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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

DJ Mamy Rock: Ruth Flowers Rocks The Carter Burden Center for the Aging's 31st Annual Dinner Dance and Awards Ceremony


Tonight was one of the most special nights of my life. I got to sit and eat dinner with the amazing Ruth Flowers, also know as DJ Mamy Rock. Ruth, who DJs all over the world, packed the dance floor in celebration of The Carter Burden Center For the Aging's 31st Annual Dinner Dance and Awards Ceremony. Young and old alike partied down to DJ Mamy Rock's awesome tunes.

The Carter Burden Center for The Aging aims to change the face of aging and support programs that foster creativity and education for seniors.When I asked Ruth about her opinion on aging she responded,"It doesn't matter two hoots what age you are, if you are young in your mind and your spirit". She is a great example of someone who continues to be active as she gets older and a wonderful inspiration for us all. Check out DJ Mamy Rock and some of her fans in action below!



Some older fans dancing away to DJ Mamy Rock's tunes.




Saturday, November 27, 2010

A Tail Inspired by Chanel

This woman was dressed up for Saturday Services in her black coat, plaid skirt and adorable pug pins. She told me that she had two pugs at home named Sammy and Boy Capel. Her daughter brought the dogs home and told her that they were named Rory and Sammy. She quickly interjected and announced that Rory would be renamed Boy Capel, after Coco Chanel's lover who died in a car accident. She was in the middle of reading a Chanel biography, which inspired the naming of her adorable puppy and her classic fashion sense as well.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving From Advanced Style

This handsome gentleman was walking on the upper west side when I asked if I could take his picture. I am thankful for all of the people who stop to give me a moment of their time so that I can share their stories and wisdom here. Thanks for everyone who stops by and comments, I appreciate you all.

Ari Seth Cohen


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

"Images and Insights"

I met Irene on the bus the other day. She was seated wearing all purple and looking absolutely stunning. I could tell she saw me looking at her from the corner of my eye, so I got up to talk to her. I told her that I photograph stylish older men and women and asked if I could take her photo once we got to our stop. She said she was in a hurry , but that I could take a quick photo. We talked for a moment and I could tell that she had so much to say about life and style. I gave her my card and she emailed me with a link to her wonderful website "Images and Insights", where she shares her photographs and inspiring words. Irene told me,"I Once I wrote a bio in 6 words:" My life threads weave wondrous tapestries." Check out her beautiful site and share your own thoughts and inspiration on The Advanced Style Forum.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Senior Blogger Spotlight: Style Crone

I had the most wonderful time meeting up with 67 year old blogger Judith Boyd of Style Crone this weekend. We walked around, went to a great show at the Museum of Art and Design and ran into some great Advanced Style Fashionistas. Judith told me that she was inspired to start her blog after reading mine for some time. She has a great sense of style and wonderful take on life. Judith shops at thrift stores and estate sales to find unique vintage pieces which she showcases on her blog.Make sure and stop by the Style Crone and remember to pass along any other fun senior style blogging sites my way, or share them on our new Advanced Style Forum .

Friday, November 19, 2010

Well Dressed Gentelmen

[Action Shot shot by MISTER MORT]

I take a lot of photos of stylish older women in New York, but I definitely see some wonderfully dressed gentleman as well. My buddy Mister Mort is the true expert at getting shots of stylish fellows. The other day I took a photo of a man in a Borsalino hat. He asked me if I shoot on Park Avenue because, seven years ago he was approached by a guy asking to take photos of guys in hats. I am certain that this must have been MISTER MORT, the only other dude to snap shots of older ladies and gentleman that I know. We used to go photo hunting together before he moved out west and he continues to captures great style, like the fellow above.

I also wanted to let you know that I started an Advanced Style Forum for us all to continue our conversations about life, style, and aging. Click the link below to check it out and participate and don't forget to REGISTER. I can't wait to hear all of your thoughts! You can also find the link on the sidebar.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Eva Deutsch Costabel




Meeting artist Eva Deutsch Costabel was truly an amazing and inspiring experience. She has lived and worked in New York for 57 years, after surviving the Holocaust and fleeing for her life for several years. She arrived in New York in 1949 and worked under artist Franz Kline. During this time she created deeply personal abstract paintings informed by her emotional journey.

Eva told me, " Living in New York you must be educated. I don't have many prejudices, but Boring I can't stand." She considers herself a colorist choosing to eat and dress in the colors that fill her wonderful works of art. My short visit with her could not do her story justice. For more on Eva's amazing journey check out her website and blog

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Oscar de la Renta

I had the chance to meet designer Oscar de la Renta at the Balenciaga preview yesterday. He is a true gentleman, and at 78 a wonderful example of advanced style.

Advanced Style for AARP Online


I just finished my third post in a series for AARP online about how vintage accessories can be used to spruce up an outfit. As with the blog, my goal is to inspire people to live life to the fullest, to challenge stereotypes about age, and show that you can have fun and be stylish as you get older. I hope you enjoy the posts and please let me know what you think of them.

Check out these links to my articles for AARP !

http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/fashion-beauty/info-11-2010/vintage_accessories.html

http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/fashion-beauty/info-10-2010/hats_for_fall.html


http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/fashion-beauty/info-10-2010/hi_lo_fashions.html

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Balenciaga: Spanish Master Exhibition Preview







Today Debra and I went to preview the Balenciaga: Spanish Master exhibition held at the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute in New York. The show which opens tomorrow features more than 70 items of Cristobal Balenciaga curated by Hamish Bowles. Designer, Oscar de la Renta conceived of the show which is the first to consider the impact of Spain's culture, history, and art on the legendary Critsobal Balenciaga.




