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Friday, September 28, 2012

On The Go Near Union Square

The other day I was walking through Union Square when I spotted this gorgeous woman. I rushed through the crowds and finally caught up with her and asked if I could take her photo. We exchanged cards so hopefully you will see a lot more of her very soon!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Ilona is Back

I couldn't be more thrilled by the fact that Ilona is back from her three month stay in Provincetown. It was so wonderful catching up and hearing about all of her adventures by the sea. 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Alice Carey Reflects on Her Mother's Vintage Dress

Each time I get together with Alice Carey, she pulls out the most marvelous pieces of clothing from her wardrobe. Alice has a way with clothes-- she can swiftly turn an old men's suit jacket into the most elegant coat, just by adding a few bakelite buttons and a brooch. This past weekend Alice was dying to show me a dress of her mother's that she brought back from Ireland. Check out her story below and for more of  her writings you can find her book HERE.

 I’ve wanted Ari to photograph me in this dress for a long time.  You see it was my Mother’s, and it’s the only thing of hers that I own.  So a few weeks ago I brought it to New York from Ireland, where she was born.

The buttery yellow Irish linen, made even more buttery from the sun as I examine it here on the bed, hasn’t faded.  The Deco styling echoes the 1920s and made me think of the Empire State Building.  And on closer inspection, it appears to be handmade with the exception of the help of a sewing machine for belt hooks, two snazzy ‘V’ darts running from bust to waist and repeated down from the shoulders.  Also two similar lines from waist to just above the hem that must have given kick room to show off shoes – perhaps brown and white spectators.  Everything else seems to be hand sewn.

It’s just a dress. Yes.  Worth several hundred dollars in a Vintage store today.  Yet, I’m left with thinking, who was that young woman (younger than I am now) who made this dress?  I don’t know.  My Mother died when I was barely out of my teens.  When I was a child, one didn’t ask about the past.  It would have been rude.  So the young woman who made that dress, wasn’t the mother I knew who worked as a maid for the rich.  And so the memories I’m left with are those of her clothes, always bought at the great New York department stores – Bonwits, Bergdorfs, Altmans, Tailored Women.  On sale of course.  Then again, wearing a Hattie Carnegie to Mass no one knew the difference but she and I.   

Monday, September 24, 2012

Near Central Park

This absolutely charming lady was sitting on a bench on the edge of Central Park when I asked if I could photograph her. I was struck by her wonderful curls, eye makeup, and bright red lipstick and nails. She reminded me of my grandmother and all of her friends--woman who didn't leave the house without doing there hair and putting on their makeup. Even when my grandmother wasn't dressed up, she had to have her hair done, put on a  little bit of lipstick and a spray of her favorite carnation perfume.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Advanced Style Documentary Stills


Lina has been working hard editing the footage for our film, which we hope to finish in the upcoming months. She sent me these wonderful stills from the documentary to share with everyone. For more updates on our progress follow us on Facebook and check out the links below!

Advanced Style Film on Facebook
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Thursday, September 20, 2012

"Elegance Is Always in Style." Joyce Carpati

 
Here are some shots of Joyce outside our hotel in Los Angeles.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Advanced Style:Hollywood Style Tips


Debra Rapoport, Lynn Dell, and Joyce Carpati and I just got back from our big Hollywood debut. The ladies were amazing sports, leaving New York and arriving back 48 hours later. Our interview should air sometime in October, but that's all I can share about it for now!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Advanced Style Hits Los Angeles

Some of the ladies and I flew to Los Angeles today for a big television interview. Lynn Dell told me that she is thrilled to finally get to Hollywood-- a dream of hers since she was seventeen. These ladies definitely know how to dress for a cross country flight. I'll let you know as soon as the segment airs!!!

Friday, September 14, 2012

An English Lady

 This stunning woman was attending an opera festival outside of London when I spotted her and asked if I could take her picture. She told me that no one had thought that she was every stylish before  and that she was delighted to pose for a photograph.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Mal Cross

I see my future every time I run into this wonderful gentleman. Mal Cross is a magician to the stars and one of the best dresses men in New York. Check out his website HERE .
 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Jacquie Tajah Murdock at New York Fashion Week

Jacquie was one of the gorgeous ladies who took part in The Advanced Style Fashion at Lincoln Center this  past weekend. Here she is modelling an amazing pair of a-morir shades designed by my good friend and future Advanced Style lady Kerin Rose. Jacquie was one of ten stunning ladies who turned out to strut their stuff on an imaginary catwalk for New York Fashion Week. Check out some  of the great press we got in the links below:
Fashionista
CNN

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Lana Turner at Lincoln Center


I have heard about this wonderful woman, Lana Turner, for a long time now. It was a pleasure to finally run into her and see her fantastic style and sparkling personality in person. I can't wait until we meet again.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Advanced Style's Flash Fashion Show in Lincoln Center

 [Photos by Eric Lee]
On Sunday I managed to pull off an amazing Advanced Style flash mob fashion show and parade in the middle of Lincoln Center. Amazing ladies, aged 60 to 95 years old,  showed up to model their favorite looks and prove that fashion is not just for the young. The women had a blast and crowds of people came to see the impromptu show. The event ended with celebratory applause right before the police told us that we would have to leave the area. I hope you enjoy the shots from the event.Hopefully we can do something on a much grander scale next season!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Rita at Fashion Week

 Rita Hammer and I headed to Lincoln Center yesterday, to see all the Fashion Week excitement. As I was taking her photograph a storm of photographers rushed over to do the same. It always so much fun to take the Advanced Style ladies to Fashion Week events and see all the positive reactions they recieve.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Dots In Amsterdam

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

"Hairspray Confessions" with Iris Apfel and Derek Blasberg


We can never get enough of our friend Iris Apfel on Advanced Style. Check out this wonderful video of Iris spilling her style secrets to fashion editor and writer Derke Blasberg.This video is part of L’OrĂ©al Paris' brand new YouTube series which pays homage to their signature Elnett Satin Hairspray. I am thrilled that Iris is getting so much attention these days and can't wait to see what's next.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

More is Never Enough



Debra Rapoport is never one to shy away from over the top fashions. As an artist she always takes color, texture,mood, and composition into consideration while picking out an outfit.  I am in constant admiration of her fearlessness and creativity and hope to be as bold as my friend Debra.

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