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Philly2Philly.com heads to Philadelphia Fashion Week 2009


This was a big week for Philly. Celebs in town, the Phillies Playoffs and HELLO! Fashion has returned to the City of Brotherly Love, Philly-Style for the biggest celebration for fashion the city has seen this year! 

Held at the 23rd street Armory, the opening debut kicked off Thursday afternoon. It was a great day to be in the city, warm and sunny. I walked around for a bit, over to the Moore College of Art & Design then back to the Armory to see the final touches go into place. 

Philadelphia Fashion Week was founded by CMK Entertainment in 2009, and is a three-day celebration of fashion, food, and arts and Philly Fashion Weekculture with runway shows from Philadelphia designers, out-of-town designers, and student designers from the Art Institute of Philadelphia, Philadelphia University, and Moore College of Art & Design. 

Eager fashionistas lined up at the door to see the first day of the show, whose lineup included student designers from the Moore College of Art & Design, Palmieri Jeans, Kill City, Wrath Arcane, Love Brigade, Brooklyn Royalty, and Delicious.  David Evangelista emceed to get the crowd going. 

It was an exciting night as the energy mounted in the high-ceiling room of the Armory. The Moore College of Art & Design kicked off the first runway show with several designers – many looks in black leather, denim, sequins, masks, corsets, plaids and stripes, flowing chiffon and lots of ruffles and tucks to create new lines. Many casual and fun looks were debuted. Each runway show offered a unique look into what is hot for the 2009 holidays and Spring 2010. The hexagonal runway was a perfect palette for local and visiting designers to debut their fresh holiday and spring 2010 looks. 

In between runway shows, entertainment by DJ Manny, This is a Shakedown, DJ Alan Astor, DJ Tinypants and the headliner show Black Landlord performed and kept the crowd rockin’. 

Attendees milled around the 12 pop-up boutiques, sampled local cuisine which included mini sliders with bacon and cheese and other tasty morsels, visited the open bar with specialty cocktails and snacks. Kristen Insalaco of Insalco PR and Kristie Bergey, Executive Director of Philadelphia Fashion Week, ensured everyone was having a great time here. 

Boutiques included Danielle Tobin, Marina Makaron Moscow, Sandra Baquero, S. Love, I Pearl, Cristina V., Mesa Enterprises, Traci Lynn Fashion Jewelry, Matthew Izzo Lifestyle & Home, Duke & Winston (who’s bulldog mascot Duke came out to visit!), K. Lousie Designs, and House of Mohr. 

The runway fashion models are exclusively represented by Wilhelmina of PA for Philadelphia Fashion Week, and will be opening a Philly office soon. 

So come on out, ‘Philly Phashionistas’ we’ll be rocking for another two days at the Armory! The doors open at 4 p.m. and the show wraps up at 10 p.m. Tickets are still available for Friday and Saturday nights, and you can get them at Philadelphiafashionweek.org. 

Stay tuned as Christine Tarlecki of Philly2Philly.com brings you the latest from Philadelphia Fashion Week. 

Leave a comment or email me at engchik@comcast.net.