ADVANCED STYLE—burlington edition?

This week my friend and highly fashionable jewelry designer Ina Deane (http://www.eenadee.com/) suggested that I watch the documentary “Advanced Style”. The documentary is about gorgeous, stylish New York City women over the age of 60 and it’s a blast.  (Available on Netflix, Google Chrome and Amazon for streaming). I remember seeing Ari Seth Cohen’s book a few years ago and just loving the spunk & style of these women.  So inspiring! Scroll down to the bottom of this post to read about the most memorable fashion moments of my life.

MY FANTASY PROJECT: I want to do a Burlington, Vermont version of Advanced Style.

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I would love to put together a gathering and maybe even hire Ari Seth Cohen to come speak in Burlington sometime.  Wouldn’t that be a blast?

If you know of fashion forward men and women in Vermont please get in touch with me.  E-mail is best: lllillibridge@gmail.com

About ARI SETH COHEN from Advanced Style blog

http://advancedstyle.blogspot.com/

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 “My name is Ari Seth Cohen. I roam the streets of New York looking for the most stylish and creative older folks. Respect your elders and let these ladies and gents teach you a

thing or two about living life to the fullest. Advanced Style offers proof from the wise and silver-haired set that personal style advances with age.”

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When I watched Advanced Style this week I was reminded of these two big Advanced Style moments in my own life.

1.  A few years ago while waiting in line to check-in at The Accessories Show at The Javits Center in NYC with Maggie Pace I got to talk briefly with Iris Apfel.  She was wearing the most beautiful pink driving mocs when I spoke to her. Perhaps they were PRADA.  It was one of those moments when I found myself so happy to even get to say hello to her. Iris has been quite an inspiration to a girl from South Dakota.  New York City was like going to the moon when I was growing up on the prairie.  I was twenty-one when I first had the privilege of seeing NYC and I never get to go there enough.

2. In October of 2004 I was in New York City for the wedding of my cousin.  My mother and I were walking up to the Jewish History Museum and we saw a women hail a cab.  This woman had a long, grey ponytail, stright dark jeans, a gorgeous neutral sweater, boots with the perfect heel, a scarf impeccably tied and lots of bracelets.  She looked so NYC cool and confident that the image of her is etched in my mind.

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I think my own style as I age will veer toward the aging silent film star.  Halloween 2014.

 

Funny, I didn’t think I was looking up her skirt.

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This is a painting of mine that few people have seen unless you’ve been in my studio. I love her! She reminds me of all the amazing old ladies—my aunts, church women and neighbors that I grew up with in South Dakota. These women had their own style, got things done and didn’t complain about wearing heels and hose and girdles all the time. My mother usually had a pot of coffee on and was giving someone a perm in my kitchen. I loved it. Her kitchen is still a real hub of activity and hours are spent there when I’m visiting. Most of those old ladies are gone now, but their spirits are a part of me. My apologies for the up the skirt shot, maybe that angle reminded me of what I was seeing when I was very young. Those girdles were pretty darn mysterious.

Happy Friday and I hope you get to kick up your heels!