“Age is just a state of mind” sounds like every other horrible piece of advice you get when you’re going through an age-related crises, but there’s never been more truth to the phrase than when photographer Ari Seth Cohen began his journey of documenting all of the stylish seniors he met on his way. What started off as a streetstyle blog, documenting well-dressed mature ladies, Advanced Style developed into a documentary about seven of the best dressed older ladies in New York City.
By teaming up with director Lina Plioplyte, the film ended up serving as a relevant and important voice in the debate of ageism, beauty standards and medias perception of what stylish is. The duo behind the film now back with a little three minute feature of some of the savvy older gents that Cohen’s crossed paths with over the years,
‘I grew up being best friends with my grandmother and she taught me so much about living life to the fullest. I want to change people’s perception of ageing and bring a focus on older people. People don’t stop being stylish, creative and active as they age. With time, style and creativity become advanced. The other day a 100-year-old lady told me, “Celebrate everyday and don’t look at the calendar.”‘ Cohen tells Nowness. To quote one of the dapper men in the clip, “style is a lifestyle” and these senior fashion experts are here to prove, that caring about looks doesn’t take a smaller part in your life just because you’ve had another birthday or 70.