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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.
NEWS
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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February 17, 2016 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Staff Fashion Writer
Gone is the ethereal lace of a Tory Burch spring. Fall 2016 is one of power and primary colors as the Philly-area native and grand dame of one of the industry's most successful fashion houses presented a collection Tuesday morning flush with saturated primary shades that blended elements from Burch's equestrian childhood on a Valley Forge farm, a café scene in the 1972 French film Love in the Afternoon , and her athleisure Tory Sport collection....
NEWS
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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ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2016 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Fashion Writer
The Veronica Beard collection taps into a basic tenet in women's fashion - women want to look thin. Or at least thinner. And put together. And let's not forget comfortable. When sisters-in-law Veronica Swanson Beard, 36, and Veronica Miele Beard, 43, started their New York label in 2010, they wanted their go-to-work, go-to-meetings, and go-to-happy-hour pieces to achieve all these goals. The brand's signature item is a fitted blazer that comes with a zip-in, snap-in, or button-in dickey.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2016 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Fashion Writer
Now in their 11th year organizing Philly Fashion Week, Kevin Parker and Kerry Scott have perfected their annual weekend of high-gloss, emerging designer runway shows. So fierce! This year's street-wear party, luxe cocktail event, and two runway shows were held at 2300 Arena. Fern Mallis, credited with organizing New York Fashion Week as we knew it under the Bryant Park tents, and who is now an independent consultant and regional fashion week promoter, was in town for Friday's and Saturday's runway shows.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 18, 2016 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Staff Fashion Writer
NEW YORK - American designers are fighting to keep Fashion Week relevant. Between releasing collections on Instagram and scrambling to produce runway looks in six weeks instead of six months, everyone is trying to find a good formula for the future. Yet, many of our favorite on-the-catwalk designers freshened their fall 2016 looks this week with a piece of old-school apparel: dresses boasting long and longer hemlines. Creative directors at established fashion houses from Jason Wu to Carolina Herrera dropped their A-line skirts well below the knees, but not quite all the way down to drag-on-the-floor maxi.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 17, 2016 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Staff Fashion Writer
Gone is the ethereal lace of a Tory Burch spring. Fall 2016 is one of power and primary colors as the Philly-area native and grand dame of one of the industry's most successful fashion houses presented a collection Tuesday morning flush with saturated primary shades that blended elements from Burch's equestrian childhood on a Valley Forge farm, a café scene in the 1972 French film Love in the Afternoon , and her athleisure Tory Sport collection....
ENTERTAINMENT
February 17, 2016
The only time Julia Fleming gets to sit still during New York Fashion Week is when she's getting her hair and makeup done. It is then that the 19-year-old model from Wyndmoor checks her emails, scrolls through her Instagram feed, and writes in her journal. Running to and from castings can be hectic and downright exhausting. This is just Fleming's second season walking the international Fashion Week runways, but she has packed in a lot since she debuted in New York in September: She traveled to London (with the shortest and most intense cat walks, she says)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 11, 2016
As the fall 2016 women's collections are set to begin Thursday at New York Fashion Week, we can expect the usual: Dozens of the industry's top American designers, from Michael Kors to Ralph Lauren, will send beautifully tailored, autumnal-hued coats, slacks, and dresses in luxe wools and cashmeres down their runways. The models will be pencil-thin and young. Bloggers will coo, and revered journalists will critique. And buyers from department stores and specialty boutiques will write hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of orders that will start arriving in stores in July.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 24, 2015 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
Julia Fleming's New York Fashion Week got off to a slow start: Three days into the spring collections, the 19-year-old freshman model from Wyndmoor hadn't yet walked a show. But on the morning of Sept. 13 - the fourth day of the spring 2016 presentations - things began to pick up. Quickly. Fleming made her first high-fashion appearance for Spice Girl-turned-celebrity-designer Victoria Beckham. (Not bad.) That evening, she glided down Prabal Gurung's runway in an orange dress like a sunset.
NEWS
September 14, 2015 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
After 22 years in a central location - 17 at the legendary Bryant Park tents and five at Lincoln Center - New York Fashion Week's biannual runway presentations are now widely dispersed throughout the city. The spring 2016 shows, which kicked off Thursday and will wrap up this Thursday, are underway in venues as far north as 59th Street and as far south as Wall Street. For New Yorkers going about their days, the change means traffic comes to a halt no more. But for everyone else participating - from the designers to the groupies to the fashion press - the change, well, changes everything.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 2015 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
After 10 years in the local style scene, Philadelphia Fashion Week founders Kevin Parker and Kerry Scott have more than perfected their presentations. The duo produced four solid days of runway shows and cocktail parties last week at venues throughout the city, starting with a kickoff soiree at SugarHouse Casino, an outdoor fashion show at Geno's Steaks - yes, the South Philly institution - and a menswear show in the Ritz-Carlton. On Thursday and Friday evening, the Crane Arts Building on North American Street was alive with the fall 2015 and spring 2016 runway collections of mostly Philadelphia designers.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2015 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
Only 7 percent of men are high-fashion customers. That means only a sliver would even think about donning one of the ankle-length trouser and blazer suit combos that Allentown-bred designer Thom Browne debuted Tuesday on New York Fashion Week's spring 2016 runways. And it's likely that even fewer guys would consider slipping into an all-white culotte outfit that Public School designers Dao Yi-Chow and Maxwell Osborne are forecasting as one of next summer's must-have guy trends.
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