As most of you probably know by now, tonight, DesignPhiladelphia kicks off it’s eight year, showcasing and exploring this city’s rich design history during five straight days of events all over town—from workshops, lectures and panel discussions to exhibitions, runway shows and parties.
Be sure to pick up a copy of this week’s issue of PW to read up on the how the festival got started and what it hopes to achieve. In the meantime, with over 120 events lined up this year, I figured I’d lend a hand as you attempt to make plans.
Having now thoroughly examined the festival schedule and flipped through the huge stack of invites and press releases on my desk, here’s my picks for the most worthwhile happenings going down tonight and tomorrow.
Also, to get you feeling a little more pumped up about Philly’s vibrant design scene, check out the video at the bottom of the post.
PopUp Place: DesignPhiladelphia Kick Off Party: After a ticketed cocktail party and benefit celebration, all are welcome to a free street party along the 900 block of Canal Street featuring live music, outdoor projections and a SoReFa (Socially Responsible Fashion) Showcase curated by Arcadia Boutique, featuring looks from their favorite local and sustainable designers with hair and makeup by Moko. Guests can also build an interactive architectural structure with Public Workshop, chillax with friends in a “pallet lounge” designed by Bonzai Homes and check out the DesignPhilly sustainable design exhibition /adaptations /. 7:30-10pm. Free. Provenance Architecturals, 912 Canal St.
Cat Walk Promenade – CandyCoated Trunk Show: Candy Depew, the wonderfully eccentric designer/printer of CandyCoated will be teaming up with fellow awesome local designer, Lobo Mau and the Philadelphia Art Alliance for what could very well be the most epic fashion/trunk show this city has ever seen. What makes it so epic? Well, for starters, they’ll be rolling into the park on a three-wheeled tricycle, which will serve as the “trunk” show. Meanwhile, models will strut their stuff down the square’s walkways showcasing Candy’s latest collection of one-of-a-kind garments, created in collaboration with Mau. But these won’t be just your typical models. Rather, to celebrate Candy’s eternal kitty love, the models will be transformed head-to-toe into adorable cats. So yeah, sounds pretty epic to me. 5:30pm. Free. Rittenhouse Square 18th & Walnut Sts.
Printing in the Open: During this one-night-only, interactive printing event, guests are invited to bring their own t-shirts, tote bags or bandana and have them customized with the unique print designs of three local artists. These prints will be inspired by the Print Center’s current op-art exhibit, Color Motion: Edna Andrade Prints. If you don’t have a plain tote bag lying around, there will be some there for purchase. Thursday, 6-8pm. Free. The Print Center, 1614 Latimer St.
Hacker Masquerade DIY Mask Workshop (Put An LED On It): Haven’t decided on a Halloween custom yet? No worries—the brilliant hacking wizards of The Hackory are going to help you make a killer, illuminated mask with integrating a little bit of crafts and a little bit of electronics. The friendly volunteers will guide you through the process, providing all the stitchable electronics necessary as well as sample ideas. At the first annual Hacker Masquerade Ball going down later this month, those who come donning their masks will receive free admission. 7pm. $10. The Hacktory, 3711 Market St.
Living HyLo Style: A Fall 2012 Lookbook: Enjoy complimentary libations courtesy of Spodee Wine while checking out HyLo Boutique’s experimental short film, “Living HyLo Style” which spans a day in the life of artisanal Philadelphia, featuring fall picks from local designers including, NINObrand, DannyFox, and M.Brûlée. 7-10pm. Free. HyLo Boutique, 333 S. 20th St.
Creating Content Worth Watching: Sit back and enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks as you watch a curated showcase of case-studies illustrating exactly what goes into making clever online content and videos people want to engage with (ya know, besides nutshots). 7-8pm. Free. The Irish Pub (Upstairs), 2007 Walnut St.
reInspire: Art-from-the-Arts Design Challenge Week: Each day throughout the festival, The Resource Exchange, a North Philly non-profit dedicated to promoting creative reuse, recycling and resource conservation will be unveiling a new creative work, made from materials previously used in disciplines like fashion, digital arts and performing arts. To celebrate the start of the challenge, they are welcoming locals to come and knock back local brews from St. Benjamin Brewing Co. while exploring the weird and wonderful world of film and theater salvage, featuring unique creations constructed entirely out of materials they’ve saved from local productions. 5-9pm. Free. The Resource Exchange, 2829 Cedar St.
