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Friday, September 19, 2014

Advancing Style: Tziporah Salamon

Tziporah as a Berkeley, 1979, when she moved back to NYC to pursue fashion
At 34, 1984, when she was approached by Wendy Goodman for a shoot for New York Magazine(photo: Cheryl Koralick)
Hamptons, 1986, (photo: Zachy Sherif)
In Egypt, 1992, 42-years-old (photo Youssef Nabil)
Egypt, 1993 (photo Zachy Sherif)
Tziporah at 53 in NYC (photo: Julie McCarthy)
At 59-years-old
I'm starting a new series entitled "Advancing Style" where I will be asking some of our favorite ladies to share some vintage photos documenting the development of their personal style. Our first feature is on the marvelous Tziporah Salamon who describes her personal style as, "artistic, bold, dramatic, and hopefully, elegant."

Tziporah, now 64, has seen a lifetime of style. Her parents were Holocaust survivors who moved their family to Israel and later New York. Her father worked as expert tailor in the garment district and her mother a dressmaker. As a little girl she would wake up to brand new outfits waiting at the edge of her bed each morning. She always felt like, "the best dressed girl in town" getting glamorous gifts from her uncle, who was the vice president of Neiman Marcus.

After graduating from Berkeley, Tziporah moved back to New York to pursue a career in fashion. She loved the work of Japanese designers like Commes des Garcons and Issey Miyake, but after realizing that a single piece of clothing cost upwards of $800, she decided to go underground for inspiration. Tziporah says," I had just moved back to New York and quickly realized that I needed to go underground for fashion. There was this great vintage store called Alice Underground where I bought my first 1940s jacket for $100. I remember seeing the quality of the garment and thinking that it was as good as what my father used to make. I still have the jacket today."

Tziporah struck vintage gold when she befriended collector Renee Lewis in New York City. Lewis had been collecting vintage clothing since she was four years old and according to Tziporah it is still the best collection she has ever seen. Renee could no longer wear the pieces from her archive so she decided to give her entire collection to Tziporah.This ignited a love of vintage collecting that has lasted for over thirty years.

The first time I saw a photograph of Tziporah I just knew I had to meet her. At the time she was 59 and too young for Advanced Style, so I waited a year until we finally got together. Tziporah was destined to become a style icon from day one. For more information on her wonderful one woman show CLICK HERE. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Smooth Jazz Style

My whole family went on a smooth jazz cruise to Alaska to celebrate my parent's 42nd wedding anniversary. On board, I met Renee Gibbons, mother to one of the musician's performing on the ship. I guess Advanced Style follows me wherever I travel!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Leopard Totes

I love how this woman spruces up her summer look with a great hat and matching leopard bags.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Vintage Lace

Irene always looks like a dream in her vintage inspired looks.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Summer Stripes

Friday, September 12, 2014

A Laugh Uptown

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Cat Eye Glasses and a Smile

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Ray-Bans and Loafers

I thought this woman looked incredibly cool in her Ray-Bans and loafers.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Outside Barney's

Monday, September 8, 2014

Pat

If you have ever walked into The Off Broadway Boutique on 72nd street than you might recognize the gorgeous and always inspiring Pat Taieb. Pat is one of the most wise and generous women I have ever met. She has been working at Lynn Dell's grand boutique for over 32 years old and always can be counted on for an uplifting remark and honest and insightful style advice.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Coral Accents

I have run into this woman several times on The Upper East Side and she always looks absolutely exquisite. She reminds me of Anne Bancroft with her two-toned hair and classically elegant style.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

A Celebration of Advanced Style at City Winery

In a little more than three weeks, Advanced Style The Documentary will hit US theaters. Lina and I have waiting for this moment for over four years and we are thrilled to finally be able to share our fim with everyone. Right before the film's New York release we will be having a celebration of Advanced Style at City Winery hosted by one of my style icons, Simon Doonan. Simon once said, "Dressing age-inappropriately is, so they say, in poor taste. And it's vulgar. This is exactly why I celebrate it." 

I couldn't have dreamed up a better way to celebrate film's release than an evening full of witty conversation, over the top style and some of our favorite preview clips from the movie.

For tickets to the City Winery event on September 22nd CLICK HERE.
Advanced Style will open a Quads Cinemas in New York on September 26th. For other cities and screening dates CLICK HERE.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Old School, New School

Jessica Bonarius and Debra Rapoport
Jessica Bonarius, 21, and Debra Rapoport, 68, both love dressing up and expressing their creativity through clothing and accessories. It's fun to see how the both interpret their vintage and thrift store finds.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Summer Chic

I love this woman's chic summer look.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Dance Your Way Through Life

The first thing I noticed about this gorgeous woman was her incredible posture. When I asked if I could take her photo she announced, "Of course and do you know how old I am? I am 90-years-old." After taking her photograph I handed her my card and told her to email or call me if she wanted to see the photos. The next day I received a call from her asking me to send her the photo. She told me that she started ballroom dancing about five years ago and that she dances about four hours a week. Helena also invited me to come photograph her with her instructor, Manuel Rojas, sometime soon. I can't wait to meet Helena in her dance studio and find out the secret to her wonderful spirit and vitality.

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