Street View is a fashion series in which Isa Giallorenzo spotlights some of the coolest styles seen in Chicago.
Growing up in San Diego with two grandmothers he deeply admired, Cohen felt like connecting with an older generation once he moved to New York City. He first contacted actress and model Mimi Wedell, the lady who's posing with him on his blog's header. The rest is history.
Last Friday, Chicago was treated to a bit of that history at the local opening of Cohen's film, which features some of his Advanced Style muses: Tziporah Salamon, Debra Rapoport, Lynn Dell Cohen (aka the Countess of Glamour), Joyce Carpati, Jacquie Tajah Murdock, Zelda Kaplan, and Ilona Royce Smithkin, all of whom range from 62 to 95 years old. If you go see the film, two pieces of advice: dress to impress and wear waterproof mascara.
Some of the opening's attendees did dress to the nines, including the event's organizer, Kristen Kaza of No Small Plans Productions and a Siskel Center council member, who was decked out in a gorgeous vintage jumpsuit herself. Another style maven was Darlene Schuff, pictured above. Part of the Advanced Style entourage—she showed me proof on her iPhone—Darlene looked like she was plucked right from the movie. See her and other fabulous attendees below - and also on the Très Awesome blog.
And, to finish, a few pearls of wisdom from the movie:
"I never wanted to look young, I wanted to look great."
"I get dressed up for the theater of my life every day."
"Money has nothing to do with style."
"Never wear a bag over your chest."
"Style is healing."
"Good style improves the environment for everybody."
"Dressing well has lots of perks. Not only do you feel wonderful but you meet a lot of people who think you're wonderful."
"I always say that I'm between 50 and death. I can't have green bananas anymore."
"I never felt too critical of myself."
"Are you dancing?" "Very rarely because my partners are all dead."
"From the waist up my body is wonderful. From the waist down, don't ask don't tell."
"Anything I have two of, one hurts."
"There is no time limit to anything. When you look good, you look good."
See more Chicago street style in the Chicago Looks blog.