Style as Art

Carol Markel

Sue Kreitzman
The ladies above are two of my favorite Advanced Style artists. Sue Kreitzman splits her time between London and New York, where she works on her amazing sculptural collages and paintings. Carol Markel,in the amazing Prada sunglasses, lives and works out of New York.She makes everything from hats and jewelry, to wonderful collages and videos.

People always ask me what I look for when I am shooting on the street. For me, its all about personal expression and spirit. Most of the ladies I photograph look at style and fashion as a form of art. They incorporate their creative spirits into how they dress everyday. Style is a wonderful way to add some creativity into your life. Rose, one of Advanced Style’s most elegant women, could only explain her style as, “It’s like how an artist picks out his paints everyday. That’s how I choose a certain scarf or belt.”

If you aren’t used to dressing up, try this experiment. Choose a favorite painting and look at the color combinations. Try and use these colors as a template for your outfit. You can use accessories like hats,necklaces and bracelets to work against a black or more neutral base. You can also follow 90 year old artist,Ilona Royce Smithkin’s advice, when she says, ” You can wear any colors in combination as long as you have a repeat.” The most important thing is to have fun and don’t take yourself too seriously. I’d love to hear about your dressing up adventures!

  • Two of the most beautiful ladies I've ever seen. So vibrant and full of life. Extremely inspiring.


  • How wonderful to get to know them
    I am keeping:
    "It's like how an artist picks out his paints everyday. That's how I choose a certain scarf or belt."

  • I had the opportunity to phtograph Sarah Moon at Paris Photo last weekend .. does she have style !
    have a look at

  • great blog!!


  • Inspirational- as your blog always is. What colour!

  • Hi Ari, hope you are doing well and had lots of fun in San Diego. I love what Rose says:

    "It's like how an artist picks out his paints everyday. That's how I choose a certain scarf or belt."

    I really like that saying and love these woman and their talents and beauty. Thanks for sharing.

  • p.s. I hope Rose doesn't mind if I quote what she said, those are words that should be shared.

  • I love this post! It is pretty much the concept for my blog. Me and a group of friends (and anyone else who wants to join in) dress according to a theme every day and post the pics on my blog. Some of the themes are seemingly crazy (Sushi was one last week), but it really works. For me, it was a way to have fun and be creative for busy gals who don't have time to express their creativity in traditional ways. The only rule is that you can't go out and buy something just for a theme. You have to work with what you've got. It really gets you putting things together in ways you never thought of before. I am having such a blast!

  • Now that is a awesome idea! Not just to help branch out and experience art and style first hand, but as a mother of a pre-teen, I am acutely interested in ways to help her and her beautiful friends build self awareness and confidence. You're on. I'm about to plan a trip to the Chicago Art institute as the beginning of a style adventure. Thank you! 🙂

  • Beyond amazing.

    Wardrobe Stylists, NYC.


  • These ladies sure understand color. I love the strong palette they work with! Very inspiring.

  • I have been following you for a while. I just love your stuff and how your represent the older generation. You and they are the coolest. Thanks you for that, Susan Cooper

  • looovess the colors!
    i always salute to people who dare to mix the pattern and colors 🙂

  • The first lady is lovely and she has a great taste for colour, Japan inspired, she is great and so full of life!

  • J'adore ! very kitch!

  • I found this blog a few days ago and finally had a chance to post a comment. I love these ladies, great accesories. I must admit it is seldom when I have any accesories on except when it comes to my hair. I need to take note of these wonderful adventerous women.

  • I am in love with your blog! I love how you showcase older women with impeccable style. In an industry obsessed with youth it's easy to forget the older generation whose style is often hugely inspirational. I'm a new reader but I am already obsessed. I will definitely be trying out the painting idea 🙂

  • All those colours ♥
    I wish there were more stylish women in Finland too – almost everyone are so mainstream. That's boring :/

  • I am now going to break out my massive book of art. It weighs almost as much as me but this is wonderful advice. I can't wait to try it on.

  • 2 real icons!!!

  • Anonymous

    es linda!!
    claro que tou a gozar!!

  • So fabulous in this floral prints <a href=">Ladies sweater</a>! Want to buy one soon.

  • I loved this post when I read it last year and I've been holding onto it for months – waiting and waiting until I attempted your challenge. Well, I finally did! You asked for us to let you know about it. Here is the link where I write about using art to inspire my look. It was a blast.

  • I love your blog, Ari. All these profiles are so inspirational for women of all ages!

    At age 88, I still enjoy dressing up as per Iris Apfel's "more is more" and it is always a creative process of colour on colour and artfully placed pieces of eye-candy!

    I will be including your blog in our blog:

    Keep up the grand job of highlighting women who have a mind of their own!