Last night there was a party in New York, one that I would have loved to attend. It was held at the New Museum, celebrating the launch of Ari Seth Cohen’s book Advanced Style. A few years ago, I stumbled on Ari’s blog called Advanced Style. I was immediately enamored with the wonderful photos of extraordinary so-called seniors. Ari’s contention is that style only advances with age. His images of these vibrant men and women, and his obvious admiration for them, are inspiring, particularly when most style images focus on the very young.
His blog (and now book) is a loving testament to the enduring beauty of people as they age. It encourages us to embrace our personal style fearlessly whatever it may be, to celebrate who we are, and to wear what we love as an artistic manifestation of our spirit. This is potent medicine and has inspired many, myself included. I realize that at 59, I’m only a style fledgling! It’s also because of Advanced Style that I met the remarkable Style Crone aka Judith Boyd who is featured in the book.
So thank you Ari and all the other folks who make Advanced Style so amazing! Even though I couldn’t attend last night, I was there in spirit and I’m getting my book today. Congratulations.
As a tribute, I’m posting some of my favorite Advanced Style folk. Picture 1) My kindred style spirit, Laura, 2) Joey’s mom (left) and Mrs. Jackson, true Advanced Style ladies, and 3) The Style Crone
Last but not least, Joey and Mr. Morehead, looking casually cool on his 90th birthday