This woman was doing errands on the Upper East Side when I asked if I could take her photograph. I love how she dresses up an otherwise casual look with a flashy belt and gold button details.
When I asked this striking woman if I could take her photo, she replied, "People sometimes stop me and ask for my photograph. I guess they think I look pretty good for an old lady." She looks stunning for a woman of any age!!!
Beauty At Any Age
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com May 23 2013, 3:27pm
I have big news to report!!! Debra Rapoport has started an Etsy store where she will be selling several of her incredible handmade hats and embellishments. She is working on getting new higher res pics up very soon, but if you want to a quick peek to see what's in store CLICK HERE.
Debra Rapoport is now on Etsy
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com May 22 2013, 4:40pm
Upon my visit to Orchard Cove a few weeks ago, I met a lovely woman named Diana. She was intelligent, charming, elegant, beautiful, and she happened to be wearing a gorgeous red head wrap. I was instantly drawn to Diana because of her stunning hair accessory, and the way it which it framed her face, and elevated her presence. When I approached her and asked if I could take her photograph, she was shy at first, but really came alive in front of the camera.
After I took Diana's photograph she shared a story with me. She told me that she was dining at a restaurant when a man approached her and said, " You know, when you see an elephant in a room, you run the other way." Diana told me that she was hurt by these cruel words, but she didn't let this stop her from wearing what makes her feel comfortable.
I, like the ladies and gentleman I photograph, have been dressing up since I was a little kid. My grandmother would let me go through my grandfather's drawers and play dress up with his old hats, vest, ties and argyle socks. As I have gotten older, I haven't stopped "playing" and enjoying the joy that accompanies this creative expression. Why should we stop playing dress up, just because we are no longer children???
I later found out that Diana started wearing different scarves and head embellishments due to the effects of a medical condition. Since recovering she continues to wear her turbans and wraps and has a renewed sense of freedom.
Having the Courage to Play Dress Up All Our Lives
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com May 20 2013, 3:56pm
During this past week, I have been roaming around the Bay Area visiting friends and family. While in San Francisco, I knew I had to track down one of my favorite style icons, Joy Venturini Bianchi. Joy is not only an international taste maker but also a philanthropist who has made it her life's work to help the developmentally disabled.
Joy greeted me in an incredible Ralph Rucci jacket and her signature over sized black glasses. "I love your work," she said to me with a smile, "but honestly, I still feel like I'm 15!" Before heading out on a tour of the incredible vintage designer shop she runs on Fulton Street, Joy shared a bit of her story. She has been working with people with disabilities from a young age, volunteering with nuns at her school for an organization called Helpers of the Holy Innocents. Joy later took over as director, where she worked to house people with developmental disabilities in three homes on Fulton Street over the last four decades. Now, she operates the Helpers House of Couture which is a boutique filled with incredible vintage and designer clothing and accessories. Proceeds from the sales go to Helpers, a registered non-profit supporting grants to groups which assist the mentally disabled.
If you are in San Francisco, you must stop by this amazing treasure trove of vintage and designer duds and hopefully meet Joy along the way. If you have any donations or would just like to come in and shop, make sure to make an appointment ahead of time by calling 415-387-3031. If you can't make it into the shop in person check out some of their fantastic pieces on 1st Dibs HERE.
Helpers House of Couture
2626 Fulton Street
San Francisco, California 94118
Joy Venturini Bianchi: Fashion For A Cause
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com May 17 2013, 5:36pm
One of best perks of my job is getting to meet wonderful people in interesting places all over the world. Last week, Debra Rapoport and I were invited to Orchard Cove Retirement Community to speak as a part of Hebrew Senior Life's College of Retirement lecture series. Before our presentation we had an afternoon to walk around and meet some of Orchard Cove's inspiring residents. It's a privilege to be able to spend time with and learn from so many incredible seniors like 97-year-old Sylvia Carle. Check out the video above to hear how she stays so vital.
