Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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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. Philly.com 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, 12:56 PM
Malika Barber, owner of Make Me Over Malika, wears her company's logo and a signature, statement necklace. (Stephanie Aaronson/Philly.com)

You might be preparing to head to an incredibly important affair (2016 Democratic National Convention, anyone?). Maybe you’re not sure what to wear to your daughter’s wedding or you’re simply looking for the perfect outfit for that integral first date.

Whatever the reason, sometimes we all need a little stylish supervision, and whom better to seek suggestion from than local stylist Malika Barber. A full-time forensics case manager in Center City, Barber has a passion for fashion that quickly turned into a successful styling business that is preparing to go to the next step. On Sept. 6 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at The Continental Midtown Rooftop at 18th and Chestnut streets, MakeMeOverMalika will host a chic website launch cocktail party, and you’re invited.

“Styling to Malika is not just about fashion,” said a press release for the event. “It is [about] bringing out the individuals’ personality through their clothing and making women feel good about themselves.”

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

POSTED: Monday, August 11, 2014, 1:18 PM

At the Teen Choice Awards on August 10, the carpet wasn’t red, but blue. Matching separates was a favorite trend among attendees who took the otherwise casual looks and spruced them up for the occasion. Though some took the Teen Choice Awards as an opportunity to look a little too relaxed (we’re looking at you, Kevin Hart) plenty of celebs took advantage of the chance to have fun and look fresh on the red—ahem, blue—carpet. Here are a few of the best dressed celebs from the Teen Choice Awards.

POSTED: Thursday, August 7, 2014, 10:40 AM
Kim Kardashian (left) and Kourtney Kardashian attend the 22nd Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party at The City of West Hollywood Park on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy (Getty Images for EJAF)

Kim Kardashian West’s flawless beach waves will soon be attainable with the introduction of the new Kardashian sisters' hair-care line, Kardashian Beauty.

Kim, Khloe and Kourtney have teamed up with hair-care company Farouk Systems Inc. to create a line of hair products, styling tools and accessories including a flatiron, curling iron and blowdryer. The Kardashian sisters said they’re creating this hair-care line, set to debut this spring, to fill a void they feel exists in the beauty market.

Basim Shami, Farouk Systems Inc. CEO, said working with the Kardashian sisters was a natural fit. “Our team worked hand-in-hand with the sisters to create a premium product line directly inspired by their iconic styles and individual hair needs,” he told Women's Wear Daily.

POSTED: Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 3:38 PM
Ryan Seacrest attends the grand opening of Seacrest Studios at Children's Hospital Colorado on June 20, 2014 in Aurora, Colorado. (Photo by Jason Bahr (Getty Images for Children's Hosp)

Ryan Seacrest is everywhwere.

He’s on your TV. He’s on your radio. He’s on your computer screen. He’s the mastermind behind the show you love to hate, “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” and, starting this fall, he can be in your closet.

That’s the premise behind the new Macy’s menswear collection and marketing campaign both featuring the prolific media personality. 

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