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Philly 360° Exclusive: BlackStar Film Festival 2014

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • September 18, 2014
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Earlier this summer, Philly welcomed the return of another exclusively-Philadelphia experience, BlackStar Film Festival.

For the third year in a row, BlackStar exploded back on the scene to shine an international spotlight on films, and filmmakers, that are broadening the definition and reach of black cinema here in the US, and around the globe. 

Founded in 2012 by Philly 360°'s only film ambassador Maori Holmes, BlackStar once again took over International House in University City with dozens of film screenings, workshops, panel discussion, mixers and more. From new school film luminaries like Kahlil Joseph, Terence Nance and Arthur Jafa to notable Philly performers, including soul singer Bilal and warrior poet Ursula Rucker, BlackStar attracts some of the top black creatives from around the country. And, Philly definitely came out to show these artists plenty of love! 

For BlackStar 2014, Philly 360° went behind the scene and talked with some of the key players about what makes this film festival, which was hailed as "The Black Sundance" by Ebony Magazine, a must-hit black cinematic experience.  

You can check out our video below.  

Watch our behind-the-scenes exclusive with the BlackStar Film Festival! 

Philly 360° Rewind: 2014 Made In America Festival & Weekend

  • Posted By: Sarah Janiszewski
  • September 17, 2014
    • Made In America 2014
      • Made In America 2014
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Philly 360° / Visit Philadelphia

Jay Z's now signature music festival Budweiser Made in America (MIA) returned to Philadelphia for a third year, and once again, MIA brought a dope two-day experience for festival attendees over Labor Day weekend. 

The festival expanded this year for the first time with bi-coastal events taking place simultaneously in both Philly and in Los Angeles. Both events were packed with talent, although we were partial to the Philly side of things — especially since all of the performances had the city's art museum steps or the Philly skyline as the backdrops for the sets. Philadelphia also brought some only-in-Philly flavor to the festival, including some foodie must-hits within the festival, including Iron Chef Jose Garces' Distrito serving up some bites.

Festivalgoers in Philly and LA could also virtually connect from coast to coast via a screen that streamed what was happening at each festival location. (We peeped that Philly hip-hop artist Chill Moody got into a major rock, paper, scissors virtual battle with another concertgoer on the west coast.)

While we could see what was happening in LA, one thing was very clear — Philly definitely showed up for MIA on the east coast. From pre-MIA events happening leading up to the festival, to Philly talent touching the MIA stages. 

The MIA Weekend Rewind:

    • Made In America
      • Made In America
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Philly 360° / Visit Philadelphia

DJ Aktive's Made in Philly event | Thursday, August 28

First up in the MIA activities was DJ Aktive's event. Aktive took a break from touring with Jennifer Hudson, Common and J. Cole to be in his hometown during MIA. Aktive hosted an event the Thursday night before MIA which was packed with an all-Philly lineup of talent. The event featured talent like DJ Sat-One, Asia Sparks, Aaron Camper, GoGo Morrow and more.

DJ Aktive also took over the Philly 360 Instagram Thursday through Sunday capturing every moment of the pre-parties and festival.

Adam Blackstone and Darrell Robinson's PhillyMade event | Friday, August 29

The following night, sought after musical directors and musicians Adam Blackstone and Darrell Robinson (aka Lil Darrell) were in town to perform during Pharrell's MIA set — so the duo teamed up to throw a pre-MIA event in their hometown that was packed and stacked with some of Philly's finest. Not to mention, performances by Chill Moody, Aaron Camper and others kept the PhillyMade theme going. And, Common brought the entire house down when he hopped on the mic and took over the party. (Look out for full recaps of both pre-MIA events from us.) 

Made in America Festival: Day 1 | Saturday, August 30

The wait was finally over, and the doors were open! MIA officially kicked off in Philly with perfect end of summer weather, and The Parkway filled in with music lovers dressed in their best festival wear, mostly American flag inspired looks. This year, some of our highlights included a packed performance by Philly's own Moosh & Twist, Chromeo's energetic set, J. Cole dropping some of his hits and inspiring some poignant moments through a socially conscious song, Steve Aoki showering the crowd with champagne and headliner Kanye West's show-stopping performance which moved back and forth between his massive list of hits and thought-provoking monologues.

