Suddenly Fem, a fashion and lifestyle catalog that sells clothes and accessories to the cross-dresser and male-to-female transgender community, is all up in Philly this weekend. Not only will it be participating in tomorrow’s fourth annual Philly Trans* March, but the retailer has donated $5,000 worth of clothing to the Mazzoni Center—everything from dresses and heels to jackets and lingerie that are made to fit the male-to-female figure.
The donation will go to the Center’s Sisterly Love Trans* Wellness Project, which, among other things, seeks to help trans women succeed in the workforce. “The trans community has a high rate of unemployed people and many struggle to find the right professional outfit,” says the Mazzoni Center’s Samantha Jo-Dato. “We will make the clothing accessible to women in the trans community who are looking for jobs. We welcome them to stop by and pick out a couple amazing things for their wardrobes.”
That’s one of the goals of Suddenly Fem, too.
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The Relaxed Cardigan from Ann Taylor LOFT.
Last Friday, we featured five great fashion-forward Fall clothing picks for guys at a price point of $70 or less. Today, it’s the ladies’ turn. All of our picks can be purchased locally, are a good value for the price, and are fabulous additions to any wardrobe. In short, you shouldn’t have to break the bank to look good!
Wavelength Skirt, Madewell
Madewell, one of the new staples of Walnut Street shopping, has been a popular haven for casual, but refined, looks. This wavelength skirt is a perfect example of how the brand's style is functional yet flirty, and at a price range from $49.99 to $59.50, this piece can be an affordable staple. (Madewell, 1716 Walnut Street, Philadelphia)
Glitter Is Always An Option Graphic Tank, Nordstrom
We are loving that the graphic t-shirt is a fashionable feature this Fall, and we are especially loving this "Glitter is Always an Option" print by Recycled Karma. Available at Nordstrom, this fun $22.00 tank won't break your budget. At this price, getting two is always an option! (Nordstrom, 2000 Rte. 38, Cherry Hill; 190 N. Gulf Road, King of Prussia)
Moonchime Pendant Necklace, Anthropologie
A girl's got to have some accessories, right? This Moonchime Pendant Necklace is a stunning piece from Anthropologie that is an instant conversation piece, and we love the price, too: $48.00. (Anthropologie, 1801 Walnut Street, Philadelphia)
Always Skinny Black Jeans, Gap
Gap constantly re-brands itself, but one thing is always true: it's a great place for long-lasting basics. These Always Skinny black jeans from their new "Black is a Color" campaign have a little bit of stretch and are always in style. They barely made the list at $69.95, but always look out for special online promotions! (Gap, 1510 Walnut Street, Philadelphia; 3401 Walnut Street, Philadelphia)
Ann Taylor LOFT
Relaxed Caridgan, Ann Taylor LOFT
Who doesn't love a good cardigan, especially when the weather fluctuates in early Fall? Ann Taylor LOFT's Relaxed Cardigan is the perfect seasonal transition sweater: it comes in a ton of colors, and at $49.50, you can afford to pick up a few of them. (Ann Taylor LOFT, 1625 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia; 1729 Walnut Street, Philadelphia; 133 S. 36th Street, Philadelphia)
Okay, we admit it: our 2014 summer fashion photo shoot was a lot of fun, but when it came to the price tags of the clothes, the vast majority of our readers couldn’t even think about purchasing anything we featured. Now that things have taken a dramatic turn for the cool, I wanted to feature some fun seasonally-appropriate clothing that can be purchased locally and that won’t require that you break open your piggy bank.
This Fall transitional period is a great time to stock up on some basics, and my picks below can all be found either in Center City or a quick trip to either Cherry Hill Mall or King of Prussia. Check out what made the cut. And, ladies, don’t worry: I have a similar feature coming out for you on Monday!
Ultra Light Down Compact Jacket, Uniqlo
We're loving the fact that Uniqlo will be in our backyard in a few weeks on Chestnut Street, followed by locations at the Cherry Hill Mall and Willow Grow Park (and if you're in a hurry, it is already open at King of Prussia). This ultra light down jacket that comes in a plethora of colors is the perfect extra layer to throw on when you're in a hurry. And at $69.90, the price is beyond right. (Uniqlo, 1608 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia; 160 N. Gulf Road, King of Prussia)
Slim Sweatpant, J. Crew
Okay, I'll admit: I made a ton of fun of the revival of the sweatpant when I first saw it creep onto store mannequins. However, after trying on these awesome J. Crew slim sweatpants, I fell in love. These aren't your elementary school gym day pants; the slim cut is really flattering, and with a polo and a pair of Chucks, you can totally rock these outside of laundry day. They're $69.50, but if you are a student or a teacher, show your ID and you'll get 15% off. (J. Crew, 1625 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia)
Feathers Canvas Stentorian Oxford, Urban Outfitters
The canvas oxford is making a huge appearance this Fall, and I just love these from Urban Outfitters. They are exclusive to the store, and the price can't be beat: $48.00! With two Philly locations, it should be easy to pick up a pair of these modern classics. (Urban Outfitters, 1627 Walnut Street, Philadelphia; 110 S. 36th Street, Philadelphia)
Straight-Fit Dark Wash Jeans, Banana Republic
A nice pair of straight-fit dark denim is a must in any guy's wardrobe this season, but finding a good jean is really hard. Banana Republic, a trusty staple for years, has a great dark wash version that fits like a charm. They wash super well (I own a pair) and can be dressed up with a sweater, shirt, and tie, or dressed down for the weekend. They barely make the cut at $70.00, but watch for weekly specials (right now as I'm typing this, they are running a one-day 40% off special on their website). (Banana Republic, 1401 Walnut Street, Philadelphia)
Sunday Funday Graphic T-Shirt, Nordstrom
Who doesn't love a good graphic t-shirt? This year, the collection at Nordstrom is off-the-hook, and I just adore this Sunday Funday one. The manufacturer, Kid Dangerous, makes super high-quality shreds, and at $36.00, you'll have a few bucks left over to grab a few drinks on your own Sunday Funday. (Nordstrom, 2000 Rte. 38, Cherry Hill; 190 N. Gulf Road, King of Prussia)
Wednesday night Joan Shepp officially opened her new store at 1811 Chestnut Street. The trailblazing Shepp’s flagship store was on Walnut Street for nearly two decades before it was chased from Philadelphia’s Rodeo Drive by rising rents. Joan Shepp then headed for the posh Shops at Liberty Place; although it was very lovely, she yearned for a storefront with the glorious window displays that we’d all grown to love. She’s found that in the beautiful new 9,000-square-foot showroom she now calls home.
