Friday, October 9, 2009


Philadelphia Fashion Week, a three-day fashion extravaganza, will take place on October 8-10, 2009 at the 23rd Street Armory (23rd between Market and Chestnut streets) in Philadelphia. The high-end, sustainable event will fuse the best contemporary brands, directionally independent designers and street wear labels from Philadelphia and around the globe.
“The concept behind Philadelphia Fashion Week is to invite residents and visitors to celebrate the vibrant fashion, food, and arts and culture scene in Philadelphia,” said Kristie Bergey, executive director of Philadelphia Fashion Week and partner of CMK Entertainment, Fashion Week’s event producer. “In a city known for its rich history, we are proud to make history by producing the first fashion week in Philadelphia.” Here we find Philadelphia Daily Candy's Meredith Lindemon and Kate Ryan (Katie looks like Reese Witherspoon, and is a whole lot nicer. Meredith thinks Katie is the daughter of Drew Barrymore and Reese Witherspoon)
Chritine Bugg and Noel Perate, Freeman Interiors. Noel attended Moore College of Arts and is here to support the Alma Mater. NYC Fashion Week tickets are impossible to get. You have to either be a buyer, or know someone, and even when you know someone it's tough to get that hot ticket. Although now they have been offering hotel packages with tickets, they start at $800 FOR ONE SHOW. So to have this event, on this scale available for $75 or $100 at the door, you should snap it up. It's a bargain, plus you get to see about 6 shows a day, and experience what it's like to be at an industry fashion show.
Kristin Insalaco, David Evangelista is one of the nation's leading hair, makeup, and fashion experts and is a respected television personality and is the MC of tonight's show, and Fashion writer and winner of the most colorful outfit tonight, Elizabeth Wellington..
Chris Gabello shooting the runway. It's kinda nostalgic to be here with Chris. Tonight was also the Liberty Bell Medal event, which was given to Steven Spielberg. Chris and I shot that event together 2 years ago and spent the good amount of 4 hrs downtime just chatting about where we wanted to go with our careers. I think we're doing exactly what we set out to do. And look at us without a chatting about it we both chose the Philadelphia Fashion Week over the Liberty Bell Medal. Right now Chris is working on the Varga Girl Calendar for 2010 (Varga Bar) Kate Ryan says look for the launch party to happen sometime in November or early December, at Varga Bar of course.
There were fashions by students from the Moore College of Art and Design, as well as looks by Brooklyn Royalty, Wrath Arcane, Love Brigade, Palmieri Jeans, Delicious, and Kill City. Fashionistas rocked out to music from This is a Shakedown and Black Landlord.
The daily schedule for Philadelphia Fashion Week:
4:00 p.m. Doors open to the public
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Best of student designers
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Street wear designers
8:00 p.m. Headlining concert
9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Contemporary couture designers
Models exclusively represented by Wilhelmina Models will walk in Philadelphia Fashion Week. In the Fall of 2009, Wilhelmina of PA will be opening an office in Philadelphia. Led by Kelli Harman and Wilhelmina corporation. To learn more about the new branch or to book one of its many talented models, or actors contact Will Ball 215-870-0043 or email I see myself photographing a lot of exciting events with these folks in attendance. Will Ball and Rachel Stumpo or Stumpo as people in the field call her.
Lucy MacNichol, Kiera Daly & Rebecca Morley, Devine & Powers. Currently representing the new Kiptom Palomar Hotel opening next week at 17th & Sansom. Last week Palomar's Gm Peggy M Trot gave PhillyChitChat a tour of the hotel. It's beautiful and I will be posting the photos on Tuesday.

Who's gonna sign these peeps:
Hanging in the I VIP room I found Jet Phynx - He said its not the clothes that make you but you that should make the clothes. This is where fashion can be a eclectic canvas for ones self. Jet Phynx(pronounced Phoenix) Is much more than your average Pop artist, being that he is also college educated in Fashion Merchandising as well. & Brawdway
Look for these two people to be going places. Check their video out on YouTube Philadelphia Fashion Week shows may last longer than the industry standard because designers can opt to mix their holiday 2009 collection in with looks from spring and summer 2010 lines
Philadelphia Fashion Week shows may last longer than the industry standard because designers can opt to mix their holiday 2009 collection in with looks from spring and summer 2010 lines
Action Park's Gray Papa and designer Nicole Manning
Action Park is playing at the TrocaderoSunday night at 7PM

