A certain street-stylish, over-50 set is turning the notion of age-appropriate dressing on its head, wearing Iris Apfel glasses, feather boas, and leather that would put Balmain to shame. Photographer Ari Seth Cohen has chronicled these chic grandmothers — and grandfathers — on his travels in Buenos Aries, Tokyo, and Sydney.
Advanced Style: Older and Wiser, out April 26 from powerHouse Books, is Cohen’s second book showcasing fabulous fashions and the colorful lives of the people who wear them, ages 50-97.
“Who truly catches my eye are those whose artful and creative dressing is a reflection of their indomitable spirits and the refusal to become invisible,” Cohen writes in his introduction. Click ahead to see their paper-clip earrings, mustard-yellow bow hats, and swan glasses.
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