Insider fact: Did you know that DJ Aktive was Yeezy's tour DJ? Aktive continued to take over our Instagram and brought some backstage exclusives, including Ye's trailer backstage and photos from his viewing area with Mrs. West aka Kim Kardashian. Check out our Instagram for all of the pics. 

Made in America Festival: Day 2 | Saturday, August 30

On Day 2, even rain and a momentary thunderstorm evacuation couldn't stop the party from happening. The festival hit the pause button for about an hour and kicked back up in full gear like it never skipped a beat after festivalgoers were able to come back into the event. Some of our top moments included Spoon kicking off the restart of the festival once the gates were reopened. Pharrell gave us a lot of moments onstage, including his speech on female empowerment — and we spotted Philly musicians/musical directors Adam Blackstone and Lil Darrell rocking out with him onstage. And, Tiesto also kicked the festival up to another level with his high-energy set. 

We're still in recovery mode from this epic non-stop party that took over Philly. We touched on a few moments, but take a look through our visual gallery to see everything that went down during Made in America in Philadelphia. 

Also stay tuned for our official recap videos for Made In Philly and PhillyMade.  

Check out the Philly 360° Made In America visual gallery below.  


Can't Miss Fashion: The Philadelphia Collection Returns - September 17-24

  • Posted By: Jared Michael Lowe
  • September 9, 2014
    • The City Festival at The Piazza
      • The City Festival at The Piazza
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for GPTMC/Philly 360°

Ready to bring the fashion again, Philly? Heading into its fifth year, The Philadelphia Collection will take place once again throughout the city from September 17-24. 

As more retailers are flocking to Philly (we see you Uniqlo and Century 21), the fashion-themed weeklong event is an initiative to help place the city of Brotherly love on the national fashion scope. With countless trunk shows, designer sales, and exclusive fashion shows, The Philadelphia Collection includes signature events like Phashion Phest, and Macy’s Fashion Show featuring the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator.

Below, you can take a look at the major happenings of the Philadelphia Collection 2014. Be sure to mark your calendars and get ready for another fun week of shopping, sipping, and preening into fall fashion’s hottest trends.

The Philadelphia Collection
When: September 17- 24
Where: Various Locations
Cost: See website for details.
More Info: Click here.


Philly 360° Guide: The Philadelphia Collection 2014

    • Behind the scenes with Dom Streater
      • Behind the scenes with Dom Streater
      • Photo Credit: D. King for Philly 360/Visit Philadelphia

Wednesday, September 17

Macy’s Fall Fashion Show | Time: 1 p.m. 

Join us for a Macy's Fall Fashion Show followed by a sneak preview of the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator Designers in Residence Spring 2015 collections!

Where: Macy's, 1300 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Phashion Phest | Time: 6 p.m. 

21st annual showcase of fashion and beauty, open-bar cocktail reception, student designer showcase, salon trends and high-energy fashion show

Where: The Shops at Liberty Place: 1625 Chestnut Street

Thursday, September 18

StylePOP | Time: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. 

StylePOP is a fashion pop-up market held at Dilworth Park at City Hall.

Where: Dilworth Park at City Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19107

LAGOS “Arm Party” | Time: 5-7 p.m. 

Join us to wardrobe your "arm" and adorn with LAGOS bracelets! Stack them up, and create your individual look for Fall 2014! Join us for wine/champagne, and a “special raffle” drawing! Stop by to join the fun! 5:00- 7:00pm

Where: LAGOS the Store, 1735 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

TechStyles: Fashion Meets Technology | Time: 6-9 p.m. 

A panel and interactive discussion held at NexFab, bringing together Philadelphia based makers and creators to engage and educate attendees on how technology is integrated into fashion.

