Dita Von Teese Interviews Ilona Royce Smithkin for The Advanced Style Book

Artist, Ilona Royce Smithkin drawing Dita’s eye
The finished product
Ilona and Dita’s first meeting

This week, Ilona Royce Smithkin and I attended a Cointreau party for Dita Von Teese in New York. Dita and I both share a love for fabulous older women with great spirit.She was very inspired by ladies like her Great Aunt Opal,who,”wore green eye shadow, red lipstick, heavy eyeliner, and had bright red hair and smoked with a cigarette holder.”

When Dita told me that she loved the videos of Ilona on Advanced Style, I knew these two had to meet. They are both amazing performers who have a lot to say about life and style. A few months ago Dita interviewed Ilona for my upcoming book. I can’t wait for you to read all that transpired between these two style icons, during their wonderful conversation. Once again, if you would like to preorder the Advanced Style book you can find it HERE.

  • NJJ

    I love dita <3 this is so inspiring ^___^

  • This is the best thing! THE BEST!

    Two beauties, one book.

    Thrifting Runway/Thrifting Style

  • Oh wow – wonderful!!! you're lucky to know such wonderful ladies!

  • La GrandeDame and L'Ingenue! How lovely. Congratulations to both!

  • Just ordered your book! Can't wait to get it!

  • My first visit – no my first glimpse of your banner, I knew I had become your latest follower. Love the blog and enjoyed the interview.

  • We have our own inspiring over 60s lady called Ilona in the UK with her own unique style. Visit http:\meanqueen-lifeaftermoney.blogspot.com to explore her own zany take on life!

  • Dita is timeless beauty. This post is very sweet and original <3
    (btw, http://niko-aesthetics.blogspot.com – this is my recently started blog, that will focus on lifestyle in general, not just in fasion..)

  • How fabulous! Can't wait for the book.

  • Almost more than I can handle …

  • oh, i love you! <3 great!

  • Hello, sending you positive energy from the other end of the world. I simply adore your blog!


  • But what wonderful idea, two generations with the same emblem, the style.

    I want this book JUST!!

    Un saludo,


  • very freak look Ilona has!))
    but I like it) that old people aren't afraid of risk in their appearance))

    if u want we can follow each other)

  • They are both adorable!!!



  • zeikei

    Hi Ari, something seems to be wrong with your post on Richard and Carol because I can't comment and all your photos links and introductions on the side of your page is missing. I can't find the older post button too!

  • Ari,
    Nothing you say could ever offend. We're women, broads, dames, gals or ladies; depends on the day!

  • I want ginger eye lashes too… amazing.. where can i get some

  • Elona is a great artist. 🙂