Joan and daughter Ellen Shepp attract a fashionable crowd to their store, which carries both men’s and women’s clothing, and houses an array of designer labels including Moschino, Balenciaga, Jil Sander, Rick Owens and Phillip Lim. The crowd at the opening night party was just as eclectic and fabulous. There were live models in the window facing Chestnut Street, and earlier in the night Mike Jerrick, and new co-host Alex Holley from Fox 29 modeled.
Food was provided by all the Starr restaurants, and over a 1,000 macarons were made by Parc restaurant’s pastry chef. Denise Fike created a mural of guests who attended the soiree, as models roamed the store’s three rooms and outdoor space with the latest fall collections.
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- Boot weather is right around the corner, Shoppists. And with new leather booties also comes blisters. To avoid an unpleasant breaking-in process, read these handy tips. [Fashionista]
- To honor the denim-clad duo of VMA yesteryear (read: Britney and JT), Katy Perry and Riff Raff donned similar full denim looks to the music award show. And we all looked on in horror. [Jezebel]
- Speaking of the VMAs, here are 59 slides of celeb red carpet style. [The Cut]
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Last night Tabu played host to the Paper Dress Competition, a contest (that was not presented by Josh Schonewolf, oddly enough) that benefitted locally based cancer- and HIV-fighting organization City of Hope.
The event was similar to one of those unconventional challenges on Project Runway. Contestants were tasked to create two looks—formal wear and “fun wear”— out of any kind of paper material. Then they paraded the looks up and down a makeshift runway in front of a panel of judges that included HughE Dillon. Of course HughE wouldn’t be HughE if his camera wasn’t in tow, so he whipped it out and took some photos of the evening. Check them out in the slideshow below.
Designer Ellen, wearing something that O'Neill described as "Vera Wang meets Frozen."
Designer Tyjuan Pierce in newspaper for days.
This designer dressed in teal for Ovarian Cancer Awareness, which, HughE Dillon explains, “is a cause near and dear to me, so I gave her tens across the board.”
Robyn Lynn served as halftime entertainment. Here, she performs Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream."
Designer Omyra Lynn used a comic book out of his bathroom to create this look.
Meg, who would go on to win in the fun category with this flirty Lichtenstein-inspired ensemble.
Brittany Lynn and Harry Giordano, senior director of development at City of Hope.
Tabu Manager Rudy Flesher, William Alberto from Salon Royale Court and City of Hope's Tim O’Donnell.
Taylor Tropea, Just B Beautiful, B Wilson, Owner of Just B Beautiful and Kate Marlys, Philly PR Girl
DJ Robert Drake, Liz Mocoretta, assistant director of City of Hope, and qFLIXphiladelphia founder Thom Cardwell.
Harry Giordano, Michele DiVeterano and Ron Ashworth
Jim Magella and Fernado Olivira
Kathleen Brown and Christopher Sheridan
Muriel Cosgrove and Deidre Cosgrove
The fashion-forward Instapics just kept rolling in this week, Shoppists. (We’re not complaining!) Whether you’re making the most of your summer Friday or simply need a little visual inspiration to kick off your weekend, you need to check out these ‘grammers.
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For those affected by or have loved ones affected by cancer, we have good news that comes in the form of cozy, brightly colored kimono-style robes. And it’s all possible because insanely awesome people like Brenda Jones exist.
During Jones’ own battle with cancer back in 2008, the South Jersey resident started making her own unique robes to avoid the unsightly hospital-issued gowns worn during radiation. The robes caught on, and suddenly everyone wanted their own, to which Jones happily obliged. It was her “Vera Wang moment,” she says.
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Kimono-sleeved maxi dresses, racks of vintage and sweet tees tickled our fancy.
Another week, another bevy of fashionable ‘grammers. Keep scrolling for the pics that caught our eye, including a must-have maxi dress and a made-in-Philly bikini we’re dying to sport this summer. Oh, and remember to follow Shoppist right here.
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- It’s official: The shorts suit is now a thing. WHYYYY? We blame Pharrell. [Business Insider]
- Did you know there was an award show for perfume excellence? Neither did we—it’s called the Fragrance Foundation Awards. See if your scent made the cut. [Glamour]
- Apparently clothing and accessories proudly displaying James Franco’s face is in high demand on Etsy. Here’s a roundup of the best, if not creepiest, picks. [Styleite]
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