Moderator: Sabir M. Peele, Men's Style Pro

Panelists include: Dom Streater, Fashion and Textile Designer Jason Browne, Founder of SPOR Christine Zapata, NextFab Dave Beaker, Beacon and Lively

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Where: Next Fab, 2025 Washington Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19146

Boyds Made-To-Measure Event | Time: 9:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. Wednesday, til 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday

Join top executives from the world's best designers for 4 days to help you design your perfect suit, sport-coat or pant. Exclusive savings for this event only!!

Where: Boyds Philadelphia, 1818 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

    • Shopping: Philly 360° Style!
      • Shopping: Philly 360° Style!
      • Photo Credit: M.Kennedy for GPTMC

Friday, September 19

United By Blue One Year Anniversary Party | Time: 6-9 p.m. 

United By Blue is celebrating the one year anniversary of its flagship store. Join this sustainable, Philly based company for complimentary cocktails, snacks, and entertainment.

Where: United By Blue Coffeehouse and Clothier, 144 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

FBH Presents Philly Fashion Week Ready to Wear Runway Show | Time: 7-10 p.m. 

Fashion purveyors and industry movers and shakers take part in PFW's premiere ready to wear fashion show, featuring 10 national & international fashion designers. Doors open at 7p, show starts at 8p. Tickets can be purchased online through the PFW website.

Where: Crane Arts Building: 1400 North American Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122

Saturday, September 20

AN EXQUISITE BRUNCH: Fashion, Food & Photography at the NINObrand Atelier | Time: Noon - 3 p.m. 

We're pleased to invite you to an al fresco celebration of only-in-Philadelphia art, food and fashion. Guests are encouraged to wear favorite NINObrand styles and become part of our photo chronicles, and enjoy the mindful organic fare of SCJRealFood. RSVP by 9/18 to .

Where: 333 S. 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Sunday, September 21


Eagles Watch Party/Line Release | Time: 12-4 p.m. 

Philly Phaithful and Broad Street Broad will host an Eagles/NFL watch party at No. Libs Showroom and release new items from their Fall collection for fashion-forward sports fans.

Where: 737 N. 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Monday, September 22

Fall Fashions…Locally Made | Time: 3-7 p.m. 

Be among the first to view and purchase the latest fall dresses, jackets and accessories designed and fabricated right here in Philadelphia. Come, sip delicious cocktails and discover some hidden gems in our talent filled city.

Where: Urban Princess Boutique, 620 S. 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Tuesday, September 23rd

Philadelphia Fashion Incubator Shopping Soiree at The Market & Shops at Comcast Center | Time: 11 a.m. - 7p.m. 

Join the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator designers for a one-day-only shopping soiree at The Market & Shops at Comcast Center. Meet the 2014 Designers-In-Residence in person, and treat yourself to major fashion steals, light bites, tunes, and sips.

Where: 1701 JFK Blvd #300, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Rittenhouse Row Fall Fashion Crawl | Time: 6-8 p.m. 

A roving event highlighting the best of fall fashion and mixology in Rittenhouse.

Where: Rittenhouse Row, All around Rittenhouse Row, Philadelphia, PA 19102 to 19103

Must-Hit: PAFA’s ‘Spiritual Strivings: A Celebration of African American Works on Paper’ - Now through October 12

  • Posted By: Jared Michael Lowe
  • September 5, 2014
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In keeping with its mission of promoting transformative art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) has opened two exhibitions of African American Art spanning two centuries. Inspired by W.E.B. Du Bois’ essay “Of Our Spiritual Strivings” in The Souls of Black Folk, ‘Spiritual Strivings: A Celebration of African American Works on Paper’ features more than 90 pieces from the Kelley Collection and artist Eldzier Cortor.

With more than 70 pieces, the “Kelly Collection” – in the Hamilton building – features artwork over the span of the 20th century, with emphasis on the rich evolution of African American art. The exhibition consists of drawings, etchings, lithographs, watercolors, pastels, acrylics, gouaches, linoleum, and color screen prints from widely acclaimed artists such as, Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, Alma Thomas, and Philly’s own Dox Thrash, Paul Keene and Henry Ossawa Tanner.

