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The Best Dressed of the 161st Anniversary Concert and Ball

The 161st Anniversary Concert and Ball was celebrated Saturday, January 27, 2018 at the Academy of Music and Hyatt at the Bellevue. A sold out crowd enjoyed a pre cocktail party, a spectacular concert by Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra along with special guest Steve Martin, before making the iconic walk up Broad Street to the Bellevue for dinner, dancing and fun. The Anniversary Ball is a White Tie event, with a very strict dress code with no room for interpretation. Even the photographers who shoot the event are required to adhere by the dress code of White Tie and full length gowns. That being said, lets see who the stand outs of the evening were as decided by a PhillyChitChat panel. Funds from the gala go to the restoration fund for the Academy of Music building


Marilyn Russell, WOGL in a stunning glittery gown was my date for the evening.

Dr. Lynn G. Dever, MD and Jim Dever, Bank of America’s Philadelphia market president. Bows were big this year!!


Amazing mother daughter fashionista’s Sloane Glass and Nancy Glass

Linda Swain wearing Nicole Miller and Ian Swain

Lydie Szabo Brown, 161st Anniversary Concert and Ball Co-Chairmen and Paul De Janosi

Kevin Johnson and Kimya Johnson, RED HOT. Red was the dominate color of the night for the ladies.


Congrats to Jason and Rachel Cevera, baby girl Cevera, due this May.

Lynsie Solomon wearing a gorgeous Rene Ruiz with dapper husband Evan Solomon
Stunning Amber Gomes and husband Pedro Gomes|
Amber wore Johnathon Kaye. He was a Project Runway Allstar.Janice Wright Waitkus and Bob Waitkus

Janice wore Kay UngerRed Dress from Neiman Marcus, white fur Jacques Ferber. I loved her handbag from Anthropologie and elegant 18k Caviar LAGOS jewelery

Brad Marshall and Sarah Marshall arrive at the pre concert cocktail party at the Academy of Music. Sarah is wearing Monique Lhuillier  from Neiman Marcus


Susan Boulton and Mark Mills
Stunning in winter white Elizabeth Wixted and Kyle Scott. 2018 will be a very good year in deed as the happy couple are engaged to be married

Another couple walking down the aisle this year Erika Blatt and Cory Siegfried, who will exchange rings in April.

I wish I had gotten a full length shot of these two beauties, but it was upstairs during the cocktail hour and it was packed. I love, love, love their textured dresses: Rafaela Torres with a mix of gold, black and silver applique dress and Carrie Benson silver, black and grey applique dress

This photo doesn’t do Alissa Frederico‘s dress justice as I forgot to change my white balance on my camera with Alex Holley scarlet red silk satin strapless gown.

Dress: @marchesafashion Baubles: @bernierobbinsjewelers MUA: @seth_bartonroberts for @priv Headband: @justinemcouture @labellemariee Hair:


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Sharon Phillips Waxman with daughter Mackenzie Drew.
Sharon’s company SPW Productions was one of the producers of the Academy Ball event again this year.


SPW Productions secured the entertainment which were seen along the Broad Street promenade. The women on the left is wearing a spectacular gown, which makes my list of the 24 best list.


 Yasmina Moukarzel and John Giordano, had the wedding of the century last year, and my pick for one of the best events of the year in an earlier post on chitchat.  Yasmina is wearing Giambattista Valli haute couture


Kristin Detterline, beautiful green gown accessorized with Bernie Robbins jewelry and Justin Jeffers


Anne Hamilton, Board Member of the Academy of Music, here with husband Matt Hamilton

Best Dressed repping the Philadelphia Eagles as Anne drapped the flag around her beautiful gown, with a ribbon.


Stunning and never disappointing Anne Callahan wearing Oscar de la Renta


Best dressed of the evening, Dr. Nina Radcliff looks gorgeous in her spring like gown, a staunch Trump supporter, Dr. Nina, TV personality and columnist’s date for the Ball was the handsome Democratic Senator Larry Farnese, proving that you can reach across the aisle, put politics aside and find common ground.
For all the details on the 161st Anniversary Ball

For more photos from the Ball check out Philly Style Magazine and CBSPhilly. Additional Photos will appear in the March issue of Philadelphia Magazine (some may be on this page) and next weeks Liberty City Press

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January Galas: Academy Ball and Hair of the Dog Dress Suggestions

There are two big galas coming up in the next 2 week. The Hair of the Dog affectionately known as HOD is January 20 and the Academy of Music 161st Anniversary Concert and Ball on January 27. People always ask me what should they wear when they attend these galas. I have a few examples from my “Best Dressed List” of both parties last year. (Need a Tux or White Tie, head to MenWearhouse on 1600 block Chestnut Street. For you guys going to Academy, we have a group number set up. Anyone will do, but if Will Speed is there, ask for him. -Ad)
First up is the Academy Ball.

