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“ADVANCED STYLE” Older and Wiser • book signing with ILONA

ILONA was again the star of the show………….a book signing at the Strand Book Store.

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The “goddess” of advanced style is in the new book.

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Ari Seth Cohen is a photographer……writer and blogger.  He appeared at the STRAND BOOK STORE last night to publicize his latest fashion book……. ADVANCED STYLE • Older and Wiser

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About 200 people showed up to have Ilona autograph the new book.

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Two talented artists….Tom Casesa [who took theses photographs and has kindly let me publish them in my blog]….and Alain.

View Alain’s demo reel for a movie he directed called “Daniel”

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3714924/?ref_=ext_shr_eml_vi#lb-vi4107247897 

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ALAIN FURCAJG………born in Paris but now living in New York City. writer…..film director….music videos.

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Who are these two fascinating men…………

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ILONA was the hit of the evening……….and signed about 100 books.

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Ilona gave a short, spirited and warm talk and then led the crowd in singing “Que Sa ra Sa ra”………

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Stylish in her little black dress……….and  Vasil Basil in his little black jacket.

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The gentleman in the white suit is Gregory………..man about town……and always stylish. He usually carries a cane with a white rabbit for the pommel

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The Michelin Woman….is it Valerie???  Mad about her bow.

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Vasil Basil.…..Russian…..and often seen in the galleries……..lets his “hair down”……..what a great look he has.

ILONA joined the panel of FEMININE WEAPON

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The panel of women was impressive.  Among them were ALEX JAMIESON, AUBREY LEVITT, CATHERINE FRELS, EMILY FLETCHER, JESSICA KING, MIA MORGAN and GEORGINA BILLINGTON.

Michele Lanfrank:Michele is a Visionaire, Connector and Liaison to some of the biggest and best brands, charities and successful individuals worldwide. She was featured in Entrepreneur Magazine and the NYTimes as an upcoming young millionaire for her execution of a luxury glossy over sized lifestyle magazine and a business model that connects for-profits with non-profits. Currently she is using her life to help and serve others in anyway that she can.

– See more at: http://www.feminineweapon.com/feminine-weapon-day-is-january-30th/3929#sthash.X6qATqTX.dpuf

THANKS to my friend TOM CASESA for letting me use his photos.

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ILONA was part of the “Ninety Something” ladies……..withLucille Singleton and Roslyn Hart.

 

ILONA finished up ……singing “Que Sera Sera”.

ADVANCED STYLE Documentary now showing at the QUAD THEATRE / nyc

ADVANCED STYLE.…………..a captivating documentary opened last night in New York City.  New York Magazine calls it “CHARMING”.  Ari Seth Cohen is the photographer……who discovered these elderly ladies on the streets on New York.

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Seven New York women are featured in this film…………all of them making intense fashion statements.

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You can catch the film at the QUAD CINEMA on East 13th street in the Village.

Tziporah Salamon [Zippy]……is the baby of the group at 62……..who bicycles about town showing off her fabulous fashion.

Joyce Karpati with her silver braid and pearls.

Lynn Dell….owner of the “Off Broadway” boutique on West 72nd st.

Ilona Royce-Smithkin..with her orange hair and her 2″ long orange eyelashes is a “star”.

DEBORAH RAPAPORT who make her own jewelry and hats…..

JACQUI “Tajah” MURDOCK………a model for Lanvin….at age 82……and a former dancer at the APOLLO THEATRE  when she was 17.

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ZELDA KAPLAN……….dead at 95.……….recently passed away while sitting in the front row at a runway show at Lincoln Center during Fashion Week.

After the showing of the film…………we all met on the street to pose for a few more photos.

CLICK ON one of the circles to meet these ladies up close.

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LINA PLIOPLYTE, the director of the film…….showing off a bit of her own style!

Sometimes……….life is just a BLUR

The ever lovely ILONA.………was on the telly today with Katie Courie along with Ari Seth Cohen…………author of Advanced Style”. 

Did you happen to catch her?  94 and still a bundle of joy.

