100 Year Old Elise Relflects Upon a More Elegant Past

I ran into Elise on Madison Avenue and was shocked when she told me that she was about to turn 100 years old. I asked her about her fashion philosophy and she replied, “I miss elegance. There was a time when everyone used to dress up.” I hear this sentiment a lot amongst the Advanced Style set. It makes me think of my  grandmother’s, and how we used to watch old Hollywood films, filled with the most glamorous people. As a young boy I was inspired by looking through grandma Bluma’s scrapbooks full of vintage photographs.Everyone in the pictures looked so elegant and well dressed.
This is one reason I am so drawn to people like Elise. After taking her photo, we exchanged phone numbers.I can’t wait to share some of her collection of over 83 hats with everyone!
  • I agree, but even beyond elegance, I wish people more thought into what they're wearing. If they're edgy, or ethereal or elegant, just think about what you're wearing and what you're communicating.


  • I would love to see (and have) her hat collection! I hope to be like her at 100!

  • Fortunately for us, Elise remains supremely elegant!

  • jeans going mainstream are definitely part of elegance's decay …

  • There is something about Elise that makes my heart sing.. I would love to spend an afternoon with her. The stories she must have…. looking forward to the hats!~K

  • I can't believe how people dress going to work these days. I have even seen some come in in their pajamas. Really unappealing.

  • Rebecca

    I have seen so many stunning women in the 90's and 100's on the Advanced Style blog that I no longer fear getting to that age.
    These women take pride in their appearance and keep themselves vital and involved with life. They are so inspirational.

  • I agree with her about missing elegance. She is lovely and I can't wait to see more of her 80+ hats!

  • Eva

    She's adorable and wonderful. An ideal to strive for.

  • Yes, let's bring back a bit of elegance..one hat a time 😉
    She's just wonderful..
    – Irina

  • Oh, I look forward to her hat collection, she looks lovely

  • I would love to see more of her hats! I sometimes wish I was more of a hat person, it really transforms an outfit.


  • I'm so excited to see Elise's collection! and it is so true that the era of elegance has passed. I feel that society needs a boost to higher level living. better conduct, better dressing, better speaking, better eating, better living… It's all connected! This will come I have faith!
    Darling Bonnie

  • A beautiful woman. Eighty-three hats? I envy you getting to go through them. I have some serious catching up to do.

  • Oh, I can hardly wait to see more of her 83 hats! I Love hats, and the one she's wearing in this picture is especially nice. Thanks for carrying the elegance-torch, and I want to be worthy of your passing it on to me. Here's to elegance & dressing up the world to make it a more beautiful place to be! Glenda http://www.whatdidyoulearntoday-everyday.blogspot.com

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  • She truly is a beauty, Ari. And she does look quite elegant in that hat. I cannot wait to see others in future blog posts. Wanda in Edmonton

  • I love her earrings and the lipstick color, she is wearing -LOVELY!
    have a nice weekend XX


  • Ari, I think you just struck another gold vein….hats!

  • Wow, 83 hat!? I'd love to see that! She's got a point…people do dress too sloppy these days.

  • Can't wait to see some of her hats, I hope she models her favorites!

  • Some really good portraits on here, interesting. nice blog. http://becomingraje.blogspot.com/ E x

  • excellent blog…dressing up…looking glam as an O.L.D. ~ Old Lady Diva! Wow I love it!

  • Ohhh Great:)

  • I'm not sure how I managed to find this lovely blog but I must say, It is wonderful!

    The confidence that these stunning women have, the smiles on their gorgeous faces, their style, their youg hearts, each one a timeless piece of art – They are just beautiful!

    Thank you for showcasing the beauty of real women, Ari! Keep up the excellent work!




  • Wow! Happy Birthday to Elise! And may she have many more!

    I also hope to see a post about her hats 🙂

    ~ Kieli ~

  • I definitely have a love for dressing up and emulating the glamor of past decades. I always love seeing a designer gather inspiration from a more glamorous era and translating it into something contemporary.

  • It is amazing, she is 100 years old????? She looks so elegant and smiley!!!!

  • Sally

    In a word > Elise is FABULOUS. I'm looking forward to the upcoming hat show.
    Ari, In a society obsessed with youth, you have created a real treasure with this blog. These women (& gentlemen)have so much to teach us. Thank you!

  • Wow your so sweet i admire you from being like that. I am looking forward for more post from you and the hat collection.

  • I definitely agree with Elise about the decline of elegance; thank goodness there are still women out there like her to keep the spirit alive. 83 hats! Can't wait for the photos..

  • the films that i go back to for old hollywood elegance are the the thin man series. myrna loy is the ultimate.


  • I just love your blog. Looked at the Fashion on Swedish television in which you attended. Wonderful repotage. Wonder if it's okay for you if I link to your blog from mine? Regards, Malin

  • OMG…She's so right!
    And…congratulations for your job!
    This blog is amaizing!

  • I'd love to see her hat collection. Elegance is so underrated nowadays. http://www.hotcelebration.com

  • I could not agree more!

  • Liz

    What a beautiful woman! I agree, Old Hollywood Glamour was the best. My favorites are Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, and Audrey Hepburn. And of course Marilyn Monroe! She was not afraid of her size or growing old.

  • I so agree! I seem to be the last in my family to dress up even for the most important occasions. I wear sarongs, saris, haori (my draped clothing) almost all the time. I am an artist with my own style and wish that more people stopped following the trend of boring clothing.

    I hope to be among your Advanced Style Set once I reach the appropriate age.

  • I couldn't agree more with this. Just watch any classic movie and you'll see how well dressed most are. For that matter, even gangsters dressed classy LOL.