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Madison Avenue Elegance

Friday, August 30, 2013

This woman looked simply divine walking down Madison Avenue.

Iris Apfel Turns 92 Today, Hooray!!!!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

I want to wish a very happy and healthy 92nd birthday to one of my favorite style icons and inspirations Iris Apfel. Everytime I visit Iris I come back home feeling more inspired and more curious about the world around me. She inspires us all to do more, learn more and be more. In her own words, " More is more and less is a bore." Happy Birthday  to New York's most original, irreverent, and inspiring grand dame.
Iris Apfel & Ari Seth Cohen - Drug of Choice from The Avant/Garde Diaries on Vimeo.

Your Last Chance To Wear White

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

I ran into Lynn Dell while walking by her shop on 72nd street and reminded me, "This is your last chance to wear white before Labor Day. So, I decided to wear it all."

Joyce Carpati, The 80-year-old Cover Star of The Advanced Style Coloring Book

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

I went over to visit my dear friend Joyce and give her an advanced copy of The Advanced Style Coloring Book. She can't wait to share the news with her granddaughter that she is now a cover star!!! The book will be available in stores on September 3rd or for preorder online HERE .
Image Via Instagram

Advanced Style Inspiration

Monday, August 26, 2013

Irene Williams: Queen of Lincoln , Photographed by Eric Smith
Irene Williams,  Photographed by Annie Leibovitz
Marilyn Riseman,  Photographed by Scott M Lacey
MADAME BIJOU, Paris de Nuit, 1933, Brassai
Arrangement in Green and Black, Portraits of The Photographer's Mother, by Aline Smithson   



Portrait of Edith Sitwell, 1962, Cecil Beaton
Portrait of Edith Sitwell, Cecil Beaton
Anna Piaggi,  Photographed by Tim Walker
Joan Hicks,  Photographed by Tim Walker


Mrs T Charlton Henry, Photographed by Diane Arbus
Photography by Matt Erwin for Dazed and Confused


Woman with Veil, San Francisco, 1947, Lisette Model
San Francisco, 1949,  Lisette Model
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Photos by Gay Block


I have been captivated by images of stylish older women since I was a little boy.  My grandmothers, both incredibly fashionable, wise and strong, were my best friends.  I am always looking to find more photographs of advanced style ladies by other photographers.  Here are some of my favorite shots from photographer's who share my affinity for fabulous older women. Let me know which are your favorites.

Summer Accessories

Friday, August 23, 2013

I spotted this woman walking near Park Avenue. I love how she mixed prints with wonderful summer accessories.

Christina Viera in Pink Comme des Garcons

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Here is the last series of shots from my wonderful day with Christina Viera.

I Shall Wear Purple

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

I met this wonderful woman at Fabulous Fanny's, the best glasses shop in New York City.

Festival Round Up

Tuesday, August 20, 2013



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So as festival season draws to a close, I thought I'd do a round up of some of my favourite looks that I've seen on various sites this Summer. I've always loved festival fashion and the overall experience but have to admit that I've never been a huge fan of camping ...I'm normally that friend that gets dragged "festival shopping" and immediately picks the tent that I think is the "prettiest" and am more interested in making sure that I've packed a sufficient number of kimonos.

This post is a bit of a change for me as I don't normally post images of my inspirations and musings, but I'm thinking of doing it a lot more to break up the outfit posts and give you a bit more of an insight into what inspires me and the things I do day to day.

And if any of you lovely people have been to a festival and posted about it.... leave your link below (because I'm nosey and would love to check out your outfits) :)

Peace, love and dolphins

Penny

xo

A Private Tour of Beatrix Ost's Magical Country Estate


No Sour Meadows on Nowness.com
Beatrix Ost's universe is full of beauty and magic. Take a glance into her extraordinary world  in this video by Columbine Goldsmith for NOWNESS.com .

Joyce and Arianna

Monday, August 19, 2013

Here is an outtake of a shoot I did with Joyce Carpati and her gorgeous granddaughter Arianna; the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

Advanced Style Summer Salons

Friday, August 16, 2013

This gorgeous woman stopped by our annual Advanced Style workshops, at The Museum of Arts and Design, a few weekends ago. Every summer Debra Rapoport leads a series of salons where she guides museum guests in making beautiful accessories and treasured amulets out of recycled materials. Don't miss out on our next Summer Salon taking place at Mad Museum on August 24th. For more information CLICK HERE .

Smile and The World Smiles With You

Thursday, August 15, 2013

A well known photographer once told me that if I ever wanted to show my work in a gallery, I would have to stop photographing people smiling. I never ask my subjects to smile, but have to admit that I  love when they do. The people I photograph everyday bring me so much joy. I guess my photos won't be shown in a gallery anytime soon ;)...

30 Of The Most Wild and Wonderful Hats You've Ever Seen

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

I am always drawn to people who wear hats. Maybe it's because my grandfather used to lend me his old Stetson's and fishing hats, or maybe it's just because they can just be so magical. I think my dear friend  Mimi Weddell put it best when she said ," The only romantic thing left in life is a hat." Here are some of the most wild and wonderful hats I have photographed over the last few years.