On display in the Historic Landmark building, the “Eldzier Cortor” exhibition, aptly named after the successful printmaker and painter, consists of 53 objects, including original plates and test proofs, from the years between 1950 and 2000. The installation is curated to take museum-goers on a journey into Cotor’s working methods and showcase how the artist used printmaking as a means to explore motifs in constant change.

Both exhibitions are currently on view. The “Kelley Collection” runs through October 12 meanwhile the “Eldzier Cortor” exhibition s runs through August 31.

‘Spiritual Strivings’ is included in the museum’s admission, which costs $15 for adults; $12 for students and seniors; and is free for children under 12, PAFA members and military personnel.

PAFA Presents Spiritual Strivings: A Celebration of African American Works on Paper
When: Now through October 12
Where: Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 128 N. Broad Street
Cost: Included with museum admission  
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Swing Into The Weekend With A French Cabaret Inspired First Friday At The Barnes - Friday, September 5

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • September 5, 2014
    • With Art Philadelphia Tour With Danny Simmons - Barnes Foundation
      • With Art Philadelphia Tour With Danny Simmons - Barnes Foundation
      • Photo Credit: L. Whitaker for GPTMC

This weekend, The Barnes Foundation returns with another fresh First Friday lineup.

Located along Philly's world famous Benjamin Franklin Parkway, The Barnes is best known for its impressive collection of art, which includes 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes (more than all the museums in Paris) and 59 Matisses, along with works by Manet, Van Gogh, Degas, and Picasso.

In addition to works by these well-known artists, the collection also includes an amazing selection of African Art, period furniture and antique brassware—all painstakingly curated over six decades ago by the museum's founder Dr. Albert C. Barnes.

For First Friday, The Barnes invites you to escape to Paris at a cabaret-inspired fête––a sensual feast for your eyes and ears! Dive into the Parisian and Golden Age listening to sounds of the Avalon Jazz Band featuring dances that recall classic jazz halls, flappers, and dandies dancing in a whirlwind to soulful rhymes and rhythms. Activities also include a short talk on the exhibition The World Is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne

No Paris trip is complete without the French bistro experience. So, sip apéritifs, and savor mini baguette sandwiches, pommes frites, and macarons available for purchase in the The Barnes' main courtyard — or make an evening of it with an intimate dinner at the Garden Café.

With an uncomparable collection of art, and an amazing line-up of artists—First Friday at The Barnes Foundation is a must-hit event for the weekend.

When: Friday, August 1, 6 - 9 p.m.
Where: The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: $25, members free, Use discount code PHILLY360 for a special $20 ticket. 
More Info: Click here

The September Must-Hit List: Sneaker Pimps With Cam'ron, The Philadelphia Collection, Seun Kuti + Rich Medina, Gizmo, STS, The Bearded Bunch, Fly School Circus Arts & More

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • September 4, 2014
    • The Bearded Bunch
      • The Bearded Bunch
      • Photo Credit: Darren Burton for Visit Philadelphia

Featured Events:

Sneaker Pimps Featuring Cam’ron — Sunday, September 7

Searching for your next pair of dope kicks? Well, look no further. On Sunday, Sneaker Pimps—the world’s largest sneaker show—comes through Philly with more than 1,500 rare, vintage, customized and celebrity-signed sneakers. The Philly edition of Sneaker Pimps includes a headlining performance by hip-hop great Cam’ron.

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 + Rich Medina — Monday, September 8   

The son of afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, Seun Kuti and his band Egypt 80 touch down in Philly alongside veteran turntablist Rich Medina to promote their latest project, A Long Way To The Beginning. The seven-track album, which boasts production creds by GRAMMY-winner Robert Glasper, reimagines Fela’s classic afrobeat sound for the modern ear. It all goes down on September 8 at Union Transfer. #bethere

Gizmo — Tuesday, September 9

Band member and musical director for notable acts like Meshell Ndegeocello, Lalah Hathaway and Bilal, 23-year-old Philly bassist Gizmo has stepped out into the limelight as a solo artist. After releasing his latest EP last year, the music phenom hit the road to share his feel-good, soulful sounds with music lovers across the nation. He hits World Cafe Live next week.

