Date Archives March 2011

Advanced Style Dolls and Drawings

When I was a kid I used to make drawings and dolls of fancy ladies. I went home to San Diego not too along ago and found a book of these drawings. People ask me how I came up with the idea for Advanced Style, but if you look at the drawings below,its as if the ladies I used to draw have come to life in my photographs.

A few years ago I started to draw again. Here are some more of my latest creations

My friend Debra Rapoport has been making wonderful dolls based on the drawings!

“Sunglasses Are Better Than a Facelift”

I always have a blast with my pal Mary. At 71 years old she knows the secret to fooling mother nature, she says, “Sunglasses are better than a facelift, they hide the ravages of time, and let you spy on people.” Mary keeps her style chic and classic, but when it comes to glasses she says,”You can break the rules once in a while, I’m not ready for a convent or anything so I can wear leopard glasses.” Check out some more of Mary’s many shades below.

A Serendipitous Meeting

Yesterday I was walking around the Upper West Side when I saw this beautiful woman. I asked if I could take her photo and handed her a business card. She took one glance at the card and exclaimed, ” Advanced Style, you took my photograph about two years in Battery Park.” I love running into people I have photographed before and this was surely serendipitous as I hoped that we would meet again some day. I am so excited to have a new Advanced Style muse to share with everyone. At 82 years old Claire not only has great style, but a wonderful spirit and zest for life.CLICK HERE to check out a great story about Claire and her best friend’s in The New York Times and enjoy the video and photos below.

Claire in Battery Park Two Years Ago

Advanced Style Videos

Thanks to everyone who helped make our Advanced Style/NOWNESS video a huge success. My goal is to inspire people to look at aging in a new light. I hope these videos help people get over their fears of getting older, and embrace the wisdom and strength that comes with age. Lina Plioplyte and I plan to make a grand documentary about age and style.Here are is some more great footage from Lina and me. I hope you enjoy and feel free to email me with your feedback to Advancedstyleinfo@gmail.com or find me on Twitter AriSethCohen .

Here is some of my Flip Camera footage of some of our favorite Advanced Style Fashionistas.
The Idiosyncratic Fashionistas
Jenny
Iris Apfel
Alice Carey
Debra Rapoport and Ari Seth Cohen
Looking Great At 80

Victoria MacKenzie-Childs
Mary
Jackie Tajah Murdock