Friday, September 26, 2008

JOAN SHEPP FASHION SHOW re: closes out Philadelphia Fashion Week

This past Tuesday night brought out the who's who of Philadelphia's stylish social set to the Joan Shepp Boutique on Walnut Street for one of her famously packed fashion shows.

The invitation read:
Joan Shepp
Calderwood 2


Le Style

an evening of fashion & design

to benefit The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research

In June PCC attended the opening party for Calderwood 2 Design 1960 - 1980 Mod Pop Op Fab and Glam with our hosts Gary & Janet Calderwood. Joan Shepp was at that party and was inspired by the design and simplicity of the furniture, and thought how great it would be to intertwine a few pieces throughout her store among the clothes for this special night. In October the Calderwoods will be opening a showroom at 631 North Broad Street (across from Osteria) for your convenience in buying furniture. I always enjoy talking with Gary and Janet as they are innovative, creative people who have a distinct style that reflects an intelligent vibe. Gary states that he chooses furniture not on the basis of whether it will sell, but on it's style and uniqueness, there will be a buyers at some point, but in the meantime he gets to enjoy it too.

In the VIP section sat Donna Coghlan, Philadelphia Style Magazine publisher John Colabelli and Dawn Govberg, who scolded me for calling her Donna Govberg in an earlier post, sorry:(

Modeling in tonight's show is Sharon Pinkenson, who tells me it was her grandfather that introduced her to fashion as he was a tailor who created the wooster tie. Her father was also in the business and when Sharon was growing up her father taught her to sew. With her is Cindi Raimondo (Ruka 114 S 19th St.)
What a nice surprise for me to run into my old friend Lucy Clemmens of the Phila Opera Company, with her are friends PR Camilia Aberra (l), and Astrid Pudang (r)
and new old friends Elaine Grabab and realtor Jill Rizen, who we first met at PSM Molito White Party back in August.
Carol Littman, Nancy Forman (performance Kitchens in Manayunk) and Melinda Meaney, a private chef who just returned to the city after living in the Carribean. Where she worked for several years a private chef for hire. She caters to the exclusive clientele for intimate dinner parties, she is pleasant and professional and I think an asset to your meal. If you are looking for a personal chef reach out at melindameaney@hotmail .com (no spaces)What would a stylish, fancy event be without Jimmy Contreras of Kimberly Boutique , YUbr PR maven Sarah Doheny and Red Tettemer's Matthew Vlahos. If I am going to hang out with this gang, I need to step up my wardrobe 'cause they are always looking so fine.
Also on the 200 "seat" must have invitations, Suzanne Cheng and Ting WangMarlene who never takes a bad picture, with a friend.

It was a hot ticket so a lot of people were left with “standing room only”. After an open-bar reception, including hors-d’oeuvres, many in the attractive crowd chose to line up behind the chairs and a few found the less crowded loft area where I stood for a bird’s eye view of the catwalk.
Vintage (the folks behind her are outside looking through the window)
Broadcast Pioneers member Marciarose Shestack is a trailblazing broadcast journalist. Hailed by McCall’s Magazine as the outstanding woman broadcaster in the United States, in 1971. She became the first woman in the country to anchor a prime time daily news in a major market (frequently topping Walter Cronkite in the ratings).

The front row with Wendy Rosen with the purple scarfDior did all the make-up for the show
Fashionable Philadelphia Film Office Director Sharon Pinkenson on the catwalk
At the completion pf the show the Joan Shepp crew gathered on the catwalk to celebrate a job well done.

desert was served compliments of MorimotoA few people behind the scenes with Noel Zayas, Dior's account cordinator Susan Sorrell, John Jones, hairstylist Cariton Humphrey

Philadelphia Network of Designers founders Thomas Tillman, Juanita Beasley
and Tyren Keith Patrick
Socialite, the charitable Karen Kahn and Jim Fulton. and Salon L'Etoile crew'Mel Silverman, Michael O'Connor & Jerry Yelber who was responsible for all the great hair stlyes tonight

So long until next time
One of my photos was in Was in the Inquirer's Elizabeth Wellington’s fashion blog

Thursday, September 25, 2008

PHILADELPHIA PHASHION PHEST - Is this Philadelphia Fashion Week?

