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Monday, August 31, 2009

A Note On Advanced Style

I am often asked if I have an age limit for Advanced Style and this is something I constantly think about when I go out taking photos. I started the site as a means to connect to New York city and learn from the people who have made it the culturally rich place that it remains.Walking around I have had the amazing opportunity to meet women like 95 year old model and actress Mimi Weddell. Mimi started her career in her 60s and continues to go on auditions today, always looking gorgeous and always wearing a hat. The other day I met the lovely Steinberg Sisters. These two fabulous ladies live above one another and frequent their local library to look at fashion books. They love to share their stories and remain passionate and creative about fashion, an industry they have worked in for over 50 years.

My grandmother Bluma lived into her 90s and never complained about a thing. She'd share stories about her childhood growing up in Iowa and later her move to New York to attend library school at Columbia University.While looking through her old scrapbooks one time, she told me that because her father was in the apparel industry, that although she may have had holes in her shoes during The Great Depression, she never went without a pretty dress.Bluma always had a new mystery novel by her bed. She seemed to have some kind of magic power that made spaghetti taste even better and had a rare and beautiful sweetness about her. I grew up in San Diego spending most weekends at my grandma's house. It was she who told me to move to New York and she who continues to inspire me everyday.

All of the people I photograph have a story to tell and much of their character is revealed by their unique and individual styles. I have noticed that older people wear their clothes with confidence and pride,
whether they are still wearing the beloved pieces of clothing that they have cherished for many years or tend to dress in more contemporary fashion. There is a certain romanticism that accompanies the way they speak about their clothing as if a favorite coat or pair of gloves can inspire memories of the past. Mimi Weddell says in the clip below" I can't imagine going without a hat. The only Romantic thing left in life is a hat."

Advanced Style is about an attitude that accompanies aging, an appreciation of life, and a look at the creativity and vitality that can be expressed through style.
I am constantly drawn to and inspired by older people and hope that my project has influenced others to feel the same.

Ari Seth Cohen

Summer Stripes

[Photos by MISTER MORT]
This guy looks seriously awesome in his colorful clothing and cool enough for the kids on the. street. His electric blue hat adds a touch of class and character to this effortlessly sporty look.

Sunday, August 30, 2009


I met Jenny at The New Museum and asked if I could take her photo. She grabbed her beautiful umbrella and we went outside for a little photo shoot.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Summer Blues

Light blue shorts are very popular with the Advanced Style set, especially during Summer. I remember stealing a pair of my grandfather's shorts(like the ones above) from his magical closet when I was kid.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Pretty Pink, Baby Blue

I posted photos of this lady a while back and ran into her again the other day in Midtown. I asked her about her style and she told me that she just likes to have fun. I really like her playful display of matching colors and accessories and her wonderful glasses. She is truly original.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

From The Vaults

[Photo by MISTER MORT]
I know this isn't very Summer, but I was looking through Mister Mort's amazing collection of photos and had to share this one.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Lady In The Window

I saw this woman inside a vintage shop in the East Village. I went inside to tell her how lovely she looked and she came outside for a few shots. .I love the modern mix of an over sized men's dress shirt with an elegant hat. I thinks its awesome to see women in menswear and see how they make it their own!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Christo and Jeanne-Claude

[Photos by MISTER MORT]
Mister Mort always takes the opportunity to snap some shots of world renowned artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude when he sees them around. They pair were born on the same day in 1935 and have been together since 1958.

Friday, August 21, 2009

A Summer Wedding

[ Photo by MISTER MORT]
I saw this woman while shopping at a flea market. She was just on her way home from a wedding when she noticed the sale. We started chatting and I snapped of few shots of her beautifully coordinated look.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Beauty At Balthazar

I don't use the word fabulous very often, but here it seems very appropriate. I saw this gorgeous lady heading into Balthazar for dinner and asked if I could take her photo. She was kind enough to post for a few shots while her family members stood and watched. She was visiting from Italy and when I told her that people would probably think she was famous her friends announced, " She is famous."

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

At The Movies

I saw this wonderful woman at the movie theater and asked if I could take her photo. She told me that she was 99 years old and has lived in Manhattan her whole life. Fania is a Fabric designer and has worked with many studios throughout her long career.She has had most of her clothes for many years and always dresses up. While standing on the street corner, she pointed out buildings to me, and told me stories about what they used to look like.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Brighton Beach Blue

[Photo by Jill Lindsey]
Wouldn't this make a great Pepsi ad? I used to raid my grandfather's closet when I was a kid and put together outfits just like this.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

As Cool As They Come

[Photos by MISTER MORT]
This gentleman looks chic in his trench and awesome over sized eye wear.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Summer Cool

This woman's sparkling accessories and coordinated colors are the perfect recipe for a comfortable and stylish Summer look. Check out her matching hair clips and earrings!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Poetic Style

I saw 94 year old Sarah Zenis on the upper west side and admired her coordinated outfit. We talked for a while and it turns out that she is a well known poet. She invited me to one of her workshops and I can't wait.

Here is an excerpt from an article written about her in The Villager:

Poems, alive and thriving, flew around the fourth-floor room at Greenwich House on Tuesday afternoon as they do the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month when “Poetry for You and Me,” the Greenwich House Senior Center poetry workshop, meets.

“I don’t remember missing once in the past 15 years,” said Sarah Zenis, the leader of the Greenwich House workshop. Zenis, a published poet and Lambs Club member, also leads another group that reads poetry at senior centers all around town.

One of her poems recalls the house where she grew up in Lynn, Mass.

I knew I was there.
Footprints scraped on worn pavements,
Dented into deep ridge,
Painful wisps of grass.

Zenis said she began writing poems in grammar school. She graduated from high school during the Depression and began working as a bookkeeper.

The Steinberg Sisters

I couldn't wait to get home and write a post about these lovely ladies. My friend Jill and I met the Steinberg sisters while walking around Brighton Beach. The sisters were more than happy to stop for some photos and share some stories with us as well. Both ladies attended FIT when they were younger. They wanted to follow in the footsteps of their father who came from Poland, studied in London and worked in the Garment Industry. They proudly announced that he could, " Whip up a winter coat in a half an hour."

We caught the sisters on the way back from a shopping adventure and a trip to the library where they were looking at fashion books. They told us about exciting encounters with several celebrities including Liberace, Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller, Valentino, and Yves Saint Laurent, who they described as a "quiet man". When I told them how much I admired their style, they replied that their clothes don't cost much, but that they have many very pretty things.

The Steinbergs were thrilled to meet us, as they meet few people to discuss fashion with. The sisters who live in the same apartment building, only a few floors apart, made a date to meet with us next week. I'll share some more photos of these fascinating ladies and hopefully hear some more great stories!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

An Afternoon with Leonora Russo

I met with Leonora Russo today to catch up find and out what she had been up to. She let me know that she had just finished three movie projects and was awaiting what was in store for her next. She looked as wonderful as ever! Check out some more shots of the ever stylish "Queen of Williamsburg" below.
[Photo by Miss Vichan]

Friday, August 7, 2009

Silver and Black

I took this photo while flea market shopping with my mom. We saw this guy and admired his individuality and confidence.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Colorful in Chicago

I saw this woman in front of the Art Institute of Chicago while visiting the city for a weekend trip. Not only did her bright and colorful outfit make my day, but she also gave me some great sight seeing tips for the rest of my visit.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Fun in Fort Greene

I had to change some posts around today because they were publishing in the wrong order, sorry for the confusion. This lady brightened up my day at the Fort Greene flea market where she had just purchased her lovely scarf!


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