Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
I came across this beautiful lady near Central Park West. She was just leaving the house for the day in her lovely hat and coat when I asked if I could take her photo. If you are looking for fantastic hats like the one above, check out Ellen Christine Millinery ,you won't be dissapointed.
Posted by Ari at 10:00 AM
Friday, May 27, 2011
I have had a splendid time in Paris,but its time to return back to New York. Here is a recent video I made with Canada's Fashion Magazine. Look out for some of your favorites from Advanced Style, including 99 year old Ruth who practices pilates almost everyday!
Posted by Ari at 8:12 PM
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Thanks to Dita Von Teese and her wonderful friends I was able to meet and photograph one of the most spectacular women in Paris. Mme Dominique Fallecker works at Didier Ludot a wonderful vintage shop where I met and interviewed her for a piece airing on Canal + tomorrow. Her spirit shines just as bright as her fantastic style. More from Paris coming soon...
Posted by Ari at 7:52 PM
I have been running around Paris, for the last few days, looking for great subjects for my book. Yesterday I met up with Nicole,71, the mother behind the fantastic jewelry line Hanna Bernhard. If you haven't seen her site, you have to check it out http://french-bakelite.com/ . Nicole is wearing one of her daughter's fantastic pins in the photo above. I'm off to shoot a little piece with Canal+, but expect some more great photos of Nicole at a later date.
Posted by Ari at 5:22 AM
Monday, May 23, 2011
I am in Paris until Saturday, shooting for my book and the first person I happened to photograph is a woman from New York. It turns out she only lives a few blocks away from me! Tomorrow I am being filmed for Canal+ so if you know any Parisian ladies with Advanced Style email me at email@example.com . I will be at the Jardin du Palais-Royal tomorrow afternoon after 3.
Posted by Ari at 4:57 AM
Thursday, May 19, 2011
All of the ladies above are between 90 and 99 years old. They do pilates, go out dancing, and have busier social lives than I do. I have learned that the key to living a long happy life, is to stay active and interested in the world. These gorgeous ladies take away the fear of aging and give us all something to look forward to.
Posted by Ari at 9:55 AM
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
After my divine run in with the girls from England(check out yesterday's post for the full story), I thought I'd brighten up Carol's day with an Advanced Style makeover. Carol has been a bit down lately, so she decided to come to New York for her 66th birthday, in order to get re-inspired. Carol rarely wears color so after a trip to Debra's, where we played with hats and put some bright make up on her, we headed over to Off Broadway Boutique. Lynn, Pat and the gang were ready to lend a helping hand for Carol's final transformation.We were even able to convince her to put on a little color.What do you think of Carol's new look? I hope you enjoy the videos above. It was truly wonderful running into these fantastic ladies who showed me that the ladies on Advanced Style are inspiring others to feel good about themselves.
Posted by Ari at 11:14 AM
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
The most wonderful thing happened last night. I was on my way home from a performance at Town Hall when I ran into two lovely ladies from Northern England. It was 10:40 pm and I got off on a subway stop that I don't usually exit from, when all of the sudden the ladies above started shouting, "Ari Ari." I thought that I must know them from somewhere but realized that I didn't recognize them at all.
They told me that they had been following Advanced Style for over a year and that the ladies I feature inspired them to come to New York.The lady on the left wanted to take a trip to New York for her 66th birthday to feel as free as the women I photograph everyday. She told me that it's hard to be herself in the small town where she resides,so she couldn't wait to visit New York where she could dress up and express herself.
This was a truly some kind of divine intervention.Neither one of them had contacted me so to run into them in the middle of the night was pretty unbelievable. I pulled out my Flip camera to capture the moment on video and told them that I would take them to Off Broadway Boutique today. It was the Birthday Girl's goal to be on Advanced Style, so I had to make her wish come true.
Posted by Ari at 8:55 AM
Monday, May 16, 2011
I stopped Joyce on the Upper West Side and asked her to share some of her style secrets.Joyce had some great advice, she said,"Style is about the right jewelry, the right know-how,the right neckline, and above all the right attitude." I think its important to share the ages of my subjects whenever possible, so I asked Joyce if she minded telling me how old she is. She replied, "Of course not. To age is a privilege, I am 79 years old."
Posted by Ari at 10:37 AM
Saturday, May 14, 2011
One of my favorite spots to find Advanced Style is Lynn Dell's Off Broadway Boutique. Not only are the clothes great, but they have a wonderful and knowledgeable staff ready to help with any style concern. Pat is one of Off Broadway's best. She is honest, helpful,straightforward, and super gorgeous and stylish herself. Stop by the store on 72nd, you won't be disappointed.
Posted by Ari at 1:40 PM
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Gurmukh is one of the most stunning women I have ever photographed. I first met her in SoHo last year and ran into her again the other day.Like many of the men and women I photograph, Gurmukh is a teacher. She is a world renowned yoga instructor and the cofounder and director of Golden Bridge Yoga, based in Los Angeles and New York. There is something about sharing knowledge and helping the world that makes people more beautiful. By dressing up and feeling good and sharing wisdom with one another we can become stronger, happier, and live fuller lives. Maybe style and substance can really go hand in hand.
Posted by Ari at 10:21 AM
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
On nice days Lucy likes to sit in a small park in the West Village wear she chats with friends. I have seen her many times, always with the same hat and flower. I asked Lucy what they key to being stylish is and she told me, " I want to be me, not anyone else."
Posted by Ari at 8:50 AM
Monday, May 9, 2011
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Advanced Style teamed up with AOL's StyleList to discover some great finds at the Metropolitan Vintage Clothing Show . We asked some of our favorite Advanced Stylistas, including Debra Rapoport and Tziporah Salamon, about the benefits of Vintage shopping and gathered some great tips along the way. After watching the clip above, do you feel that vintage is better?
Posted by Ari at 10:15 AM
Friday, May 6, 2011
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Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Mary's Advice:"Whenever You're in a Difficult Situation Ask Yourself, How Would Fred Astaire Handle This"
I asked my good friend Mary to share some life and style advice with us all. Check out her brand new blog on Advanced Style to read her tips and remember you can email her at Meowsbymary@gmail.com . CLICK HERE to visit her blog and here is a sneak peek at one of my favorites of Mary's meows,
"Whenever you're in a difficult situation, ask yourself how would Fred Astaire handle this."
Posted by Ari at 11:55 PM
One of the secrets to having Advanced Style is that these ladies and gentlemen dress to please themselves. Their trend is that there are no trends. Most of the people I meet keep with the latest fashion news and are aware of trends, but they don't rely on passing fads for style inspiration. One of the staple items for any advanced style fashionista is a great pearl necklace.
Whether worn underneath a coat, like the stunning woman above, or in dramatic strands,a pearl necklace will add a bit of timeless elegance to any outfit.
Posted by Ari at 10:19 AM
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
I was crossing the street on my way to the subway when I noticed the most striking white hair on a lady far ahead. I knew I had to approach her, so I hurried past my subway stop to ask if I could take her photograph. When she turned around I instantly recognized her as the gorgeous model Carmen Dell'Orefice. I have always wanted to take Carmen's photo so I was so excited when she stopped for a moment. She was just coming back from grocery shopping, looking as gorgeous as ever.
Posted by Ari at 9:15 AM
Monday, May 2, 2011
This gorgeous woman looks perfectly elegant in her trench coat, paired with a set of pearls, and a touch of red lipstick. Her wonderful smile puts the finishing touch on this chic look.