Friday, September 7, 2012

FASHION NIGHT OUT PHILLY 2012 What Was Everyone Wearing? Philadelphia Collection Random Red Carpet Photos too!!

September 6 was an explosion of happenings. Not only was it the final night of the Democratic Convention where President Obama asked the America public to re-elect him for another 4 years, but it was the MTV Music Awards, and fashion's biggest night for shopping Fashion Night Out all over the country. 

Thank god for DVR's cause nothing can stop Philly from hitting the town for a little party, bs and bargains.

 I started my night out at the Union League, putting on pants (not shorts) and my jacket for the first time this season. Kinda feels like the adult version of returning to school after the long summer (not long enough). Commonwealth Proper had a cocktail party for their clients and friends (I'll be writing extensively about this party next week.) "We offer custom & ready-to-wear clothing for the contemporary gentleman. All Commonwealth Proper garments are proudly cut and assembled by hand in the United States."  - co-owner Craig Arthur von Schroeder, with fiance Rhonda Clark Carlson, RCC Design Group LLC,  Sen. Larry Farnese, Nicole Cashman, Cashman & Assocs., Nigel Richards and Kristin Foote. 

After the checking out the merchandise and filling up on delicious sushi at the Commonwealth Proper 
party I was ready to hit the streets. Word had trickled into the Union League that their were a couple hot parties with banging crowds, coincidentally they were the three that I promoted on PCC on Tuesday. Nicole Miller at the Bellevue, Joan Shepp and Knit Wit.

I headed for Joan Shepp as it was nearing 9PM with only an hour or so to go for Philadelphia's first Fashion Night Out (NYC started it in 2009), there I found designers from all over the country whot traveled to Philly to help kick off the new USAMade campaign. USAMade is a project of the Accessories Council, the national trade association for the $30 billion accessory industry, and the designers will be guests at Joan Shepp, the first independent retailer in the country who committed to carry some of the jewelry from the line. Products in the USAMade line range from about $20 to $500 and go on sale nation-wide in September, but many of the pieces were available for purchase on FNO Philly at Joan Shepp. The place was still buzzing with the fashion plates when I arrived. Satu Greenberg of Tuleste, Jimmy Contreras, Vlahos PR (Thank you for the cookies from Whipped Bakeshop), and Karen Giberson, President, Accessories Council. Giberson told me that she was excited to be part of Philly's first fashion night out and the evening had been a blockbuster.  So many people came out to support the event, admiring and buying many of the fine jewelery pieces that were on hand at Joan Shepp by designers like Emanuela Duca, Lesli Sunshine of Lesli, Bonnie Jonas, John Wind of Maximal Art, Caroline Rocha, Nicole Romano, Celeste and Satu Greenberg of Tuleste, Gary Glaser of W/A Studios, Representative from Alex Woo, Larry Jonas of Zack.

  Party Favorite: Donald Carter. He always graces the finest parties in town and is always styling it, especially with his fancy free ties.

I saw young people out and about including this crew of freshman from Temple University fashion program: Caroline Houlihan, Marina Capara, Lucy Weigard, Galen McCarty (who tie dyes his clothing), Irma Barbosa, Ryan James Caruthers (who'd better guard that white shirt cause I caught Gaulen eying it up for a little tie dying.) Valerie Giacobbe and Zoe Ganslaw.

Caira Smith and Bertha Smith. Caira tells me her favorite outfit is leather pants because you can go edgy or dressy with it depending on which article of clothing you pair it with. Her mom loves kicking back in designer sweat outfits. Check out Caira's tumblr FilthyRichandFabulous

Joan Shepp's Tuesday Gordon, Sarah Doheny, YUBpr and Joan Shepp.  Sarah is wearing vintage "Steal Pony" accessorized with a bag and shoes she got at Joan Shepp.   You'll recall I wrote earlier this week that the building that Joan Shepp's in located in is being converted to apartments. She's looking for a new place in Rittenhouse Square but we should appeal to the building to allow her to stay put as her place is a landmark on Walnut Street. I'll find out who the leasing agent is and let's write some letters. We can not do without the Joan Shepp windows beautifying Walnut St.
Out for fashion and to celebrate: Michelle Walker, Mina Jackson (Happy Birthday), Rose Carlton and Monica Moody.