Life Advice from a 97-Year- Old Woman (VIDEO)
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com May 14 2013, 4:51pm
I have always been interested in the personal style of others and the story behind their fashion choices. People have been documenting their style through "selfies" long before digital cameras and the internet, but many of these archives of personal style remain lost or unpublished. This morning, Hana Cygler, an artist and photographer from Tel Aviv, sent me information about a fascinating project she is working on. Hana is working to preserve an archive of photographs, documenting one woman's personal style throughout the 80s, and the journey to discover more about her life and family. Find out more about the project in Hana's own words below and to support the creation of her wonderful book, CLICK HERE.
I found photos of Hannah at the flea market in Jaffa, Israel, when I was buying a stack of photo albums. These were simple albums, full of family photographs. There were many children, weddings and other family gatherings in them. But among all the photos I noticed some that repeated themselves - these were images of a woman, standing in the same place, at the entrance to her home, wearing in each photo a different outfit.
The fixed location, the position and here looks in these photos, caught my attention. I understood that Hannah was ahead of her time. Hannah got dressed, photographed, printed the photo and placed it in an album, everything the technology of her time allowed her. I decided to continue what Hannah started and opened her blog. The images can be seen at: hanastyle.tumblr.com
The discovery of Hannah was no coincidence: I am an artist, photographer and collector of found images. I collect failed photographs; images that people choose to take out of their albums. I use photography as raw material for my works using different techniques to produce new works from them. When I went through Hannah's albums I found a treasure, in the exact place where everything looks the same, something intimate, exciting and surprising arose.
I've used other pictures from the album to find Hannah. I found the neighborhood; the house and the neighbors and finally met Hannah's heirs. I was a bit surprised by Hannah's story: Hannah had no children, everyone who appeared in the albums – the children, weddings, gatherings - were neighbors. When Hannah died, the content of her house was sold in its entirety and there was no one to remember her and keep the photos.
Hannah documented herself before there was Internet, Facebook and Instagram. She created a series of 46 photographs taken over more then a decade. These images, along with her story and the story of my quest after her, are soon to be published in a book. A book which is the story of each and every one of us - it has our desire to document ourselves, to be remembered and to leave something meaningful after us. This is an art and fashion book, displaying a personal and intimate point of view. It gives us a rare and original glimpse into the everyday life eighties fashion.
Hana Style- Personal Style Before The Internet
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com May 9 2013, 2:27pm
I first photographed Colleen outside her consignment boutique, Re-Deux, in Rancho Mirage, California two years ago. She was totally unaware of how striking she is and it took a bit of convincing from my mom before she would let me take her photograph. I was thrilled with the results and included her portrait in my book. I popped into the store again last weekend to catch up. It was great fun to surprise Colleen and I was delighted to get some great new photos to share with everyone!
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com May 8 2013, 12:00pm
Orren Davis Jordan and his wonderful husband Robert Parker are visiting New York from Santa Fe, where they run an amazing jewelry boutique named Wink. After months of communicating online, it was a pleasure to finally meet this incredible duo in person. Not only do we share a passion for over sized accessories, but Orren and Robert are also great friends with Iris Apfel. I can't wait to visit their shop in Santa Fe and get a deeper view into their colorful world.
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com May 7 2013, 5:28am
I just got back from a week in California where I got some great shots from San Diego, Los Angeles and Palm Springs. I always look forward to seeing Pearl on my travels to L.A and hope to check out more of her amazing wardrobe next time I'm in town. I'm off to Boston tomorrow to speak at Hebrew Senior Life's College of Retirement Living series and then back to California to celebrate Mother's Day with my dear mom!!! I hope you enjoy all the posts from Cali coming soon...
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com May 6 2013, 11:21am
I remember the first time I saw a picture of a woman wearing an arm full of bracelets. I was at the library with my grandmother, flipping through photography books, when I came across Man Ray's photographs of Nancy Cunard. I showed the photos to my grandma and she said, "Honey, those are bakelite bracelets, I have some at home if you want to look at them." One of my favorite pastimes when I was a child, was to look through my grandmother's wooden drawers full of treasures from the past. I remember these times so well: Flipping through her old photographs, peering through her mother's antique, mother of pearl opera glasses, and letting strands of beads and bracelets cover every inch of my tiny hands. She invited me into her private world and told me stories of her past, while shaping my sense of aesthetics for the future. My grandmother never made me feel like a little kid, never made me feel bad for asking any question, and always had time to show me something new.
