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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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STUNNING
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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Diner en Blanc 2016 at the Art Museum a Pictorial

Good Friday morning. OMG what an amazing night, everyone who attended said it was the best location. I am busy preparing columns for Philly Mag, Philly Style Mag and Philly Metro but wanted to drop a few shots here for your enjoyment as well. On Monday I will have a column of my fashion, food and table best of pics from Diner en Blanc Philadelphia, the 5th Anniversary. 5,000 were excited to carry tables, chairs, tableware, and dinner to an undisclosed location, a few hundred even travelled as far away as Sugarhouse, Independence Hall *they were bused part of the way, City Hall, 30th Street Station, Eastern State Penn, The Waterworks and other locations in Center City.

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6:15pm to 7:15pm, guests gather at meeting spots around the city before heading to final destination (Please contact us to meet up with groups at departure points)

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7:15pm, arrival at location and set-up

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7:45pm (estimated), tradition of white napkins waiving to mark the start of dinner

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This year’s official caterers are 33rd Street Hospitality Catering, Reading Terminal Market and Luke Palladino Catering. Apothic Wines is proud to be the official wine sponsor of the 2016 US Diner en Blanc series, including Philadelphia.
(Photo Credit: Kory Aversa)

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Table art where guests bring imagination and creativity to their table settings diner

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9:15pm (estimated), 5,000 sparklers to light up the night to signify the opening of the dance floor

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11:00pm, participants gather all their belongings and rubbish to leave the location as clean as when they arrived and invited to attend the after-party at Sofitel Hotel Philadelphia HD1_8788 (Custom) HD1_8803 (Custom) And everyone I asked said they can’t wait til next year.

Check back on Monday for my Best Dressed, Best Table and Best Pix choices, plus I’ll have the links to Philly Mag and Philly Style Mag of the photos I placed there. Have a great weekend. HughE

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Alicia DiMichele Celebrates Milestones In South Jersey

Last week friends and family of Alicia DiMichele celebrated two favorite things- Alicia DiMichele’s BIRTHDAY &  first anniversary of her namesake boutique  (at the Promenade – 500 Route73 South, D3, ) First Year Anniversary!! It all went down with a big Hollywood glam party during the day and a fantastic birthday party in the evening at LaScala’s Fire Italian-American Dining and Take-out restaurant, at the Promenade, 500 NJ-73, Marlton, NJ 08053.  (I was invited but had already committed to the Radnor Hunt and Preakness at the Piazza.)

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Alicia DiMichele Boutique ‘s  – Owned and curated by Alicia DiMichele of Mob Wives, the inspiration for the stores comes from the desire to allow women to project their personality through fashion; whether it´s power and confidence, fierce and sexy, or cool and laid back you can find your fashion inspiration at Alicia DiMichele Boutique’

Alicia DiMichele Jewelz Entertainment

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Always dress like you are going to see your worst enemy!

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Carlo Garofalo, Anthony Fioravanti, Alicia DiMichele, Rocco Garofalo

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Paulina Baumann and Jill Rizen Hennig

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Sweet Chocolates
Remember last year We went were at the Opening Party

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D.J. Freezie

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Dawn Roundtree and Donnese Nobling

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The most glamorous cake pops

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Rena Ali and Nikita Daga

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Anthony DiMichele and Lindsay Moreno

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Rebecca Bernstein and, Maureen Vecere

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Buffy Harakidas, Alicia DiMichele and Maureen Vecere –

We can’t say it enough !!! THANK YOU ALL for coming out and celebrating with us! This first year has been nothing but amazing and we hope our girl gang only grows !! Love you all so much says Alicia

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Tracey Wolf and Michele Leone

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Paulina Baumann, Marcy Castelli, Amelia Garino,Torry Hofacker

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Alura Agnes in the hottest jumpsuit –

The Kristina Jumpsuit

 

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Mike DeCicco,Brandon Tarzy,Kevin Esplund, Anthony Fioravanti

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Amanda Mascieri and Megan Hofacker

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Buffy Harakidas and Alicia DiMichele

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Marcy Castelli, Paulina Baumann, Alicia DiMichele, Amelia Garino, and Torry Hofacker

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Lisa & Samantha Silvestro

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Dawn Roundtree and Donnese Nobling

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Happy Birthday and Congratulations to my friend Alicia DiMichele!!

Photo: Andre Flewellen

 

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Divas Simply Singing in Stunning Fashion for Charity

Saturday night, the original Dream Girl – Sheryl Lee Ralph brought her long running HIV/AIDS Charity concert to the Dell Music Center in Fairmount Park. The concert was a huge success raising awareness, and money for services in and around Philadelphia as well as to her on charitable organization100% of the proceeds from DIVAS Simply Singing! supports The DIVA Foundation’s awareness and prevention programs.