Aly Kauffman loves her Equipment shirts and J Brand skinny jeans paired with super high heels when she wants to look fly on the scene, Tom Covello he just brings that smile that lights up a room.
 Fashion Plates: Chase Rodriguez is wearing a rose cuff knot on his lapel, is a fan of Alfa Polo and was heading to Kembrel for their Fashion Night Out events with his buds Jed Baxter, who is originally from Georgia likes to sport his shorts until winter sets in which is when the temperatures go below 80F. He is not part of the brain drain because when he was done his studies here he decided Philly was the place to be, "There's a sense of community here in Philly, even though it's a big city." and Theodore Gaston, who can't wait for Brooks Brothers to open this fall.
 Heading out I ran into Charles and Nicole Paloux, who are fashion walking every night, not just on Fashion Night Out. They're with new to Philly  Dr. Naz Saedi and her husband Dr. Payman Zamani. Coming up for Nicole & Red Balloon King of Prussia Beer Festival coming up in October.
I made a quick stop at SAVA on my way to Knit Wit and Sarah Van Aken (2nd from left) tells me that they had a wonderful night with people in and out. "The best part of FNO is personally interacting with our amazing customers." Sarah Van Aken, owner of
Coming up for SAVA their annual runway show on 9/19    
Above: Ivy Kaplin, Sarah, Iris Tocker, Caroline Kohler of Kristel Closets, and Allison Schmalz 
Melanie Johnson, City Representative and Rakia Reynolds, Skai Blue Media stopped by nearly every venue having an event at FNO Philly.  The duo is now gearing up for the Philadelphia Collection, 9/13 - 9/20, which occurs a few days after NYFW ends. Seven days of events, fashion shows and fun in Philadelphia. Check out the calendar here. 

I then headed over to Knit Wit, and even though I arrived for the last few minutes of their joint party with Jason Matthews there was still a nice crowd in there.

 Ann Gitter, Knit Wit owner and Stephen Gitter
Nicole Haddad, Brazilian-American fashion and textile designer in Philadelphia with a women's contemporary clothing line called Lobo Mau.
 Angola Monaco, Concrete Polish - X Rabid Fox Collection jewelery, and Aaron Pierce, Commonwealth Proper
 Katie English and Katie Karlsen

The Philadelphia Collection “Random Red Carpet” viral community initiative Step and Repeat project will be in two more locations (September 10th & September 12th) during the month.

Check out Al For's shots for The Philadelphia Collection Random Red Carpet here:

Thursday, September 6, 2012


Last night was my blogs 5th Anniversary Party. I can't thank Reserve, Cashman & Associates,  "CTO Artists" that was a dj fusion act.  Mike Hirata Photography, Christal Watson of Southern Wine & Spirits, Cool Pix Photo Booths, and
Professional Tarot Card Reader Marilyn Sukonick-Zeff, Laura Burkhardt, The LAB, Focused Studios,

and my friends for all their help in making the party so successful. Here's the link to the photos on Philly Mag

Today's Gorgeous Sunrise or I'm waiting for my PhillyMag Column to post to link my blog to it

WOW gorgeous sunrise over Fairmount. Last night was's 5th Anniversary Party. Wish I could have invited you all, but I needed to limit it to under 300 for my sanity. Later today the column about it should post on PhillyMag and I will like it to PCC so you can see what an awesome job Cashman & Assocs did as well as Reserve Steakhouse. Thanks HughE

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

PARANOIA Wrap Up, Filming 12th & Walnut, Extras & Miley Cyrus Finale

I know some of you were waiting for this final wrap up, sorry it took so long. This was the last major day of filming outside, which happened two weeks ago yesterday. Everyone keeps calling it the Harrison Ford film, but the truth is it's the Liam Hemsworth film, he' practically in every scene. The movie is based on a book by Joseph Finder about corporate espionage. The shoot on this day is a big spoiler, so if you don't want to know what happens look no further. (I'm almost done the book, it's good.)

The Sutton Club
Originally when I saw the street being set up the day before, I thought the action would be happening in the Caribou Cafe, as it was the only store closed on Walnut Street that day. Later I learned they just wanted to use the outdoor cafe, and for most of the day the actors killed time between scenes inside the restaurant.