The Academy Ball is a White Tie Gala. The most gallant, and strictest in criteria for dress.

 

For women it means formal, floor length evening gown, best jewels and often women will wear gloves. For men it’s black tail coat (not a white one like I originally thought the first time I went, opps) matching pants with a single satin or braid stripe, a white wing collar shirt, a white vest or white pique’ waist coat, studs and a white bow tie. Black shoes.


Not the correct bow tie or vest Mr Short

Gorgeous

Perfect

This duo is always on my best dressed list at a lot of parties,
but in this case his shoes may not be appropriate for a White Tie Gala

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Hair of the Dog is a Black Tie event

 


Formal evening gown or dress, or dressy cocktail dress. Males: Black tuxedo jacket, matching trousers, formal (pleated front or pique’) white shirt, black (silk, satin) bow tie, black cummerbund to match tie, optional suspenders, black patent shoes, black dress socks.

 

Jen Sherlock’s gown is perfect for either gala, although too much of a “nude” panel would not be acceptable at Academy Ball, while Jen’s friend cute cocktail dress is perfect for HOD


Vivian’s gown is perfect for HOD, and would be ok for the Academy Ball.
It’s gorgeous!!


These dresses are perfect for the HOD


Definitely adorable for HOD


Gorgeous gown, but the Academy Ball frowns on too much breast, where at HOD we celebrate it.
Hopefully these examples will give you an idea of what is appropriate for each event.

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20 Photos of the Most Memorable Radnor Hunt Race Fashions and Hats

20 Photos of the Most Memorable Radnor Hunt Race Fashions and Hats

The Radnor Hunt Races celebrated its 87th Anniversary on May 20, 2017. Thousands of guests were on hand to watch seven races, including the Preakness which was shown on TV screens high above the ground, after 6 Radnor Races concluded. Despite the gloomy weather, most guests dressed in their derby finest, although I did see a few ho hum dull colors dotting the landscape this year which was surprising; attendees enjoyed parading the grounds while party hoping from tent to tent, or enjoying  the races at tailgate parties, in sponsor tents or by pulling up a chair along the fence. All proceeds from the Radnor Hunt Races benefit the land and water preservation programs of theConservancy | Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.
PS Please don’t take a photo off for 2 days, but instead link to the site to share the love. Thanks, and my mortgage thanks you too.

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Alexander Hankin always delivers, his shoes are amazing with him are two beauties
Molli Weisband (she has the cutest Havanese named Frankie) and Jocelyn Waldes, who has already crossed Cuba and Marfa off her bucket list.

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This whole damn bunch is doing derby dress proud
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Tiffany Arey wearing the most exquisite hat HD1_3383 (Custom)

Eileen Wixted and Elizabeth Wixted
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Jenn Frederick and Kristy Sevag
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Corey Cohee, Kelli Cohee, Rebecca Howell and Isaac Howell

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Family fabulous:  Garrett Smith, Judy Quinter Smith, Stephanie Smith Desjardins and Garrett Desjardins Radnor
Not a bad thread in this bunch
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Ladies in waiting
Lana Salerno, Ava Salerno, Maya Salerno and Maggie SalernoRadnor

Fashionable, fun and fabulous
Celina Dubow

 

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Perfect Pair – Nicole Keshishian and Meredith West

 

 

 

 

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Best Dressed Couples: Gillian Beale-King,  (Live by the trinity of what is true, good, and beautiful.”) Alexander Christ
with Stacey Kracher in Nicole Miller and Brandon M. Morrison, Chief Operating Officer at PRDC Properties (740 Sansom St)

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Won for most beautiful and rightfully so from hat to toe they both look amazing
Millinery designer Zoya Egan and her husband James Egan