In between shows there was talking, there was shopping, there was eating, drinking and entertainment. This band was from Cleveland named "This is a Shakedown"Your admission price includes drinks & food. This will be the happening party in the City Tonight and Saturday night. Also this is really a unique event. Having covered 5 seasons at NYC Fashion Week Philadelphia's Fashion Week has come the closest and perhaps has even succeeded the energy, and excitement of what a "Fashion Week" should be about. They have combined the runway, with the party with the socializing all under one "Tent".
Oh and did I mention EYE CANDY - Dr. Matthew Bauer and Dr. Gabrielle Young (Bombshell Doctor website) These two doctors are out to change your life. They are taking their healthy lifestyle and writing a diet book on nutrition and fitness. They met in medical school where they were both fitness models too.
Executive Director of Fashion Week Kristie Bergey and DJ Adrian Hardy “Philadelphia Fashion Week is the largest professional fashion event in Philadelphia,” said Kristie Bergey, executive director of Philadelphia Fashion Week. “One of the main goals of our show is to support area retailers. By providing pop-up boutiques on site, we hope to introduce consumers to our designers or reinforce existing retail relationships.”
Delicious Corsets was founded by Psydde & Amy Delicious in 1995. Psydde is a graduate of Philadelphia University where he studied fashion and textile design. Amy, who also attended Philadelphia U, has been sewing and designing for over 25 years in both Philly and SF.
These models are wearing designs by Delicious, a local Philly designer, who showed on the first night of Philadelphia Fashion Week.
Delicious models too
Jackiem Wright, Sloan Harrison and Reggie Berry. Check out Jackiem & Reggie's "Cool Kids" Party every Tuesday at Strongbox. Cool Kids Tuesday STRONGBOX Tuesday Oct 13, Celebrating Terressa Thompson and Drew "The Mayor" Carballo's Birthdays...It's about to go down!!!!!!!!!

Let me clear up a few things:

1.) Admission is FREE
2.) There is NO dress code but please come fashionable
3.) Everyone is a "cool kid" in their own unique way, so bring ya ass!
4.) We're celebrating Terressa Thompson and The Mayor's Birthday so come through...
There are two more days left for the Philadelphia Fashion Show, don't miss out on this exciting event, and you will miss out because they will be talking about it for months and you'll be like I wasn't there, what happened?

THE BELLEVUE Park Hyatt celebrated its 105th anniversary in September

The Bellevue, known as the Grande Dame of Broad Street, celebrated its 105th anniversary, Monday, September 21st 2009 with special offers from its tenants, all with a twist on the numbers 105 and 1904, (the year The Bellevue was opened). During the week of the celebration I wrote about the specials. The biggest seller: The Park Hyatt has created a signature anniversary dessert for $105 which is served in a Tiffany & Co. bowl (which you take home with you.) Sold Out after 3 days. You have got to have lunch at XIX. I love, love, love their salads either on the menu or the prepared salad on their buffet. Only $20 for the buffet, salad, cheeses, deserts and an entree off the menu. Plus you get to eat in the historic main room with views of the City, and the lovely balconies. Their are tables set up on the balconies now. Probably the highest al fresco dining in the City.
The 4 foot long cake's icing noted historical happenings at the Bellevue.
ending in 1996 when the Bellevue became the Park Hyatt.
Bellevue PR Director Anna Iredale points out the significant happy dates to PREIT Vice Chairman George Rubin as Executive Pasty Chef Matthew Maslowski looks on.
PREIT Chairman and CEO Ronald Rubin checks out the cake. The Rubins are very philanthropic, and especially generous to one of my favorite non-profits, Thorncroft.
The Bellevue's next big event is Black Tie Friday when they close the doors and offer special access (and discounts) in stores like Williams-Sonoma, Tiffany & Co., Origins and Teuscher from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, November 27. Bellevue favorites like XIX, The Palm and Tavern on Broad will be providing food and libations. It's an alternative to the usual Black Friday crush. And for Center City residents we'll deliver all purchases (already gift wrapped) within the week at no extra charge. $25 suggested donation goes to St. Jude's Hospital for Children. RSVP to Williams-Sonoma, 215-545-7392.
OCTOBER 11 NOON TIL 5pm - Fall 2009 Bridal Event at Nicole Miller
Devils food & Banana Cream cake

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Haunted Poe invades Philadelphia, and we're lucky to have such an innovated piece

There are three entries today, so keep scrolling down til you get to the Barrymore's

Haunted Poe Philadelphia Haunted Poe begins with the premise that the author's remains have been exhumed from Westminster Cemetery in Baltimore and brought to Philadelphia for the anniversary of his death (October 7, 1849). With Poe's return to the place of some of his greatest literary achievements, he is brought back to life to guide us through his imagination.
If you're looking for a fun, entertaining, intelligent "Haunted Thrill" this season, than Haunted Poe is right up your ally. It's not your everyday haunted house, but a performance where you are one of the characters, the vulnerable, scared one, whose imagination is tweak around every dark corner. Which Poe story will you walk into next?Costumes, masks, puppets, hidden passageways, magic lanterns, optical illusions, music and video all serve to take Poe's themes of madness, suspense and the supernatural to a frightening new level. Although I was allowed to take photos inside the "production", I decided not to use them because I didn't want to spoil any of the surprises that lie ahead. I did however take a shot of a few scary folks in the lobby. Behind them is a 3 hour mini-play that re-enacts the last few hours of Poe's wife's life, Virginia, before she succumbs to TBCleverly directed by Madi Distefano. According to an article written by the City Paper in 2006, "Distefano was still an undergrad when she launched Brat Productions with a bunch of fellow student actors. Their first show was A Midsummer Night's Dream, put on in a Queen Village courtyard. Then came Eye-95, a white-trash rockabilly punk rock musical featuring cheerleaders, go-go dancers, a puppet named Big Fat Fucker and Frito pies. It was a hit at the very first Philly Fringe." "...she's an intensely serious artist who has won a Barrymore Award, an Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts and a Leeway Foundation grant."

