In its 11th year, Philly Fashion Week made a take-me-seriously splash last week as its producers introduced new designers, big-upped designers from the local fashion incubator, and celebrated the work of its most loyal runway faves.
"This year, we wanted to continue growing the production," said Kevin Parker, who produces Philly Fashion Week under the FBH umbrella with Kerry Scott. "Each year, we try to elevate the production in different venues and with different designers."
This year, Parker and Scott entered a partnership with Macy's, which became one of its key sponsors. One of the week's presentations featured designers from the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator, which is housed in its Center City store. That show also presented pieces by Mah-Jing Wong, the Philly designer currently on Season 15 of Project Runway.
The week ended with back-to-back runway shows of 28 emerging designers, mostly from Philadelphia, but one from as far away as Algeria.
Friday night's brand mix included the debut of big and tall athleisure menswear label Volare. A collection from ThesePinkLips grabbed our attention with its hallmark lewd loudness. And incubator designer Milano di Rouge continued to make streetwear sexy with her men's and women's collection.
The best of Saturday night's designers included Elizabeth Delgado. The audience went wild for her whimsical red gowns. Closet by Christobal's floral evening wear received the most after-the-show chatter.
"I think this season was great for us," Parker said. "It puts us in a position to reach our goal, which is every single day have a diverse group of designers on our runway."
- Elizabeth Wellington