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Penn Fashion Week Begins

Over the past several years, Philadelphia has fostered its fashion industry with events like Philly Fashion Week and programs like the Fashion Incubator.  Not to be outdone by Drexel for participating in the Incubator, the University of Pennsylvania is hosting fashion panel discussions, runway shows, and lectures over the course of this week.

Tonight (the 26th) from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Joshua Schulman, former CEO of Jimmy Choo, will be speaking along with opening night celebrations from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The opening night is open to students to try on clothing from Rent the Runway, a couture clothing rental website.

John Idol, the current Chairman and CEO of Michael Kors, will speak on Tuesday, March 27th from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Internet shopping gurus Chris Ventry, General Manager of Giltman and Park & Bond, Rupa Parekh, Vice President of Marketing at JOOR, and Denice Ozpinar, Classic Sportswear Planner at will be discuss how the internet has impacted the clothing industry on Wednesday, March 28th from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Parsons Dean Simon Collins is scheduled to discuss the “Slings and Arrows of Outrageous Fashion” on Thursday, March 29th from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.penn_fashionweek

Penn’s Fashion Week is scheduled to end Friday, the 30th, with a publishing panel featuring Valerie Steel, FIT’s Museum Director and Chief Curator, Leah Chernikoff, Executive Editor of, Eva Chen, Beauty and Health Director/Special Projects Director of Teen Vogue, and John Jannuzzi, Contributing Digital Editor at Lucky Magazine.  This stocked panel is set to have a discussion, followed by a question and answer session from 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Finally, the week will close on Friday night from 9:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. with a fashion show promoting student designs and clothing from local boutiques worn by student models.

The lectures and panel discussions will make incredible networking opportunities for Philadelphia’s fashion scene to mix and mingle. I’m incredibly excited that Philly’s businesses, organizations, and universities are hosting fashion events, discussions, and runway shows to foster the industry, and be sure to check back throughout the week for the latest and greatest scoop from Penn Fashion Week.

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