Date Archives November 2012


The ladies I photograph are not only fantastic dressers; many of them also make the most incredible accessories and works of art. I ran into Sevaria the other day and she was wearing one of her  beautiful bejeweled headscarves. Seeing her got me thinking that it might be fun to have a big Advanced Style art show someday! I always love to help promote the work of the people I feature on Advanced Style. If you are interested in purchasing one of Sevaria’s stunning scarves feel free to email her at .

Ninety One and Having Fun

My mom and I both noticed this stunning 91-year-old woman as soon as she walked into my presentation this weekend, so  I was thrilled when she came up to talk to me afterwards. Marjorie told me that she  just moved to Southern California with her husband of 70 years!!! I asked if if I could take her photograph and she kindly agreed. As soon as we got outside she threw her arms in the air like a pro. I just love her joyful expression.

San Diego Style

I’m back in Southern California for the San Diego Jewish Book Fair. Today I presented my book to a group that included, the doctor who delivered me, and my parents’ first next door neighbor. It sort of felt like I was celebrating my second Bar Mitzvah! It was wonderful seeing so many of the women in the crowd all dressed up for my presentation. I found out that the woman above used to bring animals to visit my grandfather’s nursing home. Not only is she absolutely gorgeous, but she has a great heart as well. I can’t wait to share the rest of the pictures from my adventures in California this week and hope that everyone on the east coast is recovering and healing from the effects of Sandy.

Iris Apfel and Mickey Mouse

Things are slowly picking up in New York City and there is a promise that power will be restored by tomorrow(Fingers Crossed). I haven’t been able to hit the streets much lately, but I am looking forward to posting some new street style shots and stories very soon. In the meantime I thought everyone would enjoy this photo of Iris and Mickey Mouse taken at her apartment in New York. Iris has always wanted a big stuffed Mickey Mouse and her husband finally bought one for her on her 90th birthday.

 Thank you to everyone for your continued concerns. I am happy to report that I have spoken and heard from many of the Advanced Style Ladies, including Iris, and they are all safe and have plenty of supplies.

Inside Iris Apfel’s Apartment

In Celebration of Grandmothers and Grandsons


[Photos by Hadar Pitchon]

I had two very special grandmothers. One grandmother taught me about the importance of elegance  while the other encouraged freedom of expression. I started this blog because of my grandmothers and although they are no longer with us, they continue to guide and inspire me everyday.

A few months ago, Hadar Pitchon, a friend of mine on Facebook and a regular reader of Advanced Style, sent me some wonderful photos and videos that he had taken of his Nona. Their special bond reminded me of the relationship I had with my grandmothers. In my eyes Bluma and Helen were the biggest stars that ever lived. They were the most glamorous models and the wisest of sages. I asked Hadar to write a few words about his Nona and why she is so inspirational to him. Check out his incredible photos above and more about Hadar and Nona’s special bond below:

When asking my grandma about her personal style, I hear her
say through her greek accent I love long beautiful dresses. But for her
everything seems to have a price tag attached, perhaps it’s coming from nothing
now she treasures having things of value. When I was growing up around her she
loved playing dress up, wigs, lipstick, grab the guitar, songs and dance. I
have always had an utmost respect for where she comes from and I am impressed
with how she presents herself everyday. I feel she came from a time where you never
left the house unless you looked presentable. When her and my grandfather were
married they were so poor she had to hand the wedding dress to the next person
in line after. Yet through all this and raising 4 boys, being a holocaust
survivor, breast cancer survivor and survivor of living with me, she kept her
amazing style. She possesses an amazing character and wit, her nails are
always painted with a signature bright red to match her lips. Her dresses
usually have sequins or something over the top to them. Recently when I
was home I decided to showcase the beauty that is my grandma, she is a muse and
a constant reminder of how lucky I am to have someone like that in my life. I
decided she would be the supermodel of the year and her face would be in all the
latest ads and on a cover of magazine. After all she never ceases to amaze me
and my greatest pride is getting to share her with the world. (Hadar Pitchon)