Recently released on Netflix, Advanced Style follows a bevy of New York’s uptown and downtown divas on their style adventures. Some dwell in fabulous prewar apartments or in stuffed-to-the-gills studios while some are still hustling and others are comfortably retired. Whether their style is classic or avant-garde, these women refuse to stop having fun with fashion into their 60s, 70s, 80s and even 90s. Utterly inspirational, while both sweet and sad, Advanced Style provides lots of ideas to forge your own fashion identity.
Both Cohen’s blog and director Lina Plioplyte’s film feature a dripping-with-finesse 50+ set, including:
- 67-year-old Debra Rapoport with Kool Aid-colored hair and punk rock style
- Lynn Dell, who runs the Off Broadway Boutique for unapologetic divas and loves to dispense style advice while sporting epic hats and groovy sunglasses
- Ilona Royce Smithkin, 95, an accomplished artist who sings cabaret, teaches painting classes and does more in the course of her day than most plugged-in twentysomethings
- Joyce Carpati, who has an apartment most New Yorkers would kill for and alabaster skin women envy
- 82-year-old Jacquie “Tajah” Murdock, a one-time teenage dancer at Harlem’s Apollo Theater, still living the dream, even with diminishing eyesight
- Tziporah Salomon, who gives voice to some of the regrets and melancholy of growing older but hasn’t abandoned her zest for life
These women dress entirely for themselves and live by their own fashion rules, which include daily derby hats and face-swallowing eyeglasses. Advanced Style is a deep human portrait of the transformative power of style and fashion and is a recommended viewing for fans of fashion, New York and fascinating people.