Philadelphia is a city often noted for its arts scene, but not necessarily in the fashion realm. It is so close to New York, a lot of people in the industry question why a new (or established) designer would choose to show or set up shop in the smaller metro. An increasing number of Philadelphia organizations are seeking to answer that question with exciting events to help designers grow their businesses and fashion fans to get what they need right here at home.
Philadelphia already has two fashion week events. One is organized by FBH The Agency, a local modeling agency that is a very active player in the Philly fashion scene, and one organized by an independent Philadelphia Fashion Week organization to give local designers a venue to show their collections.
[The Philadelphia Collection is announced at The Piazza at Schmidt's.]
Now, there’s The Philadelphia Collection, a series of events much more focused on local retailers which aims to get the Philadelphia fashion community out shopping, much like Fashion’s Night Out does around the world. Philadelphia does participate in Fashion’s Night Out as well, at the King of Prussia Mall (read about this year’s event here), but The Philadelphia Collection is focused on the city and its boutiques and offers a lot of ways for the fashion community to get together and attract shoppers.
The events began September 22 with a Girl’s Night Out at Joan Shepp, a leader in local fashion retail, as well as a kick off party at luxury space 10 Rittenhouse for Philadelphia Collection organizers, participants and media. Great fashion shows, parties, and exhibits are happening throughout the city through October 2.
Tonight, Sept. 28, is Phashion Phest, where student designers will have displays, area salons will present a hair show and retailers will participate in a runway show. More information and tickets are available here. Tomorrow night, Macy’s Center City holds their Fall Fashion Show hosted by photographer and America’s Next Top Model judge Nigel Barker, and later on the Rittenhouse Row Fall Gathering will feature a fashion show from the retailers in this tony shopping district at the Comcast Center. On Saturday one of the culminating events will be FBH The Agency’s Fashion and Style Fashion Show Mixer at Banana Republic. Independent fashion designers will show their collections. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
Other events are happening all over at retailers like Anthropologie and Nicole Miller and arts organizations like The Free Library of Philadelphia. The full listing can be found here.