Artist For Artist — Thursday, September 11

Artist For Artist returns to The Fire with live performances by some of the hottest indie acts coming out of Philadelphia. The lineup for the next installment of the music series includes multi-talented vocalist, violinist and beat-boxer Brian Fitzy; poet-turned-emcee STS; up-and-coming rap star Young Gliss; and more. 

Snarky Puppy — Friday, September 12

With the release of their most recent live album, Family Dinner, Snarky Puppy has gone from an underground secret to one of the most respected bands in the game. Their formula is simple—fuse jazz and rock musicians with R&B/soul vocalists to produce a fresh sound that is all their own. Philly fans can catch Snarky Puppy at World Cafe Live.

The Philadelphia Collection — Wednesday, September 17-Wednesday, September 24

Philly fashionistas & style guys: Throw on your hottest stilettos and finest threads and step out in style for The Philadelphia Collection. This signature Philly event will shine an international spotlight on our city’s booming retail and design scenes with runway shows, style soirees, exclusive trunk sales and sophisticated after parties. #TPC2014

Day 26 — Monday, September 22

After a four-year hiatus, R&B power group Day 26, which was created by Diddy for MTV's 2007 hit show Making the Band 4, has reunited and is hitting the road to promote their new music. All five original band members—Robert, Will, Brian, Mike and Qwanell—drop in World Cafe Live to show their Philly fans some love.

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Philly 360° Spotlights:

The Bearded Bunch

Though it may seem as if a well-kempt beard is a new trend in men's style, the truth is that dapper dudes from Philly have been sporting their beards, with love, for years. We sat down with Kings Rule Together founder Curran J, and seven other stylish gents to chat about the “Philly beard.” Watch our video.

TourStar Music App

Philly-based music industry exec Brandon Pankey is adding another venture to his impressive list of credentials: creator and co-developer of the hot new music app, TourStar. Co-designed with artist engagement company GroundCtrl, TourStar takes users through a virtual Sims-like world where they can experience the ups and downs of touring and fame, and players can win real world prizes.

Mitchell & Ness Presents Russell Simmons

Music industry legends Russell Simmons and Steve Rifkind stopped by Mitchell & Ness to promote their latest venture, All Def Digital (ADD). In a candid discussion moderated by branding consultant Set Free, the two entertainment powerhouses introduced the room to Philly's first ADD artist, Tayyib Ali. Watch our video recap.

Fly School Circus Arts

Fly School Circus Arts helps people of all shapes, sizes and skill levels push the limits of their physical abilities through trapeze. Philly 360° followed along as lifestyle influencer Kharisma McIlwaine took to the sky and tackled her first lesson. Think you're up for the challenge? Watch our video.

Philly 360° Exclusive: Kharisma McIlwaine Sits Down With "A Haunted House 2" Star Essence Atkins

  • Posted By: Kharisma McIlwaine
  • September 3, 2014
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You may remember the beautiful Essence Atkins from her roles in hit TV shows and films like The Cosby Show, Smart Guy, Half & Half, Deliver Us From Eva, and more. Now, Essence is back once again and starring in the film A Haunted House 2 alongside industry funnyman Marlon Wayans.

Lifestyle Influencer and Philly 360° blogger Kharisma McIlwaine sat down with Essence to chat with her about the Haunted House role, her career longevity, and her love for all things Philadelphia. We even get the scoop on her Love & Hip Hop parody video, which was directed by Philly's own Devin Hampton

Check it out below! 

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      • A Haunted House 2
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Kharisma McIlwaine's Interview with Essence Atkins: 

On: Her Career Longevity 

A career that has spanned across decades is no easy feat, but Essence has navigated those waters successfully. The very bubbly and pleasant Essence was very open in sharing her feelings on her career path and where it's taken her. 

"I wouldn't have imagined that I would be doing this for so long, and I would have the longevity I've had. I've just kept trying to get better, grown in terms of what my aspirations are as an actor, and had a good time along the way."  