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Paul de Janosi and Lydia Brown, co-chair of the 2018
Academy of Music 161st Anniversary Concert and Ball

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Winner of Best Radnor Hunt Race Derby Day Dressed:
Dave Maser, Zoe Maser and Allison Young, co-chair The Academy of Music Young Friends
Mommy and Me matching dresses

Tomorrow check back for Preakness at the Piazza Best Dressed.
That’s gonna be a hard one, everyone looked amazing

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Check out Philly Style Magazine today for several parties I covered last week including the

Bulgari Private Cocktail Party
and
Bourbon Bash 3

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The Best Dressed of the Academy of Music 160th Anniversary Concert and Ball

The Best Dressed of the Academy of Music 160th Anniversary Concert and Ball

PS Some of these photos will appear in Philly Mag, a few photos that will run are not included here and finally please DO NOT take a photo until 3 days, you may link back to my page though which I would appreciate. Then on Friday you may come back and screen shot the pix you want and post it, but please again link back to my site. Also it’d be good if you did this for Susan Scovill and Al For as well. Clicks on our site help us with clients and advertisers. This column took over 12 hours to write as it’s difficult to whittle down the pictures to the best of the best 30 photos, especially when i know nearly everyone I photograph.
Thanks, now on with the show…..

Oh what a night. Saturday night I went to my 6th Academy Ball. It was magical and one of the best I’ve attended. Attendance was up, and there was a good mix of people from all walks of life, and many more young people than ever before packing the dance floor until 2AM. The evening began with the Chairman’s Reception at the Academy of Music, then there’s the concert, afterwards guests promenade up Broad Street to the Hyatt at The Bellevue where guests dine in one of the 5 different public spaces at the historic hotel. Each room with a different musical theme – jazz, waltzes, current pop, country, and classical. I make it a point to hit each room and enjoy the vibe, especially in the Rose Garden Ballroom where guests traditionally waltz, jitterbug and quickstep.

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Colleen Wyse, Stephen K. Klasko MD, president of Thomas Jefferson, Lucia Languino, MD and Dario C. Altieri, MD – The Wistar Institute – All are looking amazing in White Tie

Speaking of traditions, the Academy Ball’s dress is White Tie. White tie, also called full evening dress, is the most formal evening dress code in Western fashion, gowns for women and white tie formal for men. Although everyone I photographed looked amazing, my best dressed picks adhered to the standard of the White Tie. I would never want to see it go away, it’s the last one we have in Philly, and it’s on par with State Dinners as well as The Met Gala, another event I have covered in the past. It’s a nice tradition.

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The Co-Chairmen for 160th Anniversary Concert and Ball  were Georgiana W. Noll and Harry E. Hill III
Young Friends Co-Chairmen Lynsie Solomon and Scott S. Johnson

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Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and

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OK Martin Short is not dressed White Tie, but I’ll let him slide

special guest artist Martin Short kept the nearly 2000 people in attendance entertained for about 90 minutes, slipping into characters he’s made famous – Ed Grimley and Jiminy Glick; and I was surprised that he had such a good singing voice. He was really amazing and a great choice for the 160th anniversary.

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Also on the bill was Soprano Vanessa Vasquez, an Academy of Vocal Arts resident artist, sang an aria from Puccini’s La rondine. Vanessa had LED lights under her dress, which made her dress glitter as she glided across the floor. With her is André Courville;

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Meredith West wearing a gown from Jan’s Boutique in Cherry Hill and Erin Cook

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This group Ben Cross, Rosemary Connors, Alisa Frick and Tony Frick always looks amazing, but Alisa choice of a royal blue Nicole Miller dress is breathtaking.  I wish I had asked Rosemary more about that dress, and her necklace, just amazing. Yeah the boys look good too, but how lucky are they to have these stunners on their arms.

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Richard Roccato and Greg Schwab head upstairs to the President’s Reception at the Academy of Music for the pre-party before the concert and Ball. For a white tie event, a white or red carnation are traditional.

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Joanna McNeil Lewis wearing NY Designer Donald Deal, John Saler and Christina Saler is wearing Jovani with a lace illusion mid-section gown, which is very popular now, and this style gown is appropriate for a White Tie Gala.

