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POSTED: Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 10:50 AM
Political glitterati in attendance included Lisa Nutter, and her husband, Mayor Nutter. The 155th-anniversary gala comes at a time of great challenges for the Academy and the Philadelphia Orchestra. (Michael Bryant / Staff Photographer)

It's hard to snag a picture of Philadelphia's first lady, Lisa Nutter. At special events she's usually decked out in a dazzling piece by Nicole Miller; her amazing locks piled high on her head. She weaves in and out of crowds like a stylish woman who has no interest in being seen.

But we worked our in-the-know fashion magic this weekend.

At Saturday night's Academy Ball, she looked delightful in a navy blue, one-shouldered column gown by Philadelphia designer, Melissa D'Agostino, We think the dress was a lovely choice - the cut and the color worked well.  D'Agostino is one of six designers-in-residence working hard at launching fashion careers at the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator at Macy's. The city hopes the incubator will be a part of a vibrant fashion hub east of Broad Street that will one day be brimming with showrooms, manufacturing facilities and specialty stores. As the program's first year winds down, we'll be checking in with the Incubator for an update.

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POSTED: Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 2:36 PM
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive for the Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. The 106-year-old Episcopal church has long hosted presidential inaugural services., this one following Monday's 57th Presidential Inauguration. (AP)

Who says bangs can't be versatile? Definitely not our first lady. 

Michelle Obama, who is batting a fashion 1000 this week with her style choices, pinned back her bob Tuesday morning. The updo was a nice compliment to the winter white Naeem Kahn coat and matching dress she wore to  the Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service at the Washington National Cathedral.  Once again, she  played with proportion again - note the three-quarter length sleeves. Lastly, we know how the first lady feels about pantyhose, but she had on a pair of flesh-toned hose with cream pumps. So we know how cold it must be in DC. Another winner. Still, it makes me wonder if Allentown native Thom Browne's edgy navy blue coat  beat out Naeem Kahn's appropriate, cream suit for Inauguration Day. 

Only FLOTUS knows for sure.

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POSTED: Monday, January 21, 2013, 9:29 PM
This combo image shows first lady Michelle Obama as she arrives at the Inaugural Ball in Washington on Jan. 21, 2009, left, and Jan. 21, 2013, right. Michelle Obama made it a fashion tradition Monday night, wearing a custom-made Jason Wu gown to the inaugural balls. The ruby-colored dress was a follow-up to the white gown Wu made for her four years ago when she was new to Washington, the pomp and circumstance, and the fashion press. (AP Photos/Jacquelyn Martin, Pablo Martinez Monsivais) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

First Lady Michelle Obama wore a custom, ruby red Jason Wu chiffon and velvet gown Monday night to the inaugural ball.

Her dress was fierce. The halter top was a great choice to show off Obama's sculpted arms and back. The waistline was in the perfect place while the color choice was radiant. Alicia Keys had it right - "Obama's on fire."

"I can't believe it. It's crazy," Wu told The New York Times Monday night. "To have done it once was already the experience of my life. To have a second time is tremendous."

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POSTED: Monday, January 21, 2013, 6:24 PM
President Barack Obama, right, and first lady Michelle Obama watch the Inaugural parade down Pennsylvania Avenue with their daughters, Sasha, left, and Malia, second from left, from the presidential box near the White House, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in Washington. Thousands marched during the 57th Presidential Inauguration parade after the ceremonial swearing-in of President Barack Obama. (AP)

Blues and Purples. Blues and Purples.

These are the fashion colors of  Inaguration 2013.

As the day goes on, we see more and more of this fashionable first family.

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POSTED: Monday, January 21, 2013, 3:58 PM
President Barack Obama, accompanied by his daughters Sasha and Malia, first lady Michelle Obama and mother-in-law Marian Robinson, waves as they arrive at St. John's Church in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, for a church service during the 57th Presidential Inauguration. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

We wish we could get a glimpse of the front of Michelle Obama's day time dress, but this is the back of what we think is the amazingly fitted dress by Allentown-bred designer, Thom Browne.

The dress, similar to the coat,  is made of a navy, loden, grey, pink and white jacquard fabric used to fashion ties from.

Can't wait to see this dress from the front.

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POSTED: Sunday, January 20, 2013, 12:33 PM
President Obama takes the oath of office at the official swearing-in ceremony in the Blue Room of the White House Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. Administering the oath is Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts. Holding the Bible is first lady Michele Obama and looking on are Obama children Sasha and Malia. (AP Photo/The New York Times, Doug Mills, Pool) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

To quote an MSNBC commentator, three of the Obamas wore blue in the White House Blue Room during the first of two Inaugural ceremonies Sunday afternoon. Michelle Obama was stunning in a blue sheath by Reed Krakoff that she paired with a matching cardigan. Krakoff is the former head designer of Coach. 

Malia rocked what looked like a royal blue jumper, or dress, with sharply contrasting black sleeves - a signature look of the eldest first daughter. And of course. young Sasha stood out in her pink printed A-line dress with the fitted bodice that she pulled together with a wide belt, much like her mom would.

We fashionistas can't wait until tomorrow. And at the end of the ceremony, Obama, whispered, "I did it," Yes, he did do it, in perfect style. 

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POSTED: Friday, January 18, 2013, 11:09 AM

Our first lady, Michelle Obama, stepped into the scene Thursday with a layered bob featuring side-swept bangs.  We give the look an A+.  Obama sported her new hair on her birthday and we are sure this cut is part of her Inaugural Ball style arsenal. That's right first lady, give us your new looks in small doses.

Obama's shiny bob features lots of  layers with bangs cut an an angle. It's a smooth, glossy move. The new hair is pretty similar to 20-year-old model Karlie Kloss' trendy tresses  Vogue Magazine labeled "The cut"  in its January issue. On Thursday,  New York Times writer, Marisa Meltzer, named Kloss' windblown style the cut of the year in the Style section. Bangs have also been a celebrity favorite as of late adorning the foreheads of in-the-spotlight princesses Kim Kardashian and Kate Middleton.

Is this simple hairstyle proof the complicated below-the-shoulder layers are over? Are we done with the deep marcels of yesteryear?  Is the shorter swing style a sign that our locks are moving in a minimalist direction - like our clothing?  Only time will tell. In the meantime, do you like our first lady's new look?

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POSTED: Sunday, January 13, 2013, 2:10 PM
Jennifer Lawrence, Tina Fey and Marion Cotillard on the Golden Globes red carpet. (AP Photos)

It was a sea of reds, nudes and blacks at the Golden Globes Sunday night - one of the glitziest, celebrity-crazed, couture-driven evenings of the year. Below, we detail who wore what on the 70th Golden Globes red carpet - also the first ever to feature heating lamps.

The good, the bad and the unfortunate, we follow it all with commentary. Also, check out our six best-dressed picks, here.

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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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