Friday, October 29, 2010
I try and feature a range of styles in my photographs, but I am particularly interested in this idea of a "peak moment",frozen in time, where street style portraits speak not only about fashion history but also personal development. I spent most of my youth watching black and white movies with my grandmother. Seeing an older woman walking down the street dressed in the same style that she has been wearing for 40 years brings me back to these beautiful and graceful images.That's not to say that people don't continue to "advance" their sense of style.This is what makes my subjects so interesting to me,the combined wisdom and experience of a lifetime of dressing along with a willingness to adapt new ideas and trends into one's lifestyle.The woman below mixes old fashioned charm with contemporary chicness. Her orange suit, although classically cut is made of Neoprene. She is a wonderful example of how one becomes comfortable with certain things like her vintage gloves and classic tailoring, but the unexpected material of her suit exemplifies a willingness and desire to continue to learn, progress and advance.The key to looking stylish is confidence and older people have had time to develop not only a personal sense of style, but a comfort in who they are.
I attended The Carter Burden Center for the Aging 9Th annual fashion show where stylish seniors strutted down the runaway in their most fashionable attire. It was great fun watching these vital ladies and gentleman dance their way down the red carpet strutting their stuff for other senior members and staff. The Carter Burden Center for the Aging is an incredible organization that seeks to change the face of aging. The center," promotes the well-being of individuals 60 and older through a broad array of direct social services and volunteer programs oriented to individual, family and community needs" and they are "dedicated to supporting the efforts of older people to remain in their own homes living independently, safely and with dignity." Check out their website for more information on the center on the programs they have to offer http://burdencenter.org/ .
Thursday, October 28, 2010
The photos above were taken for a series of articles that I am writing for the AARP website. My latest article, about fashionable sunglasses has just been posted. I hope you get the chance to check it out and I would love your feedback!
My AARP article can be found here
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
[Video by Lina Plioplyte]
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
- Find your perfect perfume, people will remember you by your scent. Rose is known for her Pauline Trigere fragrance.She tells her granddaughter "I'll give you anything in the world, but I won't give you my perfume."
- Belts and Beads. Rose believes that a belt or unique strand of beads can really make an outfit and they don't have to cost a fortune.
- Take care of your feet and wear good shoes, but when you are going out for a night on the town "Fashion comes before comfort" At 98, Rose goes out every single night!
- "Walking is a must, its better than doctors or medicine"
- No need to use expensive moisturizers, Rose swears by Oil of Olay which she has been using for decades.
- "Inexspensive lipstick is as good as expensive, only better!" Rose has tried every brand from Chanel to Lauder and has recently been turned on to Revlon.
- Be Unique: "If Everyone is wearing it, then its not for me"
- "Be smart enough to know what you don't know"
- If you have trouble reading the dinner menu, Lorgnettes are a fashionable and elegant alternative to reading glasses(see example above)
- "Be Happy, enjoy what you have at every moment!"
Monday, October 25, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
I photographed Carolyn Korb,mother of one of the company's founders, with one of OMHU's striking canes. The cane is not only well designed and beautifully constructed, but it is the perfect mobility aid for the modern age. One doesn't have to hide their metal cane any longer, in fact they can proudly display their independence with a stylish and contemporary option. For more details on OMHU check out their informative blog http://omhublog.blogspot.com/ .
Friday, October 15, 2010
Back in March I had the opportunity to meet the amazing artist Malcah Zeldis. We had a fantastic time exploring her studio and hearing about how her work has influenced her life and vice versa.Lina Plioplyte put together this wonderful video of Malcah explaining her work and philosohphy on style .Malcah explains that as she gets older she gets bolder. What an inspiring way to look at life! CLICK HERE to read more about Malcah Zeldis and enjoy the photos and video above.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Article Link: http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/10/08/of-a-certain-age-with-vitality-and-style/
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
If you have ever seen the OGs website, you know that 93 year old Cuties Cooper gives advice about everything from relationships to fashion. I found this site a few weeks ago and was thrilled to see how The Coopers' grandchildren have found a way to share the life,love, and adventures of their amazing grandparents. I asked Cutie and her granddaughter Kim if they would make a video that would share The OGs' advice on fashion and style. Cutie believes in wearing timeless pieces that are simple, elegant, and can be worn throughout the years with updates. She also wants you to know that you're never so old that it's okay to be a frump!" Thank you to Cutie and Kim for this wonderful video.
Friday, October 8, 2010
If you are proud of your age send me a photo(jpegs only) along with your age to Advancedstyleinfo@gmail.com for our I'm Proud To Be___ Years Old page.
I just completed the first in a series of articles I am doing for AARP. It would be amazing if you guys could check out the article and let me know what you think. My photos with accompanying text can be found here :
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
including the video below.
Here is Ilona performing this summer in Provincetown: