Are you an old lady?
Are you chic?
I’m am an old lady and proud of it! I work at the chic part. Sometimes it’s a win and occasionally it’s a hilarious fail! A post coming up on that…but I probably won’t include photo’s 🙂
Ari Seth Cohen began photographing the street style of older people when he moved to New York in 2008. His Advanced Style blog was turned into an amazing book which was then made into a joyous documentary! His subjects are individualists for whom dressing is the art of expression.
In fact, if you haven’t heard of, or seen his work, I suspect you’re living under a rock. His love and respect for older people is changing the way people see us and how we see ourselves.
In 2009 Fanny Karst launched her brand of chic, amazing clothes called The Old Ladies Rebellion.
Ari collaborated with Fanny to create these limited edition T-shirts which I love. Every time I wear it, I get comments from old and young people. I need more than one… but my size is now out of stock…I’m waiting!
*As a testament to their quality, my helpful husband ran mine through the washer with a load of towels in hot water and bleach! I flipped out…but my shirt came out of the hot dryer looking perfectly new. Lucky man 🙂
Ari has now collaborated with Audicus to create these limited edition, super chic hearing aids that no one would be embarrassed to wear! They’re modern, creative and very stylish. The fun designs turn these hearing aids into highly wearable accessories, that help with hearing loss too!
Losing your hearing isn’t embarrassing, wearing a hearing aid shouldn’t be either! That would be like being embarrassed to wear eyeglasses because your vision was failing!
These enhance personal style, rather than make one look stodgy. Audicus wants to remove the stigma associated with wearing hearing aids. Ari Seth Cohen has dedicated himself to erasing the stigma of getting older. He celebrates aging as something beautiful. Perfect collaboration!
Audicus’ motto is “Live Loudly” which is a great description of what Ari has done for old ladies (and men). He has showcased us so we live loudly in a world where some women were fading into quiet old age.
The following video with Joyce Carpati showing these Audicus hearing aids, is simply priceless.
Clearly my husband needs laundry lessons. His hearing is also getting bad and he needs help. When he gets to the point of needing a hearing aid, it will be one of these! All those loud rock concerts from his youth are catching up with him.
I wonder what the state of old ladies visibility would be without Ari Cohen? Would most of us be fading into our dotage wearing boring clothes and dowdy outfits?
I doubt it, but there’s no question his movement has taken the world by storm and inspired people to view older men and women as chic, viable and highly visible!
Do you follow Advanced Style?
Who is your favorite lady he photographs?