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Colorful, witty, and uplifting, Advanced Style celebrates life and pays tribute to those who flout convention.
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They reject the youth-culture diktat that age makes you invisible, and offer us all an example of self-acceptance.
"Advanced Style" is appropriately fun, frivolous and baroquely ornamented by its subjects who sing, perform, model and occasionally sound like teenagers, while dressing a lot better.
The way the women occupy Cohen and Plioplyte's spotlight is a lesson in aging well, a lesson that begins with the refusal to play by the rule that says to grow older, especially for women, is to fade into the shadows.
There are several candidates for the title of Most Ebullient but the clear winner is Lynn Dell Cohen, 81, the self-described Countess of Glamour.
These women are living life to the fullest - and they are inviting us to do the same.
Inspired by Ari Seth Cohen's blog by the same name, "Advanced Style" is a love letter to older women who've elevated dressing to an art form.
Short but sweet, Advanced Style goes some way towards reclaiming high fashion for all ages and background.
Personally, I would be hard-pressed to find anything better than Bill Cunningham New York (which if you haven't seen, you must do so immediately), however Advanced Style does a fantastic job with its subjects and story.
At turns bold, brash, vulnerable, and heartbreakingly honest, these veterans of the concrete jungle trust and confide in the camera in ways that few interview subjects are brave enough to attempt.
The film struggles to sustain its length, too, but there is much to enjoy.
Veering away from these women's style-philosophies, witticisms, families, health concerns, or their pasts, the doc becomes promotional and proselytizing. Personalities get camera-brushed into commercial gloss, a simplistic patina of fashionability.
A highly enjoyable glance at Gotham's veteran haute couturists.
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