Monday, February 28, 2011

Philly Fashion Week - Couture Fashion Show

Philly Fashion Week ended with a Couture Fashion that brought the audience to their feet. Designs by Lara wowed us with her Fantasy Collection while Vintage Tuxedo displayed how a well-dressed man is put together. Here is a video collage of photos I took of the collections which also made me really realize my need to invest in better equipment but hey, I did the best I could with what I have. I hope you enjoy!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Philly Fashion Week Black Tie Affair

Philly Fashion Week kicked off Thursday with a Black Tie Gala held at the Cheltenham Mall, where one of the entrances was transformed into a invitation only fashion event. People from all areas of the fashion industry were in the building from designers to boutique owners to magazine publishers. Everyone was decked out and ready to mingle. Networking filled the air and business cards danced around. Live models were adorned in some of the latest designs from designers located right here in the Philadelphia area. I got to meet a lot of people including the founders of Philly Fashion Week Kerry Scott and Kevin Parker! The event was a lot of fun and I'm anxiously awaiting the rest of the week.


Me and Kevin Parker


Me with Kerry Scott

Model wearing Patrick Exclusive


Model wearing Mike Thomas
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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Abstract Thought Stop, Look, Listen Event


Join Philly's own, Abstract Thought for their Look Party, Friday, February 25th from 7 to 11p.m. for an event that combines good clothes and good music together to create a good time. Listen to local artist Aziz Collins (R&B), Bones HR (HipHop), and The Show (HipHop) while previewing Abstract Thought's Spring 2011 Collection. Their objective: "...to infuse the Philadelphia Streetwear culture with The Music scene and The Skaters... DOOOOOPE!!!" The event will be held at Exit Skate Shop, 825 N. 2nd Street in Philadelphia. I will definitely be in the building capturing the energy to post later on Fashion of Philly so look photo-op ready. See you there!!

For more information on Abstract Thought go to ImAbstract.com or click here to check out my previous post.

Philly Fashion Week!!!!


Since 2007, founders Kevin Parker & Kerry Scott, organized the bi-annual Philly Fashion Week. The purpose of the events is to bring fashion enthusiasts together in one of America's most cultured, artistic, and fashionable cities, Philadelphia. This weeks events are from Thursday, February  24 to Saturday, February 26. A Black Tie Affair Awards Gala, kicks off the event, honoring John Colabelli, Pulisher of Philadelphia Style Magazine, Traci Lynn, founder of Traci Lynn Jewelry, and Engela Edmunds, Owner of Showroom 77. On Friday, there will be a fashion show as well as a Fashion Forum and Couture Fashion Show on Saturday where attendees can get a look at designer collections from names like Mike Sam, Celestino Couture and Amare Sinh. Last Fall's Fashion Week was a huge success with collaborations from Kenneth Cole and Banana Republic and a network of boutiques, models, celebrity stylists, photographers, make-up artists, and the lists goes on. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Girl's Inc., a non-profit entity empowering teenage girls from the Philadelphia and surrounding areas.

For more information and tickets prices go to phillyfashionweek.org

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

"For the Love of Shoes"

Picture courtesy of Bus Stop Boutique

Bus Stop Boutique is hosting an Art Opening Reception, Friday, February 25 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. "For The Love of Shoes: A Story of a Girl and Her Shoes" by Aubrie Costello is an exploration into a true love of shoes including a short story about a girl, her heels, and other stories of life and love. Aubrie Costello is a Moore College of Art & Design Alum and founding member of The Other Woman (a ladies art collective) and her work has been featured in galleries around Italy. Costello uses different textures such as raw silks and her own words to tell an emotional story.

The exhibition will include a window display and in-store art installation with limited edition copies of Costello's short story being available for purchase. The exhibition will run now through April 1st, but make sure to join them on Friday to meet the artist, explore her work, and while you sip cocktails, you can also enjoy 15% off any purchase from the New Spring Collection. Also wear a "splash of red" and receive an additional 5% off.

Hope to see you there!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Trench Coat Mafia

If we ever catch a break from Old Man Winter, maybe we can get out of these heavy parkas and into some light and stylish trench coats. Having always been a staple in the world of fashion, every year it seems that designers always finding a way to reinvent the classic coat. One of my favorites that came to mind was the Garbardine Biker Trench Coat from Burberry. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this coat because of how the leather sleeves give it a tough approach. In my list I including some spurge-worthy coats and some that won't kill your wallet. For those of you that already have a trench, here are some easy ideas to revamp your style:
  1. Add new buttons. Stop by your local arts & craft store and pick up some cool buttons. It's cheaper then buying a new coat and it'll give you a chance to personalize your old one.
  2. Switch out the belt. With neon brights being a trend for spring, find a cool neon belt to pair with your neutral colored coat to create instant satisfaction.
  3. Add some quirkiness. Adding a cool trim to the lapels and collar will add some fun to the traditional look.
  4. Pop in a brooch. Take a trip to your mother's closet and "borrow" some pins or brooches. I love a brooch with a little bit of sparkle to add some extra shine.
Enjoy!
Burberry.com
Garbardine Biker Trench Coat with Contrast Leather Sleeves
$2,795