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Sometime I have to grab a photo so quickly……..my camera blurs.  Or, the subject moves…….another blur.

To see more New Yorkers…..all blurry…….just click one!

THE COUNTESS OF GLAMOUR…..Lynn Dell

LYNN DELL……..the countess of glamour……….owns the “Off Broadway Boutique”.  For summer, Lynn says ORANGE and TORQUOISE are the new black!

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The boutique is just steps from my apartment…….so it’s easy to drop in.

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For Lynn.…..at age 78……….glamour always reigns.

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For over 40 years Lynn has helped her customers  transform into “women of glamour”.

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Big baubles……..you only get one chance to “go round” so go for it.

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If the rose fits………..wear it!

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Chain………chain…..chain………

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Top it off with tassels………

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OK!  This rose is a tad “over the top”.

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You’ll find Lynn and other “advanced Style” ladies in the book ADVANCED STYLE by Ari Seth Cohen.

 

MONTCLAIR FILM FESTIVAL • Advanced Style in living color

Advanced style at the Montclair Film Festival.  They are presenting a film documentary of six fabulous women………insights into their lives and styles.

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Margo Schneider……..an art student…….poses here with the ever smiling Ilona Royce-Smithkin.

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To quote Ilona……….”I cannot make a commitment as I really don’t know what my body is up to.  From the waist up I’m wonderful.  From the waist down…..don’t ask don’t tell” !

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Fame as a visual artist………..singer……cabaret performer…….and I adore having her as a friend.

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Film director Lina Plioplyte posing with Ilona…….[94 years of age], and Jackie , Murdock [ age 81]…….. who was a dancer at the APOLLO THEATRE.

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Woman aging beautifully…..taking joy in style and fashion at an advanced stage in life.  Ari Seth Cohen roams the streets of Manhattan with his camera……and has recorded images of these ladies  in a book ……..”ADVANCED STYLE”.

ILONA’S 94th Birthday / TREMONT RESTAURANT

It was a joyous celebration…….Ilona’s 94th Birthday.  Friends gathered round to wish her many many more.  Tremont Restaurant in Greenwich Village hosted the party……….and it was beautiful.  The pastry chef, Elona [no relation to Ilona] baked a special cake……….chocolate ganashe with a deliriously delicious butter creme frosting!

Our waiter, John…….treated us all so royally………we feel like he is now one of our family.

CLICK ON THE CAKE.……to see it in all it’s glory.

NY FASHION WEEK • Fall 2014 • KAREN WALKER RUNWAY SHOW

KAREN WALKER…….fashion designer from Australia……had her Runway Show on Pier 59 today.  Was freezing on the hudson River……but was “hot” on the runway.

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Karen’s F/W collection is called “the League”.

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Invited guests were buyers, photographers, make-up artists, BLOGGERS {Moi}…….fashionistas……..

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MIGUEL………a talented make-up artist……….much in demand.

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Erik………writer……..director……….and actor on Broadway and Movies.

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“MOI”and friend.

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A BLOGGER that the fashion world listens to.

 

NY FASHION WEEK • Fall 2014 • Ilona and Karen Walker

Today we went to Pier 59 on the Hudson River…………for the runway show of KAREN WALKER  Fall/Winter 2014.

Her show was a celebration of the Suffragette.

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Featuring……….Karen Walker SUNGLASSES

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Ilona Royce-Smithkin was the guess model for Karen’s  Spring Show.  Today she was an honored guest……….and she always livens things up with her personality.

Today is NATIONAL HAT DAY

It was a “GLAM” night at the Off Broadway Boutique on West 72nd St.  Ari Seth Cohen……..author and photographer of  ADVANCED STYLE put on a fab hat party for the ladies who starred in his book.

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Lynn Dell……….the owner of OFF BROADWAY graciously provided her store for the event.

The party was hosted by “The Countess of Glamour”, Joana Avillez.

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Ilona Royce Smithkin was there in her very purple chapeau…….she is the lady famous for her orange eyelashes……and the always charming Carola Vecchio was as delightful as ever.