Chic from experience

Blog celebrates a lifetime of style

Created date

May 13th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_11555" align="alignright" width="196" caption="One of Advanced Style s models from Brighton Beach, N.Y. (Photo by Ari Seth Cohen)"] is proof from the wise and silver-haired set that personal style advances with age. Advanced Style is the work of Ari Seth Cohen, 28, who says his maternal grandmother was one of his style icons. Two years ago, Cohen moved to New York City. As I was walking around Manhattan, I would see all these amazing older people, he says. And I would just want to take photographs of how they were dressed because so many of them had such great personal style, the kind of style that had evolved over 30 or 40 years. So organically, from walking around and seeing these great people, I decided to start a blog [Web log].

Celebrating personal style

[caption id="attachment_11556" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Ari Seth Cohen with actress and style icon Mimi Weddell in 2009. (Photo courtesy of Ari Seth Cohen)"][/caption] What is so wonderful about Advanced Style is that it celebrates all kinds of taste. Men in natty tweeds are in there. Women who know how to mix vintage couture with new finds from H&M are in there. Ladies in bold florals, men in mint green summer suits, and hats, many, many hats, are all in there. The blog, which does not carry any advertising, is purely a labor of love for Cohen, who works at a museum to pay the rent. I wish the blog was my career, he says. It s the most enriching experience I ve ever had meeting these amazing people and finding out about their lives and their history as creative people. With its simple, straightforward mission and eye-catching photography, Advanced Style has been mentioned in such notable fashion tomes as The New York Times and French Glamour magazine. Cohen says it s great to get attention for Advanced Style but sees its impact as more then just personal. I get a lot of e-mails from women in their 30s and 40s saying how the blog showed them that style doesn t stop as you age and how great it is to see people growing older with grace. Our culture is so focused on youth and yet older people are still vital and creative and making amazing contributions. I m not saying that youth is not good; it s more like age shouldn t be a factor if you just focus on what is inspiring. The blog quotes Cohen s real mission. I roam the streets looking for New York s most stylish and creative older folks. Respect your elders and let these ladies and gents teach you a thing or two about living life to the fullest. Clearly, Cohen s message is getting through. Contact Ari Seth Cohen