On: Working with Marlon Wayans

Speaking of good times, there is lots of fun to be had when you pair Essence Atkins and Marlon Wayans on the big screen. Essence shared her thoughts on comedy and the importance of not letting inhibition enter the picture.

"I just think that I have a natural kind of self-deprecating humor… I don't take myself very seriously. I'm not particularly vain, and I think all of those things contribute to being good at comedy."

Essence also spoke about the experience of working with Marlon Wayans again for the sequel of A Haunted House.

"One of the many things that we share is that we both don't have much of an ego when it comes to looking foolish...and if it works that's even better. But we don't mind falling flat on our faces sometimes, and that's the risk that you take when you do comedy." She went on to say, "I would follow him almost anywhere.  He's such a great person to work with. Besides being so professional and so creative, he has such a great imagination. I love that about him, he's very much a collaborator and he loves hearing what other actor's ideas are and what they want to try. So that part of it is so much fun." 

On: Love & Hip-Hop Parody Video

Speaking of great collaborations, I also spoke to Essence about her role as Joseline in a hilarious parody of Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta directed by Philly's own Devin Hampton. If you haven't seen it yet — Google is your friend!

"The interesting thing is I don't watch the show... but I got this phone call and it was like "will you do this?" I said "Yes...I'm gonna go have some fun and play"! That's often what makes me say yes to projects, being able to do something I've never done before." She went on to say "I started doing some research when they asked me to portray Joseline.  I started watching clips on YouTube of her interviews. It was so much fun... She's such a larger than life character. I was like "oh my gosh the accent, the clothes, the hair, the makeup, the vibrato...". I thought, "Gosh, I cannot wait to dive into this!"

On: Her Love For Philly

Essence shot the Love & Hip Hop segment in LA, but after talking about her work with one of Philadelphia's own, she shared her feelings on Philly and how much she loves our city.

"When I think of Philadelphia, besides food and great people, I think about the statues, the square, the birth of the newspaper...I think about this being one of the places America was born.  It's one of the original colonies. I think about a lot of things, but more than anything I love being on the east coast, and I love how real the people of Philly are. I love that what you see is what you get." 

Be sure to check out Essence Atkins in A Haunted House 2 which is out on DVD now. You can also see her on TVOne's original movie Girlfriends Getaway which aired on August 30.

Philly 360° & Curran J Present: The Bearded Bunch (Video)

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • August 27, 2014
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Lately, we've seen an abundance of men rocking beards, from the streets to the stage, and even on the runway. Though it may seem as if a full, well-kempt beard is a new trend in men's style, the truth is that dapper dudes from Philly have been sporting their beards, with love, for years.

For some, a groomed beard represents an extension of their own refined sense of style. While for others, a striking, long beard has deeper, more spritual roots. In either case, there's no denying that there's something special about the "Philly beard."

We sat down with Kings Rule Together founder, Curran J, and seven other stylish Philly gents to chat about the "Philly beard" and its impact on men's fashion.

You can check out "The Bearded Bunch" video and visual gallery below. And, if you're proudly rocking a Philly beard of your own, post a photo on Instagram or Twitter with the tags #Philly360 and #PhillyBeard.

Philly 360° Presents The Bearded Bunch with Curran J. You can check out the video, cast listing and visual gallery below. 

The Bearded Bunch Cast:

Curran J — Kings Rule Together
Luis Marrero — Founder of Voices in Power
Erik Honesty — Owner of Culture Couture Vintage
Hamid Holloman — Artist & Designer, Custom Lifestyle
Kyle Cooley — Model
Marcus Williams — Barber
Tawfeeq Gaines — Co-founder of Search & Rescue
Jamaaladeen Tacuma — Composer

Images by Darren Burton for Visit Philadelphia. 

We’re Wearing White: Diner En Blanc Comes To Philly Tonight - Thursday, August 21

  • Posted By: Devon Darrow
  • August 21, 2014
    • Diner En Blanc
      • Diner En Blanc
      • Photo Credit: Photo by Georgi Anastasov Photography

Have you ever unexpectedly come across a massive group of people elegantly decked out in all white, somewhere in Philly? If you’re not already in-the-know, this is Diner en Blanc Philadelphia — a top secret, invite-only affair that celebrates elegance, class, decorum, and etiquette in a chic picnic setting.

