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Party It Up At The Philadelphia Flower Show

flowershow-brilliantIf you’re thinking that the world’s most celebrated indoor flower show is just about stunning floral displays, think again. It turns out, the folks of the PA Horticultural Society really know how to party. Before the 2013 Philadelphia Flower Show kicks off next Saturday, March 2, here are four bashes you may want to mark down on your calendar.

**Note: tickets to each Theme Night must be purchased in advance and include admission to the show itself.

Preview Party After Party: Once again, locals will have the opportunity to see the show before it officially opens to the rest of the public while knocking back cocktails and delicious desserts. Even better, you’ll get to dance the night away among acres of pretty flowers and interpretations of Britain’s amazing landscapes and cultural icons. If you’re already attending the Preview Party, you’re invited to the After Party free of charge. If not, sign up to become a member of the PHS Young Friends and you’ll receive free admission along with free drink vouchers. Otherwise, tickets are $60 dollars in advance. (Fri/1, 10pm-1am)

LGBT Party: Before basking in all the sights and scents of the Flower Show, PHS and G Philly are inviting members and friends of the city’s LGBT community to an afternoon of festive cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, all capped off with a live performance from Martha Graham Cracker. Meanwhile, the party will also serve as a benefit for Dining Out For Life, which helps raise funds for AIDS Service Organizations throughout the U.S. Guests can make a contribution by purchasing a t-shirt designed exclusively for the show by Project Runway winner, Mondo Guerra. The tee will be on sale during the event during the event for $25 dollars and online at SubaruGear.com throughout April. Sun/3, 4-6pm.

wedding-wednsdayWedding Wednesday: Planning a wedding is one of the most stressful things a gal may ever have to do, so to make it a little easier, the Flower Show is once again giving local brides-to-be and their respective bridal parties VIP access to more than 50 of the region’s most celebrated and knowledgeable industry experts. Whether you’re in search of the perfect dress, venue, photographer, DJ, caterer or honeymoon, they’ve got you covered. The long list of vendors include Nicole Miller Bridal, AME Salon & Spa, Casa Papel, Bistro St. Tropez, Eventricity, Unveiled Philadelphia, Papertree Studio, Waterworks Restaurant and ShutterBooth. Besides much-needed advice, a crap-ton of giveaways and British-inspired cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, attendees will go home with an exclusive “Bride-To-Be” tote bag full of goodies from the featured vendors. Also, if you’re looking for ideas as far as your floral arrangements, it seems safe to say that the actual show is likely to yield a lot of inspiration. (Wed/6, 6-8pm)

Girls Night Out: What do you get when you put a thousand women and over 30 beauty, fashion and health vendors together in the same room at the world’s largest indoor flower show? You get one helluva girls night out, that’s what. Due to soaring demand, this year, the ladies-only event will be moved to a larger space with twice as many tickets now up for grabs. While enjoying the sounds of DJ Eddie Tully, guests will receive the royal treatment with exclusive samplings, consultations, product demos, DIY craft stations and sales from both local and national retailers/brands such as Burberry, Giovanni & Pileggi, Saks Fifth Avenue, Hope Chest Fine Lingerie and Baby Be Hip. Meanwhile, Stephan STARR Events will create two tasting stations serving up the catering division’s most popular dishes along with that of Buddakan AC and Continental AC. Last but not least, throughout the evening, Macy’s will present a salon-style fashion presentation featuring the retailer’s trendiest Royal Family-inspired fashions, all available for purchase during the event at their pop-up shop area. The $50 dollar ticket is quite a deal when you consider that not only does it include admission to the Show, but a premium gift and complimentary cocktail immediately upon arrival. Oh, and since you’re going to need something to carry all that free swag in, PHS is also going to be giving guests a special re-useable tote bag. Thurs/7, 6-8pm. $50.



TLC’s “Craft Wars” Premieres Tonight

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Although summer is notorious for lackluster TV programming, TLC is really stepping up its game with its new reality-competition series Craft Wars.

Premiering tonight at 10 p.m. (right after one of the greatest reality shows of all time, What Not Wear), the show is a lot like Project Runway, but with glue guns instead of sewing machines. And considering how many cooking/baking reality competitions there are on TV these days (I swear there’s got to be at least 50), it’s about damn time a network jump on the craft movement.

For those who haven’t seen the commercial, here’s the overall gist: each week three contestants are given one hour to create a popular craft item using surprise materials during the “Pop Craft” challenge. Judges Jo Pearson (author and creative expert for Michaels), Stephen Brown (author and founder of the dollar gift wear company Glitterville Studios) and Erica Domesek (author of the DIY book, P.S. I Made This”) will then evaluate their creations and eliminate one contestant. The other two will have to really prove their skills in the ultimate crafting battle royal aka. the “Master Craft” challenge.

Acting as a mentor to the contestants is the show’s host and executive producer, Tori Spelling who it turns out, is quite craft enthusiast. It addition to penning a new party planning book titled, “celebraTORI,” the limelight leech even has her own line of craft products, “The Tori Spelling Collection.”

In tonight’s episode, the contestants must create a fashion-forward duffle bag out of sports equipment and for the “Master Craft,” the final two will be making a playhouse out of school supplies.

I’m definitely tuning in. How about you?



Fashion Star Premieres Tonight

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After several months of incessant promotion, NBC’s new fashion reality competition Fashion Star will finally make its debut tonight at 9:30pm.

