JOAN SHEPP FASHION SHOW re: closes out Philadelphia Fashion Week

This past Tuesday night brought out the who’s who of Philadelphia’s stylish social set to the Joan Shepp Boutique on Walnut Street for one of her famously packed fashion shows.

The invitation read:

Joan Shepp


Calderwood 2


Le Style

an evening of fashion & design

to benefit The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research

In June PCC attended the opening party for Calderwood 2 Design 1960 – 1980 Mod Pop Op Fab and Glam with our hosts Gary & Janet Calderwood. Joan Shepp was at that party and was inspired by the design and simplicity of the furniture, and thought how great it would be to intertwine a few pieces throughout her store among the clothes for this special night. In October the Calderwoods will be opening a showroom at 631 North Broad Street (across from Osteria) for your convenience in buying furniture. I always enjoy talking with Gary and Janet as they are innovative, creative people who have a distinct style that reflects an intelligent vibe. Gary states that he chooses furniture not on the basis of whether it will sell, but on it’s style and uniqueness, there will be a buyers at some point, but in the meantime he gets to enjoy it too.

In the VIP section sat Donna Coghlan, Philadelphia Style Magazine publisher John Colabelli and Dawn Govberg, who scolded me for calling her Donna Govberg in an earlier post, sorry:(

Modeling in tonight’s show is Sharon Pinkenson, who tells me it was her grandfather that introduced her to fashion as he was a tailor who created the wooster tie. Her father was also in the business and when Sharon was growing up her father taught her to sew. With her is Cindi Raimondo (Ruka 114 S 19th St.)

What a nice surprise for me to run into my old friend Lucy Clemmens of the Phila Opera Company, with her are friends PR Camilia Aberra (l), and Astrid Pudang (r)

and new old friends Elaine Grabab and realtor Jill Rizen, who we first met at PSM Molito White Party back in August.

Carol Littman, Nancy Forman (performance Kitchens in Manayunk) and Melinda Meaney, a private chef who just returned to the city after living in the Carribean. Where she worked for several years a private chef for hire. She caters to the exclusive clientele for intimate dinner parties, she is pleasant and professional and I think an asset to your meal. If you are looking for a personal chef reach out at melindameaney@hotmail .com (no spaces)What would a stylish, fancy event be without Jimmy Contreras of Kimberly Boutique , YUbr PR maven Sarah Doheny and Red Tettemer’s Matthew Vlahos. If I am going to hang out with this gang, I need to step up my wardrobe ’cause they are always looking so fine.

Also on the 200 “seat” must have invitations, Suzanne Cheng and Ting WangMarlene who never takes a bad picture, with a friend.

It was a hot ticket so a lot of people were left with “standing room only”. After an open-bar reception, including hors-d’oeuvres, many in the attractive crowd chose to line up behind the chairs and a few found the less crowded loft area where I stood for a bird’s eye view of the catwalk.

Vintage (the folks behind her are outside looking through the window)

Broadcast Pioneers member Marciarose Shestack is a trailblazing broadcast journalist. Hailed by McCall’s Magazine as the outstanding woman broadcaster in the United States, in 1971. She became the first woman in the country to anchor a prime time daily news in a major market (frequently topping Walter Cronkite in the ratings).

The front row with Wendy Rosen with the purple scarfDior did all the make-up for the show

Fashionable Philadelphia Film Office Director Sharon Pinkenson on the catwalk

At the completion pf the show the Joan Shepp crew gathered on the catwalk to celebrate a job well done.

desert was served compliments of MorimotoA few people behind the scenes with Noel Zayas, Dior’s account cordinator Susan Sorrell, John Jones, hairstylist Cariton Humphrey

Philadelphia Network of Designers founders Thomas Tillman, Juanita Beasley

and Tyren Keith Patrick

Socialite, the charitable Karen Kahn and Jim Fulton. and Salon L’Etoile crew’Mel Silverman, Michael O’Connor & Jerry Yelber who was responsible for all the great hair stlyes tonight

So long until next time

One of my photos was in Was in the Inquirer’s Elizabeth Wellington’s fashion blog