Philadelphia Phasion Phest The 19th Year Celebration of Philly Fashion & Retailers

With so much to choose from on last night’s Philadelphia Fashion Collection calendar, it was no surprised that Sharon Phillips Waxman’s Phashion Phest was a packed house full of fun; and it should be, it was the very first Philadelphia fashion showcase (inception 1994) and deserves accolades for  blazing the trail for what is now an entire month where Philadelphia celebrates fashion and it’s retailers.

 “Fashion Follies.” Now in its 19th year,
Phashion Phest featured a high-energy runway show, dazzling salon
presentations, creative student designs, a fabulous silent auction (I went on a shopping spree for my silent auction, my Gilda’s Club Annual Event is coming up on 11/19 at Flemings in NJ.) and a
lavish open bar cocktail reception all under one roof at the Shops of Liberty Place.

Phasion Phest is similar to what you would find under the tents during NYC’s fashion week, it brings vendors together for the guests to check out what are the hottest trends in fashion before the start of the runway show. I also love love love this venue for the fashion show, as well as any event. The Shops of Liberty Place (one of my advertisers btw) has a huge rotunda and can hold several hundred people. You can bring your own caterer in to provide food, there’s electricity. Years ago I attended a charity event here, a dance event, it was fabulous, people step up and hold your next fabulous event here. OK I digress

Phasion Phest was created by Sharon Phillips Waxman (center) to showcase great fashion retailers in Philadelphia as well as in the Delaware Valley. During the 90 minutes before the runway fashion show, is when the guests visited salons to check out the latest in hair trends, shopped at retail pop-ups,  and networking, as I mentioned earlier, while enjoying lite bites and Skinny Girl cocktails. Sharon’s model worthy kids kids Mackenzie Drew and Zachary Waxman (missing pop Brad Waxman)

Melissa Lampman, Ginna Zaha and Amanda Snyder enjoy another year of Phasion Phest.

Songstress FIYA is “Wishing You Home” For the Holidays, as her new CD states. Here she was belting out a few Whitney Houston tunes during the VIP cocktail party

who were enjoying delicious bites from one of my fav restaurants “Rouge” on Rittenhouse Square. Leanne Marie, Bob Valerno, Samuel Noh (Executibe Chef), Rob Elsen and Felipe Rincon.

Student designers from Moore College of Art – I wanna see the gown on the left at the upcoming Young Friends of the Art Museum “Great Gatsby” event at the Rodin Museum next week.
Kristie Gibson, Alyssa Bellano, Genvieve Haney, and Krystin Kaiser

Victoria Lam, Kate MaklysPhilly PR Girl, Michelle GBoyes, South Philly Fashionista and Diana Tutko, who drove in from Boston this week to shoot for the South Philly Fashionista blog.

Jordan Liss and Lianna Christine, Production Assistant at RAW: natural born artists.  RAW is coming up on October 4 at G Lounge, my buddy Maria Papadakis hosts the event, and one of my favorite bands, TaraGirl will be performing.  (Did you know I am Maria’s Man of Honor at her wedding. OMG and it’s less than a month away. Honestly, it’s too much of an honor for me.)

Dayan McNew and Laura Weinberg of Fire and Ice
 Queen B of Belle Salon with her hair models

Representing and supporting, the 2nd longest fashion event held in Philadelphia is by these two guys: FBH’s Philadelphia Fashion Week’s Kerry Scott & Kevin Parker Tonight is their kick off party  will Tonight is their kick off party at Commerce Square and then a weekend of Philadelphia Fashion Week Fall 2012 Ready to wear Runway show Sept 21, Location: 2424 Studios. More than a dozen designers will
be showing their spring 2013 collections.

Sponsors: All Event Party Rental, Center City District, Eventions,
Parker & Partners, The Philadelphia Collection, Philadelphia Style,
Philadelphia Weekly, Philly2night, The Shops at Liberty Place, Southern
Wine & Spirits

Queen B of Belle Salon hair raising hair models – Jessica Saint of the Haus of Styledelphia, Taylor Horne, Photographer/Stylis and Toni Burke

The next generation of models, movers and socialites. Savannah Gaeckler, Ian Michael Crumm (wearing vintage Versace) and Brianna Bruner. Ian is the assistant to Sharon Phillips Waxman and really helped execute one of the best shows I’ve seen so far this year. I love the staging this year. Brilliant. If you missed the show, then you missed something special.

With the fashion photographers in place it was time to start the show….

at first the crowd seemed taken aback by the fur on the runway, which by the way is in every Phasion Phest show, but they came alive when the men strutted their stuff bare chested and haute hot

Zinman Furs

Not All Steaks Are Created Equal

Phashion Phest 19 is presented by:
Wells Fargo
Skinny Girl Cocktails
IBEW Local 98
KYW Newsradio