Because the picnic’s location isn’t revealed until the last possible second, the scene of a sudden onrush of people to a random spot looks more like an epic flash mob.

Started in France over 25 years ago, DEB draws thousands of picnic-goers every year in cities from Europe to the United States. The low-down on attendance is even though the event is members only, a member can invite someone else to attend the event and others can get on the waitlist, registering for DEB on a certain day at a specific time.

If you’re one of the fashionable wearers of white attending the event, here’s your Need-to-Know:

Bring your own: Guests must bring their own meals! However if you’re not the cooking type, DEB is partnering with Garces Catering and DiBruno Brothers so that you can order a gourmet meal for the event.

Provide your own: plates, silverware, linens, glassware, and beverages.

Carry your own: table (between 28” by 28” and 32” by 32”), white table cloth, two white, foldable chairs, and a picnic basket.

Arrival & Seating: Guests all arrive together at the secret location by chartered bus or organized public transportation. Once at the location, guests will sit across from one another, women on one side and men on the other.

Don’t forget! DEB is having two contests during the event, one for ‘Most Elegant Table,’ and one for ‘Most Elegant Male’ and ‘Most Elegant Female.’ Make sure to have your look and your table looking sharp.

And don’t worry, if you didn’t get invited this year or missed your chance to register on the waitlist, there’s always next year. Originality is encouraged so put on your best white attire and get ready to participate in a spectacle of the utmost refined elegance!

Diner en Blanc Philadelphia Presents: Diner en Blanc
When: Thursday, August 21, Time TBA
Where: Secret Location
Cost: $29.25 per person + $5 membership fee upon registration
More Info: Diner en Blanc Philadelphia

Summer Shoe Fix - Last Stop Mini Warehouse Sale: Bus Stop Boutique - August 21-24

  • Posted By: Devon Darrow
  • August 20, 2014
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      • Bus Stop Boutique
      • Photo Credit: J. Fusco for Visit Philly
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We’re in the last few weeks of summer, fall is coming on quickly, and it’s almost time to transition those wardrobes for a new season. For all of you lovers of stylish footwear, and a good summer sale, we’ve got THE British-inspired shoe sale for “the birds and the blokes.”

Fabric Row’s fine fashion shoe mecca, Bus Stop Boutique, is having its end of summer Last Stop Mini Warehouse Sale with shoes at up to 75% off, August 21-24. Girls and guys, you’ll be able to shop an entire wall chock full of designer shoes to add a last bit of warm weather flair to your look.

Shoppers will also have the chance to preview the boutique’s brand new Autumn 2014 collection, getting to shop the Fall Preview wall before the line officially hits the boutique!

To add to the ambience, skilled artisan, visual guru, designer, and all around local renaissance man Conrad Booker, known for creations like his large-scale mural on Fulton Street, his enormous fabric mural in the hot, new Jose Garces’ restaurant Volver, and his creations on Project Runway’s 2014 “Road to the Runway,” created a window display exclusively for the boutique.

Complete with a telephone box transformed teapot, a mannequin featuring Conrad’s “Road to the Runway” creations, pop art, street lights, the familiar color spread of red, white, and blue, and a comic-inspired speech bubble, Bus Stop’s ‘It-Brit’ window display reflects all things British for your international viewing pleasure.

Put your best foot forward and check out the sale!

For more info on the “British Invasion” window display, click here.

Sale Hours:

Thursday, August 21: 11-6 pm
Friday, August 22: 11-8:30 pm
Saturday, August 23: 11-6 pm
Sunday, August 24: 12-5 pm

Bus Stop Boutique Presents: Last Stop Mini Warehouse Sale
When: Thursday, August 21-Sunday, August 24
Where: 727 S. 4th Street
Cost: Pay as you go
More Info: Bus Stop Boutique

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