debra can especially related to how Wright and his team of architects used local desert rock in the construction of the various buildings. Her own outfit is a combination of things she has either made from recycled or household items or things that have been "upcycled" and gifted to her. Debra's statement necklace is made up of a collection of bobbins and she crafted her wonderful hat from Viva paper towels.
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com January 16 2013, 5:37pm
My friends and I often joke that we were born in the wrong era. We all seem to love vintage clothing, hunting for antique treasures and watching old movies. Growing up, I'd spend countless hours looking through my grandmother's old scrapbooks and listening to her stories. I developed a great appreciation for the style and elegance of 1920s, '30s, and '40s.
Dinah Earle collects clothing and accessories from the 1920s. When I saw her dressed in this gorgeous silver coat and stunning vintage dress I was immediately reminded of my grandma's old photos. I can't wait to return to Phoenix to see more of Dinah's incredible collection.
A Modern Day Flapper
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com January 14 2013, 2:08pm
I have been having the best time in Phoenix vintage shopping and meeting the wonderful members of The Arizona Costume Institute. As soon as I arrived at the museum I was told that I needed to meet a fashionable woman in her 80s named Kati.After my presentation and book signing at the Phoenix Art Museum I looked around to see if I could find anyone to photograph. As soon as the gorgeous lady above walked by me, I knew she had to be Kati. I asked if I could take her photo was overjoyed when she told me that she had been moved by my presentation. She said that upon her coming out, her mother looked her up and down and didn't approve of what she was wearing. She was so happy to hear about my grandparents allowing me the freedom to play in their closets and express myself through personal style. Kati didn't let her mother's disapproving glance stop her from dressing up and now in her 80s she is one of the most stylish and vibrant ladies I have ever seen. Doesn't she look marvelous in these knee high boots?!!!!
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com January 11 2013, 2:52pm
Once again here is the gorgeous Lois Kinley and her equally stunning granddaughter Ashley modelling one of Lois' original designs. Lois' grandmother taught her how to sew at a young age and since retiring she has had even more time to spend on her life long passion for fashion. If you are interested in purchasing one of Lois' custom made pieces email Ashley at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Like Grandma, Like Granddaughter
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com January 9 2013, 3:33pm
I met Lois Kinley at a book signing a few weeks ago. Her granddaughter Ashley told her about my blog and book and knew that she would be a perfect candidate for Advanced Style. I finally got the chance to photograph Lois outside of her home in East New York, Brooklyn. Lois has an incredible eye for color and texture. She has always loved fashion and now that she is a retired postal worker she has more time and freedom to express her personal style. Look out for some more great shots of Lois Kinley coming soon!
Not Your Average Grandmother
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com January 8 2013, 5:00am
Debra Rapoport and I are heading to Arizona to give a presentation and book signing at the Phoenix Art Museum. If you happen to be near Phoenix on January 9th, admission is included with entrance to the museum. The stylish ladies above attended a book signing for Advanced Style in Amsterdam. I can't wait to see who will be in attendance on the 9th. For more details on our presentation check out the website HERE .
Heading To Phoenix
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com January 7 2013, 3:52pm
Debra and her partner Stan share a passion for creativity and personal expression. Debra goes to yoga a few times a week, but her and Stan's sport of choice is thrift store shopping. It's always so much fun to see how they inspire eachother.
Debra and Stan
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com January 3 2013, 4:24pm
Here are some of my favorite shots from 2012. It's been such an incredible year and I can't wait to share what's happening with Advanced Style in the upcoming months. Thanks for all of your amazing comments, emails, and support. Let's all continue to dress up and heed the advice of our 101-year-old friend Ruth Kobin:"Celebrate everyday and don't look a the calendar." Have a happy and healthy new year. All My Love, Ari Seth Cohen
Happy New Year: Best of 2012
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com December 31 2012, 5:30pm
I passed by this lovely couple walking downtown. I stopped them right at the crosswalk and asked if I could take their photo. The man said, " Of Course", while his date annonced. " Hurry up we are heading to a party my dear."
"Hurry Up We Are Heading To A Party My Dear"
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com December 28 2012, 5:30pm
Photos by Danny Roche
I hope everyone had a great holiday so far. I just got a wonderful email from Danny Roche after he gave his grandmother the Advanced Style book for Christmas. Read the story below to see how she reacted.
This christmas I gave my grandmother “Advanced Style” Two hours later she comes back all dressed up in a big fur hat, pearls, diamonds a fur coat and a red scarf/turban. I took pictures of this rare occasion. I had a talk with her and asked her why she doesn't dress up anymore and this is what she had to say:
“ I grew up in the shadow of manhattan in a town called Jersey City. Looking across the hudson I often said to myself as a child one day I'm gonna go over there to enjoy the beautiful sites to see. The most popular past time growing up as a child in the depression was the going to the movies. I was always fascinated by all these beautiful actresses in these gorgeous clothes which made me become fashion conscious as I aged. I believe it influenced me in wanting to become a hairdresser to make people look glamorous When I became older (late 40's) I stopped dressing up because I moved into the suburbs of New Jersey where it wasn't as fashionable. When I put on the old clothes again the other day I felt young again! I really miss dressing up.” -Adeline Roche
" I Felt Young Again "
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com December 27 2012, 7:29am