AFI FASHION TALKS 2014, Presented as part of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg
DATE : Friday, July 25
VENUE : Cape Town International Convention Centre.
EVENT : Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town.
Time : 1pm - 4pm
AFI’s Fashion Talks presents “Advanced Style” a documentary that examines the lives of seven unique New Yorkers whose eclectic personal style and vital spirit have guided their approach to aging. Based on Ari Seth Cohen’s famed blog of the same name, this film paints intimate and colourful portraits of independent, stylish women aged 62 to 95 who are challenging conventional ideas about beauty, aging, and Western culture’s increasing obsession with youth.
THEME: Creative Freedom
EVENT: AFI FASHION TALKS 2014
DATE: FRIDAY, 25 JULY 2014
VENUE: CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTRE
ADDRESS AND INTRODUCTIONS
13h05 MOVIE PREVIEW:
The recent emergence of street style as a cultural phenomenon has changed the way we look at fashion forever. In 2008, Ari Seth Cohen, a recent transplant to New York City, began a journey to document the style and stories of the city’s senior set.
Advanced Style is a documentary that examines the lives of seven unique New Yorkers aged 62 to 95 whose eclectic personal style and vital spirit have guided their approach to aging. Director Lina Plioplyte follows these fashionable ladies’ daily adventures of living in the city, capturing their most entertaining and poignant moments. From the instant that Cohen first meets these vibrant characters on the streets of New York, it is evident that they are destined for fame. From a glamorous 81-year-old dancer from the legendary Apollo theatre, to an 80-year- old owner of a storied boutique on the Upper West Side with a penchant for over- the-top accessories, to a 93-year-old West Village artist known for her colourful ensembles and iconic red eyelashes crafted from her own hair, these ladies offer their own unique perspective on overcoming life’s obstacles with style and grace, proving that age is merely a state a mind. Advanced Style paints colorful and intimate portraits of independent, stylish women who are challenging conventional ideas about beauty, growing old, and Western culture’s increasing obsession with youth.
Facilitated by CNBC anchor in conversation with Ari Cohen, Lina Plioplyte and special guest about creative freedom, self-expression and crowdsourcing
Q & A
ABOUT THE FILM-MAKERS:
Lina Plioplyte is a Lithuanian born filmmaker, living and working in New York. Her movie making journey began as a journalism student in Lithuania and later at CU Boulder. After moving to NYC in 2007 she incorporated her love of fashion and color in her video work for NYLON magazine. Currently she is creating short films, music videos and documentaries about bright personalities. Advanced Style is her feature directorial debut.
ARI SETH COHEN
Ari Seth Cohen is the creator of Advanced Style, a blog devoted “to capturing the sartorial savvy of the senior set.” He says, “I feature people who live full creative lives. They live life to the fullest, age gracefully and continue to grow and challenge themselves.” Ari has a longtime interest in clothing and style and a lifelong affinity for his elders. When he was growing up, his late grandmother (a librarian) was his best friend; her “energy and attitude towards life” continue to inspire him. As a result, he couldn’t help but question the absence of mature faces in the fashion world. “I noticed a lack of older people in fashion campaigns and street style sites,” he says. “I wanted to show that you can be stylish, creative and vital at any age.” At 31, Ari is far from being eligible for a featured spot in Advanced Style. Still, he does have a decade’s worth of professional accomplishments. His first book(now on its 7th printing) was published in 2012 and was quickly followed up by a Coloring Book on the same subject. In addition to developing a blog that’s been touted by the New York Times, the New Yorker, Vogue, and Forbes, Cohen's photographic work includes the 2013 Summer Eyewear campaign for Karen Walker, a digital campaign for Coach, and fashion editorials for Vogue Australia, Grey Magazine, and German Rollingstone. Before becoming a blogger, he spent years working in fashion production and retail management. Ari lives in New York City.