February 3, 2012

a thing to look at whenever you are bummed about the world

One of my favoritest things in the world is Advanced Style, a street style blog by Ari Seth Cohen of elderly ladies with killer style. Last fashion week, we hosted a party in honor of these women together at the Ace Hotel, and it was really, really inspiring. It was really special to get to hear women with the most interesting style philosophies discuss it together, and guests seemed relieved to be at a non-gross party where people really were just interested in clothing and style and character and celebrating an unabashed enthusiasm for it; the kind of thing that, ironically, often gets lost during a time of year that's supposed to be about fashion. Ari's friend Lina Plioplyte made this video of the night, which makes me smile every time I watch it.
And, while you're renewing your faith in humanity, I really highly suggest watching this trailer for the Advanced Style documentary (!!!!!)
And here's Illona's Stylelikeu video, talking about her eyelashes and being generally amazing.
Wrinkles and scars and imperfections are signs of life, not of being young and naive and sexy and nonthreatening, so if an aging woman doesn't take measures to erase indications that she's built character through experience, if she can no longer be viewed as a sex object or as recently discovered and relevant, she may as well just disappear. It's subversive to age as these women do, making themselves present, because they want to be. I know now that I'd rather keep all my life scars and be erased for doing so than have to erase them myself. Seriously, these videos are go-to save points for when you feel like the world sucks.

103 comments:

mouse said...

this is so cool. i wanna be like that when i'm older.

Lux said...

This is the coolest thing. Thank you so much for sharing!

Leira Zetroc said...

I LOVE ADVANCED STYLE. You just gotta respect these ladies. So much character and personality, it's ridiculously crazy!

"Wrinkles and scars and imperfections are signs of life, not of being young and naive and sexy and nonthreatening, so if an aging woman doesn't take measures to erase indications that she's built character through experience, if she can no longer be viewed as a sex object or as recently discovered and relevant, she may as well just disappear. It's subversive to age as these women do, making themselves present, and only because they want to be."

That's powerful, Tavi!

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Hanna said...

I love these ladies, they are the coolest, most inspiring people, and so gorgeous.

And you have a very nice voice.

Sóley said...

I love them. I love them I love them I love them. Yes I WILL be this fabulous when I get older.
"I know now that I'd rather keep all my life scars and be erased for doing so than have to erase them myself."
Such a great line. And those gorgeous ladies definitely prove you right.

- Sóley
we are purple

Sóley said...

Also, it's really cool to hear your actual voice after reading your blog for so long with a totally different voice in my head...

Joy said...

this is such a sweet. they're all so full of life.

Alison said...

Love this. It really put a smile on my face :). Thank you for sharing.

VICE // VERSA said...

Amazing post. These woman are such an inspiration. Beauty and self expression is something to be embraced and seen at age. It is not refined to young, flawless models. They love life and also accept and love themselves.

VICE // VERSA

Hilary Nicole said...

I also love advanced style.. this would have been amazing! You are one lucky girl.

XX Hilary

hanna said...

I wish my grandma would be featured on advanced style, she dresses so snazzy. That party looked really fun, lucky!

Lydia said...

This is one of my favorite blogs. I love these women, and I think they have THE best style. Have you seen Liliane Montevecchi's stylelikeu video? Watch it-- she's amazing.

Michelle said...

This event seems like it was thrilling! I love Advanced Style and I hope to have that kind of zest for life and creativity when I'm that age. It's so refreshing to see women rejoicing in themselves as they are - a sadly rare treat. Plus, they can accessorize like no other!

Michelle
neonrattail.blogspot.com

The Little Texan said...

This is awesome! We can learn so much from the older generation. These women were the pioneers of fashion. I love that they still dress so fashionable today!

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Lightning Heart said...

ohh i love this so much, advanced style is one of my absolute favourites!!!

DC said...

Yay I'm so excited that you posted the trailer for Advanced Style! These women are so fabulous & watching them speak about their own views on personal style makes me remember why I love to dress up so much. I love their bravery & vigor.

Shelley Noble said...

Three extraordinary clips. Posted by one extraordinary blogger. Thank you Tavi. Your words on aging articulated what I was feeling but could never say as well.

Signs of Life, indeed.

Pam said...

Only a little bummed - but what a spirit-lifter. Thank you. Wishing you a lifetime of being THERE!

Alice Barton said...

that's great, many thanks for sharing!! Alice Barton ♥ The Mow Way

zoomslow said...

