"When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple..."



Ari Seth Cohen with one of the stars of his blog, the late Mimi Weddell

The New York photographer Ari Seth Cohen has a fashion blog with a difference. Advanced Style focuses on senior style setters - ie those over 60 who are seeing through their advancing years with a staunch sophistication and unique sartorial approach. Or as Cohen says: "Proof from the wise and silver-haired set that personal style advances with age."

Four years after it began, Cohen has compiled the best of the blog in a new book, Advanced Style, published this week. A fascinating collection of photographs, interviews, stories and some great style advice from women (and a few men) with years of experience.

2992-ADVANCED STYLE PRESS KIT-6-thumb-500x748-2991.jpgJoyce, 80. "Style is about the right jewellery, the right neckline and the right attitude."

Looking at these photos made us think of that lovely poem by Jenny Joseph, Warning, about the joy that the liberation of older age brings; of doing (and wearing) what you want, when you want.

Here's a preview of what you can expect. We can only hope than when our silver years approach, we'll look half as good as these grand dames.

2984-ADVANCED STYLE PRESS KIT-3-thumb-500x750-2983.jpgBeatrix, artist and writer. "Never say, 'I can't wear that because of my age.'
It's about how you feel." 

2995-ADVANCED STYLE PRESS KIT-5-thumb-500x751-2989-thumb-500x751-2990.jpg"These ladies challenge stereotypical views on age and ageing," says Cohen.

2993-ADVANCED STYLE PRESS KIT-2-thumb-500x744-2985-thumb-500x744-2986.jpg"The secret to remaining vital in our later years is to never
stop being curious and never stop having fun."

2996-book cover-thumb-500x679-2979-thumb-500x679-2980-thumb-500x679-2994.jpgAll images are from Advanced Style by Ari Seth Cohen, published by Powerhouse Books. The book is available to order at Amazon.com, priced Dh128.

Helen & Nadia