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 Macys.com 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’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 Fashionista.com, 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.
Nothing excites me more than new clothes gliding down the runway hanging on models that haven’t eaten in a week. It’s pure bliss, and there’s nothing better than New York Fashion Week. It’s the holy grail of U.S. Fashion.
Last Friday, I got an invite to attend Carmelita Couture’s show on Valentine’s Day in New York Fashion Week. Naturally, I went out, bought a new outfit and arranged a way to get to the big apple for the show. After seeing countless Facebook ads about how cheap and convenient Megabus is, I decided to try it. Worst-case scenario, it’s $8, so what’s the worst that could happen?
—Philly filmmaker Jon Foy wins at Sundance. Yeah, those things are called Toynbee tiles. Who knew? Newsworks
— Baked goods are all the rage these days.Take a Valentine cue from Janis Joplin and let someone “take another little piece of your heart” with this rad heart cake tutorial. i am baker
—Fashionable folks will get a free lift during Fashion Week (next week). Brad Goreski and Mercedes Benz just might take you for a ride. The Cut
—In more Fashion Week news (it’s next week, forgive us, we can’t help ourselves), The Empire Hotel will have Fashion Week Ambassadors on hand for the event. What will they be wearing? Rebecca Taylor, of course. Racked
—This year’s BFC/Vogue Fashion Fund Award goes to Christopher Kane. Fashion Lover
The Spring 2011 runway shows just came to a close in Paris last week. Among the hundreds of shows and presentations across the four major fashion cities were some that left us dazzled and some, well, not so much. From fresh new talent, must-have items to truly head-scratching moments, we break it all down for you here.
1. Virginal White Dresses Are The New Bodycon Dress
White was everywhere this season. And while most of it was minimal and boring, warranting an “ugh, more white?!,” there were plenty of whimsical girlish dresses in eyelet and lace fit for the ingenue in all of us.
2. Jacquita Banana Serves As Inspiration
We could already see the “Would You Wear That?” articles being written when Prada sent out bold and colorful banana and monkey prints. Stella McCartney soon followed with lemon and grapefruits. Some critics raved over the fruity moments, but we’d rather have ours on a plate thankyouverymuch.
3. Sarah Burton Ushers In A Promising New Era At McQueen
After last season’s untimely passing of the great Lee Alexander McQueen, many wondered how Sarah Burton, the named successor to the house, would fill such shoes. While McQueen surely could never be replaced, Burton proved her talent by delivering a collection that was at once a perfectly executed nature-inspired vision and fitting tribute to the man’s legacy. One of the best collections of the season.
4. Long Skirts Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere
Hemlines started to fall on the runways a few seasons back and now every H&M and Forever 21 is stocking their share of the trend. But the new silhouettes, seen at Lanvin and Chloe, are more breezy and free-flowing. Think Ballerina.
5. Balmain Is Still Turning Out The Same Old
Christophe Decarnin of Balmain has caught a lot of flack for his $1625 ripped tees that are easily DIY-able for pretty much next to nothing. And well, unfortunately he’s still pretty much showing more of the same. While his trend-setting rocker look inspired countless knockoffs and was hard to resist, it’s now time for something new.
6. Downtown Meets Uptown In Neon Power-Dressing
Designers of the downtown set, Proenza Schouler and Christopher Kane played with a study in contrasts this season with uptown ladies-who-lunch suits and shifts in bright acid neon hues. One of the more interesting themes of the season.
7. Suno Teams Up With Loeffler Randall For Some Seriously Lustworthy Shoes
The fashion Twitterverse went wild during Suno’s New York presentation, going nuts over the tiny flower-printed wooden wedges made in collaboration with Loeffler Randall. Good luck getting a hold of these bad boys come Spring!
8. Courtney Love Is Still Fashion’s Muse
The self-proclaimed fashion-obsessed frontwoman was certainly busy this season performing at parties on both sides of the pond, causing quite the stir with her surprising cover of Gaga’s “Bad Romance.”
9. Marc Gives Us A Double Shot Of Glamour; Results Both Campy and Classy
Marc Jacobs is known for swinging that pendulum with each new season. Case in point: Fall ‘10 was all about grey and beige and minimal. This season? All out glamour. His signature collection hit the mark with a 40’s meets 70’s meets Studo 54 melange of frizzy flower-accented hair, breezy berry colored lounge dresses and Missoni-esque prints; while his Louis Vuitton collection missed the mark, with campy Asian-inspired looks more meant for a costume shop than a runway.
10. Paint-Splattered Hair Is So Not The Look
What started at Alexander Wang, with white clay streaks painted onto the models’ hair resembling, well, an unfortunate bird mishap, continued at Altuzarra, but instead with pops of bold color painted along the side of the head, perhaps channeling Ziggy Stardust? Either way, please don’t try this at home.
