'Advanced Style' Brings Sophistication To The St. Louis Film Festival

By Sarah Stallmann
In Style

Highlighting fashion is nothing new, but showcasing sophisticated woman over 50 and their unique and eccentric flair for fashion has become photographer Ari Cohen’s passion and a national movement. The incredible success of his blog, Advanced Style, has led to both a book and a documentary of the same name, and the movement is coming straight to the Lou. On Tuesday, Nov. 18 at noon, the St. Louis International Film Festival proudly presents a free screening of Cohen’s “Advanced Style” at the Plaza Frontenac Cinema as part of their Women In Film spotlight that deals with fashion and aging.

Photo courtesy of Marquee Media and Marketing.

Photo courtesy of Marquee Media and Marketing.

“Advanced Style” certainly lives up to the hype. While examining the lives of seven fashionable New Yorkers, their personal style and revelations about life’s happenings is an inspiring and eye-opening preview into the world of the “Advanced” set. With first-hand accounts from icons including Dita Von Teese and Catherine Baba, each of the ladies share their views on style and why its importance should not be underrated. “I am an artist and my art is dressing,” says Tziporah Salamon, the first fashionable maven introduced in the film, who is an artist, stylist and educator at Parsons.

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Photo courtesy of Marquee Media and Marketing.

The other ladies share the same views. Lynn Dell Cohen, another star of the film and a New York boutique owner, often schools the much younger generation on how to dress to impress. “You really shouldn’t wear your bag like that,” she says to a customer who is donning a cross-body sport sack. “It cuts off your chest and frankly looks uncomfortable!” One would be silly not to take her advice. At over 80 years old, Dell Cohen is always dressed to the nines. “I am dressed up for the theater of my life everyday,” she says, wearing an all-white ensemble that puts the younger, more casual generation to shame, “I get such a kick out of it.”

While painting an intimate portrait of independent, stylish women who have thrown the conventional ideas about beauty and aging out the window, “Advanced Style” quite simply showcases role models who have made it their life’s mission to go against the grain. “I’ve never wanted to look young,” says star Joyce Carpati, “I wanted to look great.”

Be sure to mark your calendar for the free screening of “Advanced Style” as part of the St. Louis International Film Festival on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at noon at the Plaza Frontenac Cinema.

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