I had a lot to do yesterday…

so, of course, I went to my studio and painted some oxfords I picked up at Goodwill.

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Yesterday’s studio work for the fashion show.

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My designs are coming together for STRUT—Saturday evening, September 12th at 6:30 an 8:30. If you’re in the Burlington, Vermont area you need to get your tickets soon. These shows sell out pretty quickly.  Here’s the link: http://seaba.com/art-hop/strut/

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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Ari-Seth-Cohen-collage Advanced-Style-Ari-Seth-Cohen-Dogwoof-Documentary-34 Karen-Walker-Eyewear-x-Advanced-Style-5  photos by Ari Seth Cohen

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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.

 Iris Apfel

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

 

Oh, those Parisian Women…

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I carved and painted this piece a few years ago after visiting a friend from South Dakota in Paris–his adopted home. It is too large to show the whole painting. I carved and painted this on a door I found at a salvage yard. I was so dumbstruck by the chicness of the women in Paris, they seemed to look so good in everything they wore. This piece exhibits some of the awkwardness I feel when trying to replicate something that isn’t my own look. I always look s if I am simply trying too hard. I think following the fashion advice of Leonardo would be helpful. Here’s to developing your style.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
—Leonardo da Vinci

PS Tell me what works best for you and what you feel fabulous in every time you put it on.

Fashion Sketches for STRUT

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Here are a couple of quick sketches of some design ideas I have for clothes. I didn’t want to use good fabric for the quick sewn sketch—so I made it out of scraps from my studio floor. When I make this for myself I want to use a very different palette and fabric type. I love the flare with the fitted skirt underneath. I need to consult the expert tailor in my world (you know who you are, Jen) to see about construction. I am not always so practical in my designs—fabric choice, how it can be made etc.. Again, logic not my strongest trait. Happy Saturday!

Ace Hotel Color Study

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I came across this photo tonight while organizing some travel stuff. I was so drawn to those old chairs and their palette. The colors would work wonderfully for clothes, interiors, fabric, art…really anything. Thank fabulous, funky Ace Hotel in Palm Springs!