It’s been quite an exciting winter already here at Brooks LTD! Before the hubbub of the holidays officially set in, I had a chance to meet someone whose work has been a tremendous inspiration to me – Ari Seth Cohen, creator of the Advanced Style blog. Ari’s blog has been at the forefront of the movement against ageism in fashion, with a mission to spotlight women over 60 who “live life to the fullest, age gracefully and continue to grow and challenge themselves” (via Advanced Style’s About page). Featuring street style photos that show the “sartorial savvy of the senior set,” Ari’s work has helped bring mainstream awareness to the idea that “you can be stylish, creative and vital at any age.” Needless to say, Ari and his blog have been influential in my own work to eradicate ageism as I make my way through life’s many stages as a fashion designer.
Ari’s blog showcases some incredibly fabulous New York City women, as well as some closer to (our) home – including my dear friend (and Brooks LTD model) Judith Boyd of blog Style Crone. In addition to his blog, Ari also has written several books. His latest, “Advanced Love,” is a collection of couples’ portraits “who prove that love is bound by neither the constraints of age or time.” Judith had the honor of co-hosting Ari for his Denver book signing at local boutique Wild Flowers, along with shop proprietor Jonah Bradley. Of course the occasion called for pulling out all the stops in creative dressing. I was thrilled to find that Judith chose to wear her Brooks LTD oversized bow headpiece as a topper to her vintage purple dress. This was a style that I custom designed with her in mind as my muse – hence it’s official name, “The Judith.” I find that the more Judith and I work together, and the more our friendship evolves, her unique style consistently inspires me to discover new ways of expressing my craft.
Ari and Judith’s discussion that night left me with a newfound appreciation for the art of dressing. It was a joyful reminder that fashion can have deeper meaning than just being the clothes on your back. And oh how radiant Judith looked next to Ari in her vintage taffeta dress and Brooks LTD headpiece! It’s opportunities like these that bring an extra dose of excitement to what I do.