Up And Coming Designer in Philly

High-end fashion designers have been making Philly their stomping ground of late. The latest to host a trunk show this past weekend was Iranian-born Nima Taherzadeh, who is simply known as Nima in fashion circles. The designer, who was trained by Philadelphia-born Ralph Rucci brought his Fall 2009 collection with him. And let me tell you, it was really nice. My favorite: a perfectly impractical, sleeveless, chocolate brown mink shift. Loved it. Loved it. Loved it.  The collection, which was full of punchy colors - fuchsia, lime greens - and neutrals was tailored to a T. Locally, it's available exclusively at Boyds, courtesy of women's wear buyer Sean General. The following is small, but dedicated. On Friday afternoon, I was lucky enough to have cocktails with Nima. The 26-year-old is humble and friendly. We sat in La Castagna on Chestnut Street  and he showed me his runway debut in Japan on his iBook.  Belted dresses and frocks with amazing bows sizzled down the runway.  Nima, who was voted one of Women's Wear Daily's Top 5 Designers To Watch, has is eye on dressing First Lady Michelle Obama, now. I think he has a pretty good chance; his use of belts, bow details and his signature handkerchief hemline silhouette makes his pieces a good match for her. We'll keep our eyes on fashion developments. Take a look and tell me what you think of the line: Tomorrow: Isaac Mizrahi at Daisy Days.

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