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

  • gorgeous, and charming I think I officially have a web-crush on Claire 🙂 Great post as always Ari.

  • How fantastic is that??? Ahhhhhhhhhhh
    I love the jacket you are wearing in the photo with Ilona.

  • I just love this blog so much it is becoming my favourite blog .. Anyone can look beautiful when they are young.. these ladies looks stunning, stylish and .. I just love to see it xx
    Thank you

  • What a great sense of style she has!

  • Anonymous

    She is an absolute delight! What a breath of fresh (spring!) air!

  • Great post, she is gorgeous! Did she ever say where her fabulous shoes were from?

  • Perfection. I die. you know, i totally checked out your entire blog the other day, I am like your biggest fan now, (in Mexico at least) love your articles and your amazing models. too good!!!!!

  • Most people think that as you get older, your fashion choices get more limited, but I think it goes both ways. There is so much I'm looking forward to wearing when I'm older!

  • Bravo!You've got a great eye 😉
    Let me pay you a compliment I reserve for only a few…
    my grandmother, Stella, would have loved you…and she didn't love many!

  • Your blog is one of my favourites, the women you shoot are so much more vivacious than the usual suspects on all the other street style blogs.

  • …what an interesting lady,
    ciao ciao from Switzerland, Christa

  • Anonymous

    C'est formidable! Thank you for really *seeing* older people, usually invisible to most.

  • Think I have spotted you on the Upper West Side, and think that I had better make sure to dress more stylishly before I see you again!

    Seriously…your posts are great fun.

  • Claire is absolutely beautiful. Ari, you have such a valuable blog here, I think it's really important that these truly stylish women and men are acknowledged. I live in Australia and you are making me think seriously about visiting New York.

  • Charming and beautiful lady 🙂

  • Ben

    I like her green coat.


  • What a stunning woman! I want to be her when I grow up (well, in about 20 years). The green coat is a classic. I love that you find these wonderful people, Ari. So inspiring! I work with their peers in L.A. and experience the same thing you observe – attitude is everything!

  • just love this blog so much it is becoming my favourite blog .. Anyone can look beautiful when they are young.

  • Laura Whitney

    So chic! Loving both looks.

  • Christina Irene

    Claire's looking awesome! My fave shade of green. Only hoping to look that good at her age!

  • This blue hand bag really looks fabulous with these golden strips holding rings.