Although I love "The September Issue" the feeling I always come away with is kind of like, "Oh, that's for the cool kids...it's (the fashion industry) such a ruthless machine...I'll never get there." But even just watching that Advanced Style preview, I got this huge feeling of inclusion (even though I guess I'm not all that advanced) and just a love of creativity without worrying in the slightest what others are going to think. Big inspiration! So important! Thanks Tavi <3

Zoё said...

This is one of the best posts I've seen! I love the message that you're putting across here and you are so right - all of these woman are beautiful and so incredibly individual, more so than any younger, sex symbol could be. They are entirely comfortable in themselves which I think is something to really be proud about.

fail better. said...

This is fantastic! Thank you so much!

Zoé said...

I absolutely adore advanced style! Always so vivid and proving that, contrary to some general belief (and dreadful myth) elder women do not have to leave behind the days of self-expression and use of their amazing creativity. Beautiful Post, full of vivacity and wit.

I know very little about the Advanced Style Documentary, and would like more information if that were possible. Is it coming out on DVD? It looks fascinating, not to mention both inspiring and illuminating. I would be heartbroken not to see it. "I think it's fun to dress up. It's an excercise in creativity." I agree with that, and want to see what else these wonderful women have got to say....
"I am dressed up for the theatre of my life everyday."
I can not express how much I agree with this statement. Fashion and Style is more about 'Why not?' than 'Why?' I know that when they said, 'Everybody wants to look like everybody else' I felt that. There are so many people who never engage the vast possibilites to be everything and anything they wish to be.

"We say what we feel. We are what we feel. We dress like we feel." Many women could learn a lot from Illona's Stylelikeu.
She has had such a life, and I feel for her. I am so glad that she found herself, painted Tenessee Williams (who I am a huge fan of) and found the confidence.

She speaks beautifully and with such a lot of passion. Innovative and 'thank god I'm not young anymore'? - amazing song sung by Maurice Chevalier, and one of the other things that reminds me that one should embrace become older rather than being repulsed by it.



Thank you so much for bringing Advanced Style to more people. Although I have been an avid reader and follower for a while, I can honestly say that there is no blog in the world I enjoy reading more.

You write beautifully and the last phrase:
"Wrinkles and scars and imperfections are signs of life, not of being young and naive and sexy and nonthreatening, so if an aging woman doesn't take measures to erase indications that she's built character through experience, if she can no longer be viewed as a sex object or as recently discovered and relevant, she may as well just disappear. It's subversive to age as these women do, making themselves present, because they want to be. I know now that I'd rather keep all my life scars and be erased for doing so than have to erase them myself." was a powerful coup-de-force.

The PvdH Journal said...

Advanced Style is brilliant on so many levels. As a young woman they actually teach you a lot about style in the end- you should not be afraid to take risks.

I wasn't aware that there was going to be a documentary?! It looks brilliant! Thanks Tavi!

AVY said...

Such a cute idea, made me happy too.


/ Avy
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Cess said...

Oh my gosh, Amazing! Advanced style is one of my totes (I am so cool using totes.. not) favorite blogs! These videos are amazing! It IS very cool to see all the different style philosophies, and it amazing that you got to talk to advanced style!
xoxo
Charlotte (you dont know me, so I dont know why I bother adding my name, it probably is creepy so I am sorry)

Tatiana said...

This post is my favouritest posts. You're shone in the dark, probably. After all the improbable power was there!!! These exciting women have proved that the old age happens only sincere, and it doesn't concern them. That it is necessary to be itself and not to extinguish youth fire if to you for 90. These women inspire. I love their style and the relation to life. I very-very-very respect them. And their fashion is the realest fashion in the world! They have big life experience and know that wear.
Thank you so much for this magnificent post, Tavi.

E said...

I want to be like that! They are so much more full of life than me, and love every second of it. That's really something for me and lots of others to learn.
And by the way, you look lovely. No, looking is too everyday... you, uhm, radiate(?) lovely :D

WendyB said...

" I know now that I'd rather keep all my life scars and be erased for doing so than have to erase them myself." -- all teenagers say that. I did too. Get back to me in 30 years.

That said, Advanced Style is a great blog.

Mary Dawn said...

i look so forward to your posts, i think you are such a special young lady--i wish you so much success and i'm so proud of you (in a completely not weird or stalker-y way)

Antonie Rikardsson said...

i love the second film!


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carethewear said...

I love Advanced Style!! The old ladies are hilarious!! Thanks for this!

Greetings from Santiago, Chile.