Net-a-porter.com
Diane Von Furstenberg
Spy Ruffle-Trim Cotton Trench Coat
$565

Zara.com
Trench Coat with Lapels
$129

Express.com
Ruffled-Bottom Belted Trench Coat
$128

ae.com
American Eagle Classic Trench
Was: $79.50 Now: $49.95

Forever21.com
Gauze Trench Coat
$32.80

Friday, February 18, 2011

Express Yourself

If you're looking for clothing that delivers a unique message, look no further than Abstract Thought. Founded by William Nearn Jr. in 2007, this Philadelphia company designs and distributes meaningful t-shirts, hoodies, and sweatshirts for men and women. Taking inspiration from everyday life, their "Intellectually Artistic" designs cover everything from current events and politics to love and happiness. Using catchy slogans and bold graphics, Abstract Thought continues to encourages customers to "Always Think Abstract".






Pictures courtesy of Abstract Thought
 For more information on Abstract Thought check out their site imabstract.com

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Designer Spotlight - Brittany DeShields

Brittany DeShields is a talented, emerging, self-taught seamstress and fashion designer who is known for her ready-to-wear collection of sexy, fitted, and very stylish dresses. Designing started off as a hobby for this Philadelphia native, but after her first fashion show while attending Delaware State, she realized this could be her career and way of life. To learn more about the business side of fashion, DeShields later transferred to Temple University to study business management with a concentration in Marketing. Her collection B. DeS, which launched in 2008 and is designed for the chic, confident, and naturally sexy female. Already with a celebrity clientele that includes singer, Mya and rapper, Lola Monroe, Brittany DeShields is definately one to watch. Here are some looks from her bold and eye-catching Spring/Summer 2011 Collection.

 

B. DeS
Spring/Summer 2011 Collection
Pictures courtesy of BrittanyDeShields.com
For more information on Brittany DeShields click here!

Monday, February 14, 2011

The Good, The Bad, and The Wat?!?!?

Ok so at first I wasn't going to do the whole fashion recap from The Grammy's, but I just can't help myself. (And no I didn't included Gaga because I'm sure everyone has seen enough of her and her egg.) So here we go...

Jennifer Hudson
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Jennifer Hudson looked stunning in this Versace gown, Jewels by Neil Lane and Christian Louboutin sandals.

Kim Kardashian
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 Kim Kardashian looked radiant as usual wearing this Kaufman Franco gown with Lorraine Schwartz jewels and Christian Louboutin nude pumps.
Nadia Ali Morgan Page
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I honestly haven't heard of Nadia Ali Morgan Page, but this gown by Jovani Couture is beautiful. Very elegant and classy, true Hollywood glamour.
Selena Gomez
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Disney's next star Selena Gomez looked adorable in this dress by J. Mendel and a Judith Leiber clutch.
Cee-Lo
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Cee-Lo ruffled some feathers with this ensemble. To me it was a cross between Jim Henson Muppet's, a Carnival costume and something out of The Wiz. Why???
Hayley Williams
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Um...yea I don't know what to say about this one. Tutu. Red hair. Pink feathers. SMH!
Cyndi Lauper
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Cyndi Lauper reminds me of someone from The Flintstones. Maybe even Peebles...grown-up...after rehab.
Ciara
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I'm not sure about Ciara in this Warrior Princess looking dress by Emilio Pucci. Those black shoes really throw me off.
Nicki Minaj
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Oh and of course Nicki Minaj, decked out in head to toe leopard thanks to Givenchy, complete with spotted hair and all.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Lil' Monsters Go Gaga

The multi-talented entertainer, Lady Gaga, graces the cover of Vogue's March issue with a fabulous spread wearing designers, Hussein Chalayan, Haider Ackermann and of course Alexander McQueen. With a new album entitled Born This Way due out in May and the first single with the same name hitting the radio waves any minute now, let the Gaga Mania begin!





Pictures from Vogue.com
Read the Vogue article Lady Gaga - Our Lady of Pop

Watch The IFB Influence Conference


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If you couldn't make it to NYC for the IFB Influence Conference like me (sad face) here's the livestream for your enjoyment!

