- Poorly patterned tights, puffy coats over cocktail dresses, fur boots, fingerless gloves: Are you making one of these style missteps? (Okay, I still love my Carolina Amato fingerless gloves. I will not lie.) [Stylist]
- So apparently, that whole crazy nail polish trend is dying off, especially (and thankfully) those hideous crackle-top coats. WHY CAN’T WE ALL JUST BE SATISFIED WITH THIS AND MOVE ON? [Gawker]
- You need to see Chanel’s hair bows which are, literally, made from hair. It looks to me like every model got bubblegum stuck in her hair and was forced to violently chop off her locks right before dashing onto the runway. [Fashionista]
- This roundup of 2013′s 12 trendiest gifts is pretty spot-on. Fendi fur charms, we’re looking at you. [Purse Blog]
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I heard whisperings of this many weeks ago, but was hesitant to believe it. After all, Sarah Van Aken seemed fearless, determined to bring some of the industrial luster back to the city, once a major manufacturing hub. Her flagship boutique, SA VA, sold well-constructed garments (all designed and manufactured in her on-site design and garment center, crammed with tables and sewing machines and swatches and rolling racks). Her clothing line, while not necessarily envelope-pushing in its design, was wearable, comfortable, made of easy-wearing fabrics that draped and folded and flattered. I once wore a $3,000 hand-painted, kimono-like silk dress, one of Sarah’s one-off, couture-like pieces, to an event. I adored it, just as I still adore a white cotton sharp-sleeved blazer from her store, with camel-colored faux leather at the turned-up cuffs.
Even if her cute wrap dresses weren’t blazing avant-garde trails, her business foundation was: It was community-funded and socially driven, with ethical business practices, and materials that were responsibly sourced. It was supporting the local economy, and Van Aken served as a beacon of hope for fledgling designers hoping to stay in Philly, and stay true to their made-in-America—made-in-Philly—roots. This magazine pronounced Van Aken a “manufacturing evangelist.” But her tiny, two-level Sansom Street boutique wasn’t the problem. In fact, Van Aken reported to us that this year’s November sales were up 87 percent over last November’s sales. So why shutter a seemingly thriving business?
Last winter, when Project Runway All Stars winner Mondo Guerra came to Philly for an event benefitting Dining Out for Life, I chatted with the fabulously bespectacled designer about some of his upcoming projects. One he was most excited about was a “dope” eyewear line he was creating for SEE, which, coincidentally just opened a store locally in Suburban Square. Called simply MONDO, the collection is on shelves just in time for the holidays and, for you gift-givers, there are options for nearly everyone on your list — from the hip, eccentric auntie to the gay bestie who has crafted a signature look with his arsenal of fashion frames.
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From left: Kathy Maguire, Edward Barnes, corps de ballet for the Pennsylvania Ballet, Sharon Bozentka and Linda Dooney.
Last week the Cancer Support Community (CSC) hosted the 11th Annual “In Fashion!” Luncheon & Fashion Show at Saks Fifth Avenue on City Avenue. Nearly 100 ladies lunched, mingled and checked out fashions featuring special guest designer Johnson Hartig of Libertine.
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Our choice for Best Men’s Boutique is the new Suitsupply in Rittenhouse. Photo by Jenna Stamm.
MEN’S BOUTIQUE: Suitsupply
You wouldn’t know it by the jersey-and-sweatpants-wearing slobs who meander among us (straight girls, please do something about your men!), but Philly is becoming a city for the stylish gent. Exhibit A: the opening earlier this year of this temple to male sartorial splendor — a dizzying, two-story repository of off-the-rack suits that look bespoke, elegant accessories, and the nattiest salesmen in town. 1601 Locust St., 215-383-1500, suitsupply.com.
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In March, we launched our first-ever Philly Mag Fashion Project, a fashion design contest in which we tasked local designers to submit portfolios and design proposals for a fall 2013 womenswear piece. Eight finalists were chosen and given a few months to create their piece. We featured each of the final looks in our September issue, and left it to you to vote for your favorite. After more than 10,500 votes, your voice was heard: Sara Teixeira‘s lambskin leather and silk crepe dress—with a totally sexy, unexpected cutout—scored her $1,000, and the opportunity to have her work featured in Knit Wit‘s Chestnut Street window.
We caught up with Sara as she installed the window display, and got some behind-the-scenes looks at her in action. Here, the designer at work, Knit Wit’s latest window, and the dress that won it all. Speaking of the dress, it’s on sale for $1,200, or Sara can make you one in your size for $1,500. There’s more where that came from, too: Sara is looking to open her own space for custom work and alterations right here in the city.
Click here to see the finished window display!
Mack Weldon has forever changed the way you’ll shop for underwear. “There simply had to be a better way,” the company says in its online bio. “The experience of buying underwear – from the pilgrimage to the department store, to the endless sea of ever-changing product – had to be fixed. A tattered mess of underwear and socks, and an ambitious goal to change the status quo, is why we created this brand.”
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I didn’t realize that the Miss Universe pageant was on Saturday night until I heard the yells from the other room. Specifically, the yell of a tiny, innocent, four-year-old boy, coming from the living room: “I like Ms. Hungary! Long and lean!” My husband and I were at our friends’ house, and while we girls were in the kitchen talking, the boys—two grown men and a child—had somehow discovered the pageant on TV. From there, it was a downward spiral.
I watched, even though I didn’t want to. But it was like a car accident— I couldn’t pull my eyes away—only the car was covered in sparkles and glitter and feathers and about eight tons of makeup. The teeth were neon, glow-in-the-dark white. The hair didn’t move. The bodies—well, the bodies were incredible, and I kept thinking: What a shame it is that these girls have such amazing bodies and such pretty faces and wear such complete and utter crap.
Don’t believe me? Well, lucky for you, dear readers, I’ve got a handy roundup of some of the best, worst, and downright terrifying outfits that went down in Moscow on Saturday. I’ll warn you, though, it’s not always pretty. And sometimes, as is the case with poor, misguided Miss USA, it involves Transformers. (Note: The four-year-old loved that one.)
Pure craziness ahead.
It has vague leanings towards Zara’s ubiquitous mini-skort (as seen on every fashion blogger, anywhere, ever), but the construction and materials lend it its close-to-four-figures price tag. Check out the wide hem. Looks like snakeskin, right? It’s actually jacquard—I know, we couldn’t believe it either—employed in a totally masterful way. (And it means that this skirt only has one zero attached to it, not three.) It’s our favorite way to bare legs this winter.
Photo by Lexie Moreland
In news that’s important to Philadelphians because at one point in time, Tory Burch was ours (in the way Grace Kelly was once ours, too), the designer’s ex-husband’s daughters, Pookie and Louisa Burch, have announced the launch of their own fashion line, Trademark.
Let’s dissect that sentence, shall we?