I’m looking in the mirror. For the past couple years I’ve started to notice some fine lines on my forehead. But this time, I’m not feeling self-conscious of them… they seem less threatening. An image of a woman saying “there is no time limit to looking good” runs through my head, and I believe her.
Maybe it’s because I just watched Advanced Style- two hours of interviews with the most stylish people over 50 (mostly women) in NYC. They’re glamorous, eccentric, theatrical, sincere, and totally fabulous. The inspiration for the movie came from the street style blog of Ari Seth Cohen. The blog follows “the most stylish and creative older folks” who certainly have something to share about living life to the fullest. You think that you like vintage style and pops of color? These ladies and gents take it ten steps further.
My favorite scene in the movie is when a woman in her 90’s describes how she made false eyelashes from her own hair. Can I get a “DIY Project” please? In case you’re wondering what those eyelashes look like, just look at the cover of the movie- she’s on it. But forget about eyelashes, because you want to watch this movie for the awesome clothes. From silk dressing gowns and funky leggings to flamboyant hats and carpet bag coats, you’ll want to get right back to your sewing machine to churn out more awe-inspiring creations.
Cohen does a magnificent job showing us the wonder he finds in their personalities and personal adornment. His vision is clear, and these women are gorgeous. He challenges notions of aging by showing older people who are genuinely enjoying life and feeling good about being themselves. They say they feel young, and they are full of life, livelier than many people in their 20s and 30s who I know. Indeed they are living life to the fullest- one woman goes so far as to die doing exactly that- she meets her maker at a fashion show during NY Fashion week. I bet she died of happiness.
My Nana is glamorous and beautiful, like the ladies in this movie. In old home videos she wears adorable mod dresses, gloves and boots. She still dresses like the stylish Manhattanite she was brought up to be, in cashmere turtlenecks and tailored shirtdresses. But she worries that she is no longer young and attractive. Much as my sisters and I repeat the mantra of her beauty, it seems we will never convince her of this fact. She keenly feels our society’s obsession with youth and devaluation of age. This deeply saddens me. But. This movie gave me hope. I’m going to show it to her next time I see her. Maybe it will change her mind.
I definitely enjoyed the movie. If you only have an hour- watch the first half. It delves into the lives of the women and their style philosophies. The second half of the movie is a bit slower (but still enjoyable). You can find the Advanced Style documentary on Netflix. All images remain the property of the Advanced Style blog.
This is my new bestie.
Her name is Coppelia.
I was pleasantly surprised that my crazy muslin fit
the first time around
so I lopped 1/2″ off the length
and proceeded to make version 2.0
in olive green stretch terry.
She makes my boobs look good.
She is comfortable.
She is very warm.
That is all.