Michael Alltop, Producing Artistic Director,"In each room, around every corner, another scare awaits," he's quoted as saying to Elisabeth Roskos, Wardrobe Supervisor. She earned a BFA in Fibers from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2003, and enjoys working in summer stock. Every night she makes sure the costumes and wigs are returned to their freshly, scary selves.
Dana, Kate and Andrew. Andrew believes the project was really ambition and works well. People will like it, fans of Poe will love it. His favorite part is The Raven. I was just fascinated how long it took the walls to take shape in that scene. Dana thought the whole exhibit was a scary 6 on the scale of scared.
Stephanie & Bruce Graham. Congratulations to Bruce Graham as his new play, Something Intangible, was a big winner at the 2009 Barrymore Awards on Oct. 5. The Arden Theatre Company production won seven Barrymores, which celebrate excellence in Philadelphia-area theatre. I wrote about the Barrymore's yesterday.
Greg Giovanni has been a director, playwright, performance artist, and actor in Philadelphia for over four lustra. Greg is in a couple scenes in the Haunted Poe and is the script writer. Jimmy Quartuccio, is a Junior Theatre Performance Major with a Dance Minor at Rowan University; and David Quinn
Brat's Haunted Poe Warehouse
38 Jackson Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148

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$20.00 - $25.00

he 2009-10 Season has been generously funded by the following foundations, agencies and individuals:

The Independence Foundation
The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Theatre Initiative, with additional funding from the Marketing Innovation Program
The Philadelphia Cultural Fund
The Phoebe W. Haas Charitable Trust A as recommended by Carole Haas Gravagno
The Phoebe W. Haas Charitable Trust B as recommended by Leonard C. Haas
The Samuel S. Fels Fund
The William Penn Foundation
Brat's Board of Directors
Lou Bluver
Greg Gephart
David Witz


I have in my hand the golden ticket, well it seems that way because ever since the calendar turned over to October the Google searches that have landed on my blog have ticked higher with "Henri David's Halloween Ball". So I walked down to his jewelery store appropriately named "Halloween" 1329 Pine Street Phila For the umpteenth time Henri David will be putting on his spectacular event on SATURDAY October 31, 2009 at the Sheraton City Center Hotel 16th & Race Streets.Nine Contest Categories including Best Celebrity Look Alike (Maybe a few Jon & Kate Plus 8, how about a Paris Hilton or two) Best Period Costume, and they don't mean Aunt Flow; Most Horrifying - Jon Goslin; Most Beautiful Female Impersonator and

Most Hysterical
Most Believable female Impersonator; Tickets $25 for those in costumes and $60 for Voyeurs
Most Original Couple; (This year maybe it will be David Letterman and an Intern)

Most Amazingly Spectacular
Henri David told me he doesn't do email, nor websites so for the most accurate InFo Call 215-732-7711 Photos from 2008

Philly Chit Chat is behind schedule and here's the reasons...

I am behind and backed up. What happens is sometimes I shoot multiple events in one evening, and then in my head I think when I will be posting them. Then something like Reese Witherspoon is filming a scene on the Parkway, or like today's entry it's something really timely that has a short shelf life and it just needs to get up there right now, but the Rescue Spa's 5 Year Anniversary can wait a little, or the Solstice Fashion Show at the Kimmel Center can wait a little bit, I feel bad, but it it's not going anywhere. Sometimes I have to wait because say Jen Utley & Johair Smith hosted an Utley event at Boyd's and their photo is going to be in Michael Klein's Inqlings Sunday column. Sure I only get 4000 - 5000 hits a day and he gets hundreds of thousands, but I still don't want to publish a story about Boyd's until after that photo has appeared. Sometimes I will do a story and just skip the A/B Lister and you won't even know they were there until the newspaper comes out on Sunday. Then sometimes I think a pix is going to be in the paper and for whatever reason it doesn't appear, then it looks like I was just slow to get the entry up. Sometimes I hold something back because I want it closer to the day's event, for example I need to write about the Bellevue's Anniversary Party, but I am also going to promote something they are doing in November so I need to sit on that for just a little bit longer. So sorry to those waiting for the event photos, I have them all ready just waiting for the best day to post. I know you're waiting, I can see the keywords you search by, and I read your emails. So thanks for understanding. Hughe