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Aging with Style – ‘Advanced Style’ Documents Beautiful Older Women Aged 62-95

By Hanssie on May 10th 2014


There is no time-limit to anything. When you look good, you look good.

There is a man who roams the streets of New York, looking for beautiful women to photograph. They have to meet a very specific criteria though. Not only do they have to be stylish, but they must be fashionable, independent and fabulous. Silver hair is a plus.

He is photographer and blogger Ari Seth Cohen and his blog, Advanced Style, focuses its attention on the jetset senior citizens in New York City, whom are generally overlooked in the fashion world. “My eyes have always been drawn to older people,” Cohen tells the New York Times. “And from a style point of view, I find them more interesting because they are of an age where they don’t have to impress anyone and can wear what they want.



Cohen started his blog shortly after moving to the city in 2008. Inspired by his grandmother’s personal style, Cohen “wanted to show that creativity, style, and vitality advance with age, and hopefully help change people’s ideas about getting older.

Such as 94 year-old teacher and artist, Ilona Royce Smithkin, with her bright orange hair and false matching eyelashes or  Jacquie Tajah Murdock, who landed her first modeling job at the young age of 82 for French fashion label, Lanvin.

“This campaign is a dream come true. I grew up in Harlem always wanting to be a model, but in my day there were very little opportunities for women of color to work in fashion. At 18 I went from agent to agent looking for jobs, even as a hand model. I have finally made it and I will never give up. Hopefully some day I will get to Paris!”


Cohen’s blog, which turned into a book, then a coloring book and now a documentary titled, “Advanced Style,” which was released in theaters yesterday, features these age-defying women as they flit through New York as a fashionable older woman. Directed by Lina Plioplyte, the film took over 3 years to make and was funded partially by a Kickstarter campaign. Cohen hopes that the film, like his blog, will challenge or notion of getting older…

Because as the late socialite Zelda Kaplan, who passed away during the filming of the documentary says, “I think good style improves the environment for everybody…” and style, as proven by these awesome women, is timeless.

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Watch the trailer for the film:

Check out more on the official film website, Ari Seth Cohen’s Blog, and the Advanced Style Facebook page.

[via Daily Mail/Images via Screen Caps from Advanced Style Film and Blog]

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Allison Audicus

    These are beautiful. Thanks for posting these lovely ladies. Here is a good article about aging with style

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  2. Kurk Rouse

    These old ladies were once young ladies with style

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  3. Natalie

    I went to watch this yesterday and oh my gosh it was so good. These women look fab and are just so inspirational- I wish I could look like that at 90! I love the fact that age isn’t a barrier for these women, they refuse to blend into the background.

    Natalie x

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  4. Mark

    Absolutely wonderful, these women look amazing. Great to see them still taking care of their appearance and looking fantastic.


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