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September 6, 2012
Inquirer fashion writer Elizabeth Wellington will report from New York Fashion Week on her blog, "Mirror Image," at and on Twitter, @ewellingtonphl.
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September 13, 2005 | By Elizabeth Wellington INQUIRER FASHION WRITER
Being here at Fashion Week feels very weird while so many people are still reeling from Hurricane Katrina. The designers showcased at this twice-yearly clothing extravaganza at the Bryant Park tents are the highest of the high end. Buyers from posh stores sit up front and take copious notes on what to order. Stylists get a first glimpse of what to dress their celebrity clients in. Goodie bags are full of perfume and makeup. Loud, thumping music puts the audience in a dance trance.
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February 18, 2012 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
NEW YORK - This year's New York Fashion Week ended on a decidedly flapperish note. Designers dotted their collections with cloches, menswear styling, plush furs, and velvet gowns with a chicness that hasn't been appreciated since the Roaring Twenties. Maybe it's the subliminal influence of HBO's hit Boardwalk Empire . Coincidentally, I ran into the show's Michael Kenneth Williams in front of Lincoln Center this week. Or it could be fashion's constant preoccupation with everything Coco Chanel - right now we are in an early-Chanel phase, focusing on the corset-free, pared-down looks Chanel introduced to women in the mid-teens, forever changing our style of dress.
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February 24, 2012
THIS PAST week my Street Gazing eye has taken me out of town, to New York for the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center. I checked out the runway shows, attended lots of parties and most importantly, checked out the street styles of New Yorkers. I spied celebrities, fashion magazine editors, bloggers and many fashionistas rocking their sky-high, red-soled Christian Louboutin heels, Hermes Birkin bags and statement shades. The best-dressed gentlemen wore patterned overcoats that were easily complemented by scarves, hats and wing tip shoes.
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September 27, 2012 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
After six years of toiling, not to mention the fierce fight they won to brand a single fashion week in the City of Brotherly Love, Kevin Parker and Kerry Scott seem to have finally perfected their formula. The duo - who run FBH-The Agency, a modeling and fashion-show production company - presented five days worth of sleek events last week that featured an accessories party, a networking cocktail hour, a black-tie gala, and two runway shows, all under the well-earned label FBH-The Agency Philadelphia Fashion Week.
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October 24, 2006 | By Dwayne Campbell INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Fashion and celebrity have been walking the same runway for some time now - stars hog fashion magazine covers and launch self-named lines, designers covet the stars for photo ops and red-carpet twirls from here to Cannes. So it should come as no surprise that Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios (whew!), which wrapped here Thursday after 30-plus shows, seemed less about buyers, editors and fashion industry folk and more about the known and wanna-be-known who were ushered into front rows.
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September 15, 2005 | By Elizabeth Wellington INQUIRER FASHION WRITER
It just makes sense that Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, would want to be a part of the Fashion Week hoopla. So Monday night, 12 models from UPN's America's Next Top Model waltzed, skulked and sashayed down an elevated runway at Times Square Studios showing a collection of fall fashions pieced together from Wal-Mart's house brands: George, Faded Glory, and No Boundaries. The result was eclectically cool and, of course, affordable. "We thought this would be a good way to spotlight our fall collection and show customers that we are fashionably relevant," said Celia Clancy, Wal-Mart's vice president of product development.
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September 15, 2006 | By Elizabeth Wellington INQUIRER FASHION WRITER
Some industry purists are loath to admit it, but the filming this morning of Project Runway's season finale under the Bryant Park tents is the hottest ticket in town. It's such a big deal that Bravo network reps waited until Wednesday to send out invitations. And just having the precious cobalt-blue card trimmed with yellow stitching doesn't guarantee you'll get in. The clipboard-wielding women in black who greet audience members with stern faces and "the lists" will have the final say on who, as Runway host Heidi Klum might put it, will be "in" and who will be "out.
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February 15, 2005 | By Elizabeth Wellington INQUIRER FASHION WRITER
To say Philadelphia is becoming the next style center may be a little premature. That would mean giving up our Eagles jerseys and too-snug low-rider jeans. But at Fall 2005 Fashion Week, it's fair to say, locally connected designers put Philadelphia on the nation's radar. The big names, Behnaz Sarafpour and Ralph Rucci, showed their sparkling collections in spaces packed with note-taking fashionistas, department-store buyers, and high-society ladies, Chihuahuas in tow. Main Liner Tory Burch opened to the press her 33d Avenue studio, lined with shoes and outfits showing Moroccan and Native American influences.
