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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Guizhou Province

Photo by Joanna Wong
My dear friend Joanna Wong sent me this wonderful picture from her travels in China last month. I rarely ever post photos taken by other people, but I couldn't resist sharing this great shot.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Heading to Florida

From The Film Irene William Queen of Lincoln Road
I am  heading to Florida to give a presentation and book signing at Forest Trace Luxury Resort and Adult Community. I can't wait to hit the streets and  find some amazing ladies and gentleman to photograph. Florida holds a special place in my heart because it is the home of one of my favorite style icons, Irene Williams.  The documentary about her life,  Irene Williams: Queen of Lincoln Road, is a must see for any lover of advanced style. Check out the trailer to this wonderful film below and I hope to see you on February 6th.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Glamour is Everything

Jacquie "Tajah" Murdock, 82, dresses up everyday inspired by a lifetime of dance and performance. I asked her about style inspiration and she replied, "It has always been about the dance. The glamour of the costumes. Glmaour is everything."

Friday, January 25, 2013

That's Hatitude

I love how this wonderful hat transforms an otherwise casual look into an artful statement.

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.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Unzipped
























Lois Kinley proves that style is all in the details. I photographed Lois in front of her home in this wonderful textural coat. After we finished, Lois unzipped her jacket to reveal another gorgeous look.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Vintage Glamour

I spend a lot of my time looking at vintage fashion photography, old movies and advertisements. I have appreciated vintage glamor ever since the first day my grandmother showed me pictures from her old scrapbooks. My eyes were always drawn to the wonderful hats and gloves worn by all the seemingly elegant individuals. The other day 80-year-old Joyce Carpati brought out some of the hats that she has kept for over 50 years. Joyce has been wearing her hair in a braid for a number of years, so it was fun to see her try on these wonderful hats and create an entirely new look. While taking photos of Joyce, I remembered a quote from my dear friend Mimi Weddell, "The only romantic thing left in life is a hat." What do you think of Joyce's hat makeover?
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Monday, January 21, 2013

Black and White

This weekend, Lina and I met up with the always stunning Tziporah Salamon to film some beauty shots for the Advanced Style Documentary. Tziporah will be performing her one-woman show at the Dahesh Museum of Art on February 10th. For more information on her performance CLICK HERE.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Maureen

I met Maureen last year during my exhibition in Geneva. She happened to be shopping for a hat in the neighborhood near the gallery and noticed me crossing the street. Maureen and I looked at one another as if we knew each other and suddenly she announced my name.  I didn't know anyone in Switzerland so I was surprised that she knew who I was. It turns out that she had been following the blog for some time and read I would be coming to Geneva. It was a great coincidence that we met on the street like we did and I was happy to make a new friend. Maureen is in New York for a few months visiting her family. It was great to catch up  with her over lunch and a trip to Off Broadway Boutique.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Out West

Debra and I visited Frank Lloyd Wright's winter home, Taliesen West, on our trip to Phoenix. If you happen to be in the area, a side trip this magnificent residence is well worth it. Debra can especially related to how Wright and his team of architects used local desert rock in the construction of the various buildings. Her own outfit is a combination of things she has either made from recycled or household items or things that have been "upcycled" and gifted to her. Debra's statement necklace is  made up of a collection of bobbins and she crafted her wonderful hat from Viva paper towels.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Forever Cool

Linda is one of those women who has been cool forever. She has great taste, an incredible eye for design and always looks effortlessly chic in whatever she puts on.

Monday, January 14, 2013

A Modern Day Flapper

My friends and I often joke that we were born in the wrong era. We all seem to love vintage clothing, hunting for antique treasures and watching old movies. Growing up, I'd spend countless hours looking through my grandmother's old scrapbooks and listening to her stories. I developed a great appreciation for the style and elegance of 1920s, '30s, and '40s.

Dinah Earle collects clothing and accessories from the 1920s. When I saw her dressed in this gorgeous silver coat and stunning vintage dress I was immediately reminded of my grandma's old photos. I can't wait to return to Phoenix to see more of Dinah's incredible collection.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Kati

I have been having the best time in Phoenix vintage shopping and meeting the wonderful members of The Arizona Costume Institute. As soon as I arrived at the museum I was told  that I needed to meet a fashionable woman in her 80s named Kati.After my presentation and book signing at the Phoenix Art Museum I looked around to see if I could find anyone to photograph. As soon as the gorgeous lady above walked by me,  I knew she had to be Kati. I asked if I could take her photo was overjoyed when she told me that she had been moved by my presentation. She said that upon her coming out, her  mother looked her up and down and didn't approve of what she was wearing. She was so happy to hear about my grandparents allowing me the freedom to play in their closets and express myself through personal style. Kati didn't let her mother's disapproving glance stop her from dressing up and now in her 80s she is one of the most stylish and vibrant ladies I have ever seen. Doesn't she look marvelous in these knee high boots?!!!!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Like Grandma, Like Granddaughter

Once again here is the gorgeous Lois Kinley and her equally stunning granddaughter Ashley modelling one of Lois' original designs. Lois' grandmother taught her how to sew at a young age and  since retiring she has had even more time to spend on her life long passion for fashion. If you are interested in purchasing one of Lois' custom made pieces email Ashley at amsumpter@gmail.com .

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Not Your Average Grandmother


I met Lois Kinley at a book signing a few weeks ago. Her granddaughter Ashley told her about my blog and book and knew that she would be a perfect candidate for Advanced Style. I finally got the  chance to photograph  Lois outside of her  home in East New York, Brooklyn. Lois has an incredible eye for color and texture. She has always loved fashion and now that she is a retired postal worker she has more time and freedom to express her personal style. Look out for some more great shots of Lois Kinley coming soon!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Heading To Phoenix

Debra Rapoport and I are heading to Arizona to give a presentation and book signing at the Phoenix Art Museum. If you happen to be near Phoenix on January 9th, admission is included with entrance to the museum. The stylish ladies above attended a book signing for Advanced Style in Amsterdam. I can't wait to see who will be in attendance on the 9th. For more details on our presentation check out the website HERE .

Friday, January 4, 2013

New Year's Wishes From Ilona (VIDEO)


Thursday, January 3, 2013

Debra and Stan

Debra and her partner Stan share a passion for creativity and personal expression. Debra goes to yoga a few times a week, but her and Stan's sport of choice is thrift store shopping. It's always so much fun to see how they inspire eachother.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Jackie

Jackie always looks stunning and perfectly put together. She never goes out without a great belt and bag and has a gorgeous smile to match.

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