You might have seen a few unfamiliar names in last year’s fall fashion feature. Alongside household designer names like Carolina Herrera, Prada and Dries van Noten were these: Megan Swanson, Victoria Wright, Mariel Rojo, Sara Teixeira, Zoë Rosenberg, Terese Sydonna Brown, Elizabeth Labrasca, Moriamo Johnson and Latifat Obajinmi. These eight designers were part of the inaugural class of the Philly Mag Fashion Project (PMFP), and the exclusive pieces they turned out were nothing short of amazing. The winner was Sara Teixeira, who walked away with $1,000 and a huge window display at Knit Wit’s Center City store (talk about getting your name out there!).
In partnership with Philadelphia Black Gay Pride, every day throughout the month of February we will spotlight an influential black mover and shaker in the city.
Today: Kevin Parker, the stylish co-founder of Philadelphia Fashion Week, which, coincidentally, kicks off this month. In addition to that project, Kevin Parker’s new venture for 2014 is Renee Philadelphia International, a full-service creative/modeling agency in Center City.
Goldman Sachs is urging investors to be cautious when investing in Philly-based Urban Outfitters because…tutus.
This man is called Jeff Langum. He is a 39-year-old web designer from Voorhees, New Jersey. Last month he deservedly won “Best in Show” (yes) at the National Beard Championship (yes) in New Orleans. Next up: The world.
Philadelphia has conquered Project Runway once more, this time with 24-year-old Dom Streater of the Moore College of Art & Design taking the winner’s spot for the show’s 12th season. Philly’s last winning contestant was Jay McCarroll, who took the top prize back in the show’s first season.
On Monday night, the Fourth Annual XIX Most Fashionable Women in Philadelphia were honored at the restaurant XIX in the Hyatt at the Bellevue. The women (listed alphabetically) include Andrea Agnew, Angela Val, Dr. Beatriz Garces, Bele Shehu, Courtney Apple, Desiree Peterkin-Bell, Diane Dalto Woosnam, Dianne Semingson, Eden Kratchman, Elizabeth Wellington, Heather McDaniel, MPH, Heidi Hamels, Karen Daroff, Kate Wilhelm Chimicles, Kazumi Teune, Kristin Gavin, Patricia Coulter, Robert Gruber and Wendy Crawford. Also photographed are Babs Snyder, Mayor Michael Nutter, Janice Waitkus and Steven Lagos.
Six months after announcing she was leaving her longtime Rittenhouse outpost (“We’re definitely not wanted here.”), Joan Shepp has found a new home. And it’s not so far away after all. Tears can now be dried.
Technically she is moving to the Wells’ Fargo building and the address will be Broad Street, Broad and Walnut, which is even more impressive; but she’s actually moving to the backside of the building…the corner with the big windows.
As Hughe Dillon points out, the building was also featured in the movie Trading Places.