I took Debra to the exhibit with me because I knew she'd appreciation the beautiful display and scultural forms. She told me that she first saw Balenciaga's work as a child on TV. His designs and colors were immediately inspiring to her. Even if you can't afford to buy designer clothing you can be inspired by their artistry. It is the artful quality and expressive power of style that Debra and I relate to. Check out the great clip below to see some Vintage Balenciaga designs similar to those in the exhibition.

Monday, November 15, 2010

West Village Floral

This woman looked chic and artful walking through the west village this weekend. She would have been perfect for my "Nature of Fashion Post" with her beautiful floral sweater and golden scarf.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Advanced Style Look of The Day:Vintage Coat and Pin




This charming lady is dressed perfectly for a crisp autumn afternoon. Her pin and coat are both vintage, making this outfit not only stylish but sensible. You don't have to spend a lot of money to be fashionable, in fact some of the best treasures come from thrift and consignment stores.

Incredible Fashion Town in Sicily Video



Check out this amazing video advertising a fashion outlet village in Sicily. I love how it features people with Advanced Style! A reader from Italy sent it my way this morning. Here is her fun note to me:

Hi Ari,
I'm Alessandra, I'm a 24 Italian girl.
My mother use to read (watch, she can't speak English) your blog almost every
day, she is right next to me now, She says "Hello!".

There is a video that is becoming almost an hit on YouTube today. All local
newspaper are featuring it.I think you are going to love it. I think it is pretty clever.. I'm Sicilian so would have liked it anyway ;)
What do you think?
Keep on posting! My mother says "Bye and greetings from Augusta!"

Alex

Thanks Allessandra, I do love it, do you guys?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Bring Out The Animal Print

This gorgeous gal looks like she could have just stepped off of the set of an Old Hollywood movie She makes a glamorous statement with her coordinated animal print sunglasses and jacket.This great combination of patterns reminded me of another lady I met who wore two different animal print items. Both ladies look simply marvelous! What do you guys think of animal print, Old Hollywood or Over The Top?(By the way we love over the top here at Advanced Style so there is no wrong answer).


A Chance Meeting With Henny Garfunkel

A while back, Kim Hastreiter of Paper Magazine told me that I had to meet her friend Henny Garfunkel. She knew that we shared a passion for photographing fabulous old ladies and thought we would hit it off. Henny and I emailed back and forth, but never had the chance to meet.

Yesterday while walking down Park Avenue I saw an amazing woman pass by and I had to ask her for a photo. I stopped to tell her that I photograph stylish and creative people over 50 and she instantly began to smile. She said," I know who you are, my friend Kim wanted us to meet some time ago." What a wonderful chance encounter, to meet someone whose work I so admire. Henny and I both photograph people that we encounter on the street, making this all this meeting all the more special. Her series of "Fab Old Ladies" can be found on her website: http://www.hennygarfunkel.com/ .

Check out this small clip of Henny applying her lipstick by film maker Eric Smith. Eric also made one of my favorite shorts, Irene Williams: Queen of Lincoln Road, which you can also check out below!



Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Over 50 Blogger Spotlight:Mispapelicos

Personal style blogs aren't just for the young, in fact their is a whole world of over 50 bloggers, proving that personal style really does advance with age. These women have the experience to know what they feel comfortable in the willingness to share their treasured style secrets withthe rest of the world. I asked Sacramento from mispapelicos.blogspot.com for her fashion and style tips. Check out our interview below:

How do you feel age affects fashion?
To me age is just a number, and shouldn't´t affect your own style at all.

What is your style advice for older women stuck in a rut?
-Get rid of the comfy pants and t-shirt, they are a deadly trap…
-Look at yourself in the mirror, cherish the way you look, and build from there.
- Be daring rather than boring.-
-Every woman knows what suits her and what type of clothes makes her feel wonderful. Most of the time, they cannot be bothered.-
-It is never too late to find your own style. Look deep within and let it come out freely.

Can you share any of your style secrets?
I always dress for myself, and to inspire those who cross my path.

-I would like to think that my style is quirky rather than smart; with the knowledge to distinguish the thin line between quirky and clown.

Sacramento in her own words:
I am An English- Spanish teacher and Nutritionist who has been madly in love with fashion all her life.I see fashion as a means of self expression through clothes.
I have been keeping notes and cut-outs in notebooks, (that´s why the name of my blog: MIS PAPELICOS - my little papers or cut-outs) for as long as I can remember.
Last 7Th of April , I decided to go a step forward by starting my own blog.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Senior Bloggers


[Senior Blogger Rita Marcus of Very Old Grandmother]

Hey There Bloggers ,
Are you a blogger over 50, then we want to post your thoughts and style advice on Advanced Style. If you have insight into how to stay vital, active and beautiful as you age send post submissions to Advancedstyleinfo@gmail.com. We will look through the submissions and post them on a regular basis with a link back to your blog. We want to share this valuable information with our readers and spread the word that style and creativity don't end at a certain age, they ADVANCE.

Here are some great blogs for you to check out and please comment with more to add to the list
http://flashionista.com/
http://mispapelicos.blogspot.com/
http://www.fabulousafter40.com/
http://www.unefemme.net/
http://stylecrone.com/
http://www.veryoldgrandmother.com/
http://the-ogs.com/
http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/fashion-beauty/info-10-2010/hi_lo_fashions.html
http://www.retireinstyleblog.com/
http://thewomensroom.typepad.com/the_womens_room/
http://www.offbroadwayboutique.com/blog/
http://evadeutsch.blogspot.com/
http://ragsagainstthemachine.blogspot.com/
http://beautyofwisdom-robbiekaye.blogspot.com/
http://idiosyncraticfashionistas.blogspot.com/
http://dashingeccentric.blogspot.com
http://over50feeling40.blogspot.com/
http://citizenrosebud.com
http://fashionoverfifty.blogspot.com

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