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POSTED: Thursday, August 21, 2014, 1:51 PM
Philly AIDS Thrift will reopen the doors of LGBT bookstore Giovanni's Room as a joint thrift shop and bookstore. (Jad Sleiman/Daily News Staff)

It’s a beautiful day in the Gayborhood.

That’s because the Philadelphia Gay News has reported that Philly AIDS Thrift signed a two-year contract to lease the building that housed Giovanni’s Room, the country’s oldest LGBT bookstore.

Called Philly AIDS Thrift @ Giovanni’s Room, the already successful thrift store’s new location will feature higher-end second-hand pieces and books dedicated to LGBT issues. Philly AIDS Thrift manager Alan Chelak even hopes to continue readings and events often held in the 3,000-square-foot space on 12th and Pine streets.

POSTED: Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 11:57 AM
Is it realistic to expect adults to want to dress up like a child’s play toy—albeit an iconic one? Mattel thinks so. (Mattel via Dailymail)

Mattel is creating a line of Barbie-inspired gear for all the Barbie girls in this very Barbie world.

Lord & Taylor, Wildfox and Forever 21 were enlisted to re-create different looks based on the clothes worn by the plastic blonde bombshell herself. Lord & Taylor tackled vintage 1950s Barbie with a 12-piece sleepwear line priced from $32 to $36.

Wildfox, the vintage-inspired L.A. clothing company, will release an 8-piece “The Wildfox Dreamhouse” collection paying homage to retro 1980s Barbie. Wildfox’s collection retails between $37.50 and $183.

POSTED: Monday, August 18, 2014, 3:45 PM
With a fashion show featuring advice from beauty expert Lauren Cosenza, a Teen Vogue-curated style guide, and mall-wide discounts, the Oxford Valley and Montgomery Malls will serve as a last-minute shopping destination for teens and the parents who finance it all. (iStock)

On Saturday, Aug. 23 from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m., Oxford Valley Mall is hosting a back-to-school extravaganza called the ABC’s of Style. Montgomery Mall is hosting the same event on Sunday, Aug. 24 from noon until 4 p.m.

In partnership with Teen Vogue, the event is designed to show families what’s hot and what’s not for the coming school year. With a fashion show featuring advice from beauty expert Lauren Cosenza, creator and editor-in-chief of the beauty blog DIVAlicious, a style guide curated by Simon Malls and Teen Vogue, and mall-wide discounts, the malls will serve as a last-minute shopping destination for teens and the parents who finance it all.

In addition to fashion and beauty, New York-based trio AJR—called the next Jonas Brothers by the New York Post — will hold a mini concert and meet-and-greet.

POSTED: Monday, August 18, 2014, 10:15 AM
Television personality Kelly Osbourne attends the 3rd Annual BeautyCon Summit presented by ELLE Magazine on August 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen (Getty Images for ELLE)

Another day, another celebrity-turned-fashion-designer collection announcement.

Kelly Osbourne, the lavender-haired "Fashion Police" commentator is releasing a 13-look collection on HSN and online on Sept. 25.

The collection, Stories…By Kelly Osbourne, will feature items that retail from $55 to $170. It’s composed of mainly darker pieces like black midi-skirts, pants and blazers, and a navy, English rose pullover.

POSTED: Friday, August 15, 2014, 3:00 AM

Even with no formal training under her belt, Philadelphia designer Ayasa Afi was sought on social media and accepted an invitation to present at New York Fashion Week.

At 5 feet, 10 ½ inches tall, Afi, whose last name is Acolatse (she uses Afi, a middle name, for the purpose of her namesake brand) is pretty, statuesque and slender. She could have easily been a model rather than the designer behind the structured yet flowing gowns her brand is known for.

“I didn’t even realize I was going to be doing all this,” Afi says. Originally from Logan, Afi spent a lot of time in North Philly where her mom's family is from. She began sewing when she was 12, surrounded by a family of sewing women. Her grandmother had 10 children and made clothes for each of them and herself. At one point, Afi’s mother started her own sewing business.

POSTED: Thursday, August 14, 2014, 1:53 PM
Beyonce attends the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris (Getty Images)

Philly was selected as one of six cities to be blessed by the Queen. 

Beyoncé will be donating school supplies to about 2,000 Philadelphia schoolchildren as part of an initiative involving her charity, #BeyGOOD and a Brooklyn-based company committed to helping community children in need called STATE Bags.

With the ever-embattled state of Philly schools, we’ll take all the help we can get — even if, as my coworker pointed out, it may be just an underhanded attempt to use charity as a reason to promote Beyoncé’s new line of school supplies. Now your kindergartener’s pencil case can be as #FLAWLESS as #BEYONCÉ herself.

POSTED: Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 3:43 PM
Dîner en Blanc now has two competitors: Dîner en Noir and the much less formal Dîner in Sweatpants. (iStock)

Dîner en Blanc too stuffy for your taste? Maybe the stress of finding the idyllically ethereal all-white ensemble is unbearable.

Philadelphian and cancer researcher Chris Nowaczyk sympathizes to the point that he created his own function, Dîner en Noir, because all black (with a splash of rouge) is decidedly less daunting than total blanc-ness. food writer Michael Klein reported that after becoming frustrated with registration difficulties for Philadelphia’s elusive all-white affair held at a secret location in the city, Nowaczyk created Dîner en Blanc’s antithesis to be held on the same day, Aug. 21, at a yet-to-be-disclosed locale.

Noir tickets are about $20 cheaper than those for Blanc, at $50 for a table for two. Communal tables are sold out and were $62. All proceeds will go to Philabundance. Blanc tickets are $68.50 for a table for two.

POSTED: Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 11:55 AM
Miami Heat forward/center Chris Bosh attends GQ & LeBron James NBA All Star Party sponsored by Samsung Galaxy and Beats at Ogden's Museum's Patrick F. Taylor Library on Feb. 15, 2014 in New Orleans, La. (Photo by Erika Goldring (Getty Images for GQ)

Celebrity names have just about become synonymous with fashion and beauty collaborations. From Rihanna and MAC to Ryan Seacrest and Macy’s to the Kardashians and, well, everything, companies are increasingly reaching out to celebs to create and market their products.

In the past week, celebrity retail collaborations have dominated the fashion and beauty sphere. Here’s quick a roundup of the new star-powered lines and collections you should know about.

Selena Gomez for Adidas

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