A lot of 40+ women recently came together at the launch of Ari Seth Cohen’s new book: Advanced Style: Older & Wiser. 40+ photographer Denton Taylor and his wife Teresa were there to report back to you and show you all the fabulous style on display. Here is Denton’s report. Enjoy!Ari Seth Cohen author of Advanced Style: Older and Wiser | 40plusstyle.com

Ari Seth Cohen

For the last couple of months, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter have been abuzz with talk about Ari Seth Cohen’s new book, “Advanced Style: Older and Wiser”.

Diana Gabriel wearing a Asymmetrical blazer | 40plusstyle.com

Diana Gabriel (style interview here)

With a book signing function scheduled at Manhattan’s famous Strand bookstore, travel plans were being made by Advanced Style ladies from just about every continent. The pre-parties were planned. The post-parties were planned. The amazing Advanced Style women (along with a few men) have been flying in from Australia, Europe, Canada, Mexico, California, and other far-flung destinations.

Maureen Gumbe and Colleen Heidemann | 40plusstyle.com

Left is Maureen Gumbe, center is Colleen Heidemann

Ari, who of course writes the Advanced Style blog and who now resides in Los Angeles, chose to have his first signing party in New York City, the city that made him famous, a fact appreciated by the many lovely ladies featured in both of his books.

Bold print outfits | 40plusstyle.com

Left and righ: Megan and Amanda of the vintage store ‘Spark Pretty’, together with their mother who is featured in Ari’s new book. 

My wife Teresa and I are naturally huge fans of both Ari and his Advanced Style subjects, so we made arrangements to obtain entrance to and seating at the event. We wanted to make sure we could cover the party for 40plusstyle! And we have been fortunate enough over the last few years to become friends with many of the New York City ladies that have been featured on the blog.

Sue Kreitzman's beautiful colorful style | 40plusstyle.com

Sue Kreitzman (style interview here)

As the event approached and women started arriving in New York City for the big event, one issue developed: What was the weather going to be like? The forecast called for rain and thunderstorms. Would the rain put a damper on the festivities and cause a bit of ‘dressing down’?

Carol Markel floral and stripes kimono | 40plusstyle.com

Carol Markel (style interview here)

Statement necklace | 40plusstyle.com

While the event was officially scheduled to start at 7PM, Teresa and I were aware that the real party would start ‘on the street’ before 5PM, so we made sure to be there early. When I got on the subway at 4 PM or so, it was raining. When I arrived at the Strand, almost miraculously, the rain stopped at 4:45 PM. Ari later attributed this to the divine intervention of his grandmother. Who are we to argue?

On the street in front of the Strand, photos were taken, video interviews were conducted, acquaintances were renewed, and both pedestrian and vehicular traffic on Broadway came to a screeching halt at the sight of such concentrated beauty and style.

Streetsyle: Sarah-Jane Adams, Joyce Carpati, Beatrix Ost, and Magda | 40plusstyle.com

From left to right Sarah-Jane Adams, Joyce Carpati, Beatrix Ost, Magda

After much ado, everyone finally made it upstairs to the Strand’s Rare Book Room.

Joyce Carpati classic pearls outfit | 40plusstyle.com

Joyce Carpati (style interview here)

The first segment of the evening was a discussion between Ari and Simon Noonan. Mr. Noonan, who holds the title of “Creative Ambassador-at-Large” for Barneys New York, and is also the author of several fashion-related books, proved to be an acerbic and witty interviewer who had the audience howling with laughter on several occasions. (He also wrote the forward to the book).

The next segment was devoted to some of the featured ladies of Advanced Style, who read excerpts that they had written for the book.

Beatrix Ost started by reading her piece, a poignant appreciation of love late in life.

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Beatrix Ost lace outfit | 40plusstyle.com

Beatrix Ost

Following her was Lana Turner, who gave us a brief history of fashion from the Harlem Renaissance to the current era.

Lana Tuner on the brief history of fashion of the Harlem Renaissance | 40plusstyle.com

Lana Turner

And last was the irrepressible 96 year old Ilona Royce Smithkin, who gave us all a lesson on how to live life joyously. And then taking her own advice, she finished it with a song.

Ilona Royce Smithkin on how to live life joyously | 40plusstyle.com

Ari Seth Cohen and Ilona Royce Smithkin | 40plusstyle.com

Ari Seth Cohen and Ilona Royce Smithkin

After this Ari signed many, many books, while having time for a kind word and a brief chat with everyone. No one minded the length of the line as friendships were made and fashion was discussed.

Ari Seth Cohen book signing | 40plusstyle.com

Joy Venturini Bianchi statement accessories | 40plusstyle.com

Joy Venturini Bianchi

Teresa and I took many photos, and we certainly appreciate everyone who took a minute to pose and chat. We hope you will enjoy the photos of these beautiful and stylish women.

Newspaper inspired coordinate outfit | 40plusstyle.com

Ari Seth Cohen with Valerie (style interview here)

Sarah Jane Adams studded red leather outfit | 40plusstyle.com

Sarah Jane Adams (style interview here)

40+Style women of fashion | 40plusstyle.com   Lyn slater chic and statement fashion style | 40plusstyle.com

Lyn Slater (style interview here)

Dayle Berke | 40plusstyle.com

Left Dayle (style interview here)

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Patricia Fox and Judith Boyd (style interview here)

All red outfit | 40plusstyle.com

Judith together with Richard

Silk coat | 40plusstyle.com

Bill and Eva

rings and accessories | 40plusstyle.com

Bracelet statement jewellery | 40plusstyle.com

Thank you Denton and Teresa for the wonderful photos and making us a little bit a part of this event.

Fabulous style at the Advanced Style Older and Wiser book launch | 40plusstyle.com

The book Advanced Style: Older & Wiser is now available and you can purchase it here at Amazon.

Which of the above is your favorite outfit?


Photography and article by Denton Taylor

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