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Friday, July 30, 2010

Gitte Lee : The Art of Personal Style











I am back in London finishing up some projects and I had the honor of meeting with my new friend Gitte Lee again. Gitte is one of the most charming and elegant women I have ever met. She has a great instinct about style and how to enjoy life and she shared some of her secrets with me.

Gitte Lee modeled in London over 50 years ago and now is returning to the fashion spotlight. Expect some exciting things from Gitte in the near future including some of my photos of her and some other fashionable ladies in Time Out London and Stella Magazine. Gitte and I started discussing why as of late older men and women are becoming more in vogue in fashion and advertising .Not only are positive and beautiful images of older men and women who are aging gracefully and living life the to the fullest inspirational, but they give people of all generations something to aspire to . A picture of an elegant older lady in an ad campaign adds an element of history, quality, timelessness, and it tells a story. These images are so powerful because there are very few of them and the more they are put out into the world, the more positively people will respond to them.

Like many of the ladies I feature on Advanced Style Gitte has a unique sense of personal style that perfectly suits her. She has her own timeless and elegant and uniform ready for all occasions . Her outfits are the same for every season, a sweater, long coat, and pair of loose trousers. She wears her signature black glasses and different hats to protect her skin from the sun. The true secret to Gitte's style is that she changes fabrics to suit the season, lighter cotton for the summer, and heavier fabrics during the colder months, but sticks to a simple and clean color palette and structure and accessorizes to suit each outfit. Each beautiful combination is subtly different with the change of a hat or bag and they can be worn day or night in all types of weather.

Gitte was very particular about the way she dressed as a young girl, so she decided to start making her own clothes at the age of nine. I asked her if her style had developed over time, but she told me that she has dressed the same for as long as she can remember. Her signature overcoats were purchased in India and she know longer feels the need to shop as she has everything she needs inside of her closet. We can all take some style cues from Gitte and look out for more of her soon and if you are in London stop by Selfridges Forever Shop to take a look at my photos in person!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Style Communication

This smartly dressed man was waiting for the bus as I was walking down the hill to The Vatican. He only spoke French, but seemed happy to pose for a quick photo!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Advanced Style On The Go In Italy: A Colorful Summer

Its a Summer full of color for Italian women and Advanced Style seems to be at it's best in floral and brilliant abstract patterns. I have a lot of photos to come, but wanted to brighten up your Summer days with this colorful post!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Advanced Style On The Go In Roma: Men's Edition


I have been running around Europe and I've finally arrived in beautiful Roma. After a delicious cup of gelato I hit the streets looking for Advanced Style. As I was walking around I noticed how beautifully the older men in rome dressed, even in very hot weather.Here are a few shots of Rome's well dressed men on the go and don't worry the ladies of rome will get their time to shine as well.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Time Out London Presents Advanced Style

I'm usually the man behind the camera, but Time Out London shot me for their current issue. Look in next week's issue for my photographs and short interviews of some of London's best Advanced Stylistas.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Take Notes from This "Very Old Grandmother"

I haven't been able to post as much as I would like, as I have been doing a bit of travelling through Europe. I am very excited about my next stop in Rome, where I know I'll find some great Advanced Style. The woman above, Rita, is one of the most amazing women I met while shooting in London. She writes here very own blog called VeryOldGrandmother.com where she shares tips on how to stay young and vital( and computer savvy) and clever anectdotes about her life.Do you guys know any other great blogs written my older ladies and gents, i think it would be great to compile a list!

Below is my favorite post from the Very Old Grandmother blog where Rita lists the things that her family members complain about and the things a fabulous older lady like her can still do! I hope you have the chance to read the rest of her posts and if you know of anyone I should meet during my travles to Italy please send me an email.


Recent Notes of a V.O.G. (Very Old Grandmother)
Aug 82008
COMPLAINTS, ALBEIT MINOR, FROM THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS OF MY FAMILY:
Daughter: I pick my nails!
Son: He believes I should aim to be the World’s first V.O.G. Technology Advisor.
Son-in-law: Endless!!
Daughter-in-law: None, as yet. She’s too new!!!
Grandson No.1: Thinks I don’t do anything all day and that I only have myself to think about! Not true Oli!!
Grandson No.2: Doesn’t think I drive very well.
Grandson No.3: No record – as yet – of a complaint!
WHAT THE V.O.G. CAN STILL DO:
Drive
Read
Write
Can see!
Do my housework, shopping, cooking, cleaning.
Hear
Listen
Look Elegant (according to my daughter!)
Program the VCR and PVR
Go online
Reboot the WiFi Router
Travel

