"Advanced Style": Over-60 Fashionistas
Just because you’re over 60 doesn’t mean you stop being stylish – or even a fashionista. “Advanced Style: The Book” proves that beyond a doubt.
Author Ari Seth Cohen’s book, to be published later this month, grew out of his popular blog, “Advanced Style,” which was inspired by his grandmother.
Other women photographed in the book include Alice Carey, in her early 60s, who likes menswear, and Iris Apfel, a 90-year-old style setter who’s had a book called “Rare Bird of Fashion” written about her, and Beatrix Ost, 72. Ost is so stylish that she was the inspiration for a Mary Kate and Ashley Olson line called The Row.
Whether classic or head-turningly flamboyant, these women have styles, honed over the decades, that are authentic expressions of themselves.
Cohen, 30, said his best friend when he was a child was his grandmother, Bluma Levine. “My tastes were largely shaped through excavations of her dresser drawers filled with dazzling vintage jewels and old photographs.”
Cohen isn’t the only one singing the praises of older women. "Vogue" contributor Billy Norwich told “The Huffington Post” that “there’s an increasing appreciation for the grownup in society.”
As if to prove him right, designer Marc Jacobs dedicated his Fall 2012 collection to women “who are becoming more flamboyant with age.”