Posts tagged Ilona Royce Smithkin

Corey Lynn Calter Loves Advanced Style

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.

[Video by Lina Plioplyte]

After Mary,one of Advanced Style’s chicest ladies, agreed as well, we started planning two exciting days of shooting.Mary was a real sport, shooting in over 100 degree weather, but keeping her cool the whole time. Ilona and Mary had a wonderful time making the clothes their own. They added their signature accessories,mixed and matched pieces to their liking,and used their years of fashion experience to style magnificent outfits.Check out the video of Ilona, above, explaining why Corey’s designs can be worn by women of all ages.

Dita Von Teese Meets Ilona Royce Smithkin

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!

Ilona Royce Smithkin and her Mermaids

Today I went to visit my friend, 91 year old Ilona Royce Smithkin, to take a look at her mermaid drawings. Ilona has been drawing mermaids for about two years and she would like to make a book of them someday. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. If you are interested in purchasing one email me at and I’ll contact Ilona for you.

Advanced Style Videos

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 or find me on Twitter AriSethCohen .

Here is some of my Flip Camera footage of some of our favorite Advanced Style Fashionistas.
The Idiosyncratic Fashionistas

Iris Apfel
Alice Carey
Debra Rapoport and Ari Seth Cohen
Looking Great At 80

Victoria MacKenzie-Childs
Jackie Tajah Murdock