Confession – I’m in a style rut. I’m not saying I don’t know how to style myself or anything, I’m saying I’ve been in a rut because I haven’t really cared enough what I’m wearing – well, for the last week or so really. You might say – Meh, that’s only a week, it’s no big deal. But for someone like me who prides herself in how she looks on the outside to make her feel better on the inside (yes I know I sound shallow but hear me out), it’s really a big deal. The past week saw me just throwing things together. Thankfully, they all go well together because I’ve got a rather great range of basics in my wardrobe, but I noticed that I didn’t bother with putting in any effort when it came to accessorising or even putting on a lippy that will brighten up my face and how I feel inside. Maybe I was tired, maybe there were other things that were affecting me and thus my mood. It wasn’t until I went to Thursday night’s preview of the Advanced Style documentary that it hit me – what the hell have I been doing? Or rather NOT doing?
What is Advanced Style I hear you ask? Based on the Ari Seth Cohen’s blog – Advanced Style, this is a documentary surrounding 7 gorgeously amazing New York women in their 60’s and beyond. It showcases their style, taste and most importantly; personality. I personally think that your personality reflects your style.
Join Joyce Carpati, Ilona Smithkin, Debra Rapoport, Jacquie Murdock, Tziporah Salamon and Zelda Kaplan, as they share their styling “secrets”, insights on how older women are seen and how they challenge the conventional ideas about beauty, ageing, and the Western’s culture’s obsession with youth.
The documentary is funny, highly interesting and it pushes you to think about what style really is and should we really care what others think of the way we dress, so long as it makes US happy?
There were bittersweet moments in the film and I loved the clash of characters…without the huge overly dramatised drama that you might see on reality television nowadays. It’s all about dealing with issues in a more classy way. Something the younger generation of today might have to take note of from these seven lovely ladies.
The film made me realise that I needed to get back and give a damn about how I look – for myself. My body is my canvas and the clothes and accessories are like my paint and brushes (yes I sort of stole that idea from one of the ladies in the documentary).
You might think that some of these ladies are dressed over the top, but really, isn’t creativity supposed to be that? Each of these ladies have got their own personal stamp on style, reflecting on their quirkiness or classic taste. A definite must-see film for fashion lovers (or even non-fashion lovers!) out there. Advanced Style screens from the 2nd October 2014 at selected cinemas.
Thanks to MadMan Entertainment, I’ve got 2 double passes to give away to watch Advanced Style. You must check the list to find out if the film is shown at a cinema near you before entering. To win one of the two double passes to Advanced Style, simply share with me your style icon who is in their 60’s and beyond (yes, it could be someone who has passed on). It doesn’t have to be a star or celebrity. And what it is you admire about their style.
This giveaway closes on the 2nd October 2014. Click here for Terms & Conditions.
The winners of the two double passes are:
Suzie & Barbe!
*I was given a double pass to view the preview screening of Advanced Style. All comments are my own.