Stepping out, looking chic

Eileen Glanton wearing an Angel Sanchez gown at the Academy of Music 156th Anniversary Ball at the Academy of Music on Jan. 26, 2013. ( Hillary Petrozziello / Staff Photographer )
Eileen Glanton wearing an Angel Sanchez gown at the Academy of Music 156th Anniversary Ball at the Academy of Music on Jan. 26, 2013. ( Hillary Petrozziello / Staff Photographer )
Posted: January 31, 2013

The weekend brimmed with plunging V-neck Versaces, lacy nude Monique Lhuilliers, and tomato-red Valentinos.

Whether the city's best-dressed were waltzing their way through the Academy of Music Saturday night, or celebrities were walking the red carpet at Sunday's Screen Actors Guild awards, it was all so haute.

At the Anniversary Concert & Ball, black was the evening's chicest shade, followed by navy blue and various shades of sparkling nudes. Many of the fashion-savvy got the Pantone Color Institute memo that emerald green is 2013's must-have hue. And long sleeves - some of which stopped mid-hand - made the night's evening wear demurely sexy.

"I believe you have to think about all of these things when you are picking out a fabulous look," said Julia Harmelin as she twirled in her long-sleeve green Frank Agostino.

Harmelin does couture like a pro, having donned high-end designers Akris, Dennis Basso, and David Emanuel - the British designer responsible for Princess Diana's wedding dress - for previous balls. She held a jeweled Alexander McQueen clutch with skull clasp.

"This," Harmelin said of her bag, "is very in right now."

With her track record, who are we not to believe?

Pleats helped give many of the night's billowing confections a princess/bohemian look - especially with all of the side-swept hair. But the breakout color of the evening was blood-orange.

"I never thought I'd look great in orange," said Eileen Glanton of her dazzling, nipped-at-the-waist A-line dress by Angel Sanchez, the New York-based designer known for his dreamy bridal gowns.

"But I asked my 2-year-old daughter what color I should wear and she said orange. Then I went to Neiman Marcus and saw this one and I thought, 'My daughter is right.' "

Indeed she was.


For more photos from the Academy Ball, go to www.philly.com/academyball


Contact fashion writer Elizabeth Wellington at 215-854-2704 or ewellington@phillynews.com. Follow her on Twitter, @ewellingtonphl.

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