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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Olivia Batchelder

Olivia Batchelder is an incredible artist and designer living in Laguna Beach. Her style is as laid back and artful as her incredible spirit. She is wearing one of her wonderful hand painted silk jackets in the photo above. Check out more of her fantastic work HERE.

Monday, July 30, 2012

An English Gentleman

This man is the definition of dapper!

Thursday, July 26, 2012


 I asked Isabel about her style and she responded, "I'm too old to think about what other people want me to look like. I just wear what I wish. I'm a woman and its a pleasure to be  a woman and to have fun with fashion, like with my blue hair."

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

"Personality and Jewelry Will Conquer Everything"- Zandra Rhodes

I few backs I met  Zandra Rhodes, one of my childhood heroes, at my book signing in London. I told her how my mom first introduced me to her work and how we were always on the look out for her when we would go shopping in San Diego. Last week Zandra invited us over for dinner at her place. We had a splendid time and got some great photos by the beach. When I asked Zandra about her style secrets she exclaimed, "Personality and jewelry will conquer everything." The Advanced Ladies and I wholeheartedly agree!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Like Mother, Like Daughter, Like Son

 I can't go to San Diego and not meet up with one  of my favorite ladies and stars of my book, Ljubica Bogic. I originally met Lubi while she was visiting her daughter, Ivana, in New York City and found out that she lived in my hometown of San Diego. I have since photographed her on almost every trip back to see my family. Lubi and Ivana have a wonderful bond and a shared passion for art and fashion. My mother and grandmother were a huge inspiration on my own style development. They allowed me the freedom to dress up and colorfully express myself at a young age. I asked Lubi to share a little  about how she has influenced her daughter's style. Check out her response below and a photo of my mom and I wearing coordinating colors!

Fashion and design are not my profession, nor a part of my formal education. As a scientist in molecular biology, with a specialization in molecular medicine, my professional life and interest evolve around creative work in the medical/scientific field, which has diverse and numerous limits/constraints. The scientist is a creative explorer; however, there are set rules and even stricter standards that must be followed—by the book. In fashion, as my hobby, it is quite the opposite: I feel fully FREE, and I am never judged by the critics in the field.  Nevertheless, my best critics in fashion are my husband, daughter and my dog….Ha! Ha! Thus, my interest in fashion as an art form allows my creative thinking to materialize into full freedom, or at least the illusion of a full freedom. In my mind there is no existing scale in fashion; at least not to the same extent as in science. How would I define my own style: simplicity, comfort, a clear-cut silhouette, monochromatic, colorful accessories and else!
 I guess my style has rubbed off on my daughter. I always supported her own creative thinking, yet I probably did shape her style to some extent.  She grew up into a sophisticated young person with her own unique style…..but fashion still continues to be our special bond that translates into the formation of an additional dimension of our friendship. As we go different ways in style, our fashion interests bond us in a distinctive way. We often exchange fashion opinions, build exceptional creative dialogs, and review the art of fashion. My daughter lives in NYC, and I am in San Diego. Very often she sends me a phone picture of a window display in the city, or a fashion piece worth the attention. Then, we usually build a discussion around our opinions and ideas of a piece. Often, she asks for my advice. If I do not like something, it does not mean that she won’t get it. However, our connection to fashion links us in an interesting way, and broadens our friendship.

Did I influence my daughter’s style? I do not know. Maybe to some extent I did. Most importantly, I encouraged her to develop her own creative style. I am happy that two of us can play and dance through life together at many different levels.As for my Borzoi…..Ha! Ha! I do include her in my most recent fashion expressions. This is my new puppy that I refer to as “my black and white design”………so I try to match her color patterns….. CRAZY? Maybe not, because BORZOI – “They are truly living and breathing works of art” (Joseph B. Thomas).My freedom of expression translates into my fashion style. At present, I take inspiration from the elegant, yet simple markings of my Borzoi. CRAZY? Maybe not, because “Only great minds can afford a simple style” (Stendhal).

[Mom and Me]

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Lanvin Casts 62-Year-Old Tziporah Salamon in Their Fall 2012 Campaign

Now that has released the full Lanvin campaign, I am excited to reveal the fact that 62 year old Tziporah Salamon is one of the stars of this ground breaking ad. Tziporah is a well known personal stylist, fashion consultant, and performance artist living in New York. A favorite of Bill Cunningham's and one  of the stars of my book and upcoming documentary, this is Tziporah's first appearance in a major fashion ad campaign. I asked Tziporah how it feels to be recognized by a major fashion label and she told me," I am totally honored, jazzed, and thrilled. I am so grateful for this opportunity. In my early 20s I would have never realized that I could do something like this. It wasn't until I was in my 40s that I began to see my beauty. By then I felt that there weren't many opportunities for older models.  How ironic is it that i am having my big break as a model in my 60s? This is a great day!"

