I’ve just spent the last few hours checking out Ari Seth Cohen’s blog again. Advanced Style has popped on my radar screen before, usually after a particularly unusual/fabulous image of an elder rocking orange beads and sunglasses or a reminder that maybe the best people to give fashion advice are fashionistas who have been stylin’ for more than a couple decades.
The more I check it out, the more inspired I am. I’m inspired by Ari’s die-hard respect for aging. I’m inspired by his die-hard respect for women. I’m most inspired, though, by how clear it is in every single photo how much the women he profiles respect themselves. You can see it in their use of color, pattern, and line. You can see it in their confident, direct gazes. And (as my mother and grandmother have always told me) you can see it in their posture. These grown-up women are teaching us younger ones how to stand up straight, literally and figuratively.
His book came out at around this time last year, and there’s a film project in the works. If you happen to be in Boston next week, Ari is doing a book talk and signing Wednesday May 8 at Hebrew Senior Life’s Spring 2013 College of Retirement series, A Celebration of Aging in Words and Images. For more information on the event CLICK HERE or call (781)234-9029.
Anyone looking for some inspiration might find it in Ari’s excellent book and blog. Check it out!