Do you think great style has to hit the highway in your twilight years? Au contraire say the ladies of Advanced Style, a documentary inspired by Ari Seth Cohen’s blog of the same name.
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
Lynn, a fierce-tongued fashionista, sadly passed away June 2, 2015. | Photo courtesy of Dogwoof USA
- 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
Jacquie “Tajah” Murdock destroying ideas about age and beauty in a radically wonderful LANVIN ad. | Photo courtesy of LANVIN Paris
- 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.
Color inside the lines — or don’t! — with the Advanced Style coloring book. | Photo courtesy of Amazon
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The Kentucky Derby is finally here! The annual Run for the Roses is one of my favorite spring events — the fashion, the mint juleps, the beautiful horses with clever names and, oh yeah, the fastest two minutes in sports. Did I mention the fashion? On my bucket list is a trip to the Derby with tickets in the grandstands, a brand-new sundress and a GIGANTIC hat that the Queen herself would envy. Ok, let’s be honest, I really just want the hat. I love a big, beautiful hat and the fashion and design statement it can make. The hats that ladies famously wear to the Derby are so remarkable and chic, you could design an entire room around them!
Room Design by Ann Lowengart; Inset Photo by Weasie Gaines, Kentucky Derby
This hat may be simple when it comes to Kentucky Derby standards, but it’s a classic design that works for many events. A simple straw chapeau with a hot pink ribbon flower offers a tailored feminine look, much like this bedroom design by Ann Lowengart. The hot pink manages to be feminine without being overly precious or young looking, and the upholstered bed and crisp, white linens with navy trim and monogramming offers the same timeless style as the lovely hat.
Room Design HGTV Smart Home 2014; Inset Photo by Power Creative / Laura Robinson, Kentucky Derby
I love this preppy navy fascinator. Blue is a great go-to color in both fashion and home decor, and the wood paneling and sofa piping detail add to the preppy look in the kids’ den at the HGTV Smart Home 2014. A little yellow can go a long way, and the forsythia blooms, artwork and throw pillows add a pop of fun to this space.
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Me and my gals at HGTV Handmade just love a good challenge, so this week we all tackled a summer classic–cool and crisp white canvas sneakers. After a lot of thought (and, I confess, while watching Big Hero Six), I zeroed in on my idea. Could I take my sharpie tie-dye idea and use that as a base for a DIY galaxy print? Watch the video to see if I hit the mark.
These sneaks would be an excellent addition to festival fashion, but me? I think I’ll be rocking them on my deck all summer long. What do you guys think about galaxy prints? Too out there for you? Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.
See how the rest of the HGTV Handmade crew transformed their sneakers in the White Sneaker Challenge playlist.
I can’t lie — the only thing that gets me through going back to school (and the approaching chilly weather) is having an excuse to buy new clothes, because you know, “I’ll be going to class every day and I can’t wear the same things over and over,” or my personal favorite, “There are so many sales going on right now, it would be stupid not to buy a few things for school.” My excuses are limitless. Feel free to use them to justify your own shopping spree.
But I can’t tell you how many times I’ve “invested” (another one of those words I like to use) in a new season wardrobe that doesn’t go along with the popular trends. Our interview with Brad Goreski showed us what to look forward to for spring, but now we need to see what trends and styles will be big this fall and winter.
So before you make that all-important pilgrimage to the mall, brush up on the season’s biggest fashion trends so you’re not left with a backseat full of outdated duds.
Photos L to R: Mango, Zara, Madewell, Style.com Prada, H&M
Last winter’s dramatic over-sized sweater trend has been scaled back and refined for 2014. Designers showcased quite a few variations of knitwear for fall and winter, ranging from flowing merino wool and cashmere, to barely-too-big fisherman’s sweaters. Sculptural silhouettes were also heavy on the runways, but t-shirts and pants also received a knitty-gritty makeover. Knit t-shirts will also prove useful next spring where merino and cashmere sweaters have an unlimited shelf life.
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Summer is officially here (as of Friday) and bees are buzzing around like crazy. When brainstorming this week’s post, I thought what better way to ring in the season than with a post dedicated to these busy pollinators? Our very own Kelley Walters is actually a beekeeper and looks adorable in her hat and vintage veil passed down from one of her bee mentors. Do we have any other beekeepers out there?
