Neiman Marcus’s “Old Bags — Night Out”

Last night at Neiman Marcus, the Boys Latin of Philadelphia Charter School hosted “Old Bags – Night Out” at the store. But it was not frumpy as the name might suggest, as a chic crowd of ladies came out to enjoy a unique “gently used and donated” handbag auction and a Neiman Marcus fashion presentation hosted by Neiman Marcus’s trendsetting and very funny fashion director Ken Downing. The event was held to benefit the charter school, which was co-founded in 2005 David P. Hardy and the evening’s honoree, Janine Yass.

Yass said her goal was to create an environment where underprivileged boys could receive the education that seemed to be failing in the school system. There are rules and standards the boys must live up to show their commitment, one being that they take Latin for four years.

The rigorous college preparatory school boasts a 99 percent four-year graduation rate and an 84 percent college enrollment rate. Next up for Yass is creating and funding the Girls’ Latin of Philadelphia Charter School.

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Market Report: These 10 Makeup Mistakes are Totally Aging You

  • MR21Happy Monday, Shoppists! Wanna look way older than you really are? Just wear your makeup like this. [Real Simple]
  • Is Grumpy Cat the new Choupette? The perennially angry-looking feline went to Vogue. His take? “It was awful.” [Fashionista]
  • Ooh, this is fun: a roundup of the 50 most important dresses of the past 100 years. (Laura Ashley and Kurt Cobain make appearances!) [Never Underdressed]

Guess who’s the new face of Lancôme?

Grace Kelly Fashion Exhibit: What Your Mom Wants for Mother’s Day


Kelly, in coral-encrusted Givenchy, with Prince Rainier of Monaco, 1965. Photo via Hulton Royals Collection photo archive.

Well, this is pretty cool: Philly’s beloved daughter Grace Kelly snags yet another exhibit in town. (Good news for those of you who missed the three-month exhibition at the Michener Museum this past winter). This particular exhibit is a bit more exclusive: On Saturday, May 10th (yep, that’s the day right before Mother’s Day), Drexel is hosting one of their “Saturday Style Seminars” focused on the impeccable style of Grace Kelly—tipped off with a viewing of that gorgeous coral-encrusted Givenchy couture gown she wore in 1965.

See more details here.

The Edit: 8 Tropical Fashion Buys We’re Loving Now

8 Tropical Fashion Buys We're Loving Now


Let’s get the obligatory acknowledgement of the weather out of the way: It’s freezing cold and ridiculously windy. Now let’s move on—specifically, to these tropics-inspired pieces that have us thinking gentle island breeze rather than crazy-harsh city wind tunnel. Embrace texture (fringe, raffia) and patterns (palms, flowers) and let’s spring forward, my friends.

Keep reading for prices and where to buy.

Market Report: Can You Be Fashionable and Still Be Taken Seriously at Work?

  • MR11Happy Monday, Shoppists! Let’s get talking: Can you wear heels and be into fashion and still be taken seriously at work? (I sure hope so.) Read, watch and discuss. [Huffington Post]
  • Some exciting news: Target is seriously upgrading its beauty department. We first wrote about our fave Target beauty buys here, and there’s more good stuff in store. [Fashionista]

How to Get Rid of Hanger Bumps and Other Quick Fashion Fixes

Go on. Be a fashion MacGyver.

Go on. Be the MacGyver of fashion.

At least once a week, a panicked co-worker comes into my office with some sort of fashion-related crisis. I’ve seen a jacket with belt loops … that was missing the belt (I used a pair of scissors to veeery carefully remove the loops after determining that this wouldn’t leave any holes), a small scuff in a black shoe (a swipe of black permanent marker did the trick), and a sweater that sheds everywhere (stick it in the freezer!).

But some problems are stumpers—and tough to deal with when you’re not at home. Take, for instance, those horrible shoulder bumps that appear on sweaters that have been hanging in closets for too long. Or realizing that the the tips of your heels are completely worn down, leaving you quite literally walking on nails. If you’re armed with a steamer, a sewing machine or another pair of shoes, fixing fashion mishaps is a cinch. When you’re stuck in an office, though, it can be trickier. Here, five easy tricks for solving sudden sartorial dilemmas using things you can find in your office. May you never have hanger bumps again.

Keep reading for 5 outfit-saving tricks.

Let The Philly Mag Fashion Project Begin!

PMFP-verticalCalling all local designers: Time to get your sketchbooks out. The Philly Mag Fashion Project is officially underway! We’re looking for talented local womenswear designers; the top eight will create an exclusive piece that will be featured in our September 2014 fashion feature, and have the chance to win an awesome prize package. Go here to apply, and spread the word!

Apply to be a part of the Philly Mag Fashion Project here.


PHOTOS: Johnny Weir’s 13 Most Fabulous Olympic Looks

Donning Chanel, dripping in jewels and draped in furs, Johnny Weir looked absolutely stunning at this year’s Olympics, channeling every style icon from Salvador Dalí to  Stanley Tucci’s Hunger Games character, Caesar Flickerman. I don’t know about you, but I was enamored by every one of his looks, so today I’m paying homage with a slideshow of 13 of his most fabulous looks — nearly all of which were presented in front of an electric blue semi.

Market Report: We Love This Illustrated Guide to the Best Shoes Carrie Bradshaw Wore on Sex and the City


  • Yes, I know SATC has run its course, but this poster illustrating the most iconic shoes Carrie Bradshaw wore is too cute. I think there are too many from the movies included, but I still want to hang it in my closet (and it’s only $28!). [Pop Chart Lab]
  • Vince’s spring 2014 collection is, of course, amazing. Here’s a tip for scoring the fresh-from-the-showroom pieces at a discount: Enter code VNSPRING14 at checkout and get $50 off a purchase of $250 or more, $100 off a purchase of $500 or more, and $300 off a purchase of $1,200 or more. Happy shopping. [Vince]
  • Well, here’s one way to prevent your kids from wearing too-sexy clothes: Just buy out the entire store, like this one Utah mom did at PacSun. (PacSun? Sexy?) [ABC]

More fun stuff ahead!

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