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This fall, the Philadelphia Collection and FBH Philadelphia Fashion Week put the city’s vibrant fashion scene in the spotlight with more than a week of runway shows, designer showcases and style events. – Chelsea Karnash

What: This fashion-centric event is actually two separate but coinciding fashion events. The Philadelphia Collection is seven days of fashion shows, style and beauty events, and preview and trunk shows taking place this fall in the City of Brotherly Love. Now in its third year, the Collection strives to put Philly on the map as a fashion powerhouse.

Meanwhile, FBH Fashion Week debuted back in 2007 as the city’s first fashion week, and reaches more than 5,000 people annually.

When: The Philadelphia Collection runs Thursday, Sept. 13 – Thursday, Sept. 20. FBH Fashion Week begins on Tuesday, Sept. 18 and continues through Saturday, Sept. 22.

Where: Events take place at local stores, salons, boutiques and event venues throughout the city.

The Schedule: With tons and tons of events, fashion fiends have their pick of things to do this September. For the sake of keeping this guide short and sweet, here are our favs.


A Day in Paris
Joan Shepp
1616 Walnut St
12 – 8 p.m.

The French are known for being uber-stylish, so it’s no surprise that one of the city’s chicest boutiques would dedicate a day to the nation’s designers. Enjoy French food, music and wine while you peruse fashions from some of the country’s most talented designers– Balenciaga, Cedric Charlier, Jean Paul Gaultier, Givenchy.

FRIDAY, 9/14

Art in the Age Presents: The Brooklyn Circus Meet-and-Greet
Brooklyn Circus
116 N 3rd St
6 – 8 p.m.

Join Art in the Age for a special welcome meet-and-greet event with the Brooklyn Circus Brand. The fun continues on Saturday with a pop-up shop starting at 11 a.m. and running through Sunday.


Outdoor Bazaar
Rockers Closet
6th & Lombard Sts
1 p.m. – dusk

Hang out in the Starr Garden, where Rockers Closet is hosting a bazaar-style market with local vendors and designers. All proceeds benefit the garden.

The INCrowd Industry Night featuring Christian Siriano
Le Meridien
1424 Arch St
7 – 10 p.m.

This is the premier networking event for those in the fashion industry. There will also be a fashion show, live hair and makeup demos and of course, “Project Runway” winner Christian Siriano will be in attendance.

SUNDAY, 9/16

Vintage Trunk Show at Tattooed Mom
Tattooed Mom
530 South St
1 – 7 p.m.

This one’s for the green fashionistas: Tattooed Mom is hosting a vintage trunk show, featuring 13 of the best vintage retailers in the city. Don’t forget to enjoy a number of drink specials, too!

MONDAY, 9/17

XIX Most Fashionable Women in Philadelphia
Nicole Miller Philadelphia
200 S Broad St
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

The city’s most fashionable women will converge for an evening of fun, fashion and philanthropy to benefit The Philadelphia Fashion Incubator.


Fashion, Inc.: The Business of Fashion
Hotel Palomar
117 S 17th St
6 – 8 p.m.
RSVP to rsvp@skaibluemedia.com

Looking to break into the industry? Then attend this event, where you’ll learn all about the work (and the glamour!) involved. Discuss branding, marketing, intellectual property and more.


Fashion Up in Lights

M Restaurant at the Morris House Hotel
225 S 8th St
5 – 8 p.m.
RSVP to info@mrestaurantphilly.com

Learn everything you ever wanted to know about the role that fashion plays in television and on the big screen. A costume designer will speak about fashion in film, Melody Thomas will show her latest collection and conceptual photographer and designer Michel Tcherevkoff will debut a line of shoes designed with Po-Zu International.

SA VA Harvest Moon Outdoor Fashion Show
1700 block of Sansom St
6 – 8 p.m.

SA VA’s annual block party/fashion show will take over the 1700 block of Sansom Street for a runway show featuring the retailers fall designs, a DJ, special guest speakers and more. There are also limited VIP tickets available that feature seating, goodie bags, an after-party and mingling with designer Sarah Van Aken.

19th Annual Phashion Phest
The Shops at Liberty Place
1625 Chestnut St
7 p.m.

More than 1,000 guests will be treated to cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a fashion show featuring the latest trends inside The Shops at Liberty Place.


Macy’s Fashion Show featuring The Philadelphia Fashion Incubator
Macy’s Center City
1300 Market St
5:30 p.m.

Head into Philly’s massive Macy’s for the annual Philly Fashion Week fashion show, featuring Philadelphia Fashion Incubator designer labels: Aso Damisi, D’Agostino Fashion Textile Design, Heartless Revival and Kaitlyn Elizabeth. These designers-in-residence will debut their Spring 2013 collections in a runway show that also features Macy’s best items for Fall 2012. After the event, enjoy shopping and makeovers from Macy’s Center City beauty partners.

The 8th Annual Rittenhouse Row Fall Gathering

The Comcast Center
17th & JFK Blvd.
7 – 9 p.m.

The best in bartenders and boutiques join forces at this event, which includes top-shelf cocktails and the best in fall fashion from the retailers of Rittenhouse Row.

Philadelphia Fashion Week Black-Tie Affair

One & Two Commerce Square
20th & Market Sts
7 – 10 p.m.
RSVP to fbhpfw@gmail.com, space limited

This black tie affair and awards ceremony will honor the city’s fashion elite and features a runway show by designer Kevin Love (KE Collection), Cory Couture and Henry A. Davidsen – Master Tailors & Image Consultants. The event will also feature a display of signature looks from PFW’s designers that will be showcasing on Sept 21 and 22.

FRIDAY, 9/21

Fashion Week Ready-to-Wear Runway Show
2424 Studios
2424 E York St
7 – 10 p.m., $40

Watch as ten national and international designers show off their ready-to-wear collections.


Fashion Week Haute Runway Show: Fighting HIV and AIDS Thru the Decades of Fashion
2424 Studios
2424 E York St
3 p.m., FREE admission (guests must RSVP)

This benefit couture runway show features 11 national and international designers.

Philadelphia Fashion Week Couture Runway Show
2424 Studios
2424 E York St
7 – 10 p.m., $40

Philly Fashion Week shuts down with the crème de la crème of events, the Couture Runway Show. If luxury designs are your thing (and of course they are!), you must attend this one, which includes 11 national and international designers.

For more on the Philadelphia Collection, visit: www.philadelphiacollection.org

For more on FBH Philadelphia Fashion Week, visit: www.phillyfashionweek.org


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