Alright kiddies, the famed shithole-chic venue Rathaus on 31st and Spring Garden has opened a vintage clothing store of sorts to go along with the sweaty, heady-marijuana-smoke scented vibe of their infamous indie venue.
Amongst the other prized vintage gems you can score, a recent browse revealed a black tassled, genuine suede jacket (men’s medium) for $25 – a freakin’ steal. Paisley shirts and ’50s-style clutches abound, not to mention, American-flag boxer shorts.
The place is accessible on 31st, half a block south of Spring Garden, through a white clapboard door that leads into an alley. They’re elusive even on the interweb, so your best bet would be to go and catch The Click Clack Boom and The Bright Light Social Hour playing a cookout there this Sunday at 6pm. Be ready to pay a modest cover. If you have any trouble finding the place, just follow the scent of grilling meat and baking ganja.
The past two weeks have certainly been hectic for us here at PW Style and with The Philadelphia Collection and Philly Fashion Week now officially behind us, it seems like a good time for some reflection.
So I asked my trusty bloggers to shar e one thing that they took away from all the fashion shows and various style events they attended—whether it be good or bad, fashion related or not. Here’s what they had to say…
Fajr: What I learned from The Philadelphia Collection is that Philly is making a comeback on the fashion scene and has some really talented design talent!
Abigail: I learned four things…1.) No matter what city you see a fashion show in, you can always count on at least four dudes that will wear sunglasses inside 2.) Horrible Euro-techno music still reigns supreme in the fashion event business. 3.) To many, dressing up for a fashion event means donning the shortest, tightest thing in your closet. 4.) It doesn’t matter how sexy you think the shoe is, if it makes you walk like the Tin Man, you aren’t doing yourself any favors.
Kat: One thing I learned at Philly Fashion Week is that this city is full of people that want to be designers, whether they have talent or not.
Nicole: From a photographer’s standpoint, I should have been better prepared—a better flash, several charged batteries, better standing on the runway sidelines and maybe even a telephoto lens (if I had one). But the glamour and style makes it all worth it. Like all fashion shows, you pick up tips and ideas for your own wardrobe.
As for me, I learned that there’s a lot of talented design students in this city and never to show up to a fashion show on time.
Brace yourselves vintage lovers! Another amazing boutique is opening in the city with a week’s worth of events to shop. Wear House Boutique is a resale, vintage and custom clothing shop that caters to women sizes 10 and up. Their mantra is, Love your body beyond measure!
Wear House Boutique is hosting its Grand Opening this week and has a list of events for all. Check out Wear House and stop in to shop! All events are held at Wear House, unless noted otherwise.
Wear House Boutique
401 S. 16th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146
Grand Opening Eve Celebration
Bloggers Only Invitational
Grand Opening Celebration
“Second Skin Opening Exhibition”
“Functional Fashion Show ” w/HoneyBush Hair Studio @ Vango Skybar and Lounge
116 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Beauty and the Body Event w/ Bubble Babez Bath Company
Check out the events and follow them on Twitter @WearHousePhilly
Well, that’s a wrap for another Philadelphia Collection/Philadelphia Fashion Week procession. Things went out with a bang this past weekend at the Crane Arts building where many young designers and a hand full of lower-than-minor celebs gathered to witnesss the best of the week.
Lower-than-minor celebs included Gina’s friend on Martin, a blond lady from Star Trek and some pop star I guess I should have heard of, but, at first glance I thought she was getting her picture taken because of her resemblance to Ru Paul.
After the nineteenth Kanye West disciple gave me a thorough up-and-down and the last stiletto-ed woman hobbled to her seat, the music began. My god, the music. It was like some terrible amalgamation of latex techno and Euro department store beats positively bouncing off every corner of the huge warehouse space.
Mayor Nutter made a brief appearance, mispronouncing the word “couture” and then stressing the importance of fashion in Philadelphia. Oh boy. The fashion itself ran the gamut of truly innovative, mob-wife tacky and art-school project. Here, some highlights of the best and brightest.
This dress definitely had a Wang/Theory vibe to it with the flowy mullet skirt and cut-out scuba top.
Something about this sheer top and faux-fur bottom sheath really spoke to me for Fall.
This to me was the highlight of the evening. This crimson dress had this minimalistic, Calvin-Klein feeling to it that came off as super sophisticated design.
Local talent, Sap Sounds, accompanied by his guitarist and saxophone player opened up Philly Fashion Week’s Ready to Wear Fashion Show Friday night at the Crane Arts building. Before guests filled into their seats, they were able to mingle with the designers and various vendors—one of the most popular being the mobile nail salon Philly Minx, which was offering free manis right there on the spot.
The show featured an eclectic mix of everyday pieces to flowing evening gowns—all ready to be worn right off the runway…
This classy line from Paula Hian included pieces that could be worn in the office or after work at a sleek cocktail party. http://www.paulahian.com/
Adore was bold in its presentation of colors and funky pattern creations. The designers used their personal vacations and love of accessories to create this line.
There was even a line for the fellas—the distinguished, yet casual gentleman’s apparel from Osrick Ingredients Cricket.
The show ended on an international note with designer, Jaya Misra from India whose beautiful gowns she says were inspired completely from nature. “Philly fashion is booming and I’m happy to be a part of it,” she stated during the event.
Anyone in attendance was sure to agree.
On Wednesday, Sept. 21, the Shops at Liberty Place played host to a fashionable affair representing Philly’s style, appropriately named Philly Phashion Phest and a part of The Philadelphia Collection 2011. While the “ph” alliteration is a bit old, the ready-to-wear styles were not.
This season, three trends are on top: fur, red and lace.
While I don’t condone wearing real fur, the fuzzy coats and vests are still luxurious, faux or otherwise.
In this look, presented by Macy’s, the model is sporting a fur vest with a leather mini, which gives an overall air of boho, while still appropriate for a night out.
Red, normally associated with vixens and vamps, is becoming much more mainstream while still maintaining its sex appeal. And, it can be incorporated nearly anywhere in the outfit. Red heels, lips, camisoles, or, in the below case presented by South Moon Under, tights, are all simple ways to up the style of any outfit.
Lace ain’t for your grammy’s nightgown, anymore. Lace shift dresses are perfect for, as I like to call it, the U.E.S.B., or Upper East Side Brunch. Whether you’re meeting the beau’s parents over a mimosa or just feeling extra chic on a Sunday, these lace dresses are absolutely perfect.