STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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Returning for a fifth year, the Philadelphia Collection fall fashion event series will get you in touch with the latest styles Sept. 17-24.
More than 45 fashionably-minded events are scheduled, from South Street to Old City, Passyunk to Manayunk, and everywhere in between.
So why is it called the Philadelphia Collection?
That’s a reference to the city’s collection of retailers, boutiques, stylists, designers, modeling agencies, design schools and fashion/design students. There’s a lot more than you think.
What kinds of events are we talking about?
Fashion shows, more low-key trunk shows, lectures, panel discussions and more. Highlights include Phashion Phest, the Macy’s Fall Fashion Show, Joan Shepp’s Style Presentation, Nicole Miller’s XIX Most Fashionable Women in Philadelphia, the Rittenhouse Row Fall Fashion Crawl, a StylePOP Pop-Up Market, South Street Headhouse District’s Fashion under The Shambles, and Philadelphia Fashion Incubator Shopping Soiree at The Market & Shops at Comcast Center. For the complete calendar of events, visit www.thephiladelphiacollection.org. The site also has a complete list of designers.
Social media — they’re on that?
Of course — www.facebook/thephiladelphiacollection and on twitter @philacollection, hashtags #TPC2014 and #PhillyFashion. Find fashion inspiration on pinterest/philacollection.
Who started this?
Founding partners are the City of Philadelphia, the Center City District and the Philadelphia Retail Marketing Alliance.
Has anyone outside the Philadelphia area noticed?
According to a press release from the Philadelphia Collection, since the series’ inception, the city has been named one of the “10 Best Cities for Shopping” by CNBC, a “25 Best Cities for Shopping” by LuckyMag.com, one of “The 10 Shopping Cities on the Rise” by Sherman’s Travel, and made Forbes.com’s list of “Best Shopping Cities in the US.” Also, editors from “Harper’s Bazaar,” “Ebony,” “Essence” and others have been spotted at Philadelphia Collection runway shows or shopping here during the special week, according to the release.
It’s probably not a coincidence that several retailers have also opened up downtown locations in the last year (Stuart Weitzman, Theory, Madewell, Camper, American Eagle, Suit Supply). Joining them this fall will be Nordstrom Rack, Vans, Timberland and Barney’s New York.
Old City has recently welcomed Erdon, United by Blue and The Geisha House, while the South Street Headhouse District has menswear boutique Armour and P’s and Q’s. Even Fishtown has Toile Atelier.