When I moved to New York from San Diego in 2008, I took everything I had learned from my grandma with me. This is probably the reason I started to approach older women on the street(my grandmother had recently passed) asking them questions about their personal style, and wanting to share their stories with others. One of the things I noticed was that many of them were wearing armloads of bracelets-- Or was it me who was drawn to something I had seen in my past, a moment once shared with my beloved Grandma Bluma?
If You Want To Dress Like An Advanced Style Lady...
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com May 3 2013, 4:10pm
Ever since I started taking photos, my mom has been scouting ladies for me all over California. The other day she was having lunch in Coronado, when she happened upon a wonderful jewelry store named d Forsythe. As soon as she met the owner, Dolores, she knew that she'd be a perfect candidate for Advanced Style.
I am based in New York, but travel back to California fairly often. A few days ago I arrived in San Diego for a conference I was speaking at. After picking me up at the airport, my mom drove me straight to Coronado(even before getting a bite to eat) to check out Dolores' magical shop.Dolores was a delight and even shared some of her make up tips in the video above. If you are in San Diego, make sure and stop by and check out some of Dolores' amazing accessories.For more information on her store CLICK HERE.
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com May 2 2013, 3:18pm
If you happen to be in the Boston area, Debra Rapoport and I are heading to Orchard Cove, Canton next Wednesday to talk about Advanced Style and sign books. Our presentation will be the first of three sessions, in Hebrew Senior Life's Spring 2013 College of Retirement series, A Celebration of Aging in Words and Images.We hope to see you there for some fun, fashion filled adventures. For more information on the event CLICK HERE or call (781)234-9029. Our presentation will take place on May 8 at 1:30 pm, Orchard Grove, Canton. Dress in your finest and maybe you will see yourself on the blog in the upcoming weeks!!!
A Celebration of Aging with Hebrew Senior Life
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com May 1 2013, 3:02pm
Ever since I purchased my first pair of prescription glasses my mom has been telling me, "You change your shoes and shirts everyday, so why not change your glasses." Having several pairs of glasses is definitely a luxury, but it's also an investment that you won't regret. While in Los Angeles this past weekend, I had the opportunity to photograph co-founder of l.a. Eyeworks, Gai Gherardi. I have been a long time fan of her fun and colorful frames and was delighted to meet her and her equally awesome partner Rhonda. Thank you to the l.a. Eyeworks team for my new gold Flying Wallendas. (They are definitely mom approved!)
s New Frames from l.a. Eyeworks
A Visit to l.a. Eyeworks
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com April 29 2013, 3:55pm
This past weekend, Lina and I traveled to Amsterdam to speak about the Advanced Style documentary. While walking around the 9-Straatjes, I came across a great vintage store. As soon as I walked in, I noticed the shops owner and asked if I could take her photo. If you are in Amsterdam check out her wonderful boutique, Carla Palermo on Huidenstraat 4.
Carla Palermo, Amsterdam
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com April 23 2013, 2:48pm
I can't wait to share some of my new street style snaps with everyone. Isn't Richelle Jones, pictured above, absolutely stunning? When I stopped her to ask if I could take her photograph, she took one look at my card and replied, " Of course, I know who you are." It turns out that a few months ago, we were both visiting Off Broadway Boutique on the same day. Pat, who runs the sales floor, pointed me out to Richelle and told her that she should be a perfect candidate for my blog. I happened to be on an important phone call at the time and rushed out of the store before getting to meet her. It was a happy coincidence to run into her yesterday, walking down Madison Avenue.
A Happy Coincidence
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com April 23 2013, 1:22pm
My dear friend Valentina gave me the opportunity to contribute to the latest issue of her gorgeous fashion book, Grey Magazine. Check out a preview from our shoot above and to see the full story Click HERE and HERE.
Jenny Hirschowitz in Grey Magazine
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com April 22 2013, 11:58am
I was looking through my photos from the last Easter Parade and realized that I forgot to post a shot of this elegant woman. Her smile was as bright as her sparkling jewelry. I can't wait to see what she has in store for next year...
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com April 18 2013, 5:47pm
The other day I ran into Vogue Brazil's enchanting contributor, Constanza Pascolato, in front of the Plaza Hotel. I have always admired her style and was thrilled to hear that she has been following Advanced Style from the very beginning. She told me that it's so important to show images of older women and revealed that she would never want to try and look younger than she is. At 73-years old Constanza is a true Advanced Style icon. I hope to travel to Brazil sometime soon and hear more about her refreshing attitude towards aging and style.
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com April 16 2013, 2:54pm
Top thrifted, Pants from Forever 21
My dear friend Debra Rapoport and I took a walk through Central Park on the first warm day of Spring. She had just come from Yoga class and I asked her if she could repeat some poses for a few pictures. I hope to have even half of her energy and creative spirit when I'm 70.
Yoga In Central Park
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com April 10 2013, 2:23pm
When I was young I would spend hours with my grandmother watching old movies and drawing pictures of fancy older ladies. When I moved to New York, I saw my childhood drawings come to life on the city streets. The women I photograph are a reflection of everything my grandmother taught me about life and style. A few days ago I photographed this striking lady in the East Village. Isn't she a wonderful inspiration for a new drawing?!!!
Life Imitating Art
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com April 9 2013, 2:11pm
I can't wait to share some of my new street style snaps with everyone. Isn't Richelle, pictured above, absolutely stunning? When I stopped her to ask if I could take her photograph, she took one look at my card and replied, " Of course, I know who you are." It turns out that a few months ago, we were both visiting Off Broadway Boutique on the same day. Pat, who runs the sales floor, pointed me out to Richelle and told her that she should be a perfect candidate for my blog. I happened to be on an important phone call at the time and rushed out of the store before getting to meet her. It was a happy coincidence to run into her yesterday, walking down Madison Avenue.
A Happy Coincidence
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com April 8 2013, 1:22pm
A few months ago, my dear friend Valentina asked if I would shoot an editorial for her gorgeous biannual hardcover magazine Grey. I have always admired her work and was thrilled to work with her on two shoots, featuring Linda Rodin and Jenny Hirschowitz. I'll post some shots from Jenny's shoot next week. To see my full story with Linda Rodin CLICK HERE and to purchase Issue VIII of Grey CLICK HERE.
FYI----Linda Rodin is also on The Coveteur today!!! You can find the feature HERE.
LInda Rodin in Grey Magazine
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com April 5 2013, 2:32pm
This dapper fellow gets my vote for the best dressed man at this year's Easter Parade. I have seen him around town a few times, always dressed to the nines in vintage. I'm not quite sure that he is old enough for Advanced Style, but I just had share this incredible look.
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com April 3 2013, 2:22pm
I caught up with Valerie and Jean at The Easter Parade and was delighted to hear that they were featured on WABC-TV News this week. Check out the great clip below and if you haven't already stopped by their blog it's a must see. More from Valerie and Jean, The Idiosyncratic Fashionistas HERE.
The Idiosyncratic Fashionistas Live on WABC-TV NEWS
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com April 2 2013, 3:04pm
I love going to the Easter Parade every year and seeing all the people dressed up walking down 5th Ave. There are so many wild and wonderful things to see, but I make it a mission to take inspiration from the costumes, but only photograph those dressed in their everyday clothing. I photographed the woman above two years ago, in a stunning purple floral hat, and was excited to to see her this year in an equally gorgeous red one. I'll be posting more photos from the parade this week.
On a side note I was featured on NPR's Morning Edition today. If you wanna take a listen CLICK HERE.
At The Easter Parade
Posted on advancedstyle.blogspot.com April 1 2013, 12:25pm