While most of you have probably seen the commercial well over a dozen times by now, just in case you haven’t, here’s the premise:

Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie, John Varvatos and host Elle Macpherson will act as mentors to 14 unknown designers contestants as they vie for a $6 million contract to have their line sold in three of America’s largest retailers: H&M, Macy’s and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Each week, the show will begin with a fashion show in front of a studio audience featuring musical performances, dancers and models and built around a weekly challenge. Unlike Project Runway, the challenges are not meant to groom the designers into fashion MacGyvers. Rather, the contestants will have to react to a variety of real-world scenarios testing both their creative vision and desire.

Although the celebrity mentors will have the ability to save one designer from the chopping block each week, after the remaining contestants who do not sell any of their items to the panel of buyers will be up for elimination.

Buyers from each retailer will make on-the-spot bids against each other to purchase the designs. The contestants who do not sell any of their items will be up for elimination, with the celebrity mentors choosing one designer to save from the chopping block each week.

And finally, the end of each episode, America will have the chance to purchase the winning design immediately that night online or in select stores the next day.

Obviously, this is the show’s biggest draw. I honestly don’t know why it’s taken so long for someone to come up with the idea for a reality fashion competition that showcases clothing the American public actually wants to wear and can afford.

It’s about damn time we get over this whole idea that “commercial” fashion can’t be innovative, well-made or stylish.

So will Fashion Star be a hit? Probably. I mean, most network reality shows are. After the ten weeks, will it really have launched the career of America’s next “Fashion Star?” Well, that I’m not so sure of. My guess is it’ll wind up a lot like American Idol (any idea what Ruben Studdard is up to these days?)

Nevertheless, I think the show is genius and I’m definitely going to be tuning in.

How about you? Is anyone else out there excited?



‘Launch Into Fashion’ Tonight at Moore

moore_collegeComplimenting established initiatives like DesignPhiladelphia and Philly Fashion Week, The Galleries at Moore College has just announced the launch of network, a new series of free networking events bringing emerging local designers and business and art professionals together to exchange ideas and make new connections.

The twice annual series kicks off tonight from 6-8 p.m with “network: Launch into Fashion.” Guests are invited to come rocking their favorite attire/accessories and will have a chance to mingling with some of Philly’s top designers and fashion experts while enjoying complimentary cocktails and the tunes of local DJ Sammy Slice.

The evening’s featured speakers include Elissa Bloom, executive director of the new Philadelphia Fashion Incubator—launching this spring at Macy’s Center City—and Jay McCarroll, Philly-based designer and winner of Project Runway, season one. Sounds like a hell of a Friday night to me! Especially considering it’s absolutely FREE. jay_mccarroll

While there, you should also check out the slew of really cool exhibitions currently on display. In the Wilson Gallery you’ll find Moore’s annual alumnae exhibition, which is being held in conjunction with FiberPhiladelphia and features fabric yardage designs, as well as a curated selection of fashion designs. Meanwhile, in the Levy Gallery you’ll find “A Circumstantial Assembly,” an exhibit exploring the diverse ways that contemporary artists are (re)interpreting fiber art-based traditions and techniques.

PW Style is sending a few of our fabulous interns to the event so check back Monday for a recap.



Calling All (Hopeful) Philly Fashion Designers!

PFI StickerThe Philadelphia Fashion Incubator has arrived!

In case you’re like, “huh?” as I was, the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator (PFI) is a year-long residency program for Philly folks who dream of someday joining the ranks of Jacobs and McQueen.

Here’s the gist:  four talented emerging designers, who will be known as Designers-In-Residence (DIR), will be picked to take part in an opportunity that will help launch their fashion business here in Philly.

During their residency, the DIR’s will get a chance to learn everything they need to know about starting their own line.  There will be mentoring from professionals in the fashion industry, monthly workshops, and a chance to participate in pop-up shops and trunk shows. There’s also an opportunity for the residents to show off their creations for the Philadelphia Collection. DIR’s are also going to gain some knowledge on the practical side of the biz, such as business plan creation, copyright protection and budgeting.

And here’s my favorite part: residents will have access to a production room, an office space, and a showroom/conference area located in Macy’s Center City – a location that Nutter said at the press conference, “will encourage young entrepreneurs.”

Here’s a peek at the diggs:

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(All pics taken with my iPhone, so they aren’t that great. But you get the idea)

Think Project Runway–except without Tim and Heidi. The application deadline is January 20th, and the residency will begin on March 1, 2012. You can apply here.

Good luck to all the applicants! I think Philadelphia is onto something.

-Zenovia Campbell



Michael Kors Is Now Open at Cherry Hill Mall

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In case you can’t enough of designer Michael Kors and his trademark snark on Project Runway, you can now shop his full collection right in the Philly area.  A Michael Kors boutique has just opened over the bridge in Cherry Hill Mall bringing us his all-American glamour that is seen on the likes of Mary J. Blige, Jessica Simpson, Pierce Brosnan and a slew of models.

What will you find?  Fur vests, skinny cargos, aviator jackets, draped dresses and his men’s style watches that seem to be a major hit these days.  It seems like the mall is adding a new major store every couple of months.  King of Prussia has some major competition.



Remnants 2/16

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image via my fashion life

—The British Elle Style Awards 2011 took place this week and the publication has posted a great video collection of highlights. Elle

—Your major entertainment/fashion and lifestyle magazine cover rundown for March. TV.com

—Need a way to spice up your mid-winter blues? Spool Sewing has just unveiled their next round of classes. Get out of the house and sew something for me dammit! Spool

—Designer Christian Siriano, of Project Runway fame, is teaming up with fashion catalog Spiegel. Looks like they are trying to spice it up, eh? Racked

—A link to, what might be, one of the most ridiculous contests to hit the streets of Philadelphia. Yes, it has to do with The Jersey Shore. Philly.com

—Philadelphia’s Chinoo Designs, for full figured women, is now available at Boutique 77. Philadelphia Examiner



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