Danelsy Medrano, MBA and Doug Oliver

Definitely one of the best dressed of the night with the most brilliant smiles. Great posture, and
perfect hand on hip placement. I like the dramatic background as well. Next year I’m posing everyone here.
Danelsy Medrano, MBA and Doug Oliver

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These two are adorable. Andrew Culbard, from Scottland and Peter McQuillan, from Ireland, heard about The Academy Ball from friends in Europe and flew in just for the occasion.
(Scottish Highland dress is often worn to black- and white-tie occasions, especially at Scottish reels and ceilidhs; )

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For women  the rules are simple Formal (floor length) evening gown and Long gloves (optional) and Teresa Nino (2012/13 co-chair of Young Friends of the Academy Ball) looks fabulous with fiance Dr. Christopher M. Kenney, Esq. Congrats are in order as well as the two will be welcoming their first child in 2017.

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Philly Chit Chat’s choice for Best Dressed of 2016 makes the list for Best Dressed at the Academy Ball is not a surprise.
Flo Celender (wearing Juan Carlos Pinera) and Rick Celender

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Jim Dever, Bank of America’s Philadelphia market president and Dr. Lynn G. Dever, MD

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Steven and Sylvia Feinberg, with daughter Lynsie Solomon, Young Friends Co-Chairmen (wearing Rene Ruiz) and Evan Solomon

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Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
You’ll have to wait til the March issue of Philly Mag to see what he changed into.

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After the concert guests were serenaded by several groups along the way to the Hyatt at the Bellevue. This was the creative idea of event producer Sharon Phillips Waxman a few years back.

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Mark Nicoletti and his daughters Francesca, Megan, and Sophia begin the promenade down Broad Street after the concert.

Otis and Faith Hightower
Otis and Faith Hightower

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Toni Leslie and fashion blogger Ian Michael Crumm wearing a vintage tail coat, tailored from a coat he found in his moms closet, Zara pants, Bruno Magli shoes, a Baume and Mercier watch from Bernie Robbins, and his newly dyed gray locks are by Roxy at The Rittenhouse Spa.

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Alisa Frederico, Style Director at Dressing Jane, wearing Theia Couture with baubles by Bernie Robbins, and Alex Holley, Good Day Fox 29, wearing Bloomingdale’s private label brand Aqua

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Gary Frank, Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Chairman Nominations & Governance, Chair 2016 Opening Night Philadelphia Orchestra Association and Alexian Timeus

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Outstanding as always, Anne Callahan, wearing Giambattista Valli (and fur for the walk) in 2017 Color Of The Year – Greenery (This was last year’s dress, which she never got to wear because of the snow storm) and  Charles Croce, Executive director Philadelphia History Museum

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Chris Young and Danielle Hankin
(I’m kinda bummed I didn’t have Danielle take off her coat, as I had others do, but I can still see this outfit is fantastic)

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Nick Nicholson and Tara Theune Davis
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Betsy Johnson and Scott Johnson, Young Friends Co-Chairmen walk up Broad Street to the Bellevue, seranaded by The Philadelphia Handbell Ensemble.

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Stunning couple, and that dress OH MY Jenine Neff and David Neff

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Jimmy Schaeffer, Adele Schaeffer and Nicole Schaeffer

Robert Santorsa and Ary Modesto

Robert Santorsa and Ary Modesto

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Katie Clemm (wearing Jovani at Nieman Marcus) and Ryan Kayson

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STUNNING – Terry Leach, and Jenny DeHuff of The Philly Voice, wearing Badgley Mischka.

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Rachel Sill wearing Carrer de la Riera (she wore this to the Grammy’s last year) and Justin Wineburgh

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Brandon Morrison (Custom Tux by LR2, and walking stick by Tobox) and Stacey Kracher, wearing Nicole Miller (only 5 of these gowns were made in the collection)

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Erik and Ellen Gregorie, who looked equally classy on the dance floor in the Rose Garden Ballroom

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Then it was time for dinner and

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as tradition has it, no photos are to be taken after dinner. Although you can catch a lot of social media snaps by all who attended.

