Soooo, occasionally when I have a crazy 60hr work week, an upcoming event keeps me going. I am an avid tennis watcher, not player, watcher. So, I had big plans to hop on the Megabus head up to NYC catch the US Open and come back to Baltimore, same day. In an effort to be responsible first, I took my car to the shop for maintenance and they said the cost would be exorbitant…so it was a wrap for US Open. Waited 364 days. Now its a no go. Brent tried to make me feel better, “You worked 14 days straight, go home, rest, at least you can watch it all day, kid-free” he says. I got home and cable was down. I laid on the couch with the comforter over my head and preceded to have a tantrum, sorta like my 3 yr old, except I was way, way less elegant.
Hubs suggested that I go visit my best friend in Northern Va for the night, to cheer me up. On the train to VA, I checked Eventbrite, and there I saw Philly Fashion Week was in 2hrs. I convinced my best friend to drive up with me & granted it was only 40 minutes left, but definitely worth the drive!
As I always say, Fashion never disappoints. The venue was in the Crane Arts Building. Apparently, it was an old plumbing warehouse, now a haven for art studios and other forms of creativity!
Of the designers that I did get to see, Closet by Christobal exhibited his diversity of talents for different fashion areas; initially ready to wear, streetwear casual, then all of sudden, beautiful dresses with sequins and the belts made the dresses even more elegant.
Ayasa Afi had beautiful tulle gowns, fantastical hats and beautiful bridal couture.
Jenny Lee Maas collection had an Egyptian empress feel to it. As if the dresses did not already exude confidence, one model was truly pea-cocking! There were intricate head pieces, with pleasantly surprising and creative trains.
D’marsh couture had creative unexpected accessories…like paint cans, truly sustainable fashion!
Autumn Lin had dresses with a real cool 3D & occasional space age effect, but can still be worn to a upscale cocktail party (on Earth, lol)!
Gordana Gehlhausen‘s layered blue dress was one of my favorite of all the collections.
Clearly this show turned my initial frown upside down 🙂 I really enjoyed Philadelphia Fashion Week. The designers, models, venue and overall production was fantastic!! I definitely will be attending next year, the couture was amazing!