Searching Away

Yesterday I went to my local library to get my son his first library card, but I figured I'd find something good to read for myself. When I searched the word "fashion" in the computer, of course all these titles came up, from how to dress professionally to how to sew, but I wasn't looking for any of those. I was thinking more autobiography about designers or even a Vogue book on their covers over the years. So I tried to narrow down my choices and just searched "Chanel". Results: 3. Two were movies and the other one was a autobiography copyrighted 1974. Instead of leaving empty handed I checked out the book.

My Library Find
It seems like if you want a good up-to-date book on fashion you have to head to B&N or Borders, but once you get there you have to dig to find them. The fashion books are all over the place without a real home. Some in the non-fiction section, others in entertainment or even in self-help. Why can't fashion be a section of its own? Home, Garden and Crafts have their own section and so do Science Fiction and Fantasy, so why not Fashion? How easy would it be to just go to the fashion section of Barnes & Noble's and find all the books dealing with that subject? Who do I talk to about making this happen? Fashion has more than enough books under its belt to have its own category. But until then I guess, I'll just be reading the little decimal numbers and searching away.

Monday, February 7, 2011

She's Got Legs Event

On Saturday, February 12, join Ivy Glass at Fringe Salon on 1728 E. Passyunk Ave for their "She's Got Legs" Opening Night Event from 6 to 10 p.m. Shop the latest collection of their cool and cozy upcycled sweater leggings. "Leggings have been boring until now" Glass says, "I’ve combined my process of working with recycled sweaters and my signature stitch to create one-of-a-kind leggings to keep ladies legs warm and happy." All of Ivy Glass' designs are handmade in Philadelphia using left over fashion garments she handpicks from local thrift and vintage shops showing that you can make something old and unwanted into something new and fun.


While at the event enjoy a live dance performance by Hip Hop Noir Group, 5 o'clock Shadowboxers at 8 p.m. Also admire beautiful art collages by local artist, Joe Castro and get down to the cool sounds DJ Jim Redz. The event is free and purchase a pair of leggings opening night and receive $10 off! The collection will be available at Fringe Salon February 12th thru April 8th, but credit cards will only be accepted the day of the event.

Sweater Leggings by Ivy Glass
Pictures courtesy of Ivy Glass
For more information on Ivy Glass check out them out on IvyGlass.com, Like Them on Facebook, or Follow Them on Twitter .
For infomation on Fringe Salon check them out on FringeSalonOnline.com

Pick Me, IFB!!!


Hi everyone, this weekend I made a video entry to win tickets to the IFB Evolving Influence Conference in NYC. Each person had to make a video explaining why they want to go and post it on their blog. So here is my entry. It's short, sweet and to the point. I really hope I win!!! Enjoy!!!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Black in Fashion - Bethann Hardison

Bethann Hardison
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Bethann Hardison began her career in the fashion industry in the 60's, working as a salesgirl in New York's garment district. In the 1970's, this Brooklyn native was strutting her stuff on the runways internationally and even assisted a few designers. Wanting to erase the racial boundaries in the fashion industry, Hardison founded her own modeling agency, where she scouted, launched and helped manage the career of models such as Naomi Campbell, Veronica Webb, Tyson Beckford, and other new black models. In 1987, with the help of friend Iman, they established the Black Girls Coalition, to change the status quo of African Americans in the fashion industry, both behind the scenes and in front of the camera. She also added the title of writer to her resume, creating a documentary entitled Invisible Beauty, to shed light on the lack of diversity on the runway. In 2008, Hardison contributed to the making of the highly recognized Italian Vogue Black Issue and has recently become the Editor-at-Large for the Black Italian Vogue's online magazine, a section of the site that is devoted to black models and issues in fashion. Bethann Hardison, is a hidden gem in the world of black fashion and is very much devoted to eliminating the racial boundaries in the industry.
Bethann Hardison with Friend and Mentor Iman
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Put Up Your Dukes

Duke & Winston is a Philadelphia based men’s casual clothing company launched in 2009 by Seun Olubodun and his English bulldog, HRH The Duke. The aim of the brand is to refine the innovative and fashion forward trends that come out of streetwear to produce casual apparel for a more discerning gentleman....with some limited pieces for his lady. Inspired by his time spent overseas while growing up in the U.K. and Africa, Olubodun uses a clean and substantive approach in mixing modern elements with old world imagery.
Picture curtsey of Duke & Winston

Duke & Winson started out focusing on high quality graphic shirts but this spring the line is expanding to include polos and other light accessories. Currently, Olubodun is in the works of creating a pet line with the help of kickstarter.com which would include a line of collars/leashes and charms for your little (or big) companion.
To find out more about Duke & Winston, check out duke-winston.com
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