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February 19, 2015 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
NEW YORK - If spring 2015's runway looks - shown last September - were all about pared down, futuristic silhouettes, expect this fall's fashions to take you on a journey to outer space. At this year's Fall Fashion Week, ending Thursday in New York, three-quarter length skirts and cocoon coats have been both cozy and commanding. Expect to see midriff top and matching skirt (or pant) ensembles - also among the week's top looks - trending from spring into fall. It seems the higher-waisted - and the skinnier - the pants, the better, but mini bell bottoms will likely replace those tapered at the ankles.
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February 13, 2015 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
Today marks the start of New York Fashion Week's fall 2015 runway shows, a haute hodgepodge of glitzy catwalks, intimate presentations, and invitation-only cocktail parties in and around Lincoln Center and hip, downtown studios. Although front-row celebrity sightings are a given under the heated tents at Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park, they will likely be at an all-time high, as Thursday marks the beginning of NBA All-Star weekend in New York City. The two worlds will even collide when, on Friday, Shaquille O'Neal hosts a fashion show at the Hammerstein Ballroom featuring NBA players as models.
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December 19, 2014 | By Leanne Italie, ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW YORK - The City of New York and Lincoln Center are evicting the invitation-only, twice-yearly Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in a court spat over destroyed trees and displaced park benches. A judge Friday approved a pretrial settlement in a complaint brought by community groups. They objected to the onslaught of the fashion industry at Damrosch Park, a 2.4-acre stretch on the Upper West Side that is adjacent to and managed by Lincoln Center. The groups argued the insular nature of the fashion shows that draw top designers and hundreds of buyers, editors, and journalists violate laws governing public use of the land.
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November 1, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Parents simultaneously applaud and cry each year as their children make their way down a runway at a small fashion show for charity. For the children, who have various disabilities, the show is a chance to dress up and forget any struggles they may have off the catwalk. For their families, it is a chance to see their children, who might not be able to score a winning goal or compete in a spelling bee, shine in public. "It doesn't happen as easily with our kids, so these moments are really special," Suzanne Borio of Plymouth Meeting said.
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September 5, 2014 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
Even with tousled hair and dots of milk of magnesia priming her face for a chocolate foundation, Raelia Lewis is prettier in person than she is on television. Lewis of North Philadelphia, one of 14 finalists on this season's America's Next Top Model , was getting runway-ready on Wednesday to audition for the spring 2015 New York Fashion Week catwalk. The presentations start Thursday, and when they end next Thursday, more than 100 up-and-coming and established designers will have presented warm-weather trends in and around New York's Lincoln Center.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 3, 2014
THERE'S nothing like the sight of a man in a well-tailored suit, perhaps with a coordinated pocket square, colorful socks and finely made Italian leather shoes. That's why I loudly applaud Philly's first-ever Men's Style Week, actually a two-day event this weekend at the Crane Arts Building, on American Street near Master, in North Philadelphia. The event is the brainchild of FBH, which also produces the semiannual Philly Fashion Week. The "Week" part of the men's show is aspirational; its creators are hoping this new event will grow.
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February 6, 2014 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
Project Runway winner Dom Streater will present her fall 2014 womenswear collection - a sophisticated fusion of minimalist silhouettes and rosy graphic prints - at an intimate New York Fashion Week meet-and-greet Thursday. It's a Fashion Week debut for the Philadelphia designer, and she's calling the collection Prima, inspired by the life of Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova. "I came across a black-and-white photograph of her with flowers in her hair, and she looked like a flower child in a classic, romantic way," Streater said.
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October 10, 2013 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
The Style & Soul section produces four fashion issues a year, spring, bridal, fall, and holiday. For September's issue, I used a pretty, brown, girl-next-door type to show the season's wearable fashions. The comments started the morning the section was published and trickled in over the next few days. They went something like this: Nice section, but why did you have to use only a black model? It made me not want to buy the clothes. Ouch. Apparently, seeing a brown-skinned woman in a faux leather, cobalt blue peplum jacket turned some readers off. One reader even accused us of reverse discrimination.
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September 11, 2013 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
NEW YORK - Not only did supermodel Naomi Campbell end Diane von Furstenberg's spring presentation in a dazzling black-and-gold metallic sheath - DVF did her finale runway walk Sunday to the pulsating beat of a Mary J. Blige track. It's official: The '90s are back. The silhouettes in this week's 300-plus spring collections, one-third of which will show at the Lincoln Center through Thursday, were reminiscent of that decade's clean minimalism. New York Fashion Week runways were filled with midriff tops, wide-legged pants (we called them culottes back then)
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