Earlier this week I wrote about the FBH Philadelphia Fashion Week [end], which had it's 2nd year of shows, then we learned that in the Spring there will be another Philadelphia Fashion Week by an entirely different organization with a similar name, and Tuesday night I attended a fabulous fashion show at Joan Shepp's store which I will write about tomorrow. Philadelphia is truly becoming a fashion force and I think it would be great if we could all coordinate the schedules and have these shows around the same time. If NYC can do it, and they are so large, friendly small town Philly can organize something special and create a Fashion Week showcasing local talent and international talent. Now on to Phashion Phest...High-end fashion may not immediately come to mind when you think of Philadelphia. But the city began to become a real couture magnet 15 years ago thanks to the Phashion Phest which put Philadelphia on the fashion map with it's unique take on the fashion show.
But Monday night was reserved for the 15th annual Phashion Phest

Delaware Valley's premier fashion event, showcasing the work of local designers, hair and makeup specialists, and accessory experts

Taking a page from the MET Gala in early May, Phasion Fest pays homage with the Super Hero theme for the night.
Salon L'Etoile crew' Michael O'Connor, Mel Silverman & Jerry Yelber - Created this industrial setting for their models to create an edgy, but colorful environment for them to show off their hair styling. Although Mel's been in this business for 51 years, it hasn't stifled him, in fact L'Etoile is not just into spit curls, but knows what makes today's women style current and fashionable.

According to the 9/13/07 Jewish Exponent "

At Salon L'étoile, located in Jenkintown and Manayunk, owner Mel Silverman talked about the upside of hairstyle change.

"It's been my experience that when a woman gets a new hairstyle -- either a new cut, a different length or a new color -- she feels hip and younger-looking, and upbeat about the changes. That's what many of our women clients have told us, have told me.

"This is especially true because of a new treatment for curly hair, for example, that totally straightens the hair and gives someone a completely new look."

Chris Hein, Lesley Grigg and Ellen Wasser (HR in MMA Modeling Agency Staff)
Valerie Busillo and Nikki Foschini. Nikki has just returned to this area after living in Florida for a few years. Although she is not looking forward to winter, she is looking forward to seeing her family and friends at every moment possible. She and Valerie attended St. Maria "I have been friends with Valerie for 13 years and counting ;) "

My good friends - Jonathan Vendrick, VIP Guest Services Loews Hotel, Sarah Cooper Bobersky, Diane Johnson Tierney Communications, Matt Vlahos PR Red Tettemer and Jimmy Contreras Kimberly Boutique (Even if there's no debate, you know where to go on Friday. We're still serving Pigs in Blanket with a tad of lipstick!!)Esthetician / Makeup Artist's Ali Teppel, Stacy McGinnis, Kimberly Goff and husband Nick Goff “Be good to yourself on the inside, and the outside will practically take care of itself.” Phoenix Salon and Spa

Studio Artur - Lauren Garrrett, Susi Claro, Madeline Carter and Stacy Carpenter

Chae Le, Jimmy & Thuy Le - Rapunzel's Salon Homage to the classic style of the 1940's
The girls of the Art Institute, all studying fashion marketing. Fashion meet your future
The kids at the Art Institute's Environmental Design studies designed the stage

They are Sasha Carlson, Luke Schmura, Jose, Santiago, Christina Nokhoudian, Nacole McCitchen, Jessica Klein, R. Vincent Jones, Chris Basalatan, and Stephanie Minor,
Style PR Diva maven Sarah Doheny who really does bring style to Philadelphia and the Mainline
Ekanatha Lyapustina, Philly PR guru Anthony DiMeo III and Melissa Semeno

Genevieve Manzoni wearing a strapless dress her model brother created. A little fur on the shaven men
Lisa Sharkey, Aileen Gallagher, Josephine Cianfrani and Julie DiCecco from Salon DeSanne