Bravo to Lanvin for recognizing advanced beauty in this wonderful campaign!!!

Shocking Red

I met this stunning woman at a Jazz concert with my parents in San Diego. Her shocking red hair and long eyelashes reminded me of a mix between Ilona and Carol Burnett!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Lanvin Features 82-Year-Old Jacquie Tajah Murdock in Fall/Winter Campaign

I have been keeping this secret for a while, but now I can reveal that Advanced Style's Jacquie Tajah Murdock is one of the latest stars of Lanvin's Fall/Winter 2012 campaign! I helped cast Jacquie and another Advanced Style model in the campaign and can't wait to see the photos in print.

Jacquie has even more to celebrate with her 82nd birthday approaching next week. 
Jacquie told me,"This campaign is a dream come true. I grew up in Harlem always wanting to be a model, but in my day there were very little opportunities for women of color to work in fashion. At 18 I went from agent to agent looking for jobs, even as a hand model. I have finally made it and I will never give up. Hopefully some day I will get to Paris!"

One of the best things about starting Advanced Style has been seeing so many opportunities open up for these amazing older women. For the last three years,Lina Plioplyte and I have been filming the Advanced Style ladies for our upcoming documentary. I can't wait for you to see more of Jacquie's story including her first visit to the Lanvin casting. For more information about Jacquie CLICK HERE and watch the videos below:

Monday, July 16, 2012

Sally Thornton in San Diego

I am in San Diego for a little while to visit with my family and capture a bit of California's Advanced Style. Yesterday I caught up with Sally Thornton at Thornton Winery. I have admired Sally's fantastic style since I was a little kid. My mom and I would see her shopping at Neiman Marcus all the time and always enjoyed seeing her wonderful outfits. Although I am based out of New York City its great to see that there are people with Advanced Style in every city!

Friday, July 13, 2012


Every Advanced Style lady knows the transformative power of a great hat. Hats not only provide great frame for the face and protection from the sun, but they can shift your attitude as well. Debra Rapoport describes the  feeling she gets when she puts on a hat as "Hatitude". Everywhere she goes people comment on her wonderful creations. Check out the video below and if you are interested in any of Debra's marvelous hand made hats email her at

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Summer in The City

 I saw this woman walking her dog near Madison Avenue and loved her fresh and fun summer look. The Advanced Style ladies know how to look their best for any season.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Blogger Love: Superbytimai

A few months ago a wonderful French blogger and beauty expert named Timai asked me if she could get in touch with Advanced Style's Debra Rapoport to make a video. I love when other bloggers take an interest in these incredible ladies and couldn't wait to see what Timai would come up with. I finally met up with her in Paris for my book signing event and we immediately hit it off. While in Paris Timai had the chance to make another great video of Joyce. Check out her wonderful website HERE and the two videos of Joyce and Debra.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Joyce in Paris

Here are some shots I took of Joyce, at the Palais Royal, during my book signing event with L'Express Styles. At 80 years old, Joyce is an inspiration for us all to live life to the fullest. You can see more of Joyce in the video interview above.

In other exciting news, Advanced Style is featured in the August issue of O Magazine. It's so wonderful that people are finally taking notice of these incredible older women! With all this great press, the first edition of my book is already in its second printing, with more copies arriving early August. If you want to buy a copy, pre-orders are available through  Amazon. Thank you to everyone for all the amazing support.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Summertime in Provincetown

I came across this stunning lady on my way to dinner with Ilona in Provincetown. Her look was perfect for a Summer evening on Cape Cod!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July from Advanced Style

 I just got to Seattle after visiting Ilona in Provincetown this past weekend. Ilona and I decided to take some photos by the shore near her Summer apartment and art studio. She looked as wonderful and lively as ever in a re-purposed blue and white sundress and vintage sunglasses. Ilona and all the Advanced Style ladies want to wish everyone a healthy and happy holiday weekend!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Yellow Vintage Chanel Suit

I am in Provincetown visiting Ilona for a few days and then off to Seattle for a much needed vacation. I can't wait to share the pictures I took of Ilona at the beach! In the meanwhile, here are some shots of a wonderful lady that I met at Lucy Jarvis' 95th Birthday last weekend.


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