Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Advanced Style

  I have a secret.    I love style....

 but not in the sense of following the trends of fashion.

  What I like is when someone makes a statement of their own....especially older people who do it and especially with a mix of old, new, fabricated and vintage style elements.  That's why I am mad about ARi's blog: Advanced Style.advancedstyle.blogspot.com/

Ari Cohen goes around NYC and photographs men and women over 60 who inspire him with their choice of togs.   Some of them are artists, some are just free spirits; there are those with money, others shop only in second- hand shops.  The result is inspired, or playful, elegant or not.  Mostly a personal statement only has to work for you.

  I especially like the videos as these women and men are UNAFRAID.  BALLSY, FUN LOVING AND COOL.       Here is what Ari says:

Ari Seth Cohen

Ari Seth Cohen
My name is Ari Seth Cohen. I roam the streets of New York looking for the most stylish and creative older folks. Respect your elders and let these ladies and gents teach you a thing or two about living life to the fullest. Advanced Style offers proof from the wise and silver-haired set that personal style advances with age.

  I am always smiling after I look at this blog.... but I am not quite ready to embrace my inner muse completely, like I did in my forties.  Maybe it's a thing you have to work up to as you see who you are as "an older person".    How about you?  Is your personal style advancing with age?????


  1. Mary:HI.....I enjoyed the style photos.....your question started me thinking. I like to see it in others, but personally, it holds no value to me. After pondering, I think I emulated Elsa in this. It just does not seem important, and I am fine with just wearing whatever, and old is fine, also. I seldom seem to be "put together" when I do look at myself. I try to wear things in public that don't call attention to myself and look normal, but not stylish. You would think as an artist, I would care, but I don't. I am not in the public eye anymore, so I can do as I please. Years ago, when I was on the School Board, I put more effort into it.......for other people not to criticize me, but I don't have to please anyone but myself now.....And it feels good.

    I think you are one who probably pulls it off.

  2. Mary what a wonderful posting about style. When I viewed the pictures of the women, the first woman I thought about was my mother...she had style! When she was well into her 80's she was sporting fishnet panty hose...she was always elegant. Next I think of you and your marvelous collection of vintage clothing which Jennifer wore some of in the AIM fashion show in Milan. What memories!!!


  3. Mary, This is a great post! My favorite fashion blog is the Sartorialist which features all ages and styles on the streets of cities. I think you would enjoy it also! Check out the beautiful girl in the Pink/ Lilac skirt. That is my favorite of the recent posts...

  4. I love it, Mary. Huge fan of Iris Afpel myself. Have you seen the film about Bill Cunningham, the NYT street fashion photographer? He captures the style of some "advanced" folks quite wonderfully. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1621444/

  5. I love this post and I suggest another great one, the Sartorialist! Look at the Pink/lilac skirt ensemble, my favorite.


  6. Thanks Maia and Martha for more style blogs. I do love that Lilac and Navy ensemble. ANd I would love to get Bill Cunningham's documentary. There is great style everywhere if you keep your eyes open.

    And to Iris who likes to dress in old stuff and please herself. That's what it's all about. Pleasing yourself!