My favorite part of the night, it's like we need a little Christmas now!I didn't get a gift bag as I was running to another event and didn't want to crush anything, but I did get this shot and ask what was inside: Shampoo, coupons to a few salons and the newest issue of Philadelphia Magazine.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


I originally posted this a few weeks back but had to take it off as the photo's were being published in the Metro and I didn't want the photos to be scooped by my blog. It's fun to have so many publications available to publish my work, but then it does affect my first love Philly Chit Chat; on the otherhand it does fulfil what I set out to do which is to promote the Who, What, Where and When of Philadelphia. Which

Which reminds me, the Midtown Village Fall Festival is coming up on 10/4/08 and I hope you will attend. Lot’s of fun things happening that day. Here’s the coverage from the kickoff party.

So exciting, once a week I will have the photo column in The Metro. So now if I photograph you at an event you could show up in Philly Style Magazine, the Metro and Philly Chit Chat. If you're a bold name it could be the Philadelphia Inquirer or a glossy.

Must be more clear in my emails to The Metro. I am not the Mayor of Midtown. The Mayor would not give me his name, somehow I was ID as him. These are the nice girls from Lucky Strikes though.
The Midtown Village Merchants Association is hosting a complimentary “kick-off” party for our third annual Fall Festival in October. Greeting us at the host venue Holiday Inn Midtown was the "Mayor of Midtown Village" SAVE THE DAY 10/4/08 RAIN/SHINE 3rd Annual Midtown Village Fall Festival Another friendly face greeted me as I entered the room, Cathy from McGillins Olde Ale House. She's worked with three generations of the same family that have run McGillin's and says this is the best generation of all. She knows where her bread is buttered. And talk about bread and butter, OMG Cathy was serving up some chilli that you just have to try. Really it was my hands down favorite meal, sorry fellas, of the night. And I know food. So stop on by on 10/4/08 for some Chilli and sing your heart out at McGillins Olde Ale House, Philadelphias oldest tavern, as they host karaoke outside, on Drury Street under a tent. Say hello to Cathy, who really told me that every generation was the best to work with, I was just pulling your leg.
RAW. I never had a chance to check it out yet, but I was happy to have a sampling taste Wednesday night. On 10/4/08 Stop by RAW Sushi & Sake Lounge for sushi rolls, BBQ skewers, and sake bombs. Then test your strength and prowess in our Sumo Wrestling Ring. If I keep going to these food events, I could enter a Sumo Wrestling contest.
There was an amazing array of donated items on our silent auction. I tried and loss a month membership to Fusion Cross Training I so think I could be their biggest loser poster boy, imagine the business they could attract if they whipped me into shape and I chronicle it here on Philly Chit Chat?
Some people recognize a good thing when they see it and maybe open a restaurant in an up and coming, but now arrived section of the city like Midtown Village. Jason and Delphine had saw the vision and created Vintage and Time. Pictured here with a little time on her hands is Nina Schrader of the American Family Theater here in Philadelphia.

Bindi’s Marcie Turney serving up a pan seared shrimp cooked in coconut and safron. Hello delicious!!

But nobody has done it up like Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney have built their own empire along 13th street, including: Open House, a home accessories shop; Lolita, a contemporary Mexican restaurant across the street; Grocery, a café and market; and, Bindi, an Indian byob.
Check out this video from my one of my favorite sites uwishunu about the partners in love and business. More auction items, one person I know
one of my nearest, dearest and oldest friends in Philly, City Hall Tour Director Greta Greenberger and her daughter Julia, bid and bought 4 auction items. I know I helped her bring them to her car. (I'm going to totally drop names here, Greta's husband, Alan,

right he is the new Philadelphia City Planning Director, and I know his positions on Penn’s Landing, the Casino, the Plan for the Parkway and his vision of Philadelphia, but I can’t say what they are. What I can say is he is the most honest, truthful, tactful guy I know. And thorough, did I mention thorough?

