Hey! Philly Does Fashion Week, Too!

CaptureNew York City. Meh. London. Uh huh :::files nails:::. Paris. Yawn. Milan. :::Epic eye roll:::.

It is all about Philly fashion week, people! We got style, yes we do … even though most of the nation thinks we are extremely fat jerks who stuff our faces with cheese steaks and soft pretzels (only a quarter of the time is that true, a thank you very much).

But yes, I am proud and confident enough to say that Philly is turning, slowly but surely, into one of the most fashion-forward cities in America. Will you see Anna Wintour front row in any of the shows/boutique events? Probs not, but I would like to warmly invite her to do so on behalf of the City of Brotherly Love.

And talk about a hipster’s dream come true! Years from now when a more chic and exclusive car company that doesn’t even exist yet is sponsoring Philly Fashion Week, you can proudly scoff at all the labeled-out fashion editors stomping out of the Four Seasons and into the tents at City Hall (yes, this is how I imagine Philly fashion week to look in a couple of years) and say, “pssh I was attending Philly fashion week before these ladies even knew Philly was on the map.” Oh yeah … it’s happening.

But until Anna Wintour arrives and before the fashion world realizes how truly unique and stylish our dear city truly is, we will remain “underground chic,” which I personally think is pretty damn cool.

So for those of you who would like to be “underground chic,” here are some of the most fun and fashion-forward events from some of my favorite designers and boutiques that this city has to offer.

Vintage Designer Pop-Up: Join Fashionaires as they share their designer vintage collection at Palomar Hotel for one day only. Let’s talk about McQueen, Valentino, Oscar de La Renta for up to 80% off the designer store price tags … swoon.
Date: Friday, September 20th starting at noon at Palomar Hotel

The Philadelphia Collection (Okay, take a deep breath because over 60 fashion shows, events, and parties will be happening during this monumental week … here are just a few of my favs).

Hope Chest Undressed: SPANX is here, ladies … what, what! Have some cocktails, enjoy some entertainment … mingle, and oh yeah … get those unruly bumps smoothed!
Date: September 19th, 4-7 p.m., Hope Chest

Rittenhouse Row Fall Fashion Crawl: Boutiques, like one of my favs South Moon Under, will be bringing their fall fashion a-game for an evening of events, cocktails, and pure style.
Date: September 19, 6-8 p.m., Rittenhouse Row

Dressed To A Tea With SA VA: Time to act like proper ladies, which means it is totally cool to faint over fantastic fall fashion from local designers Irina Sigal, and SA VA. Can’t promise that a dapper gent will be there to catch you and fan you back to life, though, so faint at your own risk.
Date: September 21, 2-4 p.m., Sofitel Philadelphia

United By Blue Grand Opening Celebration: Let’s welcome this community-focused boutique to Philly the proper way. I mean come on, every product you buy not only rocks but helps remove one pound of trash from oceans and waterways. Our aqua life thanks you in advance.
Date: September 25, 6-9 p.m., United By Blue

Fashion’s Night Out Philly … Bring Your A-Game

I’ve been pleading with the fashion God’s since the first Fashion’s Night Out to let Philadelphia take part. And after many prayers, many weird and exotic dances to the God’s of designer goods … my prayers have been answered and it is happening Sept. 6 … tomorrow night! Excuse me when I say, Eeeeeeee!

So with so much going on all around the city, a Philadelphia fashionista needs to stay organized and on their toes, and luckily … well, duh … there is a FREE mobile service for that called Chinoki to help us with that. This service allows us busy ladies to sign up for discounted offers ONLY at the restaurants and retailers we would look to hear from. You know how you get Groupon/LivingSocial updates in the morning for inane things like back waxing and fungus removal? Ick. No … 120 retailers in the Philadelphia area are participating and you have the power to control which ones you want to hear from. How fantastic is that?

Why do Philly Fashion’s Night Out attendees need this? Well … these discounts and promotions get text messaged to you instantaneously, meaning you can choose the retailers you would like to visit tomorrow and get up-to-the-minute updates on their FNO deals and when they are happening, keeping you calm, cool and organized. No one likes a glammed out spazz, now do we?

Now here are some great Philly stores who are listed on Chinoki that are having must attend FNO events tomorrow night worth getting text messages about their promotions and sales, ahem:

  • Nicole Miller -Miller-tinis, sweets from Pamcakes Bakery, a step and repeat ready for the paparazzi to take your photo, free goodies, and the latest designers from Nicole Miller fall 2012.
  • Joan Shepp – Looking for some new bling? This boutique will be partnering with The Accessories Council for a jewelry extravaganza with music, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.
  • Knit Wit – Enjoy an exclusive line-up of locally designed ready-to-wear brands, champagne, music, and the chance to get styled by Knit Wit fashionista’s themselves.
  • SA VA – Get a sneak peek at the fall/winter 2012 collection and get styled by Kristel Closets fashion stylist, Caroline Kohler.

This doesn’t even begin to skim the surface of all the fashion exploding all over the city tomorrow night in well know Philadelphia retailers. But first things first … Step 1: Sign up for Chinoki, I sure as hell did. You want to be one step of all those crazy broads only participating in FNO for the free goods and celeb sightings. Step 2: Reference the FNO Philadelphia Facebook page to plan out your fashion attack on Philadelphia. Never attend FNO without a plan, ladies. This isn’t amateur hour.

I couldn’t possible be more excited for this, in fact I’m getting goosebumps thinking about it. Tomorrow night is all about stimulating this dismal economy, praising all the greatness that is fashion, getting amazing deals … and oh yeah, scoring some pretty cool free stuff too. In the same respect, have fun, be safe … and don’t be one of those ladies who make me cringe that will push, shove and act a fool to get to the free goods.

Let’s show New York City how Fashion’s Night Out is REALLY done, Philadelphia. God speed and HAPPY FASHION’S NIGHT OUT :::::jumps in mid-air::::!