This weekend I attended a signing for a wonderful book starring,” The Idiosyncratic Fashionistas” Illustrator, Joana Avillez pays tribute to the style and humor of this wonderful fashion duo, in her book entitled, Life Dressing. I hope to feature some of Joana’s incredible work on Advanced Style in the near future, but in the mean time, check out Joana’s other illustrations HERE. Jean and Valerie will also have a special feature in my book coming out April 17, 2012 .
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.
Carol and Richard are one of my favorite couples. They are both fantastic artists who bring style into every part of their lives. Check out the short interview below for more insight into how style and art impacts their life together.
I often get asked how the Advanced Style ladies stay so beautiful and active as they age. I have learned over the past three years that it is important to stay interested in the world, to never stop learning, and constantly be inspired by new things. I asked 80 year old Joyce what her secret was and she responded, “The real secret is being in love with life and realizing what you have.” Joyce worked in the magazine industry for many years and has never given up her passion for beauty and elegance. She says,”The older you get the more elegance you want.”
As you know I have been working on a book of my photos which will be out April 17, 2012. Some of the ladies that I have spent more time with, like Joyce, will have special featured sections. I will share extra photos and some of their most inspiring quotes.If you would like to Pre-order the Advanced Style book and see more of these wonder women, you can find it on Amazon HERE. I don’t say this enough, but I appreciate and share your comments with all of the ladies that I feature, so thank you for all of the wonderful feedback!
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!