If you associate old aged men with orthopaedic shoes and high-waisted trousers, think again. Now there’s a new breed of style-savvy grandpa taking the internet by storm.
Fashion Grandpas is a new Instagram account documenting male pensioners with a penchant for the latest fashion. And we can’t get enough.
From statement suit jackets to bow ties with a twist, the men are captured by the anonymous female creator. All we know about her is that she takes pictures with a Go Pro attached to her head.
Now, Fashion Grandpas may seem like a oxymoron in itself, but it’s hard to argue against strong sartorial instinct of these chaps. Take a look for yourself.
It isn’t the first time we’ve seen senior style documented in such a way.
Back in 2009, photographer Ari Seth Cohen created a blog, Advanced Style, which celebrates the style of the older ladies of Manhattan. Fast forward five years and Advanced Style has now become a documentary film.
Directed by Lina Plioplyte, the film aims to “paint intimate and colourful portraits of independent, stylish women aged 62 to 95 who are challenging conventional ideas about beauty, aging, and Western culture’s increasing obsession with youth.”
Speaking to HuffPost UK Lifestyle earlier this year, Ari said that he hadn’t anticipated the blog making a move to the big screen.
“I knew that the women I was photographing had incredible stories to tell. It wasn’t until director Lina Plioplyte approached me about making some videos of the ladies for my blog that I thought about the possibility of making a film.
“It happened really organically. We just couldn’t stop filming and four and half years later the film is finally finished,” he said.
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With never-ending pictures of young, svelte models and anti-ageing adverts around every corner, the media has created an invisible age for older women. But this film helps to redefine our idea of old age.
Ari believes young women could also learn from the documentary: “The Advanced Style ladies are confident, bold, expressive, and incredibly vital. I hope younger women are inspired by their freedom and individuality,” he said.
The filmmaker said it was a privilege to work with older women, to hear their stories and to learn from their wisdom. The women in the films truly know themselves, and this is the key to true style.
“Lina and I learned so much from each woman in the film. I loved how much access to their lives they gave to us, from filming them with their families, to visiting them in the hospital.
“My favorite scene is when 93-year-old Ilona Royce Smithkin sings with her friend of over 50 years, Karen, on the beach in Cape Cod,” he said.
Pictures courtesy of Advanced Style by Ari Seth Cohen, published by powerHouse Books.