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Tessa G. said...
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Tessa G. said...

Advanced Style is amazing and I can tell you that it is one of the only things that gives me the desire to live past the age of 60. I think it is absolutely wonderful that you got to be among these women and hear about what they had to say about their personal style. I'm sure you had a marvelous time and absorbed so much. What an absolute rad occurrence to celebrate the flamboyancy of life and get those people together in one room! I am so glad you guys hosted that party! I'm just happier knowing it happened. That would have been the only party I wanted to go to at FW. I love the senior citizens! Not like that.

Zoraida said...

it's so true what you've written here...

MOJS. said...

this made me cry. in a good way.

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Kateapot said...

Incredible!
There is a lady who comes into my shop all of the time who is 81, still wears heels, contacts and lace/leather etc and she is just wonderful. I think it's time these ladies stole the spotlight from those yhat may be younger, but just promote "blandular fever" as I like to call it!

Gale said...

This is one of your top 10 posts! The message these women have for us need to be applied to any age woman 1 - 100! Dress the way you want and to hell with those that don't approve. I think I have now seen how I need to live my next 50 years. Thanks Tavi for bring us these lovely women and Advanced Style.

Claire said...

I found this site a well back, and I have to say its one of the most inspiring things out there! Honestly, I think that these women are so full of wisdom and have such incredible style. Really gives me hope for the future.

Sparkie said...

i've never heard about this site before but I'm definitely going to check it out right away . Also these women are amazing I hope that I'll be as happy and full of life at this age . What a nice post !

his_girl_friday said...

I love Advanced Style. It makes me look forward to my whole life.

Erika said...

These ladies are really the coolest ;) You've just made my day :D

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Tavi said...

WendyB - Yeah, of course it's easy for me to say now, but I feel like everything I write about self-esteem/beauty is so disclaimer-y and I just want to not care like I used to.

Drea said...

Wow, I loved this. I really loved this.
I've heard more important things about life and fashion in those three videos that I have done in a long time.

drea xo

Alienor said...

you're amazing and inspiring.

and thos old ladies too

Natalia said...

wonderful! I want to be like them some day!!! and you are look cool and cute!:)

Amanda said...

Wow, I love her. This is exactly why I appreciate fashion so much.. and why no one should be offended if they are told that they dress like an old lady!

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Mathias Lowe said...

Wonderful spirit, so wonderful

xxx

in dreams said...

gosh. what beautiful, wonderful, strong role models. (with such amazing closets!) it's so nice to hear from a perspective that isn't "don't get old", if you know what i mean. lucky you for meeting them all! :)

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World Tour Stories said...
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World Tour Stories said...

very cool indeed

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Imogen said...

I love love love advanced style! It's one of my favorite blogs! It just makes me wanna be old! :P

Anyway, I miss your posts. but i'm happy Rookie exists though! :D

Lovers, Saints & Sailors said...

I loved every one of these videos. Thank you so much for posting them. Definitely something to remember.

Ruby said...

This whole post is just so great. And the videos were amazing.
I heard that song and immediately thought of Heathers, haha

Shvester Elli said...

It`s totally inspiring. Your are so amazing! Thanks for sharing!

ania said...

Dear Tavi,

This post sounds like you able to fit the grooves of your gear to this gala and be part of it. It doesn't seem like an amazing-in-theory work-thing that you were around while feeling simultaneously awe-chilled, disconnected and jaded.* (<-- I've been there.)

I hope you continue to have access to more things of the type you enjoy, and that you gain experience and grow from the things that may not be exactly your sort. (Blergh - sounds like Life Lessons 101.)

I find it delightful that your interests and talents and personality and courage and effort (and mad networking skillz) are taking you on this one of a kind, built just for you journey.
__
Don't worry. That one post and one interview referencing that post will not follow you to the grave.

Sassy Little Fashion Blog: The Blogger said...

I love the Advanced Style blog and the videos are awesome =)

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Zoë said...

I really love your blog, you give people inspiration you know. And I definitely love your style! I'm following you now! duhhh!!!

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Flower said...