Public Space: Public Connections: Have an idea for how to best utilize the public spaces near City Hall? Then stop by “The Arcade” at 16th and Market and share it with The City Planning Comission while taking part in their interactive walk-by afternoon workshop. 12-2pm. Free. The Arcade, 1601 Market St.
Be sure to follow PWStyle on Twitter (@PWStyle) as I shall be tweeting like a madwoman from as many events as I can possibly make. Also, check back on Friday for a weekend guide to DesignPhilly.
Just in case you didn’t already know, NoLibs is certainly be the place to be this Sunday. Now in its fourth year, this supersized, all-day block party promises to be the biggest yet, equipped with a four music and event stages as well as all the workshops, art, food, beer and crafts you can imagine. As far as the line-up of vendors, several NoLibs boutiques, including Art Star, SWAG and Arcadia will be selling their goods outside in addition to over 150 awesome local crafters and designers—BreakawayINK Apparel, Duke & Winston, Wise Owl Shop, Birdie Jewelry, Snowbird Vintage, Gypsy Adornment and Buttercup Jewelry, just to name a few. Seriously, the entire list of expected vendors and performers is one of the most expansive I’ve seen to date. So, in other words, go! Sunday, 12-10pm. Free. @ N. 2nd St. between Germantown Ave. & Spring Garden St.
Old City First Friday
Starting tonight, Smak Parlour (219 Market St.) will no longer be celebrating “First Friday” as usual. Rather, they’ve decided to extend their monthly celebration two extra days, officially launching “First Weekends in Old City” (let’s hope it catches on). That said, now through Sunday, the boutique will be offering a buy-one-get-one-FREE deal on all sale items. Over at Moko Hair Studio (55 N. Third St.) however, they’ll be continuing the First Friday tradition with a special “Bangs, Braids, Brows” event tonight from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Guests will be treated to complimentary braiding, brow consultations and even free bang trims.
For their annual art bazaar event, Paradigm Gallery has invited various local artists to come and sell their plethora of affordable, handmade goods—from artwork and prints to clothing and jewelry throughout the day. Meanwhile, guests will also have a chance to unleash their own creativity as Paradigmwill also be holding it’s third ever Community Art Project. The theme of this month’s event is wheat-pasting and as always, the gallery will provide any necessary materials. Saturday, 12-6pm. Free. @Paradigm Gallery (803 S. 4th St.)
If you live in West Philly, chances are you’re well familiar with this monthly flea market. And for those of you who aren’t normally inclined to venture beyond 40th and Baltimore, perhaps its time. As always, vendors will fill Clark Park selling a plethora of items—from antiques, furniture, records and books to jewelry, crafts, food and bikes. Saturday, 9am-5pm. Free. @Clark Park (43rd & Chester Ave.)
Facials sound like a luxe, indulgent experience, but sometimes when you’re getting your pores cleared out it HURTS. This Rice Facial at Moko that Daily Candy found sounds like a nice alternative. Ingredients used in a facial from Moko include basmati rice, ghee (clarified butter), milk, cardamom and cinnamon. Mmm. Sounds like you should stop here for dessert after Thanksgiving weekend. Also featured in Daily Candy is Jimmie the Psychic, who sounds like a good stop this weekend as well — aside from all the Black Friday sales obviously.
Marie Claire also has tips on how to get hair like our girl crush Blake Lively, as well the best beauty products of 2009. They just don’t have pictures of creative rings – but this blog seems to have it covered.
Old City’s Moko is offering a truly awesome deal to welcome their newest stylist, Brigette. Make a Wednesday appointment and Brigette will give you a free blowout while giving you tips on styling and organic products that will work best for your hair. This deal is only valid once per customer, so we suggest scheduling your appointment around a special ocassion.
And a little tip from us to you: Tips at Moko must be paid in cash, according to their website. So make sure you hit the ATM before swinging by.