I didn't know what to expect from this documentary, Advanced Style. I knew I loved fashion, I know I'm over 50, but sometimes these sorts of films can get going in the wrong direction. Some see aging and fashion as being mutually exclusive. This film definitely dispels that notion.
Based on street style photographer Ari Seth Cohen's famed blog of the same name and directed by Lina Plioplyte, this film delves into the personal lives of seven of New York City's most fashionable ladies aged 62 to 95. It examines and celebrates their eclectic personal style and vital spirit which have guided their approach to aging. They all challenge the conventional ideas about beauty, fashion and our culture’s increasing obsession with youth.
The stars of the show are Jacquie Tajah Murdock, an 81 year-old former Apollo Theater dancer; Ilona Royce Smithkin, a 93 year-old artist; Joyce Carpati, an 80 year-old former Cosmopolitan editor; Lynn Dell Cohen, an 80 year-old boutique owner; Zelda Kaplan, a 95 year-old fashion icon; Deborah Rapoport, a 67 year-old performance artist and Tziporah Salamon, the youngest at 62, a vintage clothing collector.
I enjoyed every single minute of it and replayed several parts over. These ladies can teach all of us a lot about fashion and even more about being fearless.
Premiering at the Gene Siskel Film Center, (164 N. State) on October 24 and running through October 30. (SEE TRAILER BELOW)
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