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Friday, October 30, 2009

Advanced Style in Cologne

[Photos from Anders-Anziehen]
I'm always excited to find examples of advanced style on other people's blogs. My pal MISTER MORT's blog led me to a street style site out of Cologne called Anders-Anziehen, run by costume designer Sandra Smilla Dankert. Smilla presents a diverse group of ages and styles and I was particularly drawn to her awesome selection of Advanced Style. I asked if she would share these photos with us.She happily agreed and gave some great insight into these wonderful photos below:

"I asked the woman with the flowers and the hat for whom the beautiful flowers were for , and she told me ;" For myself... for the nice things in life you have an own responsibility, I think...so..." that's what she said. :-)"

"The other women ,in the blue dress, with flowers; she couldn't believe that I want to take a picture of her, she was highly surprised.She told me that she found the flowers in some garbage box on the street a minute ago, they stuck in it like a decoration.She was a very fine lady, seems to be not too rich, and spending all her money for her 4 children and about 8 or 9 grandchildren.She admired that I am a tailor and a costume designer- she was really interested in my blog project- very openhearted.She would have loved to be a Tailor as well, and then she smiled and said- "well- with 4 children you more or less just become a tailor in a way."

"I met the early bird guy this morning, around 8 , he came home from shopping. It took me a while to explain the difference between Internet and newspapers-he thought I was from the newspapers.He first was very skeptical, but somehow my great mood just reached him in a way,and he smiled- and said OK- take your picture.To be dressed well is very important to him."

"The older lady with the walking-help with the walking cart she was so great! She is 97 years old. She told me that she came to cologne in the age of 25.She was married to a fabricator of clothes, they had money, and she ran around in very chic and stylish clothes. She loved to be dressed exquisite..and special."

Thanks for sharing your gorgeous photos!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Silver Fox

[Photo by MISTER MORT]
I spotted this fella while walking through the garment center. When I asked if I coule take his photo, he happily obliged.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Advanced Style from "Au coin de ma rue"

Barbara took this wonderful photo of Ineke, in the Netherlands, for her blog Au coin de ma rue.

Monday, October 26, 2009

An Advanced Artist

I met this woman at the Art Jamboree over the weekend. She had such a great presence and greeted everyone with a welcoming smile. I asked her about her work and she replied, "Darling it is a buffet for the senses."

Thursday, October 22, 2009

New Museum Style

The other day I was in a hurry and rushed out of the house without my camera. Thankfully my coworker Rick, an expert iPhone photographer, was around to snap some shots of this fabulous lady. I got her info so expect some more shots in the near future.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A Day With Doris

A Lesson in BotanyMary having a cup of coffeeDoris shared that she had a huge crush on Laurence Olivier
Doris with her brick collection and a hat made by a friendI made Doris put on her "Swedish Shades" Peering over her mother's beloved piano
A Hollywood Moment, Doris as a child Vintage MarimekkoDancing in her garden as a young girl
I feel so lucky to live in New York and have the opportunity to meet such amazing and inspiring people.The other day I was invited to have lunch with two special ladies, Mary and Doris. Doris invited us back to her home for coffee and stories after giving us a architectural tour of her neighborhood. Mary had mentioned that Doris had exquisite taste and I could definitely gather as much, but was nonetheless taken aback by her stunning apartment and magnificent flair for design.

Everything in Doris' apartment is artfully arranged with her special touch. Its a world where neoclassical and contemporary design elements blend harmoniously with whimsical charm. Miniature chairs sit beside precious antiques and vintage family photos. Fine art pieces are mixed with wonderful drawings and paintings done by artist friends. These works hang on the walls of a place that her boss once remarked, "Where do you think you are, Versailles?" after she mentioned the idea of installing big mirrors in the living room.Doris' apartment is a reflection of herself, charming and graceful, contemporary and intelligent.

Doris is a natural teacher, storyteller and design wiz. She worked at the Whitney for over 30 years in charge of all museum publications. As we toured her apartment she espoused upon plants, old movie stars, furniture and fashion design and we discovered that we both were born without defined ankles. My grandmother was a librarian and I always thought she knew everything. There wasn't a question she couldn't answer. She used to say, " I know a little bit about a lot of things", but truthfully she knew a lot about most things. Doris is the same way, an expert, ready and willing to share her treasures, her knowledge. I learned that she pretends not to love chocolate although she really does and that you can transform old bricks into ancient treasures by placing them upon a beautiful antique dresser. I could go on and on, but hopefully these photos will give you a little peek into her magical world!

Striking A Pose

This lady might have learned to strike a confident pose from her days doing PR for photographer Helmut Newton. Her groovy style thoroughly expresses her fun and creative spirit.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Vintage Gucci Coat

This dapper fellow looks dashing in his vintage Gucci coat and tinted glasses. When I asked about his leather trench, he replied, " This is a great coat,it must be older than you are."

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Drawing Inspiration

Here is a selection of the latest in Advanced Style eye wear with some drawings inspired by these lovely ladies.

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