Last night, I was walking by The Carlyle hotel, when I spotted a poster of Elaine Stritch in the
window. I have always wanted to take her photo, but have never had the chance. I walked a few
blocks down Madison Ave and all of the sudden I saw Ms. Stritch walking towards me. I knew this was my chance to finally take her photo.I went up to her and told her that I was working on a book about style and she quickly replied with a smile, " Oh that's wonderful good luck." I asked if I could take her photo, but she kindly refused. A few moments later she turned around and said, " Okay go ahead." I had only a few seconds to get a shot,but I will forever remember my interaction with this 86 year old legend.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
I met up with Alice Carey again, to get a few more shots for my book. Each time we meet, she brings out another amazing outfit, and shares even more wonderful stories about her life.Alice finds most of her things at thrift stores, including this striped dress is by her favorite designer, Bill Blass. To learn more about her Carey, check out her book on amazon HERE.
Friday, August 26, 2011
Debra Rapoport has taught me that dressing should be fun.Every time I see her she is wearing a wonderful combination of clothes that she has either thrifted or has been gifted. At 66, she dresses for herself and doesn't worry about what other people think.Check out her amazing accessories,mostly made from recycled materials!
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
This summer has been super busy for Advanced Style. I have been shooting a special story for a German fashion magazine,working on my book, and planning a fashion week event with the Ace Hotel and Tavi. I was thrilled to be asked to speak on a panel at this year's IFB Conference. If you are in New York, you should definitely check it out. More details about my panel below:
Evolution of Fashion Media
Gone are the days when fashion media was all about glossy magazines and red carpet photos. As mainstream media moves online, how do blogs differentiate themselves from fashion sites? This panel–an IFB Conference first–will touch on this and more.
Moderated by: Ann Colville Somma, HolierthanNow • Panelist: Mr. Mickey, PaperMag • Mary HK Choi, MTV Style • Claire Sulmers, Fashion Bomb Daily • Ari Seth Cohen, Advanced Style • Joyce Chang, People Style Watch • Christian Remrod, Fashion Networks
Register for Tickets Here!
"The Object is to Look as Chic as You Can, but Your Average Person in the Street Would Never Wear This."
Monday, August 22, 2011
Writer, Alice Carey, learned about style from the ladies who lived off Park Avenue, in New York, during the 50s and 60s. Her family immigrated from Ireland, and her mother was a maid for a chic set of women, who purchased hats from Hattie Carnegie and shopped at Bergdorf's. As a young girl, Alice soaked all of this in. Her style philosophy is, "The Object is to look as chic as you can, but your average person in the street would never wear this." For more of Alice's story check out the videos below:
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Found these absolute dreams at H&M last week (I almost did a little dance and a scream, but managed to keep it together) As soon as I recover from my monster throat infection that has had me bed ridden for over a week, I plan on never taking these off! I suggest that everyone go and buy a pair right now. Boys included. Thank you H&M.
Friday, August 19, 2011
I stopped this elegant woman on the Upper West Side and asked if I could take her photo. When I asked about her style she exclaimed, " I'm old enough to be comfortable with my own style and not be subject to the whim of designers." I couldn't have said it any better myself. Do you feel that style advances with age and experience?
Thursday, August 18, 2011
This lady looked gorgeous in "all vintage" when I stopped her for a photo by Madison Avenue. Check out her Kenneth Jay Lane Frog Brooch and great yellow dress.
Advanced Style Goes Live at the Ace Hotel For New York Fashion Week:Hosted by Ari Seth Cohen and Tavi Gevinson
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Yes its true,Tavi Gevinson of The Style Rookie and I are hosting an Advanced Style extravaganza with the Ace Hotel.The invite only affair will be a celebration of age and style for New York Fashion Week Spring 2011.Stay Tuned for more details...
Monday, August 15, 2011
Rose is the best dressed 99 year old on the Upper East Side.I am inspired by her passion for life and style. Rose always has the best advice and style tips. Read some of her wonderful words of wisdom HERE, including how Belts and Beats can really make an outfit.
I saw this woman on my way to a shoot, and I asked if I could take her photo. I love her sense of color and mixing of patterns. She told me that she buys everything at thrift stores.For more thrifting inspiration check out the video of Debra below.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
(leather jack topshop boutique, denim shirt topshop, bag h&m, rings both topshop)
At the moment I keep getting really bored with having my hair down and since I'm so into plaits, I decided to go the whole hog and rock some Heidi-style over the head plaits for the day. I teamed my new "do" with massive wedges, a denim shirt and leather jacket to ensure that I didn't look about 5 years old. The weather in England is bleak (and that's being kind) it seems like we're not getting a Summer this year so Im already thinking Autumn Winter..... and I much prefer the cold so it suits me just fine! Hope you're all having a lovely weekend and its sunnier/riot-less where you are. Penny
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Jean and Valerie,The Idiosyncratic Fashionistas, are two of my favorite stylish ladies about town. They believe that fashion should be fun and expressive and not taken too seriously.Check out more of Jean and Valerie in the clip we made for NOWNESS below. You can also read about their adventures on their blog HERE.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Great things happen when you appear on Advanced Style. Our very own Debra Rapoport is starring in Kmart's upcoming ad campaign.Check out the trailers above and look out for billboards starting September 5th.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
I met up with Joyce the other day to get one more shot for my book. I met her outside a department store on the upper west side, a few months ago, and have loved working with her ever since. At 79 years old, Joyce believes, " To age is a privilege". I have shared her great style tips before, but for another reminder check out the fashion advice below:
1.”Gloves they make an outfit, if it’s the right glove it can do everything for you.”
2.”Getting a good black dress that you can fix up with different wonderful colored scarves.”
3.”Marvelous Jewelry, it doesn’t have to be real or expensive, a strand of pearls can make an outfit.”
4.”A wonderful large fiocco, a beautiful bow or boa.”
5.” The right neckline, if you have a beautiful Décolletage then by all mean shows it.”
6. “I look for the brightest colors in shoes, don’t be afraid to wear them with a dark dress. A bright scarf and shoes and gloves of the same color will stand out against the black background of a dress or suit.”
7. ”The older you get the more elegance you want, you can use great color, but in an elegant way.”
8.”Don’t be afraid to be unique to be different.”
9.”Fishnet stockings, Incredible.”
10. “The real secret is being in love with life and realizing what you have.”
Thursday, August 4, 2011
I came across this wonderful video interview of Lucy Jarvis, while researching her for a story I am shooting. She has such a great take on life and aging. Lucy believes that life doesn't stop at 65, in fact it just keeps getting more fun. My favorite things she says is ," Don't Retire-Retread Your Tires." She is a great inspiration and I can't wait to photograph and interview her next week.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Ruth and I met up, the other day, to take some more photos for my book. She will be 100 years old next month and is excitedly awaiting her birthday trip to Bermuda.She lives by this motto," Celebrate everyday and don't look at the calendar." If you haven't already, check out the video below.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Maryann always looks meticulously coordinated in her wonderful outfits and great accessories. Watch the video below for some more style inspiration.
Advanced Style presents: Maryann from teenage peanut video productions on Vimeo.
Monday, August 1, 2011
I met up with Lynn Dell this weekend to shoot a small segment for Norwegian TV. In the process, I couldn't help photographing her amazing outfit. Lynn is one of the most stylish and spirited women I know. At 78, she believes that everyday should be a celebration and that we should dress for the theater of our lives. Check out the video below to hear more about The Countess of Glamour.