If I ever get sick I want to go where nurse Mary Kate Duffy works so we can gossip about celebrities all day long, with her is Lisa Willis of the PA Horticultural Society. I'm dreaming of the flower show right now. One because it's beautiful, and two because it takes me to spring.
The gay mafia, Bruce Yelk, Matthew Izzo and Happy Birthday Brian who's surprise party I missed last week because I was at Fashion Week. Heard it was a blast. Aaaah to be 30 again.
David "Scoops" Dyer who is with, the TMZ of Philadelphia. Get in on the action as they are looking for sponsers, I am so jealous with their 100, 000 impressions a month. I need to do some PR, Lauren Jacobsen, the blazing Matthew Vlahos, Jimmy Contreras who is all over the place lately; this month is featured in Philadelphia Style Magazine. You can find Jimmy and Lauren at Kimberly's Boutique on 16th Street. They carry my favorite line Tibi
Apothecary Lounge. Love the name, the decor, the specialty drinks
Deanna Scott and Kristyn Aldrich of Lucky Strike. I've been there a dozen times, but mostly to enjoy their burger fries. It's also the place where I met two of my favorite DJ's The Beat 100.3 Laiya St. Clair and Janita Applebaum Styles, who I will be writing about on Monday as we got together last night for a mini concert/Q&A with Solange Knowles, who's new CD is kicking it: Sol-Angel & The Hadley St. Dreams If I were to pick the Philebrities of the night it would be this crew: Veterinayr Radiologist Dr. Lisa Ziemer, Tricia Dressel -Mazzoni Center, Judy Applebaum - President Wash Sq West Assoc. (Oh if I had a second I would have asked her "What is happening with Evolve, will it ever see the light of day?) and Gloria Casarez "I am delighted that Gloria [Casarez] has agreed to join my administration as the Mayor's LGBT Liaison," Mayor Nutter said,
Everyone's favorite Capogiro being scooped by Christian
Angela McCord and Susan Ellman of Fruit Flowers with two locations in Midtown Village. What a clever idea, a real pick me up basket of flowers that you can eat. I would love to see how they cut their fruit into such tasty delights.
A few weeks back I wrote about the new boutique hotel, The Independent. Here are the folks that make it run so smooth for the visitors which keeps them coming back to the Village. Sandi Janiri, ? (Hmm can't read that name) and front end manager Jimmy
Darren Fava (who I have known for eons, but never get to see much of. We both collect vintage Philadelphia Postcards), Jeff Guaracino is vice president of communications for the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC), and one of my favorites Where Magazine Publisher Laura Burkhardt. Check yesterday's entry to see the photo I took of Laura and Philadelphia Eagle Stewart Bradley that appeared in Sunday's Inquirer.
Michael O'Brien, the Mayor of Midtown and Gavin McCay from FusionCrossTraining .
A few weeks back they had a celebrity visitor Lee Ann Rimes and her husband.
These boys are ready for the fall weather, not a short in sight, well except for the working stiff Gavin McCay, but who wouldn’t want to see him in shorts year round. L-R Ryan Mattis, Matthew Ray,Tom, Chip & Bill

L-R Amnda, Miker , Philip Fedubu and Natala Goodwin

Michael, Ryan and Nick

. Alicia Raffensberger, Sales Manager of the Holiday Inn, Denis Cronin, Director of Sales Holiday Inn Express, Eileen Masciarelli, Nora Systems Inc. Acct Exec. And Jonathan Latko, Temple Univ. Sustainability.

The real mayor and champion of Midtown Village, co-owner of Absolute Abstract James McManaman. He and David White can be found 7 days a week at their 13th Street (between Walnut and Sansom streets) store, or reached at (215) 733-0190; They are two of the nicest folks you could ever meet, and their art is very affordable. Someday, someday when I return to doing my Fine Art again, I hope to get a few pieces there.

SAVE THE DAY 10/4/08 RAIN/SHINE 3rd Annual Midtown Village Fall Festival