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Archive: March, 2011

POSTED: Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 12:26 PM
photo courtesy of Kiehl's

So a month after New York Fashion week, I'm going through my gift bags and I come across this heavenly product.

Rosa Arctica, a facial cream from Kiehl's Since 1851.

My face was so scaly after this cold winter and this cream, albeit $60 is cool, soothing and thick. The answer to my winter blues. Did I hear there was a Noreaster in the forecast? Dang, I digress.

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POSTED: Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 10:45 AM
me and Thelma Miller from King of Prussia. Photos courtesy The Logan at Watermark.

About two weeks ago, I gave a talk at The Watermark at Logan Square in Center City to a vivacious group of senior citizens who wanted to be fabulous over 70.

The woman in this picture is the lovely, 80-year-old, Thelma Miller, who lives in King of Prussia. 

Here is our picture together. Mrs. Miller looks fabulous, doesn't she?

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POSTED: Monday, March 28, 2011, 1:04 PM
Photo courtesy of The New York Times.

On Saturday I was a guest speaker at a Talk Cinema preview of a documentary centered around New York Times fashion photographer, Bill Cunningham. The movie was called Bill Cunningham New York and it was directed by Richard Press. It's a must see.

Not only was the movie flush with fashion's heavy hitters, including Vogue queen, Anna Wintour; New York society fashionista, Iris Apfel; designer, Michael Kors, and dandy ole  New York Fashion Week fixture, but nobody really knows what-he-really-does-Patrick-McDonald.

For those of you who don't treat The New York Times Style Section like the sacred scroll it is,  Bill Cunningham is famous for his On The Street column, a culmination of photos of New Yorkers wearing the latest styles. Cunningham is at least 80 years old and he's done the photo column for decades. He also is responsible for the Times photographs of society folks.

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POSTED: Friday, March 25, 2011, 5:35 PM

Kristin Haskins has got fashion talent.

The former Project Runway contestant debuted her Fall/Winter Strangefruit Collection Thursday night to an intimate "in" crowd at the Lowe's Hotel Solstice Room

 The collection was great.  Haskins, a former graphic artist who got her start designing T-shirts, has a soft touch when it comes to design. The cottons are plush, but there was enough detailing in the dark dress and trouser ensembles the pieces - my favorite a black, gray and white color-blocked long-sleeved dress with an asymmetrical hem - looked uber professional.

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POSTED: Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 2:21 PM
photo courtesy of the Associated Press.

The Wall Street Journal plans to tell us in the April issue of their WSJ Mag. The issue is due to hit newsstands on March 26,  and the cover - a smart pic of Ms. Wintour's profile - was shot by fashion photog, and friend-of-Wintour, Mario Testino.

With the onset of the spring fashion season in retail, the magazine couldn't come at a better time. After all, fashion is on the brain. (Well at least mine, I bought some spiffy spring clothes this weekend and our Spring Fashion Issue will be out tomorrow.)  Not to mention, I had no idea that New York Knick, Amar'e Stoudemire rolled with Wintour's inner circle along with the usual suspects like designers Marc Jacobs and Oscar de la Renta.

The article also hints that Bernard Arnault who reigns supreme at LVMH - that's Louis Vuitton, Moet, Hennessy brands - for the unfashioned of  us, may be consulting with Wintour about who will replace Christian Dior's dethroned designer, John Galliano, at the luxury fashion house's  helm.

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POSTED: Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 8:05 PM
In this publicity image released by ABC, singer Chris Brown appears on the morning program "Good Morning America," Tuesday, March 22, 2011 in New York. Brown was on �GMA� to promote his new album, �F.A.M.E.,� released the same day. (AP Photo/ABC, Ida Mae Astute) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

By now we've all heard about Chris Brown's ballistic behavior on Tyesday morning's Good Morning America while he was promoting his new album, F.A.M.E short for for Fans, Are, My Everything (Yeah, Okay, Whatever.) Personally, I'm just glad Brown acted a fool once the camera's weren't rolling, because to go nutso while being interviewed by the esteemed Robin Roberts. Yeah. Yeah. Robin did take it a bit too far when she kept insistting Brown chat her up about his  relationship, or lack thereof with Rihanna. But baby, it's never appropriate to throw a chair through a window. Never. Ever.

However, my bigger issue with Chris is an aesthetic one: What's up with the blond hair, man? Yikes, And why all the tattoos? Those are awful. He looks violent.  Is he auditioning for a role as a skin head? What happened to my sweet, handsome C-Breezy? Does his look scream anger management? Unstable fashions? Clearly.  What do you all think?

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POSTED: Friday, March 18, 2011, 11:48 AM
US singer and musician Lady Gaga presents a creation during the Thierry Mugler Spring/Summer 2012 ready-to-wear collection show on March 2, 2011 in Paris. AFP PHOTO/Francois Guillot (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS GUILLOT (AFP/Getty Images)

The Council of Fashion Design of America is to fashion what the The Academy is to movies.

So it's a big thing when the CFDA names Lady Gaga Fashion Icon of the Year.  Although I find her fashions unnerving, -  remember the meat suit? I applaud the CFDA! It proves that the organization - that can be somewhat  behind the curve, is getting up with the times. Marc Jacobs will receive the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award. (Click the link above for the complete list of nominees.)

But that won't stop me from noting that Media-based Karen Giberson, president of the New York-based Accessories Council bestowed this honor on Lady Gaga two years ago. Now if that's not a shout-out to Philadelphians knowing what time it is, I don't know what is.

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POSTED: Friday, March 18, 2011, 11:10 AM
Photo courtesy of Type F.com

So I finally logged on to Tyra Bank's Type F fashion website that launched this week. Of course the F - stands for Fierce.

I was intrigued by Banks' claim that her website personalizes fashion for you.  I registered and immediately started answering questions. My eyes are almond and yes, I worry about dandruff. Instant tips. I'll try them this weekend. Cool. Hope I remember to log on next week to see what the tips will be.

Type F is easy to navigate and it feels like a magazine much more than most fashion websitesw. Banks' personal blog is inspiring and actually, I'm looking forward to checking out her upcoming novel, Modelland. One disappointment: There is a tagline that touts "Fashion is not just demographic, it's geographic" that shows styles form major metropolitan cities including New York, Los Angeles and Portland, Ore. Philly is not on the list. :(

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About this blog

I’m a Libra so I’m all about pretty things. We of the scales sign know what we like, and our standards are high.

So I can’t help but love fashion – one day I will get that Diane von Furstenberg wrap and those Christian Louboutin shoes.

And fragrances? My favorite right now is Chanel Mademoiselle. As for makeup, can we say MAC?

So let’s thank the Greek goddess of beauty, Aphrodite, that a true fashionista can find everything she needs right here in Philly.

I’ve covered fashion here for six years, and I have traveled to New York, Los Angeles and Paris to write about local and national designers. Let me tell you, there is no place where people wear midnight Eagles green or Phillies red with such wild abandon as they do on the west side of the Ben Franklin Bridge.

Sound familiar? This blog is for you.

Reach Elizabeth at ewellington@phillynews.com.

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