Last week, fashion took over in Philadelphia. Marking the fifth anniversary for the company, the event was presented by FBH The Agency. Kevin Parker and Kerry Scott showcased accessories, ready to wear, black tie and couture for Fall 2011.
Saturday, September 24th was couture night held at the Crane Arts Building in Philadelphia. The audience consisted of magazine editors, buyers, singing sensations, various members of the press, local channel NBC and even Mayor Michael Nutter. As the room filled with some amazing fashion driven guests, the excitement of many men and women grew high.
Waiting in the lines felt like an event in itself. The first line was to get into the “mingling area” for the night. Sponsored by many local retailers like Banana Republic, Macy’s, Monarch, Ms. Tootsies, Jim Cottingham, The Art Institute of Philadelphia and many more; the night started with a red carpet walk (check out my own head shot), hor d’oeurves offered from Eatable Delights by David Simms, an accessory trend spotlight on jewelry and shoes by Jermaine Pratt Sr, local shoe designer. Check out this article on “Shoeture Shoes” on the Can Ya Heel Me blog (accessory night was Tuesday, 9/20/11). We can’t leave out Karina Bradley, former model, current song writer and singer, who was the red carpet host for the night!
Upon entering the main room, guests were seated…VIP, buyers and editors filled the front row (lining the runway), the press was seated anxiously awaiting the start of the show at the end of the run way and the balance of the guests filled the remaining seats. Waiting in line (prior to the event) I was chatting with two young girls, they were so excited to be at the event as this was their first time attending a fashion show. Later seeing them in during the show, they seemed to be enjoying themselves…who wasn’t!
Couture night was upon us and the fashion show began with a bang. Filled with femininity the designers of the night mostly chose fabrics made of chiffon, fur, sequence and lace. Many of the gowns showcased were definite “hot styles” for a wedding. Check out the slide show with images from Jim Cottingham and some amateur ones from myself to see the trends for the season. The night ended with a magnificent bridal fashion show from Veronica Couture (located on 2nd& Arch, Philadelphia). Veronica Couture showcased the most stylish trends such as feathers, ruffles, the shade of pink (in sequence), tea length gowns and fitted styles in her show. Check out her store and web site for more styles and info on creating your own custom wedding gown.