Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
Next up in our Style Stars series is a real men’s style pro. Sabir M. Peele is ringing bells in the fashion blogosphere with his manly charm and website Men’s Style Pro. I met Sabir at the Skai Blue Show open house a few months agao. Dressed in seersucker pants and a vintage vest from Briar Vintage, I knew it was style stars at first sight.
We chatted about his features in Esquire Magazine, NY Times and NBC10! What’s even more exciting is that Peele really enjoys shopping locally and finding unique pieces in the city’s vintage boutiques. Philly 360° took a trip with the star at Suburban Station where Sabir likes to get his shoes shined.
Some of Sabir’s favorite local shops:
62 N. 3rd Street
700 South Street (South Street Headhouse District)
4313 Main Street (Manayunk)
703 W. Girard Avenue
With so many show-stopping events going on in the city, it’s hard to decide what to add to your social calendar. And, with The Philadelphia Collection right around the corner, there will be an explosion of fashion frenzied events to choose from. Here is my inside exclusive on the events you won’t want to miss at TPC 2012.
Fashion's Night Out
As a preview to The Philadelphia Collection, the city is participating in the first ever Fashion’s Night Out! The 4 year old global initiative started by Ms. Wintour is getting a taste of Philadelphia. Show your style star swag and strut from store to store. Try homegrown boutiques such as Knit Wit, Joan Shepp, Third Street Habit and Eagan Day to meet and greet local designers we all know and love.
For a full list of all retailers and times go to fashionsnightout.com or visit FNO Philadelphia on Facebook and Twitter for updates.
The X-Factor : Technology & Media in Fashion
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Independence Visitors Center, Liberty View Ball Room
Insider Tip: Bloggers are the youngest in charge in the world of fashion. In this panel discussion see how pro-fashionistas use the internet to launch careers and break barriers in today’s leading style platforms. Get schooled by Editor in Chief Kristin Monroe, Esther Lee fromphilly.com and other socialista’s.
Spruce Up Your Wardrobe with Skai Blue Show
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Skai Blue Show
109 S. 13th St, 3rd Floor
Insider Tip: Get an exclusive experience with Philadelphia’s leading independent designers. Mix, Mingle and a shop for a cause while getting a behind the scenes with the designers who made the pieces. You know you need some one-on-one advice to spruce up that wardrobe!
The Brooklyn Circus Pop Up Shop
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
116 North 3rd Street
Socialize with Fashion front-runners, The Brooklyn Circus and hear from the visionaries behind this inspired brand. BKc is known for its fusion fashion mixing today’s urban style with the sophisticated simplicity of yesteryear. Brand founder and men’s style enthusiast Ouigi Theodore has expanded the BKc brand beyond its carefully curated wear but into a lifestyle that has acquired a cult following through its blog and presence in San Francisco, Atlanta, Japan, Sweden and of course, Brooklyn.
Insider Tip: BKc will be previewing their new collection in Philadelphia before it hits the streets of NYC.
Evening of Extravagant Shopping, Fashion Exhibits & Award Ceremony
5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Omega Optical at Comcast Center
1701 JFK Boulevard
Celebrity Fashion Stylist Anthony Henderson and Omega Optical will host an Evening of Extravagant Shopping and Showcasing their Elaborate Fashion Exhibits of Eyewear. This evening will also include "Fashion-Inspired" cocktails and cuisine provided by Chef David Simms of Eatible Delights Catering. The highlight of the event will be an Award Ceremony honoring some of Philadelphia's most notable boutique owners.
Macy’s Fashion Show featuring the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator
1300 Market Street
Insider Tip: Think Project Runway meets NBC’s Fashion Star for one night only at an unforgettable fashion show featuring Aso Damisi, D’Agostino Fashion Textile Design, Heartless Revival, and Kaitlyn Elizabeth.
Swag Insider Tip: Join in for all of the panel discussions and get great take aways from the Senior Beauty Editor of Glamour Mag and Philadelphia Magazine’s Lifestyle Editor, Emily Goulet.
For a full list of events, visit thephiladelphiacollection.org or call 215-685-4700.
Fresh, elegant and timeless. This is how I describe my experience with GRAMMY Award-winning singer Chrisette Michele. Midtown Village was sparkling music gold when Chrisette Michele visited the Skai Blue Media show room.
The singer was in Philadelphia recording music for the follow up of third album Let Freedom Reign with Philly 360 Creative Ambassadors Carvin & Ivan.