Friday, July 16, 2010

Forever Shop at Selfridges Department Store

My project for Selfridges Department Store is now officially installed in the "Forever Shop." I had a great time shooting Advanced Style in London and met some of the most incredible people. Here are some shots of the project from start to finish including one of the amazing ladies I met Rita Marcus, next to her photo. Check out her wonderful blog http://www.veryoldgrandmother.com and some links to some great press too!http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/jul/07/slow-fashion-high-street
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/interiorsandshopping/7848667/Interior-Design-Notebook-Selfridges-Liberty-Anthropolgie-and-more....html
http://www.nationalpost.com/wear+again+Your+Majesty/3259504/story.html
http://www.drapersonline.com/multiples/news/selfridges-opens-timeless-pop-up-shop/5015028.article

http://www.vogue.co.uk/news/favourites-of-vogue/100713-selfridges-forever-shop.aspx
http://www.elleuk.com/news/Fashion-News/selfridges-forever-shop/
http://fashionista.com/2010/07/always-forever-now-selfridges-opens-the-forever-shop/
http://fashion.glam.co.uk/articles/details/the_forever_store_at_selfridges/2541259215
http://news.style.com/story/comments/always_forever_now_selfridges_opens_the_forever_shop/872010/
http://www.handbag.com/fashion/selfridges-launch-forever-shop/v1
http://uk.stylelist.com/2010/06/30/stylelists-mid-week-rescue-remedy-week-11/

http://disneyrollergirl.blogspot.com/2010/07/selfridges-forever-shop.html
http://thatsnotmyage.blogspot.com/2010/07/advanced-style.html
http://thatsnotmyage.blogspot.com/2010/07/forever-shop-sir-paul-smith.html
http://www.fashionfoiegras.com/2010/07/selfridges-announce-opening-of-forever.html
http://searchingforstyle.com/archives/7507
http://www.veryoldgrandmother.com/?p=136
http://www.signature9.co.uk/style/selfridges-launches-the-forever-shop

http://www.viewlondon.co.uk/whatson/forever-shop-at-selfridges-article-9930.html

London Vintage

The fellow above was one of the coolest guys I saw walking around London. He likes to dress completely in vintage and he looks great doing it!

*a little note from the cheap seats here in NYC:
Dear Ari: Thank you for finding me my new boyfriend! This man is divine.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

A London Lady

When I was a little boy my grandma and I would lie and bed and watch My Fair Lady together. I imagined there would be ladies dressed up like Eliza Doolittle on every London street corner. I ran into this wonderful woman right near Selfridges department store and instantly thought of the great times shared with my grandmother, watching movies and sharing stories. Do you guys have any special memories of your grandparents. I'd love to hear them. Email me at Advancedstyleinfo@gmail.com or comment below!

Ari Seth Cohen

Monday, July 12, 2010

London's Finest

I am having the most splendid time in London running around and meeting with some fabulous ladies and gentleman, from advanced bloggers and models to a Baron and a women who worked with the famous code cracking Enigma machine during World War II. They have welcomed me into their hearts and their homes and I am enjoying every moment of it.

The elegant women above was one of the first stylish ladies I spotted in London. I saw her get into a taxi cab and I quickly ran up to the window and asked if she would roll it down so I could take a photo of her. I complimented her turban and matching shirt and pants and she replied, " I am on my way to chemo darling, a friend made this hat for me." As she drove off I knew that the rest of my experiences in Europe would be just grand.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

All in the Family: Eyewear Inspiration


Part of what I'm doing to keep busy while Ari's away with the staff camera in London (so jealous!) is reading all your submissions. Each of your letters are encouraging me to find more people with "Advanced Style" and to report about them for you. I'm so happy to be reading your letters, finding out what sort of diverse things inspired you as you developed your sense of style, and what references you look to in order to continue (or begin) to establish your look.

Apropos of this, I wanted to share one of my inspiration images (since many of you have been sending me yours)... This is my beautiful grandmother Ruth. She's always had great style, and even now, at the age of 82, chooses eyewear that suits her style and sense of chic.
True the "cat-eye" frame is back in vogue, but I feel a little bit of her when i walk around in mine.
It's less of an homage to a designer, and more of a salute to our elders!

Results of the survey coming soon....
xo
Maayan

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