Date Archives August 2010

Advanced Style Video: Ilona Royce Smithkin in Stereo

[Video: Lina Plioplyte Text: Maayan Zilberman]

It’s been a while since we reported on our dear friend Ilona. All summer she’s been in Provincetown where she teaches her annual painting class and swims in the cold salty bay (as we learned in our initial meeting with her). If any of you are in the area next week, she’ll be performing her famous cabaret act TUESDAY, August 10, at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum (let us know if you are interested in attending, we’ll send you the info)!

This very special video was made by our staff videographer, Lina, who has made wonderful short films about Debra, Carol, etc… Many of you do not know this, since Lina is so often behind the camera, but she is a style icon in her own right, and extremely inspiring to me as a designer. One day we will turn the cameras on her and show you just what I mean.

But for now, enjoy the video, and thank Lina for capturing even more of Ilona’s beauty and wisdom.


Lynn Dell Shares Some Style Tips

I stopped by Lynn Dell’s fabulous store Off Broadway Boutique to see one of my pal Sue Kreitzman’s sculptures and was lucky to find the ever fabulous boutique owner in store. She looked fantastic as always, just having her hair done . Lynn makes shopping in her store so much fun. She gives each customer special attention and helps them to discover their own personal style with a great mix of vintage and contemporary fashions. She has a bevvy of Advanced Style beauties both as customers and employees. Check out her style advice below and make sure to stop by her store!

Blogger Very Old Grandmother Visits Her Photo at Selfridges

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I just got word from Rita at that she was able to visit my photo installation at Selfridges with her son Stephen. I’m so glad that she was able to show the picture I took of her to her son. Make sure to check out Rita’s amazing blog! I hope to have another exhibition of photos in America very soon.

One Cool Guy

I get a bit intimidated to ask fellow photographers if I can take their photo, but this guy looked too cool to resist. He told me that he just dresses in what’s comfortable and that he takes photos for fun. Advanced Style is all about being comfortable in what you wear, which in turn makes you even more stylish!