After Chanel

[Photos and Text Ari Seth Cohen]

I met this amazing 79 year old woman on my way home from a photo shoot uptown. I noticed her patent leather hat and raincoat from afar and when I saw how unbelievably gorgeous she was I knew I had to ask for her photo. She told me that she wasn’t very photogenic, but I assured her that she looked great. When she took off her coat she revealed a gorgeous Prada blouse and beautiful Chanel pearls. I asked her what her career was and she told me that she used to be a therapist but she only had three clients and she cured them right away. After that she became a stylist for a number of years as you can see from her classic and flawless taste. We lamented that people don’t dress up anymore and she told me that next time we meet she’ll have some tips for the younger generations!

  • Anonymous

    Hi. I'm enjoying your blog for a while from overseas (sorry for my awkward English). Everyone appears on your blog is unique, but I thought she is the most ELEGANT lady!

  • she does look great! i really like your blog 🙂

  • Wow, so can see how you were drawn to her. The rain hat, long skirt, black tights say… cool, hip, confident.
    Her beautiful face with the colored lips and the nails… she knows, quiet, but she knows,
    I bow to her and her style.

  • This a very classy lady indeed

  • Gosh I love your blog! In a world where youth is celebrated – these fabulous people give me hope that getting older doesn't mean drab and depressing.

  • great class…chic and fabulous

  • That is one beautiful woman.

  • Marvellous – black is stunning on the right people.

  • Mim

    A beauty! Your subject has an elegant line and impeccable taste.

  • She is stunning–look at that face!

  • sandra

    she is beautiful and what she wears suits her…all the folks on your blog are "class" acts as far as i'm concerned. it's interesting which dress styles we associate with "class"…but she is one nice looking woman…


    Age is only a number. And seeing people like this is the proof.
    Every time you have a new post, you make my day.
    keep on the good work

  • I agree, stunning! I love her story.

  • What a nice lady!!


  • She is stunning. And what eyes – how they draw you in!

    Just found your blog through a friend's link. It's fabulous! And just so refreshing – in a media world of alarmingly botoxed clones – to see some beautifully real faces, plus incredible individuality and style.

    And yes, the older I get, the more I understand why Mary Tyler Moore once said: "Youth is highly overrated"

  • Nice outfit.

    Love the pearls.

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    Thank you :). KISSES FROM SPAIN

    •••HAVE A GREAT DAY•••


    Hello Friend, I love love love your blog, it‘s very interesting!!! I really like your style!! i‘ll visit you many times for sure honey.


  • I am looking forward to this tips for the younger generation 🙂
    By the way: love your blog!

  • Anonymous

    I love your blog and especially love it when you show women who are comfortable in their own skin and not a skin that has been adjusted…….the variations of the "michael jackson" nose are becoming soooo repetive…….

  • Gorgeous! You can see a hint of the young woman in that face. She has incredible style.

  • she certainly doesn't seem 79!!

  • Oh my goodness, even though I'm not "younger generation," I can't wait for her advice. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    I admit, I don't check your blog daily, but aren't any slightly overweight women you think dress well? Most of what I see are the ultra-thin New Yorkers and it would be nice to see what looks good on a variety of size. I DO; however, love your blog. Thank you for creating it!