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POSTED: Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 11:28 AM
Ken Downing, Fashion Director of Neiman Marcus, spoke with an intimate group about some of his favorite pieces in the costume collection. Photo by Kelly & Mass Photography, Courtesy of Drexel University.

Fashion Director and Executive VP of Neiman Marcus, Ken Downing, visited Drexel University on Friday to talk to students and tour the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection. After presenting fall trends to a room of over one-hundred and fifty students, Downing, known for his jet set lifestyle, spoke with an intimate group about some of his favorite pieces in the costume collection.

Cara Fry, wife of Drexel President John Fry, hosted the private luncheon inside the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery. Downing posed for photos with guests before leaving to critique senior design students’ projects.

The witty fashion guy gave Drexel design students realistic advice. For example, “the ivory tower is not where you want to live. You want to live on the street with your customers.”

POSTED: Monday, April 14, 2014, 2:07 PM
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Knit Wit.

Philadelphia shops Knit Wit and sister store Plage Tahiti have announced that the two will merge together at Knit Wit’s Rittenhouse Row location (1729 Chestnut St.) beginning July 1 of this year, becoming the store's flagship location.

“After expanding our Rittenhouse Square store to Chestnut Street two years ago, we are excited to bring our sister store and its youthful, cutting-edge brands under the same roof as Knit Wit,” said co-owner Ann Gitter, who is also the head buyer. “Many of our customers come to Knit Wit for an A.L.C. jumper or J BRAND jeans, and then run around the corner to Plage to pick up resort wear and a bikini. Beginning this summer, we’ll have all of these great brands and the same merchandising mix in one gorgeous Rittenhouse Square location.”

In preparation for the move, Plage Tahiti (128 S. 17th St.) will be marked down 60-90% beginning Friday, April 11.

POSTED: Thursday, April 10, 2014, 11:57 AM
NYC Opera items up for sale this weekend at Mid-Century Furniture Warehouse in Kensington. (Photos via Facebook)

Mid-Century Furniture Warehouse in Kensington has acquired quite the collection of odds and ends from the recently shut down NYC Opera. This weekend they will be hosting a tag sale in their back warehouse along 2nd Street.

They have a wide variety of items taken from productions like The Barber of Seville, La Boheme, Carmen, Don Giovanni, Hansel and Gretel, Madame Butterfly, Le Nozze di Figaro (Marriage of Figaro), La Rondine, Tosca, La Traviata and many more.

They will have over 100 wigs of all types, hats, fabrics, vintage luggage, glassware and other housewares, stage furniture, jewelry, backdrops, stage props, steamers, sewing supplies and much more.

POSTED: Thursday, April 10, 2014, 3:00 AM
For the latest edition of Office Style, we visited the employees at design and print firm Replica Creative in their Philadelphia Center City office to see how the work they do reflects each of their own personal style.
POSTED: Thursday, April 3, 2014, 3:00 AM
For the latest edition of Office Style, we visited the employees at Floss Barber, an interior design firm, in their Philadelphia Center City office to see how the work they do reflects each of their own personal style.
POSTED: Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 8:51 PM
Female service members can wear multiple braids but they have to be small - about a quarter inch in diameter.

Uncle Sam wants you - but maybe not your hairdo.

The U.S. Army has angered some African-American female service members by issuing new regulations clarifying certain black-oriented hairstyles such as dreadlocks and two-strand twists. Army officials go into detail and the exact specifications put a crimp into some hairstyles worn by African-American women who opt to keep their hair in its natural state. For instance, female service members can wear multiple braids but they have to be small - about a quarter inch in diameter.  That means no elaborate goddess styles.

As soon as the new regulations came out on Monday, female soldiers started agitating and rightly so. One of the last things a service member wants to worry about when she’s serving her country is the size of her hair braids.  Having curly hair braided or getting locks, are logical solutions for black women with natural hair especially when a service member is facing deployment to a war zone.

POSTED: Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 11:33 AM
British singer V V Brown tweeted this no makeup selfie with the caption, "My aunty Sandra sadly died to Breast Cancer.This is my #nomakeupselfie for #breastcancerawareness. Spread the word !" (photo via Twitter)

Although they often get a bad rap, selfies are now responsible for helping raise over $13 million (£8 million) in six days for the Cancer Research UK charity.

According to Adweek, what started with a photo from mystery author Laura Lippman seeking to show support for actress Kim Novak became a movement when social media users began sharing and re-sharing "no makeup selfies," and linking to cancer research donation websites. Novak's looks had been criticized on Twitter after her appearance at the Oscars on March 2.

Celebrities like British singer V V Brown have even joined the movement using the hashtag #nomakeupselfies.

POSTED: Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 11:32 AM

For the third year in a row Saturday night, the nation’s beardos descended upon Philadelphia for an evening filled with stunning follicular displays of unmatched prowess. But if host and organizer Brandon Biggins gets his wish, we’ll be seeing a lot more of that in the future—especially seven years from now when he hopes we’ll host a World Beard and Moustache Championship.

“Just give us some time to stop partying and mature,” he said Saturday from behind a Macho Man Randy Savage getup. “Who are we kidding? That’ll never happen. We party.”

And, indeed, they do. In fact, the motto of the Philadelphia Beard and Mustache Club—of which Biggins counts himself a founder—is “We aren’t here for a long time, we’re here for a good time.” Judging by Saturday’s competition, the club’s motto seems to have liberally crossed over to their little corner of the bearding circuit. The results, perhaps not surprisingly, have been an exercise in drunken, over-the-top fun.

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