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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Pensively Punk Rock

I found this woman's style an interesting mix of modern sophistication with aesthetic elements of punk rock . Her round tortoise shell glasses paired with a simple and elegant cape creates a clean and understated visage. She appears youthful with her shaggy mo hawk and tapered jeans worn with red Dr. Martens, and still retains an overall refined and distinguished appearance. She wears the look with confidence, heightened by her pensive gaze.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

In Memory of Mimi Weddell

My dear friend Mimi Weddell passed away last week at the age of 94.She was a great inspiration to me and I will cherish my memories of her. I first met Mimi at a screening for the documentary Hat's Off, in San Diego. This was just about a year and a half ago, just as I was planning to move to New York. Seeing Mimi living with so much grace and elegance, walking around in her grand hats and wonderful costumes, made the idea of moving to New York even more exciting. I looked at Mimi with awe, mesmerized by her exquisite taste and witty remarks. I told her and "Hat's Off" film maker Jyll Johnstone, that I would look them up when I moved to the city and help spread the word about her wonderful documentary.

I moved to New York in May of last year and began to work and intern for several fashion designers and showrooms, including Abgail Lorick. When I showed Abigail a clip of Mimi speaking about the importance of illusion, she was immediately struck by this profound and kindred spirit. We knew we had to get Mimi to appear in Lorick's upcoming fashion week presentation, and it was my mission to do so. This was my great opportunity to call Mimi on the phone. I looked her up in the yellow pages, dialed her number, and to my great surprise, that wonderful almost aristocratic voice called out from an answering machine, " This is Mimi Weddell, please leave a message and I will call you back." Mimi had been receiving a lot of phone calls for work and was very selective about who she called back. After a few days with no response and several emails to Jyll Johnstone, I was put into contact with Mimi. I met her at her at her apartment uptown. Her place was filled from floor to ceiling with glorious hats. There were books and paintings, and newspaper clippings in every nook and cranny. Sayings like "Rise above it" were neatly scribbled on scraps of paper, stuck to the refrigerator. I entered the apartment with as much wonder and excitement as I would a cave full of crystals or an Egyptian tomb. Mimi, cigarette in hand,offered me Brandy and cookies.

Mimi was a fantastic storyteller . She would animate her tales with glorious glances and expressive hand motions, almost as if she was performing a grand part in a Broadway play. The world truly was her stage. After appearing in Abigail's presentation and stealing the show, I began to receive inquiries into who this fabulous older woman was. Mimi appeared in major print ads for Burberry, Juicy Couture and Louis Vuitton, and had several small acting roles in shows and films including Sex and The City and Hitch, but was never fully recognized for her outstanding talent as a serious actress and performer. To me she was an icon, both for her style and her inherent wisdom and elegance.

Mimi and I got together several more times over last year. I planned a hat party for the release of Hat's Off to DVD and organized some photo shoots and interviews for foreign press interested in Mimi's wonderful style and vibrant character. Just a few weeks ago I sat with Mimi at a nursing home. She was as beautiful and sharp as ever. She always encouraged me to be creative and told me that I could do great things. Mimi was one of the first people I met in New York and she will remain a cherished part of my memories. Her strength and determination had a profound impact on how I look at life. I feel extremely honored to have spent time and worked with such an incredible woman.

Love and Strength to her family.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Pink Jacket, Warm Smile

Each time I run into this wonderful lady she brightens my day with her warm smile and colorful outfits.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Head of the Class

This gorgeous lady teaches fashion design and construction at Parsons. She was on her way to class when I stopped her for a photo.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

A Colorful Adventure

I saw this fellow while visiting Storm King Art Center over the weekend and admired his unique and colorful style. He looks ready for an adventure in his straw hat and heavy boots, but seems quite content taking a little rest on a nearby bench.

Advanced Style in Sweden

Advanced Style was recently featured in the Swedish newspaper,Svenska Dagbladet and I was excited to see that they chose a photo Doris, one of Advanced Style's most sophisticated, for their cover. I just emailed her a copy and can't wait to hear her reaction.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Dash of Class

This dashing duo shares a similar sense of style with their classy caps and neat neckwear. When I asked if I could take their photo they turned their heads and replied in unison "why not".

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Advanced Style: Drawing Inspiration

When I was a child I would draw pictures of fancy ladies and chandeliers and make little books of them. The other day I decided to try my hand at drawing again. It's funny because my drawing skills haven't "advanced" much and these ladies look very much like the ones I did as a kid. As a child I was still drawn to the style of older people and my old sketches were definitely an influence on me starting this blog. I hope you enjoy them!


Christine looks fantastic every time I see her. I took her photo a while back and have run into her several times since then , always wearing her trademark bakelite braceletes . Her style, a mix of modern and vintage elements , is imbued with a romantic spirit.

Monday, September 21, 2009

A Fashionable Couple

[Photos by MISTER MORT]

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Union Square

I saw this fellow while walking through Union Square and thought he looked absolutely charming in his blue cap and suspenders.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Golden Girl

This stunning 82 year old woman looks modern and chic in her fun Chanel jacket and leather shorts. Her beautiful smile and wonderful style add to her youthful appearance. She told me that I made her day, but she truly made mine!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Dapper Dudes

These dapper fellows remind me of my impeccably dressed grandfather Hal. Hal always wore a crisp, brightly colored button down shirt, and matching sweater. He would also coordinate his socks and belt to go with the rest of his outift. I hope to one day be as stylish as these awesome gents above.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Advanced Style:Reader Submission

I was super excited when I opened my email to see this photo sent in by Erin Potter. Erin described her encounter with this snazzy fellow below:

I do audio work, but when I went to a site to interview people I met this man. I was so impressed with him that I had to return with a camera. He is Greek, and has an impossibly long last name, so most people call him Mr. Chris. He also says he has nicknames of Mr. Hollywood (He lives in the Hollywood Apartments) and the Mayor of Chicago.

The first time I met him he was wearing black slacks and a bright red blazer over a sequined red and black sweater and a smashing fedora. These photos are from our second meeting. He tells such great stories about the restaurants he used to own and even some about dating Mae West.


Friday, September 11, 2009

Advanced Style Fashion Week Icon

[Photos by MISTER MORT]

MISTER MORT has mastered the art of spotting sharply dressed ladies and gents. Click on the pics above to see more of his great shots.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Lunch With Jenny

Jenny stopped by my work and we had a wonderful lunch. We chatted and laughed as I snapped some photos of her outside an old church wall.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

An Advanced Friendship

Mary, who I met on the street the other day looking sharp in Nanette Lepore, came to visit me at The New Museum with her friend Doris. I asked them about how they met, and the two let me in on a little of their history.

Mary: We've been friends for about 30 years.
Doris: We worked together at the Whitney Art Museum.
Mary: I was fired for insubordination.
Doris: I offered to help her fight for her job--
Mary: And she had a very high position there! But I didn't want her to have to fight for it, because of my boss. He was nicknamed "Lobotomy."

As Mary and Doris have advanced in age, they've maintained an appreciation for each other's fashion sense, and still firmly believe in looking their best every day.


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