Over $2 Million was raised proceeds go to the Restoration Fund for the Academy of Music

Head to Philly Metro to more pics from the night

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2016 Best Dressed in Philly as Photographed By Moi

I think I have an eye for fashion, I might not know what you’re wearing, but I know when your the complete package. Fashion isn’t always about thread count, I look for style, personality and confidence. What I noticed this year is the hand on the hip trend is over (see pixs below), but for those who still like to do it, please know where your hip is, it’s not chest level. It was sometimes hard to choose who should be on this list, Philly fashion has gotten really good in the past decade I’ve been chronically it, so thanks. I remember arriving in Philly after shooting celebs and society in NYC. I would ask people here what they were wearing. No one really knew,  in fact everyone was really just wearing black from the Gap. Nowadays that has changed, people are more aware of looking good when out, even using services like “Rent the Runway”, you never know when someone wants you in a #Selfie, or posing in a Photobooth or better yet on the pages of PhillyChitChat. These shots are in no particular order, and most have not appeared on the PhillyChitChat Best Dress list previously.

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First of all Congrats to Laura Buscher and Connor Barwin on their engagement. Love them. It’s great to get to know them as much as a social photographer gets to know the people he shoots. She’s super sweet down to earth, and successful in her own right; and he’s a great guy who understands his celebrity, and uses it for the good of the world, especially Philly. Not only is he philanthropic with money, but with his time as well, which as we all know is equally as important.
I hear they give out the best candy to the kids at Halloween as well.
BTW he’s the first in Philly that has been rocking the sneakers at black tie galas too. Here they’re at the Rittenhouse Square Ball in June, but at Pifa in April he had a pair of black chucks on.

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Kellan White and Nicole Allen White. They were on last year’s list of people to watch for. These two are fashionable, as well as political. They are community organizers, and care about our future.

Kellan White, City Council of Philadelphia and Nicole Allen White, Director of Government and External Affairs at Philadelphia Museum of Art

Kellan White, City Council of Philadelphia and Nicole Allen White, Director of Government and External Affairs at Phila Museum of Art at the Waldorf on the eve of the Pa Society

One of them is going to be mayor some day. They’re the founders of the Patterson Society, a political organization that holds a party in Philly the same night the Pa Society holds one in NYC, attracting young folks interested in politics who might not yet be at the level of affording the Pa Society. This year Gov Tom Wolf made an appearance at their fundraiser.

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The always fashionable Flo Celender and Rick Celender.

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Mrs. Celender tells me that she and the Mr. are retired and the only things they do these days are support the many causes that are important to them be it cure cancer or one of the many cultural organizations that we all love. I noticed them about 3 years ago at the LLS Red & White Ball and have been smitten with photographing them ever since cause  they bring it, and they’re very kind as well. I don’t think they ever see the photos as they told me they don’t have a computer.

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Michael Chobart, Housepainter and Barbara Katz-Chobert, retired after having having a heart transplant and 2 strokes over 15 years ago. Adversity does not keep Barbara down for the count. She’s philanthropic with her time and money, a cheerleader for her friends going through crisis and  a fashion plate. She loves her Nicole Miller.

James Healy and Emma Fried-Cassorla, Philly Love Notes

James Healy and Emma Fried-Cassorla, Philly Love Notes. Simple style, they exude confidence and have great smiles.

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If Robert Nonemacker (l) had a theme song it would be “Thank You For Being A Friend”, he’s always helping out friends on their events and projects. He’s a fly dresser and his best accessory is that killer smile of his. Scott Silber and Al Drulis (r) have been together nearly as long as Mike and I, and remain ageless. Scott was Kelly Ripa’s next door neighbor while growing up, but no matter how much I grill him he doesn’t give up the goods.
It’s great to see a couple grow in love, with grace and a good fashion sense.  (Indigo Ball 2016)

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With her gorgeous red hair, Kristin Detterline is a subtle trendsetter wearing this seasons Nicole Miller.
As Editor-in-Chief, Philadelphia Style Magazine, Kristin has to attend many events during the social season and one could never get bored looking at her or engaging in chit chatter. She remembers everything, and wants updates on your family.

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Shortly before Christmas she was on the scene at the Orpheus Club of Philadelphia concert at the Academy of Music wearing this gorgeous red dress, perfect for the season and the dressy concert.

 

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I could do a whole blog post on Stacey Kracher, she is a fashion plate, and that body it’s ridiculous. She works hard for it, just check out her inspirational instagrams.

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Equally as stunning in the style column is her handsome beau Brandon Morrison.
We all drop our forks when we come across their beach pixs during their annual trips to the beach.

