Published on September 25th, 2011 | by thevyne


The Philadelphia Collection 2011: Two Fashionable Thumbs Up

By Keesha Boyd

New York’s Fashion Week in historic Lincoln Center wasn’t the only fashion extravaganza lighting up the east coast this month. Philadelphia was all a buzz when The Philadelphia Collection 2011 (Philadelphia’s answer to NY fashion week) kicked off  with Philadelphia fashion icon, Nicole Miller, and Philadelphia STYLE magazine honoring Philly’s most fashionable women. One of whom was Rakia Reynolds, owner of Skai Blue Media and friend of  The Vyne. For a total of 12 fashion filled days, the Philadelphia Collection 2011 gave Philly’s most fashionable residents (and visitors) the chance to don their most stylish ensembles around the town. As this was my first time attending, The Philadelphia Collection proved to be an eclectic mix of fun events ranging from fashion shows featuring local designers and panel discussions around how to break into the fashion industry to cocktail hours at local hot spots and an exclusive film screening. There was literally something for everyone.

I had the pleasure of partaking in a few events with several friends and fellow Vyne readers beginning with light fare and cocktails at Omega Optical. Specs never looked so fashionable amidst a scene of models working the crowd while wearing local Philly designer clothes. On site to accept an award presented to her by Rakia Reynolds was Tuesday Gordon, manager of local luxury fashion boutique Joan Shepp. Later into the evening, actor and activist Sheryl Lee Ralph made an appearance and shared a bit of fashion advice about “sensible shoes” (otherwise known as flats) with the crowd.

It was standing room only on September 19 at Hotel Palomar for the panel discussion, ‘Behind the Brand: Entrepreneurial Fashion’. The panel featured an array of  notable local designers, stylists and business professionals in the fashion industry sharing insights on what really makes the fashion industry tick. We didn’t stay for terribly long considering we were in our, “these shoes were made for sitting” heels.  

I wrapped up my Philadelphia Collection experience by attending the VIP screening of ‘The Tents’ at the Sofitel. The evening benefited The Evoluer House, a non-profit organization that empowers young girls, led by Cheryl Ann Wadlington. As a friend to board member Nicole Anderson, I decided to don my all black Giambatista Valli dress and lend a hand at the registration desk for the exclusive screening of James Belzer and Marcus Jones’, ‘The Tents’. I made a conscious effort not to be “THAT” girl at the registration desk who get’s snarky when your name isn’t on the list…or when you demand a V.I.P. bracelet instead of the general admission bracelet. I used my power for good and kindly checked-in each guest that approached my line, wrapped their wrists in black, pink or white and pointed out the coat check. Hoping it buys me some registration karma at the next event I attempt to bum-rush without being on the list.

After noshing on some fabulous meats, cheeses and jams I went into the main ballroom to scope out the film. It was fantastic that Philly was privy to this exclusive screening. The film, ‘The Tents’, is basically about the story of how NY fasion week in the Bryant Park tents came to be. Everyone who is anyone in fashion made an appearance in this film. Afterwards a q&a was conducted with Marcus Jones and James Belzer and we all walked away with a swag bag. It was quite a fitting event leading up to the fianle couture runway show to be held the next evening to bring The Philadelphia Collection 2011 to a close.

Count me in for next year Philly! Pics coming soon Vyne readers….

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