• It was announced a while ago but wanted to say how happy I am to have been asked to select Dress of the Year 2013 at Fashion Museum in Bath. My choice was this @christopherkanestudio SS13 beauty.
  • Love this concertina beach scene print on @marios_official tote available at @therefineryhk now! #PMQIS
  • Congrats to my cousin @elizabethlauldn and her new shop @therefineryhk in the new PMQ building @PMQHKDesign #PMQIS much love for @BernstockSpeirs bunny ears!
  • Love that I always see the best pieces by Brit designers abroad @nicoll_studio @liger_hk
  • Swash land at @liger_hk Patterson St store #SwashLondon

>> It's often quite difficult to argue my case when I insist that I'm actually "hard at work", earning an honest living (debatable, right?) and contributing to the good of society.  Especially on days like this, when I'm in New York, sitting in a quaint apartment in Chelsea with a wonderful ninety-two year old character named Ilona Royce Smithkin and having a good old natter about Impressionism, life drawing and colour co-ordination.  I can't say why it is that I'm here but you'll find out in due course.  You'll recognise Ilona of course from Ari Cohen's Advanced Style blog, where she captured the attention of the world with a bat of her carefully crafted eyelashes.  She's been making them out of her own hair for the last thirty years and she says she'd feel naked without them.  Watching Ilona tilt her head back, flutter her lashes and chuckle with laughter is a joy, proving that there's life beyond whatever age we perceive to be an obstacle.  A veteran artist, Ilona was kind enough to sit down and quickly sketch one of my eyes, which she said were soft and warm, much like how I felt when she handed the finished piece to me wrapped up in plastic.  I'm not likely to convince anyone around here that such encounters could possibly constitute as "work".  




Comments (19)

  1. SACRAMENTO says:

    Fabulous both of you, and Ari that have made the fact of growing old fashionable.

  2. Great post.
    Love, unicorns and glitter on you. <3

  3. Rebecca says:

    ah Ilona looks so fabulous!
    Rebecca @ trbcca.blogspot.com

  4. What a marvellous woman -how on earth does she manage to stick those eyelashes on and keep them on? Wonderful :)

  5. I agree with Gabriella. She is such a wonderful woman but i am also curious how she manage to stick those eyelashes!

  6. O. Beautifulness and Joy! The intersection of Style Bubble with Advanced Style– Now the world is a-flutter with goodness. (thank you, Susie and thank you, Ilona) ~Kathleen of KathleenTempleTailor.Etsy.com

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  8. Tammy says:

    Interesting post. I like the sketch of your eye. How does she make those eyelashes, I would love to try it out.

  9. Hi Doll!
    You both are incredibly talented people who I can get so much inspiration from! This was an eye opening and eyelash batting post!xx
    -Lauren at adorn la femme

  10. WILDFLOWER says:

    Incredible! Pretty special having someone draw you. Yes how can this be work!?? haha. Enjoy X

  11. Sóley says:

    She’s amazing. And how does one make eyelashes from one’s own hair anyway!? I must find out. Thanks for this small but important post and thanks for being lovely.

  12. hong ra hee says:

    hahaha so cute grand ma!!:) how do i make that!!!! i was wonder that color how do make. ha…

  13. I love Illona and Advanced Style. Thank you for featuring this beautiful woman in all of her glory.

  14. Ceri says:

    I love Illona and advanced style, so inspirational, beautiful and stylish! Those eyelashes are amazing. Definitely wondering why you are there now.

  15. Devon says:

    Work! Glorious Work!
    The naysayers are only jealous that they can’t spend their days on top-secret business trips to New York, enjoying the company of fashionable ladies like Ilona.

  16. This is amazing. Her eyes reminds me of a CARTOON FAWN and I need to find a tutorial for making eyelashes from hair!

  17. LOVE Advanced Style and Ilona’s gorgeous lashes! Thank you for this

  18. Will says:

    Wow, that is one good lashes, loved it.

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