If you’re looking for a feel-good winter flick with tons of style and an off-the-charts inspiration value, well, strap yourself into your sweats and get the leftovers platter ready, because you don’t need to look any further.
Advanced Style, the movie based on the fabulously mature women featured in the blog of the same name and the ultra-charming photographer dedicated to documenting them, is not just a 90-minute endorsement of color blocking, print-and-pattern mixing and wild accessorizing, it’s an affirmation of life itself.
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Ari Seth Cohen, champion of ageless personal expression, appears here in the second installment of our 5 Ws series.
Or all of the above. The standing-room-only crowd at Elliott Bay Books on Friday, November 14 was likely compelled by a number of reasons, and when a patterned-shirt-dress clad DVF came through the back hallway door and strode up the left aisle all of them coalesced in the form of whoops, yelps and lots of applause.
Seattle Art Museum’s Chiyo Ishikawa introduced von Furstenberg and our own Laura Cassidy, editor of the Thread, and the two began a 15-minute open dialog concerning literary aspirations (hers were simple: to tell her mother’s story, but she realized that to do so required telling her own), character studies (the memoir is studded with stars playing really interesting parts) and civic duties (she gave us a few tips on how to get a Seattle version of New York’s Highline: in short, demand beautiful public space and don’t give up).
The mic then went to the room and the most Tweeted and Instagrammed moment emerged: a fan asked the designer what her favorite part of being a woman was and DVF answered, “That I’m not a man,” and bent in half in laughter at her own joke.
We’re a biased bunch of writers, sure, but for our money, we loved it when she called herself a femmmmmmminist—that’s a feminist with lots of M’s, as she explained. And we really loved the time she compared a writer’s breakthrough moment to an orgasm. What a gal.
We spent a little time with DVF offstage and behind the scenes before all of that went down, and took the opportunity to shoot the first in what we hope will be your favorite new video series. Check it out here.
“I grew up at a big table. For me, dinner is all about sharing. When someone passes you food, something special happens. I believe in magic—and that those little things go a long way.” –Cormac Mahoney, Chef/Co-owner, Madison Park Conservatory, Seattle, WA
Cormac is the perfect ambassador for Seattle’s vibrant food scene. Every dish he serves is a testament to his inventive pairings and passion for fresh ingredients. This award-winning chef’s mission is to make people feel at home in his warm, welcoming restaurant, nestled a stone’s throw away from Seattle’s Madison Park Beach.
“My family is a huge part of my life. They’ve shaped who I am, and they always inspire me to be something new. My mom never takes herself too seriously and that’s one great thing she’s taught me.” –Bonnie Robbins, art student, Seattle , WA
Bonnie’s independent, creative spirit really inspires us. She’s just beginning to chart her path, but she gives us a sense that her foundation of family, nature and talent will take her far. We photographed her at one of her favorite places—her childhood home in Seattle’s Madrona neighborhood.
“I’ve been a librarian for quite a few years now…We have a city of readers, and that’s a good thing in my profession.” –Marcellus Turner, City Librarian at the Seattle Public Library
Seattle is consistently ranked as one of the top most literate cities in the U.S, and a great book becomes even better when one of the people helping us discover favorite new reads is the natty Mr. Turner. We give him high marks for his bookish blend of classic and modern men’s style.
“Photography is all about finding the moment. It’s nice to know when to put the camera down. Sometimes I’ll ask myself, ‘Do I want to just experience this, or should I take a photograph?’” —Connie ‘Coco’ Aramaki, freelance photographer, Seattle, WA
We were drawn to Coco’s easy-going style, inspiration and bright personality. She’s an award-winning photojournalist as well as a fashion and travel photographer. Something as simple as a walk through her Beacon Hill neighborhood is enough to get her camera clicking.
“I feel blessed to have a career as an artist. All of my work is based on my Alaskan Native ancestry. The art that I do today gives me a sense of purpose because it’s all part of a continuum.” –Preston Singletary, Artist, Seattle, WA
There’s something impossibly cool about a great artist—especially one who can work with molten glass. Add a strong sense of community and respect for others, and you’ve got something totally irresistible.
“I like taking this empty room and filling it up with people and art. Everyone here has a sharing spirit and a drive to do awesome, amazing stuff. I love Seattle because there’s this feeling that we need to build this opportunity for each other.” –Theresa Crim, Co-owner, Land Management Gallery & Creative Space, Seattle, WA
Theresa represents a new crop of Seattleites who are actively shaping the city’s culture. Her Capitol Hill space plays host to events, performances and parties where the creative community can meet and join forces. This forward thinker is just brimming with inspiration and a passion for what she does.
“We’ve created a community here. This is a place where people can take themselves a little less seriously, and inject some wonder and curiosity back into their lives.” –Gabe Johnson, curator at Horses Cut Shop Event Space, Seattle, Wa.
We love Gabe because he’s a cultural instigator who embodies the DIY, frontier attitude that still exists in the west. He has a knack for bringing people together for creative exploration and unconventional fun. Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood (nicknamed The Center of the Universe by its residents) makes a perfectly quirky home for Horses Cut Shop.
“For me, working with the community is always awesome. I love connecting with people who care as much as I do about eating quality food and taking care of the environment. Seattle is a big city, but it still feels like a small town.” –Heidi Burris, Organic Produce Sales, Seattle Farmer’s Markets
Heidi’s mission to be an environmental steward while providing our local community with delicious, organic produce is definitely one way to get right into our hearts. Her quirky style and personality don’t hurt, either.