May 8, 2014 2:30 pm

Advanced Style – film review

Senior-citizen fashion has its moment in the spotlight in this bold documentary
Lynn Dell and Ilona Smithkin in 'Advanced Style'

Lynn Dell and Ilona Smithkin in 'Advanced Style'

Advanced Style is a history lesson. Human life has two consecutive halves. First half: you are what you wear. Second half: you are how you wear. Lina Plioplyte and Ari Seth Cohen’s documentary tries to buck the verities of ageing by presenting, nay parading, the fashion-plate female wrinklies of modern New York. Age does not wither these polygenarians who don their fauvist dresses, primp their farouche or fanciful hair and refuse to take pensionability as a prison sentence. Time withers the film a bit, even at a modest but repetitive 75 minutes. It’s still a bold bid to give senior-citizen fashion passion its moment in the spotlight.

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