Fashion After 50 Through the Lens of Photographer Ari Seth Cohen


♫ Music ♫ Treat your life like it’s a theater.
Dress for the theater of your life. Some of these people I talk to feel a
little bit spiritual about what they’re doing. It heightens their spirit, it
heightens other people’s spirit. Voilà! Here I am! They’re sharing an art form,
they think of style as expressive. The best accessories
you can have are confidence and being comfortable
in your own skin. I grew up in San Diego and I was best friends
with my grandmother. And she and I would spend
days looking at old movies, looking at old photographs,
and we developed this wonderful relationship. I moved to New York and I
started walking around the streets, and I noticed how elegantly
and creatively older people were dressed.>>I like how you matched
the buttons on your pants kind of to, like, the detail on your jacket.
>>Yes. So, what I’ve begun to do is, take photos
of these ladies and gentlemen, interview them and
tell their stories.>>I love what you’re
wearing and I was wondering if I could take a picture
of you and ask you… I met a lady the other day who
had this beautiful, elegant, lace head wrap. And she told me
that her mother gave it to her, she’s had it for fifty years,
she could never find one again, and clothes mean something to them.>>I think everyone should
dress for themselves. Even if they’re going
to the supermarket, cause you never know
how your life could change. So, I have a blog called Advanced Style. All the material I gather,
all the video, all the photos, all the stories,
go on my website. It gives access to people to see
positive images of older people. You never get a second chance
to make a first impression. And this is a first impression
and evidently I impressed you and I’m very flattered!
>>You did, you did!>>I thank you so much for that! A lot of younger men and women
are still figuring out who they are. So, the way they dress might be
inspired by trends or kind of dressing to impress other people. Whereas the people that I meet
on the streets of New York, who are older, they kind of
have a sense of self, and they’re dressing for themselves. They’re dressing because
they want to express themselves. They’re dressing because
it makes them feel good. From my generation,
I see a lot of women who will look
at me and say: “How do you feel so free
to wear that?” And I say: “Well, you know,
it’s not about age, it’s about how I’m feeling.” My style is part of living,
of experiencing. When it’s a very dreadful day,
I try to dress colorful, because it cheers you,
it takes away the grayness. We all get up in the morning,
I take a look at myself in the mirror and I go “Aaaah!” I said, in the minute
I take a shower and I get dressed, I feel like a different person.
I’m out, presenting myself. And New York is the best place! The great thing about New York is, sometimes, you know, women
in their 70s and 80s are still working, and they
still have things to do. So, if someone tells me they
don’t have time to take a photo it doesn’t offend me,
because it just shows me how vital people
can be in older age. Because I work for a high-end,
very wonderful boutique called Off Broadway. Because I’ve never felt younger,
I’m 65. Because I have a boutique on
72nd street, right around the corner. Because I’m very proud I made it.
I’m 90 years old.>>Wow! You look great!
>>And I’m still here! You don’t stop being creative, you don’t stop being vital,
you don’t stop being stylish at a certain age.
They know more who they are, they embrace their age,
they embrace themselves, they’re comfortable
on their own skin. So, they can express themselves
in an amazing way, that inspires me and hopefully will inspire others. [Singing]
The best of times is now, because tomorrow, well,
who knows? Who knows? Who knows? So hold this moment fast,
and live and love as hard as you know how.
Don’t let this moment pass, because the best of times
is now! Now! Now! That’s my philosophy.
>>Well… That inspired me!
>>I’m so glad. [TEXT] Disrupt Aging, Real Possibilities from AARP In Memory of Lynn Dell, “The Countess of Glamour”

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