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Thursday, January 24, 2013

What is Style?

"Style is a response to the terror of invisibility and isolation -- a wish for inclusion." - Lisa Cohen, Three Lives

 In the process of working on the upcoming documentary Advanced Style, I have been thinking a lot about what motivates people to dress up. I was struck by the quote above while reading Lisa Cohen's book on the lives of three extraordinary women. For me, dressing up was always encouraged by my parents and grandparents. They saw it as an act of meaning and importance. My grandfather always said, "The way you dress is how the world sees you."

When I am walking around the city and looking for people to photograph, my eye is drawn to many different things. Sometimes it's a wonderful jacket, an exquisite hat, a knowing face, or a confident stance. What is most important to me is that the photos tell a story -- that they express a sense of vitality and spirit. I am not a style expert, nor am I a fashion critic. I only seek to present a positive and inspired look at aging and style and show that many wonderful things exist beyond middle age.

Style means something different to each person who gets up in the morning and decides how they are going to look. While some may consider it a means of celebrating the self, a fight against invisibility, or an act of creative expression, others may simply get dressed without putting much thought into it. Motivation aside, for the people I photograph, style is a reflection and example of the care, passion, and energy that they invest and express in their daily lives.

17 comments:

ahundredyearsago.com said...

I just discovered this blog--and absolutely love it. I like how you present aging and style in a really positive way.

April said...

Style is idiosyncratic and personal. It is not 'good taste' which is a social description. Many stylish women defy convention.

Viva the individual!

Thanks, Ari, for showcasing women who are unique!

April

Patte Leathe said...

Style is not only the way the world sees you its the way you see yourself.

Karen Albert said...

Style in my opinion is the sense of confidence and belief in oneself/ and an appearance we know is pleasing to ourself and to the world.

Xoxo
Karena
New 2013 Artists Series

Marla Robinson said...

Yes-so true. Style does mean something different to each person and I think that is a good thing.

Brant said...

Thank you for your thoughts Ari. Style to me is an expression of my personality; I love to feel elegant and luxurious no matter what I am wearing. The feel of the material against my skin is as important as the colour and shape and the way it sits on my body. I also think style is expressed in the way one moves and expresses ideas. I admire those women and men who take the time to express their own style through their unique personalities.

kathleen temple, tailor said...

Beautifully written, Ari. I love your newest photos, but your mini-essay here really puts the icing on the cake. I am going to dress up today, yes I am!

RebeccaNYC said...

my mother always said that dressing yourself appropriately is a sign of respect for others. I have taken that a little farther and think that it is a sign of self-respect as well. Love your blog, always have. I aspire to be one of these well dressed ladies!

RebeccaNYC said...

my mother always said that dressing yourself appropriately is a sign of respect for others. I have taken that a little farther and think that it is a sign of self-respect as well. Love your blog, always have. I aspire to be one of these well dressed ladies!

kjandersen said...

What a lovely lady, she looks so nice and gentle. Someone I´d chat with.
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Anonymous said...

Your blog puts a smile on my face at the end of a very long day!
I dress for me, it is my way of saying .......it doesn't matter how old I am..... I am here and watch me roar!!!
Cathy G

Lara Taubman said...

This is a beautiful post, the lady, the quote, Ari Set Cohen's words, everything. The quote in particular made alot of thoughts I had been having about this subject gel in my mind. I hope its allright but I loved the quote so much that I borrowed it for my Style/Life blog site. http://stylecomesfromlife.com/2013/01/26/day-twenty-six-design-on-the-hoof/ Thank you so much Ari Seth Cohen for initiating such an important discussion. Fashion cant save a person totally but it can sure help!

kookyswank.com said...

I find that a lot of my outfits and style are inspired from men (60+) who dont really think to much about what they put on but still manage to look so stylish and unique. Oh, did I mention that I am a girl in my twenties? My point is that inspiration often comes from people who have experienced life :)

dkzody said...

That last paragraph resonates with me. Thanks for all the creative spirit you bring to these posts. Love you.

mem said...

Ari I was chatting with my 26 year old son the other day and found out that he loves your blog . I was surprised to say the least but also delighted. He writes a blog for "Pugnacious George" and so keeps himself well versed in all the style blogs . He supported my aspiration to age stylishly!!

Paisley said...

Love your idea of style 'telling a story' and showing off 'vitality and energy'. The lovely lady in the photo is both striking and genteel - appreciated:)

Paloma Cruz (@palomacruz) said...

I love your blog. So great, especially the photos. I've subscribed via RSS. Look forward to future posts.

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