Gary Oldman. I spent my day in the Starbucks across the street. So my photos weren't all that good, but I got a fair amount of decent shots to tell the story on Fox 29 and in my Philly Mag column, oh and a few were picked up via my wire-service.
Josh Holloway in the white shirt. Josh worked out at the Sporting Club for some of the time he was in town. Liam Hemsworth did too, but when I realized the fans were overwhelming them everywhere, I just couldn't go public with that info.  Liam was also seen working out at his condo's gym nearly every day my friends would tell me.
Harrison Ford - A funny thing happens when you photographer actors over a certain age, they don't get placed in magazines. Miley can be in US, People or whatever glossy for sneezing, but even if you get a good Harrison Ford, and people love him, they don't run his photo in the magazines only on blogs.  I once got an awesome shot of Jack Nicholson giving me a thumbs up, that shot went no where nationally.
Josh Holloway was dancing with himself on the set.
Who's stand in do you think this is?

The gig is up
Which NYC items do you see in this photo?
Dr Christian Troy (Julian McMahon), Nip/Tuck.
The shop owner is trying to sneak a picture.

Gary Oldman waiting for the next scene

You might want to turn the volume down, remember I'm in Starbucks & they have their muzak playing.

Being an extra means long days, lots of waiting around and no cell phones on set.

Crazy PPA gives film crew a ticket. Now someone has to fight the red tape to get it undone.
One of the last photos of Miley Cyrus in Philly with her friend what's his name that all her fans think is a bad influence on her, at Shake Shake (thanks to the reader who sent me this shot that hasn't been published yet.)  He flew in to see her, as did a friend of Liam's the week before. They went to South Street several times, but did you know they also went to the Mutter Museum, the Magic Garden and they finally did take a photo in front of the Rocky Statue.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


Jay Z hits the stage

The United Way was the beneficiary of the proceeds from Made in America
I covered the event on Fox 29 & in my Philly Mag column today. ON PCC I'm gonna feature fashion and people. Flags were big in fashion this labor day weekend at the Budweiser Made in America festival
Outside the DJ Tent, which was packed all day long. How clever to include this addition to the festival
All walks of life came together to enjoy this magnificent weekend. The space was enormous and the producers really thought outside of the box when doing the logistics.
 Paula came from NYC to enjoy the day.
 JAY-Z had his own security in place, and many of them were hired from Philadelphia. Mike, Mark Corbin, Melanie Burgos and James. James recognized me from Good Day Philly and told me he watches it every chance he gets. Hi Mike Jerrick.

People were there to have a good time
and a good time was had

Jill Scott

Can we keep these lights?
DJ Tent
These were helpful

 Sunday it rained and these gals came prepared
 Front row for Pearl Jam. These guys got there at 6AM


48 YEARS OLD DMC FROM RUN DMC been hitting the gym and he wanted us all to know.
Rev Run grabbed his crouch

Run DMC gave the finger. Does the Rev have to go to confession now?

Red White and Blue was the fashion statement of the day
Many people traveled from other states to see the festival. I chatted with a gal who came from Montreal.

The VIP seating was on the side of the stage about a block away. But it gave a great overview of all the happenings.

Dope signage
 Made in the UK, but love the USA (They flew over from for the festival.)

Amy Hollaman and Ruby Muro. Amy who works at Eastern State Penitentiary, tells me they are gearing up for Halloween now. Check out info

Jen Maher and Tim Dolan

 Jackiem Wright and Reggie Berry

Check out her shorts on the left. If you have the cheeks, & the confidence, more power to you.

D'Angelo hanging by his trailer.

Kanye West
Check out Big Rube's Street Gazing sight for dope photos of the event, and in the Philly Daily News Thursday for a 2 page spread. Big Rube was back stage with the Carters too.

Check out my Fox 29 coverage here and more fun gossipy tales at Philly Mag. (Hope you caught my 24/7 Tweet madness on the Festival. In a nutshell, I thought it was great. It was one of the most successful events I've ever attended meaning organized, good flow, people were chill and friendly, music was good, and diverse, even though I'm not too familiar with it. [I must have spent too much time listening to Madonna growing up.])