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February 6, 2014 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
Dom Streater isn't the only Philadelphia-based designer anticipating a New York Fashion Week debut. As the week of Fall 2014 presentations gets underway Thursday, a handful of local designers are gearing up to show their work. On Wednesday, Mount Airy-based Nicole Vaunt, one half of the design duo Vaunt & Sol, will present nine knitwear looks as part of the inaugural showcase of Manufacture New York, a Chelsea-based collective created by former Philadelphian Bob Bland, designed to help emerging designers keep garments sewn Stateside.
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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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May 14, 2015 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
Kyle Michael Upchurch wears skinny jeans, slim T's, cropped jackets, and shiny, wedged sneaks. Occasionally, he dons a tunic-and-leggings combo, too. Now, the 22-year-old stylist at Century 21 is itching to add an additional splash of fashion-forward swag to his wardrobe by mixing in a few skirts - and dresses. And before you ask, Upchurch said, he's not gay. "I love women," he said emphatically, as he raised eyebrows tweezed into quarter moons. "I'm experimenting with my style.
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Inquirer fashion writer Elizabeth Wellington reports from New York Fashion Week on her blog, "Mirror Image," at and on Twitter at @ewellingtonphl.
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March 23, 2015 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
The best of this spring's fashions feature clean lines and simple shapes. Silhouettes mold to contours, but still move softly with the body. More sensuality lies in the details. Slits splice the sides of below-the-knee pencil skirts. Deep V's are carved into pantsuit bodices. Fringe on midriff-baring blouses tickles the abs that peek through the tassels. Even maxi dresses, a vestiary favorite of the boho chic, are cut to skim curves, rather than dwarf them. "Strong and powerful are the themes of spring 2015," said Sharla Floyd, buyer and curator for Center City women's boutique Atelier Rittenhouse.
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December 18, 2014 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
Rihanna. Kate Hudson. Michelle Obama. All of these women have had their hair styled at one of the three Paul Labrecque New York locations. But while names like these would bring an undisputed level of swank to any beauty establishment, they don't single-handedly keep the salons' keratin treatments straightening, balayage processes coloring, or scissors trimming. That's why a team at the three-month-old, $5 million Hair by Paul Labrecque salon in the newly renovated Rittenhouse hotel is focused on building a book of Philadelphia A-listers.
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February 5, 2012 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
New York Fashion Week insiders may get invitations to runway shows for free, but folks who are willing to pay definitely have a more posh experience. When Mercedes-Benz's twice-a-year fashion-palooza begins Thursday, style reporters, newspaper and magazine editors, specialty store buyers, and models will elbow their way through crowds of celebrity bottlenecks to their seats. Paying invitation-holders will be escorted to primo vantage points, handed cocktails, and allowed to chat with designers.
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May 14, 2015 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
Kyle Michael Upchurch wears skinny jeans, slim T's, cropped jackets, and shiny, wedged sneaks. Occasionally, he dons a tunic-and-leggings combo, too. Now, the 22-year-old stylist at Century 21 is itching to add an additional splash of fashion-forward swag to his wardrobe by mixing in a few skirts - and dresses. And before you ask, Upchurch said, he's not gay. "I love women," he said emphatically, as he raised eyebrows tweezed into quarter moons. "I'm experimenting with my style.
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March 23, 2015 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
The best of this spring's fashions feature clean lines and simple shapes. Silhouettes mold to contours, but still move softly with the body. More sensuality lies in the details. Slits splice the sides of below-the-knee pencil skirts. Deep V's are carved into pantsuit bodices. Fringe on midriff-baring blouses tickles the abs that peek through the tassels. Even maxi dresses, a vestiary favorite of the boho chic, are cut to skim curves, rather than dwarf them. "Strong and powerful are the themes of spring 2015," said Sharla Floyd, buyer and curator for Center City women's boutique Atelier Rittenhouse.
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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 18, 2014 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
Rihanna. Kate Hudson. Michelle Obama. All of these women have had their hair styled at one of the three Paul Labrecque New York locations. But while names like these would bring an undisputed level of swank to any beauty establishment, they don't single-handedly keep the salons' keratin treatments straightening, balayage processes coloring, or scissors trimming. That's why a team at the three-month-old, $5 million Hair by Paul Labrecque salon in the newly renovated Rittenhouse hotel is focused on building a book of Philadelphia A-listers.
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October 22, 2014 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
They couldn't have asked for a better audience. As part of the first-ever Forbes Under 30 Summit, three designers showcased American-made collections Monday afternoon to a ballroom of the country's most influential millennials. Read: new money. And lots of it. The three-day summit at the Convention Center is a spin-off of Forbes' 30 Under 30 list that highlights 450 business leaders each year in 15 disciplines, including health care, technology, and, yes, fashion. "We thought it would be a wonderful idea to feature three designers who emphasize the future of fashion," said Forbes style director Joseph DeAcetis, who produced Monday's fashion show.
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September 11, 2014 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
NEW YORK - The slim-cut, ankle-length trousers and matching midriff-baring tops, the dropped-crotch jogging pants with tuxedo stripes, and the nipped-at-the-waist floral frocks suggest that American designers are done borrowing sepia-toned inspiration from decades past and instead are sending invites to a garden party of the future. This is going to be one pretty soiree. Collections shown at New York Fashion Week promise a dressy and sporty spring 2015. Blue is a top hue, followed closely by corals, peachy nudes, and grassy greens.
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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.
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September 4, 2014 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
Outerwear is reclaiming its role as cold weather's chicest statement piece with cozy capes, edgy leathers, and colorful furs dressing up the season's trendy yet plain silhouettes. "The novelty is in the coat this fall," said Susan Ahn of Eaves, a women's boutique in Wayne. "There are a lot of luxurious combinations, mixed media and textures . . . there is so much texture. " Well before the end of August, coats dominated front-of-store displays at apparel retailers from J.C. Penney to Saks.
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April 2, 2014 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia Eagles tight end Brent Celek spent a recent Friday evening discussing the distinct qualities of his modern, luxury accessories line Revisit. The manbags are fashioned from soft chocolate brown leather and lined with hand-dyed indigo-blue cotton canvas. Arrowheads dangling from clutch zippers are carved from antique brass. The leather closures are affixed to laptop sleeves and journals with oxidized copper rivets. But of the 16-piece collection on display at the Four Seasons hotel suite, the iPhone case was clearly Celek's favorite.
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