Elaine”JAZZY” Rush

[Photos Ari Seth Cohen/Text Maayan Zilberman]

Ari burned three meals worth of calories running after this woman to interrupt her afternoon power-walk. The mad rush was well worth the effort, because when we finally caught up with her on the Upper West Side, she was an absolute delight and even more colorful than we realized at first glance.
Elaine, who is known amongst her friends as “Jazzy”, is originally from Montreal (where she was known as “Pepper”, for the condiments she’d put on Poutine). She moved to New York City to enroll at The New School, we’re guessing for DRAMA. This remains a mystery since we focused our chat on more important matters, such as color and where to find the best sandals.
When I asked Jazzy about her layers, she was especially excited to tell me about her romper, a staple in her wardrobe. “I always wear one-pieces. They’re all I wear.” Since Jazzy has lived everywhere from Los Angeles to Florida to Massachusetts, she has done her fair share of dressing for different climates, and prefers light and airy items like this one and the ivory leather studded sandals she’s wearing today.
My favorite thing about Jazzy’s look is her choice of hair color/lipstick/eyeglasses. She says her daughter helps with coloring her closely cropped cut to neon yellow, and her eyeglasses are “just $8 on St Mark’s Place, but the prescriptions cost a fortune!”

  • Wow. Just…wow…

  • Interesting! She looks like an exotic bird in the close-ups!

  • Amazing! Jazzy rocks!

  • Haha it's cute to see women with that kind of spunk

  • Fantastic lady!
    And I LOVE your comment, Ari!

  • The romper is such an interesting choice. I wonder why they're her favorite?

  • Definetly very interesting!!1

  • Anonymous

    I do wish the photos had shown her legs, since her outfit was so carefully chosen to show them! The side shot with the bag made it look like she had on pants.

  • Yes! Sophia Loren has taught the world that when it comes to sunglasses, bigger is better! These are so great and I relate since I recently paid… more than I wish to outfit a pair of thrifted vintage frames. And I don't even have a prescription.

  • Fa-bu-lous! I find these folks inspiring as I work on my mid-life fashion.

  • aww, that's my friend elaine! she's a great collector of folk art and tramp art. buys and sells the stuff. she's very toned down in these pics, really!

  • awww, that's my friend elaine. she's a collector of folk art, and tramp art. very sucessful in her field. she's rather toned down in these pics i must say!

  • Anonymous

    I met this Divine Lady at least 30 yrs ago in Brimfield Mass.
    She is very much indeed toned down. We had many a fun evening at Public House in sturbridge.
    Or as Ms Rush used to refer to it, "Pubic Hairs" !
    Remember that Elaine?
    And the Whistling Swan?

  • Anonymous

    Don't worry those are children's leggings wrapped on top of her head as a hat. They thought we were perv's every time we went to buy several pairs. "The Daughter".