Advanced Style is Ari Seth Cohen’s blog-based ode to the confidence, beauty, and fashion that can only be achieved through the experience of a life lived glamorously. It is a collection of street fashion unlike any seen before—focused on the over-60 set in the world’s most stylish locales. The (mostly) ladies of Advanced Style are enjoying their later years with grace and panache, marching to the beat of their own drummer. These timeless images and words of wisdom provide fashion inspiration for all ages and prove that age is nothing but a state of mind.
Ari Seth Cohen started his blog inspired by his own grandmother’s unique personal style and his lifelong interest in the put-together fashion of vibrant seniors. Each of his subjects sparkles like a diamond after long years spent refining and perfecting their individual look and approach to life. The Advanced Style book will showcase, in luscious full-color, the best of the blog, but will also act as a true guidebook with all-new material featuring wardrobes, interviews, stories, and advice from a cadre of his most chic subjects, along with a large selection of never-before-seen photography—fresh off of sidewalk catwalks around the world!
For the past eight years, fashion blogger Cohen has stalked the streets of New York in search of the most stylish and creative folks of a certain age. He photographs his subjects stylish seniors between the ages of 60 and 100 for his blog, Advanced Style. People with silver hair (and sometimes red or purple) likewise fill the pages of this inspirational and stereotype-busting book. With over 200 color photos accompanied by first-person essays describing individual philosophies of style, Cohen's book provides indisputable evidence of the vitality and joie de vivre of this particular demographic, which is rarely seen or celebrated in popular culture. "Life is a costume party," says Valerie von Sobel, the book's 74-year-old cover girl. Readers of all ages will discover there's substance beneath all that style some, like von Sobel, have started their own charities and all have led long and rich lives and are still full of possibility and can-do spirit. Tao Porchon-Lynch, for example, a 97-year-old yoga master and teacher, took up competitive ballroom dancing at 87 and has placed first 761 times in the past decade. "I live every day with style," she says, "and I always wear high heels."