— Kat Blazowski
All runway images via Style.com; Loeffler Randall for Suno image via Loeffler Randall
Unless you were hiding under a rock last week, you know that the runways were being pounded in the Lincoln Center as designers flaunted their looks for spring 2011. Even though we live a few hours away the trends and newest edgy styles see no state lines and will surely be filtering into our wardrobes in the coming months. Below you’ll find a list of sites we suggest for a quick guide to what was hot, what was not and what got people talking at New York Fashion Week.
The Encyclopedia: Style.com has photos documenting every designer (in alphabetical order) along with the looks they showed. So you couldn’t afford to make it to the Lincoln Center? It’s okay, you can still relive every outfit that walked the runway on your computer screen.
The minute by minute: Looking for an archive of “we are at the runway show and this is amazing” or “so and so is sitting next to such and such and they HATE blah blah blah designer’s line”? Look no further than the Twitter of the infamous daily fashion paper, WWD. Just scroll through their posts from last week for your play by play.
The top 100 list: if you’re looking for a ultimate 100 list of favorites, look no further than Harper’s Bazaar. Their slide show documents the magazine’s 100 favorites from spring 2011.
No holds commentary: The crew over at NY Mag’s The Cut have a knack for telling it like it is—both the good and the bad. Plus, their Hot Shots section makes for a diverse and entertaining photo editorial on the events that took place inside the Lincoln Center last week.
It’s alarming to me that I had to find out via NPR that the Snuggie had an exclusive fashion show for Fashion Week.
Why is it alarming?
1. I heard about it on Wait Wait! Don’t Tell Me… I’m not a news snob, but consider the following: This is the same program I tuned into to hear updates about Obama, the ACORN scandal and learned about astronaut pee …which means that this over-sized, formless fleece monster has become engrained enough in society enough that it glided in on it’s fuzzy sleeves into a radio show that also talks about progressive health care.
Snuggie, I hate you.
2. Um, SNUGGIE had a fashion show!? Um, I wasn’t aware that snuggies were worn in public unless you were trying to look like bad Halloween costume versions of the following: a) Socrates b) members of the Jedi Council c) the Pope.
So yes, here are pictures I found of this “super exclusive event” across the internet. There have been some ..interesting things shown at Fashion Week in the past, but I never thought NYC would unveil a show in a couture setting that was self proclaimed as ”a blanket with sleeves”.
Even on a humor level I can’t get into it… probably because I despise the Snuggie. It’s not even funny to me anymore. I’ve seen, oh I don’t know — a cloak or a muumuu (which, thankfully, doesn’t even pretend to be sexy) on the runway and I can deal, but I can’t handle people grinning in their slouch socks. Correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t I supposed to be the person with the blanket and slouch socks this week? I’m supposed to be the one enjoying watching ridiculously skinny, over-made women walk around in crazy couture from the comfort of my couch.
Let’s make some phone calls: wires were crossed. No where in the description of Fashion Week did I ever get a WTF Blanket warning.
Apparently children and pets were also dragged into the shenanigans because THE SNUGGIE HAS NO SHAME.
Muscely football player types have problems finding pants sometimes. Men’s pants are either euro tight or prison pants baggy, with no in between. A company that was featured on the Today Show this morning, Bonobos is trying to change all that. So, if there’s a boy in your life that can’t seem to find pants that fit correctly, head on over to their site. Their video explaining their mission is pretty amusing as well.
Oprah Magazine is on the lookout for ill-fitting garments as well. This slide show focuses on getting rid of that dreaded visible panty line. Ew.
Stylist to the stars Rachel Zoe has a daily newsletter that highlights her favorite picks. While many of the selections are high end – a recent newsletter featured an Anna Sui Dress for $650 – it also features a ‘Parallel Universe’ section that points it’s way to a cheaper but still cute version. In this aforementioned recent newsletter, an Anna Sui dress from the target collection for $45 was featured. You can sign up for updates on Rachel’s website, which also shares everything you need to know about Rachel, such as the fact that she’s sick after Fashion Week in NYC and what songs are on her iTunes playlist. Perhaps it’s this recent article in New York magazine that’s got Rachel feeling rundown and sick?
Headbands created by students at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising (LIM) were featured in a recent I Heart Daily Post. These young entrepenuers made and started wearing their creations. It wasn’t long until classmates were asking where they could get cute accessories like they had, and Stella Accessories was born.
NBC10’s website has some pictures of celebs that look alike, naked PETA ads, and the new school nameplate necklace. We’re fans – since these new school necklaces don’t feature your entire name, there won’t be any awkward moments where random people know your name. It’s happened to us. We swear.