Last Spring I met designer Corey Lynn Calter and team, for lunch in the West Village, and an idea was born. They were inspired by the style and spirit of ladies, like Ilona Royce Smithkin(above), and thought it would be great fun to have them self style the CLC collection for a small shoot. We called up 91 year old artist and performer, Ilona Royce Smithkin, and she thought this sounded like a grand idea.
Yesterday Ilona and I had a wonderful time celebrating the launch of Dita Von Teese’s new signature cocktail ” The Cointreau MargaDita”. By the end of the night Ilona announced with a grand smile on her face, “You know what I think Tequila is better than Vodka.” Dita and Ilona share a love of style,art, and performance. Most importantly they both inspire people to be individuals and to stay true to themselves. For more Ilona Inspiration check out her videos HERE and enjoy a peak into her cabaret performance below!
Thanks to everyone who helped make our Advanced Style/NOWNESS video a huge success. My goal is to inspire people to look at aging in a new light. I hope these videos help people get over their fears of getting older, and embrace the wisdom and strength that comes with age. Lina Plioplyte and I plan to make a grand documentary about age and style.Here are is some more great footage from Lina and me. I hope you enjoy and feel free to email me with your feedback to Advancedstyleinfo@gmail.com or find me on Twitter AriSethCohen .