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Advanced Style by Ari Seth Cohen

Monday, April 1st, 2013

In Advanced Style, photographer Ari Seth Cohen has done a marvelous job of showing that style, and elegance are never out-of-date whatever your age. He has photographed older women who no longer worry if they are “in fashion” so long as they are wearing what suits them and what makes them feel good about themselves and their bodies. Here is what Ari says about his artistically designed book on fashion for women at any age or stage of life, but especially older women, because he is in awe of them.

“The soul of Advanced Style is not bound to age, or even to style, but rather to the celebration of life. The fashion these women display is merely a reflection of the care and thought they put into everyaspect of their lives. These photos offer proof that the secret to remaining vital in our later years is to never stop being curious, never stop creating, and never stop having fun.” (Ari Seth Cohen)

Because this is a book of photographs of older women dressed from sweet to severe to outlandish, with wonderful comments by Ari and some of the women, I asked the publisher to send me some of the artistically rendered photos and clothing with comments to give you a better idea of the book. (See below)

The publicity release calls the photos street fashion, but I would just fashion in full bloom! The book is published by powerHouse (pH) Books, released on June 2012.

This is a photo of a woman dressed in my favorite color
combination, black & white (ellensue)












Comment from author Ari Seth Cohen:

“For Debra Rapaport, getting dressed  every morning is literally a work of   art.  She wraps fabric in unexpected ways, turns her skirts backwards or upside down and stacks on kitchen utensils, resulting in the most wonderful creations, Debra believes that style has the power to heal—playing dress-up is a process full of self-discovery and joy.”

“When I first saw Ilona Royce Smithkin and her amazing eyelashes, I realized immediately that I was in the presence of someone very special. Known primarily for her talent as an artist and more recently as a cabaret performer, Ilona’s spirit and artistic nature shine through her wild and wonderful costumes.  Whether magically transforming old scarves into beautiful dresses, or fashioning capes out of discarded umbrellas, Ilona constantly proves she is an original.” Ari Seth Cohen

Under one of her photos in the book, Ilona comments: “Feel beautiful inside, and you will be beautiful outside.”





“At 80, Joyce has acquired a lifetime of wisdom and insight. For her, elegance is of utmost importance —a quality, in her opinion, that is refined with age.  Rarely seen without her signature pearls and a gorgeous pair of gloves, Joyce is the epitome of classic beauty and charm.” Ari Seth Cohen






“Advanced Style’s resident countess of glamour, Lynn Dell has created a world full of flamboyant style and dramatic flair in her Upper West Side boutique. I was first drawn to her bright colors and bold accessories, but it is her energy, enthusiasm, and enterprise that truly define this magnificent women.” Ari Seth Cohen

Here is Dell’s comment: “My philosophy is fashion says ‘me too,’ while style says ‘only me.'”


Final note: As you can see  by the photos, these women dress outrageously bold. Their comments are also bold. I learned a great deal about being confident in what you wear. Or as Lynn Dell also stated, “We must dress every day for the theatre of our lives.”

The text and photos are from Advanced Style by Ari Seth Cohen, published by powerHouse Books. Here is the link to purchase this wonderful book of terrific images of wonderfully dressed women.  (