I don't really know how to put this in words, but I always find it strange reading your posts. I'm used to the things I admire-movies, books,photography etc- as being something ~ old. Its so weird to see something so revolutionary actually like... happening. This probably sounds really odd, but in the few years I have been reading Style Rookie its been like I've actually seen the whole mini revolution you have caused happen and...its crazy.
Sorry for rambling. I really admire Advanced Style too.
Can I just ask; when I try and embed videos directly from youtube on my blog, they always come up really small. how does one get them to be this size?
Thanks
<3
Flower,x.
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Just Call Me "Sparkle" said...

love your comment about their aging being subversive. great way to look at it. as a woman of a certain age (who loves your blog and the rookie, btw - wish that one had been there when i was coming up!), i have found that you are only invisible if you think you are. sure, some people (the ill-mannered among us) will do what they can to ignore you, but you can't let them define you. and anyway, the way i look at it is, if i'm invisible, that means i can get away with a whole lotta stuff, right?! back to the ladies on advanced style - he's lucky he lives in nyc, where you see women like this - i live in texas, where we don't. wish we did, but they don't dare go wild down here.

cheers,
minette

Maggie said...

Illona is now my new style icon. Thank you for introducing us, Tavi :)

the Citizen Rosebud said...

I LOVE Advanced Style- it is awesome to see so many people of ALL ages appreciate these fabulous women and their style!

Ulla-Marie said...

And it is equally amazing that you seem to have the same insights as the amazing women .. but even now. Wonderful!

ulli.zam said...

I'm in love with these videos...

I've heard about you recently and since then I can't stop reading your blog. I'm usualy really shy about this things but I`ve felt the need to tell you that I think you're such an interesting person.
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Hope you can hear it...

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Ravenna Moreira said...

AMAZING VIDEOS!!!
:)




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Nik said...

I really enjoyed the women in these videos. Especially since I'm an old lady of 38...HA!

Thanks For sharing.

Roxanne said...

I love your posts! I'm a fellow tween blogger, (I'm 11!) so please check out my blog: http://tweendreamsblog.blogspot.com/

Zofija said...

These fabulous women are so inspiring! It's comforting to know these ladies are out there, doin' their thing. By simply flaunting their prerogative for unique style each one of them it's fighting for equality and standing up to ageism. Bravo stylish ladies! And extra bravo to you Tavi, for featuring them <3

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theyre so cool!

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Claudia said...

Wow... thanks for sharing. Regardless of your age, you should be able to love life, to be happy, to be fashionable, to be interested, to be interesting... Great message!! Claudia

Aduaa said...

Even thought I didn't have time to watch those videos right now, this pts still made me happy! I'm so looking forward... <3

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LPFashionPhilosophy said...

This is BEYOND amazing! We are so obsessed with Advanced Style and love coming across it on other blogs. These women are quintessential style savants. Amazing, is not the word!

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RA said...

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Lailith said...

This persons are really special. It´s beautiful. They are amazing!

Nerd. said...

Awesome(:

hannahalehandra said...

Major love for Advanced Style. These women have demeanours that demand respect, and hell they deserve it. Inspiring.

Elena said...

Amazing videos!!!

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Michelle.eli. za-beth said...

for no other reason than saying this made me feel less bummed about my life; fact: i watched these vids about iloana yesterday She was featured on the anthropologist.net in an art work by foster huntington. She's the last entry.

Good post!

Sara said...

Ha ha , "somebody doesn't like what i'm wearing, I don't give a shit" woah they rule.

bella said...

I adore her eyelashes) i want to look like all these womens when i will be old. I think this istheir victory over the aging!
I'm glad you are back writing about you not about Rookiemag.

Freya Alice Pickering said...

that woman is so inspireing, i love her

liz said...

Wonderful, Tavi! I can't wait to see this film...so much inspiration to be had!

Aminta Paiz said...

what a magical event!! All these women are amazing...

Han The Elf said...

Just seen your TED video and this as well. I've followed your blog on an intermittent basis and have to admit that, sometimes, I do write you off as a flash-in-the-pan fashion blogger character with as much thoughts as a lace cut out. My heart has been changed after reading these two posts. Looking forward to see how your Rookie Magazine will etch out a platform for all the confused girls (and ladies) out there.

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Jamshaid Ayaz said...

My daughter and I ordered a dress from Doll House which was to be custom made. I placed the order on a Monday and was surprised to get a phone call the following Monday to say the dress had arrived it only took eight 8 days. I took the dress home and when I put the dress on my daughter, I realised that had just altered the dress (in store) and found pins still in the side seams. I was so disgusted with their lie – when confronted they would not talk to me or acknowledge what they had done. To all you mum’s out there DON’T BUY FROM DOLL HOUSE.

Kathleen Lisson said...

Thanks for posting about this blog. I am looking forward to becoming more eccentric as I get older.

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i wanna be like that when im old!

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