August 20, 2016
When it comes to attracting upscale retail in the region, it was clear King of Prussia had an advantage over Center City. But as of Thursday, we can say - in the fight for luring top fashion brands here - the mall has been victorious. King of Prussia unveiled its gleaming, 155,000-square-foot expansion Thursday morning that looked more like New York's Fifth Avenue than the wing of an indoor suburban mall. With brands like Carolina Herrera, MCM, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Bottega Veneta, and Diane von Furstenberg - my New York Fashion Week designer favorite opening its first location in Pennsylvania here - it's a high-end shopper's dream.
June 9, 2016 |
Dom Streater has worked hard since her dynamic Season 12 Project Runway win almost three years ago. She's built an online-only women's wear brand that caters to women older than 40 who dig a funky print jumpsuit, dress, or - this summer's breakout must-have piece - caftan. Still, the 27-year-old Philadelphia designer views her triumphant finish last month on Project Runway All Stars as a perfectly timed and much-needed infusion of new resources and energy. Streater's second go-round with Lifetime's reality fashion TV franchise earned her $100,000, a future studio, and the chance to design shoes for Chinese Laundry.
May 5, 2016 |
On a recent Thursday afternoon, Philadelphia dressmaker Michael Thomas was pinning navy rosettes on a midnight silk-and-tulle prom gown for Baldwin School senior Alex Brittingham. Thomas had been working on Brittingham's dress for a few months, yet the silhouette - with its fitted lace bodice that flares into a full, princess skirt - mirrors the silver Marchesa gown that model Karolina Kurkova wore to the Met Gala on Monday night. "That gown was amazing," Thomas said. In keeping with the gala's theme, Manus x Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology, Kurkova's rosettes were studded with twinkling LED lights.
March 24, 2016 |
Amanda Phelan is among the new breed of emerging designers who are quietly disruptive. For example, the 28-year-old Chadds Ford native sent a hypnotic women's wear collection - including a stunning mini-skirt, bandeau bra, and coat suit made from dichroic flowers - down her New York Fashion Week runway while an expressive, modern-dance routine was underway. "I want to create experiences for people that leave them tingling," Phelan told me recently at a Drexel University trunk show she hosted.
March 12, 2016 |
First lady Michelle Obama's breezy, winter floral strapless dress Thursday night was everything . Obama joined the hubby in hosting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, at a White House state dinner in honor of Canada. As a nod to our friendly neighboring country to the north, Obama opted for a Jason Wu - the same designer she chose for both inaugural balls. Wu was born in Taiwan, but grew up in Vancouver. This phenomenal silk gown is straight from Wu's fall 2016 collection that debuted on the New York Fashion Week runways in February.
March 3, 2016 |
Ade Jaiye has modeled for nearly a decade. However, it wasn't until last year that Jaiye, lauded for her ebony skin and close-cropped natural hair, was cast in shows where she didn't feel like the "exotic" one. "My look is more accepted in this industry as a whole," said Jaiye of Old City, who regularly models jewelry, cosmetics, and apparel for QVC in West Chester. Jaiye also is the go-to model for the Joan Shepp brand, and in February, Jaiye modeled in the New York Fashion Week runway presentation of celebrity stylist and designer Kithe Brewster.
February 25, 2016 |
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.
February 18, 2016 |
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.
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)
February 16, 2016 |
A womenswear line named Sies Marjan that debuted Sunday during the New York Fashion Week's fall 2016 collections had the fashion industry all abuzz. The clothing, a voluminous work of layered separates in tropical-hued pastels, was designed by former Dries Van Noten designer Sander Lak, under the direction of Joey Laurenti. By all accounts, the show was heralded as a success. Vogue editor Anna Wintour attended, as well as a few buyers from Barney's. Some of my favorite architectural pieces: a lemon yellow crush velvet coat and a paper bag brown sweater that reminded me of origami.