In our intimate chat, the singer revealed her upcoming projects and her journey of maintaining her natural hair. She is currently working on a book called “Leave My Hair Alone,” set to be released at the end of 2012. Look out for more from the singer this year.
Watch the video below.
Music-lovers gathered for the fifth time to celebrate hip-hop culture at the annual Roots Picnic, and I was there to see who stepped it up with their style.
The 2–day weekend concert billed 25 musical acts including legendary old schoolers, like De La Soul and Rakim, as well as some of today’s favorite artist like Wale and Major Lazer. Though we loved all of performances, it was definitely noted that the festival’s rising stars brought their best fashion foot forward as they rocked the stage in standout looks.
Newly signed hip-hop artist, Chill Moody sported a stylish wooden and onyx bead chain by ALS. Not only is this “Crown for Kings” chain a bold statement piece, but it brings fashion to a purpose with 10% of the proceeds from this necklace going to his Philadelphia based charity of choice.
Indie songstress, St Vincent, represented for the ladies keeping it simple in all black wearing a gold detailed light knit sweater paired with l shorts and sheer tights. Her red lips were a perfect pop of color, while her curly freed hair and light accessories made it easy for her to play her guitar.
Hip hop veteran Mos Def was on trend in snakeskin fitted baseball cap, fashionably updating this hip hop staple piece. Marsha Ambrosius was also spotted backstage at the concert wearing her signature small spiral curls with bright pink lipstick perfect for any summertime look.
The Roots Picnic audience also didn’t disappoint when it came to the fashion. Gold accents and daring tribal print seemed to be a trend amongst concertgoers. This lady tackled both trends in a red and blue Native American inspired, print maxi dress She chose a gold and leather belt, flashy gold bangles, and gold-strapped purse to top off her look. Another woman took a more subtle approach with black and white leafed print pants and chunky belt. She completed her look with a black tank; tan linen blazer, gold medallion earrings, and a gorgeous pair of oversized shades great for the outdoor festivities. This stylish group of friends decided to dress up their denim with reflective round frame sunglasses, buttons and classic shades. But the gold was not forgotten, as they also wore gold watches, chains, and rings to set them apart.
Next up in our style star series is a woman responsible for giving celebrities and tastemakers an extra shine. Sparkle Hill is a make-up stylist on her way to the top.
I met her at a photo shoot, and she did an amazing job on the models. I knew then that she was a style star. When I was featured in BUST Magazine, I got an unexpected dazzle from the stylist. I usually do my own make-up but the editors arranged for make-up services. I was hoping that Sparkle would show up. Oddly enough, she came through the door, and we both shared a smize!
Recently, Sparkle Hill launched her own make-up brand LUXX inspired by clients who wanted to shine on-the-go.
Philly 360 caught up with Sparkle Hill at Apricot Lane right in the heart of Suburban Square in Ardmore. Watch the video to find out what makes Sparkle a style star of Philadelphia.
Before you read this, put down that Federal Donut and get your mind right for one of the hottest trends for spring-summer 2012. Close your eyes and take a few leaps back in time and think about the clothing conventions of the teeny bopper 50s, the free-wheeling 60s, glitzy 70s and the Madonna-esque 80s. What do they all have in common? If you said ‘crop top,’ you and a few other celebs who rocked out Coachella are true style stars. Sidebar: Rihanna and Chanel Iman came ready for school with their fab midriffs.
Believe me, if you want to rock that midriff-exposing garment when the flowers are in full bloom and all the pretty things come out to play, you’ll want to get those abs in shape ASAP. And by shape, I mean tight and lean like the girls who walk out of Pure Barre.
Thankfully, today’s crops are boxier, less clingy, and more silhouette-driven than their semi-distant cousins, but they still require a well-proportioned tummy to keep the look sharp and sassy. I’m living proof - after three children and a few lines that stretch, I can still rock a fly crop top with the best of the young and fabulous. Knowing what to wear and how to wear it puts me ahead of the midriff game.
This spring, I’ll pair my fave crop top with trousers or high waisted long flowing skirts, perfect for a high-fashion romp through Rittenhouse Square or Midtown Village. Or, I’ll highlight the smallest portion of my waist by breaking out a pair of high-waisted pants and a sexy crop for a child-free night on the town.
Though the crop top can be a cruel mistress for hibernating abs, there’s a way to make it work for the curvalicious, too.
Stay on trend and follow these tips: Pick a length that’s most appropriate for your environment/event—belly cleavage may not mix well with the morning coffee crew, so think it through; choose your bottom wisely, ensuring it is form-fitted but not so tight that you can see through to that freshman year rose tattoo your mom told you not to get; finally, own your look and knock ‘em dead because there’s nothing sexier than confidence!