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It’s Friday! And to celebrate our making it to the weekend, today I highlight the sparkly and fun Disco Ball Helmet. Created by San Francisco-based designer Natalina Walsh, she writes of her piece, “Why make a disco ball helmet? Because it’s awesome. Nuff said.”
Think I can convince Marianne to make this her next Weekday Crafternoon project?
Have a great weekend, D-Happers!
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Did the crazy blizzard, known as Nemo, keep folks attending New York Fashion Week from dressing spectacularly? Of course not! BuzzFeed has documented how the foot of snow didn’t stop fashion peeps from coming out in their most stylish (and some not-so-warm) duds. Look at all the photos.
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…and the collision is quite dapper.
Recently, we’ve discovered hundreds of people have been searching HGTV.com for “LEGO cufflinks.” Why? Well, none of us in the office can figure it out! If you’re one of our visitors who has been searching, then you know you’ve been getting a disappointing: “Your original search for ‘lego cufflinks’ returned no results.”
Have you seen “LEGO cufflinks” on one of our shows? Perhaps one of our sister networks (DIY, Travel Channel or Food Network) have mentioned something to do with them and viewers are getting us confused? Although, I can’t imagine why Travel Channel or Food Network would be talking about such a thing.
This ongoing mystery led me to do a little research on LEGO cufflinks — and well, let me just tell you — these things are pretty darn adorable! I now want a pair! Just look at these from Retro Classy Cufflinks at Etsy.
And, please — end our misery! If you’ve been searching HGTV.com for “LEGO cufflinks,” why are you? Tell me in the Comments!
It’s no secret that I love bow ties. But just when I thought bow ties couldn’t get more fun — this came along.
Fellas, show up at your holiday party wearing one of these stylish wooden bow ties and you’re sure to catch the room’s attention.
From Two Guys Bow Ties
Yes, I’m ordering one — Merry Christmas to me!
Gentlemen, do you need help putting together your fall office wardrobe? GQ.com offers an interactive shirt-and-tie tool where you can match up various ties with various shirts, then order the combo you like best. The tool is seriously helpful (and seriously fun).
Tell me guys, are you embracing the return of the skinny tie? Let me know below.
Guys, if you’re like me, you’re not wearing cufflinks because — well, they’re kind of a hassle. But, sometimes we have to suffer for fashion. Yes? I think these Dents cufflinks are worth our trouble.
Do you own a boat? Yeah, neither do I. But, who cares?! We can still own a pair of colorful Sperry Top-Sider boat shoes and look like we do. Looking the part is all that really matters anyway.
This bow tie, with two distinct patterns washed in bright hues, has made my Monday.
What’s your take on men wearing bow ties? Do you like the look?
I know I talk a lot about mid-century modern design and decor, but it wasn’t my first love. That’d be art deco. Maybe it’s cliche at this point — see Woody Allen’s recent film, Midnight in Paris — but I’m obsessed with Roaring ’20s literature (Dorothy Parker, Hemingway and Fitzgerald, swoon), film (Louise Brooks and Clara Bow in anything), art (Man Ray and Tamara De Lempicka, especially) and style. When I saw that fashion designer Sue Wong was collaborating with English Home for a collection of bedding, curtains, cushions and fabrics that all have a Hollywood deco bent, it reignited my passion for the glamour of that period.
It’s tough to pick just one part of the collection that I like the best, but the Shanghai curtains and pillows are understated, yet swanky. They’re a brilliant translation of Wong’s elegant deco Asian red-carpet gowns, and would be a perfect in the classic buildings I’ve seen in New York (like the newly-restored lobby of the Ardsley). All of the sudden, I have the overwhelming urge to bob and finger wave my hair. They say you never forget your first crush, and in this case, I don’t want to.
I get my daily fix of beautiful, whimsical things from Joy Deangdeelert Cho of Oh Joy!. Joy is an accomplished graphic designer and professional blogger with interests in fashion, design, weddings, photography and all things lovely, and often, quirky.
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