Happy 4th of July from Advanced Style

 I just got to Seattle after visiting Ilona in Provincetown this past weekend. Ilona and I decided to take some photos by the shore near her Summer apartment and art studio. She looked as wonderful and lively as ever in a re-purposed blue and white sundress and vintage sunglasses. Ilona and all the Advanced Style ladies want to wish everyone a healthy and happy holiday weekend!

  • Great dress, very Marimekko!


  • Happy 4th of July to our Beloved Nation!!!

  • Great post and great photos!!!


  • Ilona just looks grand!

  • Red, white & blue — and fabulous! Ilona, you rock! Happy 4th of July to you & Ari.
    Jean & Valerie
    Idiosyncratic Fashionistas

  • What fabulous sunglasses. I want them.

  • ahhh she's fantastic!

  • Happy 4th of july!
    What a happy old women 🙂

  • Hi Ari and Illona! (you can never have too many photos of Illona, Ari!). I just posted on Huffington Post re the advanced age lady they are using to model their clothes.
    'American Apparel got the idea from Advanced Style creator and New York photographer Ari Seth Cohen; I have been following his blog for over a year. He features photos of advanced style ladies and men (many of whom make great models for clothing) on his website; advancedstyle.blogspot.com. He has recently been funded through Kickstarter to make a film with filmaker Lina Plioplyte about these superb women. I expect other manufacturers to jump on the bandwagon too. Advanced Style is something to look forward to.' Best wishes to all of you and I'm so happy to be a small part through Kickstarter!

  • Magnificet, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  • Just too Yankee Doodle Dandy perfect!

  • amazing !

  • Ari, that is such a great photo of Ilona – she looks so relaxed and happy, and the colours look fab with her hair. Hope you had a wonderful holiday!

  • Evlayn

    Ilona is an American icon – boundless spirit, creative energy, and ageless enthusiasm.

  • Beautiful. I love that shade of blue.

  • Rebecca

    Ilona looks stunning and so happy. It's great to see her enjoying her favorite summer spot.

  • Beautiful!!!always have such lovely photos 🙂

  • I love this woman!! XD i wanna be like she

  • Her outfit is just outstanding. I work with the ever inspiring elderly and often covet the vintage clothing they wear. admirably dawn suitcase vignettes

  • These are great colors on Ilona. What a great shape she must be in! She always radiates happiness on your pictures.

  • Great pictures!Nice old ladies fashion!!

  • Dearest Ilona…you are brilliant and such an inspiration!!
    Dear Ari…I hope she knows how loved she is here…it is her spirit and joyful heart that speaks to me most, I believe…
    Have fantastic vacation!
    – Irina

  • Great dress!The old lady is so fashion!

  • Such a lovely dress, look great on you!I love how happy you are and look in these pictures.

  • This dress reminds me of Pippi Longstocking… Maybe Ilona is her?

  • Anonymous

    very impressive blog, cheers!