819 N. 2nd Street
219 Market Street
504 South Street
37 N. 3rd Street
Next up in my Style Stars of Philadelphia series is Leah Kauffman, executive producer for entertainment for Philadelphia Media Network. Leah is the epitome of fun and fantastic, and she's a Philadelphia fashion fan.
Social media keeps me tapped into fashionistas from across the world, so it wasn’t long before I noticed Leah’s Kauffman’s personal style and creative voice on her other web home phrequency.com. “Personal style goes beyond just clothes; it’s indicative to how you live your life, “ said by the true spirit of style, as she sat at her piano in her Midtown Village apartment.
We accompanied Leah on a shopping trip to some of her (as well as our) favorite boutiques around the city. Check out the video with Leah to get to know her better.
Drift, presented by Hylo Boutiques will highlight hyperlocal designers, which Hylo presents as “products connected to a local community's fabric of experience.” This event is the second installment of a two part series which successfully launched last week at The Apple Store. Tomorrow’s event features accessories by DannyFox, along with Duke & Winston and Kings Rule Together apparel.
Thursday, March 15
333 S. 20th Street
Insider Tip: Make sure you get there on time! People were lined up and down the street for last week’s blogging event, entitled Duke’s inspire Kings. And don’t miss out on the DJ JoshHey bumping tunes while you are shopping!
Out with the old and in with the new. Winter 2012 was all about the pale pallet, but we’ll see bright colors, bold patterns and heavy metal when it comes to jewelry. Whether you’re looking for a neckpiece for a night out on the town or to work, these jewelry trends will keep you looking fun and fantastic all throughout 2012!
Oversized, unusual and dramatic colors in earrings will be used to create a simple and fun look. The bigger and bolder the better is the motto to remember when putting your outfit together. This year we’ll be taking it back to 99 with choker necklaces and chandelier earrings.
As we saw in 2011, long necklaces and earrings will be used to accentuate both your body and your ensemble. Wearing a multilayered chain necklace will go great with sweaters or any layered look. Don’t be surprised if you see a lot of long and totally oversized cross necklaces pendants being worn, but don’t break out the Jesus pieces from 2002!
Pearls, both genuine and fake have been an expected trend. Pearls are classic and create a sophisticated look. You will see pearls being used in necklaces, brooches, pendants, earrings and of course, necklaces. If you don’t feel like spending a lot on pearl jewelry, you will have no problem finding cute knock off pearls. Wearing pearls with turtlenecks and sweaters are key for a classy, girly look.
Sequins, gemstones and crystals come in different variations and colors that create an easy way to dress up even the most boring of outfits! Sparkly earrings, necklaces, rings and bracelets will be popular on and off the runway. Adding shine to your outfit can complete simplicity and make you stand out.
If you haven’t seen leather breaded wrap bracelets yet, then you definitely will in 2012. Celebrities everywhere have been seen wearing these bracelets and designers have been creating different styles, variations and colors.
Say hello to 1920s, because brooches and pins are making a come back in 2012! Brooches and pins can be worn on sweaters as well as jackets. They ad just enough sparkle to keep an outfit simple yet sparkly.
Tribal jewelry will continue to be a trendsetter in 2012. In previous years we have seen fashion capitals such as New York City and London use tribal pieces on the runway and red carpet. Gold and blue gemstones will be used, which goes great on any skin tone.
The use of metals and rocks will be seen a lot in necklaces, rings, earrings and bracelets. These accessories will be chunky with a lot of beads such as chevron necklaces. Texture accessories can be pair with jeans and a simple top to create a laidback look.
Eagle Village Shops
503 W. Lancaster Avenue
1116 Pine Street
1927 Walnut Street
265 S. 20th Street
819 N. 2nd Street
1706 Locust Street
716 N. 3rd Street
First up in my Style Stars of Philadelphia series is Curran Swint of Kings Rule Together.
I met Curran at a party a couple of years ago, and it was fashion at first sight. Often seen donning the best in men’s vintage wears, this young king is a true inspiration and a Philadelphia fashion plate. His blog, kingsruletogether.com is a chock full of inspiration and his own fashion musings.
This scene-ster knows the meaning of seeing and being seen. You can catch him at the coolest events and on the pages of GQ, Ebony, NY Times, Complex and Essence magazines, just to name a few.
Check out the video with Curran to get to know him better.