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Archive: March, 2013

POSTED: Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 1:52 PM
Rent the Runway is an online company that allows consumers to borrow, for a fee, designer clothes and accessories. Rent the Runway co-founders Jennifer Hyman, left, and Jenny Fleiss. (AP Photo / Rent the Runway, Philippe Rohdewald) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Spring shopping events are blooming across the city this weekend. View our picks below:

Spring Fling
Monogrammed sweaters, anyone? C. Wonder in King of Prussia is holding an event at its relatively-new store from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday night. Guests will enjoy beverages, raffle prizes, treats, and special discounts (20% off if you spend $100, 25% off if you spend $150 or more). Interested? RSVP to events@cwonder.com.

Pay It Forward
Through 5 p.m. Thursday, Eaves Boutique (105 N. Aberdeen Ave., Wayne, PA) is hosting a "Spring Forward" event. Guests can shop new seasonal arrivals with stylists as they enjoy appetizers and mimosas. The best part of this opportunity is 10% of all sales from the day will be donated to Scholar Academies, an organization that looks to advance education equality by providing resources to the city's most under-served schools in Philly and D.C.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 11:30 AM
In this Nov. 9, 1985 photo provided by the Ronald Reagan Library, actor John Travolta dances with Princess Diana at a White House dinner. (AP Photo/Ronald Reagan Library) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Ten dresses belonging to the late Princess Diana were sold Tuesday at a London auction.

The items, which haven't been cleaned since Princess Diana last wore them, matched the estimated amount the lot was expected to raise: A total of £800,000 or the equivalent of $1.2 million.

The most iconic among the ten pieces is a midnight blue Victor Edelstein gown that Princess Diana was captured wearing in the White House as she danced with John Travolta at a 1985 state dinner. The item was sold for £240,000 to a British man. The house behind the sale, Kerry Taylor Auctions, did not share the identity of the buyer, but disclosed that the gown was purchased, "as a surprise to cheer up his wife."

POSTED: Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 9:53 AM
Katie Holmes is the new face of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics.

Splashed across the cover of Allure's April issue is Katie Holmes, who says she wants 2013 to be "a peaceful year for a lot of people." Including herself.

In June 2012, the beauty filed for divorce from Tom Cruise after five years of marriage. Although Holmes remains mum on her split from Hollywood's lead actor, the 34-year-old actress tells the publication that she is "open" to expanding her family in the future.

Makeup artist Dotti's secret ingredient to Holmes' smoldering-but-clean look on the cover was the use of a clear balm. Dotti first lined Katie's signature doe eyes with black and brown pencils, then layered clear balm on her eyelids, and applied black mascara to enhance Holmes's features. She also applied clear balm to the cover girl's lips after using concealer on her pout as a base.

POSTED: Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 9:12 AM

A year ago, Sarah Van Aken unleashed gallons of mashed potatoes over pristine fabric in a furniture-less warehouse in North Philadelphia – an expression that may cause few locals, accustomed to unending oddity within the once industrial warehouses of Fishtown and NoLibs, to blink.

After the taters crusted over and hardened Van Aken then allowed red dye to ooze between the cracks, thus creating a custom pattern that can only be discovered at SA VA Boutique.

The moderately-sized store located at 1700 Sansom Street in Center City is home to a thriving local business that not only specializes in unconventional creative design, but also emphasizes a belief in sourcing organic, local, fair trade materials.

POSTED: Monday, March 18, 2013, 1:39 PM
The H&M at 18th and Walnut streets. (Hillary Petrozziello/Philly.com)

Fast fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz announced Monday a new store opening at The Shops at 69th Street in Upper Darby as part of its Pennsylvania expansion plan.

The store will offer collections for women and men, in addition to lingerie and accessories. The location will also carry childrenswear, and H&M+, the retailer's plus-size line.

In 2012, the Swedish retailer opened 40 new locations across the United States. H&M announced last Thursday its plans for an aggressive expansion of 40 new stores expected to open in key market locations across the country in 2013. Currently, there are two H&M stores in Center City - one on Walnut Street, the second on Chestnut - and additional locations at major shopping malls including King of Prussia and Willow Grove.

POSTED: Monday, March 18, 2013, 9:12 AM
Nicole Miller waves after her Spring 2013 collection was modeled during Fashion Week in New York, Friday, Sept. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

New York-based designer Nicole Miller will receive the 2013 Spirit of Design Award at the Verizon Philadelphia University Evening of Innovation on April 27 at the Academy of Music.

"She is an inspiration and role model for our students, who are the next generation of fashion designers" said Clara Henry, Phila. U's fashion program director. "[Miller] connects with a broad range of customers, and her body-conscious designs are artfully shaped to best flatter a women's body," Henry added.

There are two Nicole Miller boutiques in Philadelphia - one on Main Street in Manayunk, the second in the Bellevue nestled between Williams-Sonoma and Teuscher Chocolates. Both are considered shopping destinations for Philadelphia's social set, with owner Mary Dougherty making a pointed effort to engage the local community in fashion events, including the lauded Nicole Miller semi-annual sale.

POSTED: Thursday, March 14, 2013, 12:53 PM

Duke & Winston, Philadelphia’s British-inspired menswear clothing line and BUS STOP, the Philly shoe boutique carrying hard-to-find
 designer labels and styles from all over the world for both men and women, are coming together for a one night only royal fling to spotlight British-inspired fashion in Philadelphia.

The Royal Affair : A Night with the Duke & Duchess will be a regal soiree where both blokes and birds (and their doggies) can come shop and leave with a complete look from their crowns to their feet.

BUS STOP will reveal their new Sovereign spring collection from Brit “IT” designers J Shoes and Esska, as well as new men’s designs from Blackstone, Volley, and GOLA. Peep what’s new and hot from United Nude, Cheap Monday, and Coclico for ladies, and lots of luxe unisex goodies from IZOLA, Lisa B. socks, and C4 belts. BUS STOP kicks are the perfect pair for D&W’s new spring and summer line of grandiose graphic tees. Also being featured are Duke & Winton’s American-made dog accessories. Treat your pup to a new leather leash, collar or charm with British flare! Join us from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM as BUS STOP’s Elena Brennan hosts Duke & Winston and all of their royal subjects. Sip on signature Royalty on the Rocks cocktails and nibble on light snacks, while mingling with Duke & Winston’s owner(s) Seun Olubodun and The Duke himself. Cheers!

The Royal Affair: A Night with the Duke & Duchess
BUS STOP Boutique
727 S 4th St
5:30 pm
POSTED: Thursday, March 14, 2013, 11:44 AM
Marc Jacobs greets the crowd after showing his Spring 2013 collection during Fashion Week in New York, Monday, Sept. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

The CFDA Awards are considered the American fashion industry's highest honor, something comparable to the Academy Awards in the realm of designers. On Thursday, the Council announced its 2013 nominees - a mix of established and up-and-coming designers including names like Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, and Pamela Love - none of the nominees coming as a complete surprise.

This year's ceremony will take place June 3 in New York. Vera Wang, who most recently was announced ot be redesigning the Eagles cheerleader's outfits, will be the recipient of the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award. View the complete list below.

Womenswear designer of the year:
Marc Jacobs
Alexander Wang
Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez

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