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(I didn’t take this photo, but see what I mean, drops fork)

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I’ve photographed Kareem Agostini and Todd Agostini a few times and they always look fabulous as they do here at the Opening Gala for Opera Philadelphia 16/17 Season.  Thankfully she shares her style and sass on her successful blog called Big Bella Donna Fashion: Beyond The Blog

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The style apple doesn’t fall far from the tree as Mark and Helene Hankin‘s children Alexander and Danielle always find themselves on the otherside of many of Philly’s social photographers, including mine. This year they’re on my best dressed list – everything is so fabulous, down to their exquisite pose.

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I ran into these two people at the Scarpetta opening, I can’t recall their names, but I love her dress and purse despite a minor clashing problem, her pose is perfect, and her guy not only looks great but has perfect posture, something I’m too lazy to remember to do. I love his casual style with jeans, a sports coat and pocket square.
People often ask me what is cocktail attire, this is it.

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Adam Joseph, wearing a snappy wooden bow tie in honor of the forrest in the National Parks which was the theme of the PHS Flower Show 2016, with equally dapper Cecily Tynan wearing a gorgeous Sherry Hill gown.

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Philly Style Magazine’s publisher John Colabelli and his wife Lauren Colabelli live up to the title of the magazine – They are Philly Style. Whenever I see them they are dressed impeccably. John is always pressed to perfection with his monogrammed shirts.

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Looking fabulous at the Rittenhouse Square Ball:
Toni Leslie
, Co-Creator at REALM, Gabriele Snow (looking very much like Robert Pattison) and Holly Kinser

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Onyx Roberts, Global Lipstick Fashion Blog and Jeta Stephens, Global Lipstick Fashion Blog
at the CJ Walker Luncheon. I was nearly out the door, when I ran back to capture them.
Loved seeing these outfits on a cold winter day.

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Francesca Ruscio, NBC10, Traffic girl

James Crosby, Crosby & Co and Francesca Ruscio, PHL17, who both headed off to the Guns & Roses concert at the Linc.

the Former Miss Philadelphia 2013 wore this unique outfit to the PSM Hot List Party, and it was hot. She was the best dressed in attendence. Getting to look this fabulous isn’t easy, she eats gluten free, low glycemic, and vegetarian meals.  And just like Stacey Kracher, Francesca also works out religiously. (Did I mention I lost 35lbs last year. Next year I might put something like this on.)

Mike Toub, Kristin Detterline, Justin Pizzi, Christie Mandia and Brandon Mandia

Christie Mandia is not only stunningly beautiful, kind and creative, but she is a serious fashion plate, whether she’s wearing sweats *we live in the same building, or she’s out on the town her clothing is gorgeous and accessorized just right.

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Who else could wear black to their wedding to Brandon Mandia, look fabulous and have the whole town talking about it.

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Barry A. Milberg and Laurie Phillips, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services. As Philly’s condo queen, Laurie Phillips is well respected in the community. I’ve always loved her style. She loves her scarves, and capes and they look good on her.

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Thora Jacobson Executive Director, Philadelphia Art Alliance, John Wind, Artist, Barbara Eberlein, Eberlein Design Consultants Ltd. and Laurie Phillips, co-chair of Fall at the Mansion Dinner. – And seriously those shoes are a win. I remember at an earlier event she ask me not to shoot them, but the second time I saw her in them I told her they had to be captured, it’s her essence of casual but stylish at a fairly formal dinner party.

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Which brings me to Barbara Eberlein, who’s been on the society scene for awhile. She is always impeccably dressed, and very sweet. Always one to say hello.  It’s a joy to photograph her as she’s always with the people I want to capture, and she has a radiant smile. With her are David Seltzer and Jerry Wind

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Not only are they a dynamic duo on screen on Fox 29’s Good Day, but off screen they’re each other best friends.
Mike Jerrick zany personality plays well to Alex Holley‘s straight man sidekick, but it’s not an act. They’re really like that. Mike’s a great guy with a world of experience, and Alex is that hometown girl, and it explodes on screen as we watch at home saying “did he really say that?” as Alex cringes a bit before LOL, as we all are at home.

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Both of them have up their fashion game this passed year.
They have style, they have grace, they’re my pick for Best Dressed in Philadelphia 2016.
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Monday I will tell you which parties were the best, as far as fun, decor and party people.
Have a great weekend:)