Similar in format to the original, with dozens of images from cities all over the world including: Los Angeles, London, Cape Town, Rome, Florence, Tokyo, San Diego, Palm Springs, Melbourne, Sydney, New York, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Stockholm, and Geneva, the book will also feature 22 short essays (by the subjects of the book) distilling the wisdom and lifestyle secrets of some of Cohen's favorite Advanced Style ladies. Plus an introduction from the always fabulous and witty Simon Doonan makes for a celebration of smashing senior style
..".I must tell you that I am not really an old lady; just cleverly disguised as one. Art and color keep me young, keep me sane. Working as I do as an untutored 'outsider' artist is my therapy, my medicine, my joy, and my purpose in life.
Color surrounds me: I revel in it, splash it everywhere, gulp it with a spoon. I am immersed in art. I make it, collect it, it fills and defines my existence. Childish, shamanistic, wild and anarchic, it is as far outside the box as it is possible to be. Box There is no box
Be bold, be adventurous. Do profound things, dazzle yourself and the world. Don't wear beige: it might kill you. Contribute to society, and live large. Life is short, make every moment count. It is never too late to find your passion." -- Sue Kreitzman
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-05-16
- Reviewer: Staff
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." (Apr.)