There’s no mistake about it Miss Sheryl Lee Ralph (Mrs. Sheryl Lee Ralph-Hughes) brought it the moment she hit the stage.
It was a beautiful night, and the Dell Music Center was full of people who wanted to here the DIVA’s Sing. In my Philly Mag column I bring you to the concert, the link is at the bottom of page. The all-star line-up features Faith Evans , Angela Winbush, Meli’sa
Morgan , Monifah , Candace Benson, runner-up on season 7 of BET Sunday
Best, Philly’s own Carol Riddick, Matthew Schuler , contestant on season 5 of The Voice  and Urban Guerilla Orchestra.
On Philly Chit Chat we’re just going to be mesmerized by the flawlessness of Miss Sheryl Lee Ralph

Who I fell in love with in 1993 when my friend David Powell, Dan Hrabosky and Alex Miller headed to Washington DC for the “March On Washington.” Diva’s Simply Singing was celebrating their third year raising awareness for HIV/AIDS and we went to the concert, although I vaguely recall Dan heading out for a date.
I remember that the late, great Teena Marie was also on the bill that evening as well as many other amazing talents. It left a lasting impression on me.
When the 25th Anniversary Diva’s Simply Singing announced they were coming to the Dell East I knew I had to get the word out, as well as cover it.
Sheryl Lee Ralph and her glam squad
The billing , cause and turn out didn’t disappoint. Check out the legendary Faith Evans posing for the photographers.

But the highlight of the evening had to be when Sheryl Lee Ralph surprised her husband, Senator Vincent Hughes with Pastor Campbell on stage so that they could renew their vows after 10 years of blissful marriage. To the right is his step-children, and her children – Ivy-Victoria Maurice and Etienne Maurice. Congratulations to the new newlyweds!!
http://www.phillymag.com/ticket/2015/08/24/divas-pack-dell-music-center-for-a-powerhouse-concert-for-aids/

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Alicia DiMichele to Close Her Stores in Cherry Hill and East Passyunk

Alicia DiMichele opened her East Passyunk store “Addiction Boutique” in June 2013 to much fan fare, and among rumors that she’d be starring in the upcoming season of Mob Wives.

The store was a big success, as was her turn on mob wives. She was, and is a personable person, garnering many fans and supporters as they saw her life unfold on TV. Her business exploded, with fans turning into custormers who purchased bought into her brand of cutting edge, sexy, New York street fashion designs at both her east Passyunk and Cherry Hill stores, as well as online.

Alicia went through many life changes on just one season of Mob Wives, and decided it wasn’t how she wanted to live her life; she’s raising a family, running a business and Mob Wives took a lot of time away from the life she wanted to live, so she left the show. But the fans stayed with her, and she interacts with them everyday online which is really nice. I ran into her Saturday night at Hair of the Dog, she told me about her plans for the new year.

In 2015, she’s about to embark on another big move. She’s closing both her “Addicted” East Passyunk and Cherry Hill clothing stores, re-branding her company, launching a clothing line and


  opening a new store February 1 at the Promenade in Marlton called “Alicia DiMichele“.

Tonight see her at The Pool after dark where you can see her new spring new clothing line.

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Golden Globe Gowns For Affordable Prices at David’s Bridal, Plus Winter Sales at Nicole Miller and Sophy Curson

Good Monday Morning. Hope you had a great weekend. I’m working on my PhillyMag column regarding a fun party I went to on Friday night at Stratus Lounge. Besides being a fabulous party, I noticed that Stratus Lounge has tented over the entire rooftop lounge & it’s heated. This is a game changer and will definitely help the winter doldrums for a bar that celebrates the great outdoors.

 David’s Bridal sent me a press release matching gowns they have with some of the gowns worn on the red carpet at the Golden Globes last night. Last night’s Golden Globes produced some
show-stopping fashion moments. Below are some of the head turning red
carpet lookalikes that are both on-point and on-trend for your award
show fashion coverage. (you can click on the photos to make them larger.)
Whether you’re looking
for a classic black gown like Amal Clooney’s red carpet stunner,

craving
to achieve the shimmering style of stars like Reese Witherspoon

or
trying to emulate the red carpet aisle style of Salma Hayek’s ivory ball
gown,

Just like the Red Carpet season has begun nationally, the same goes for the Philadelphia area as well. The Hair of the Dog is next week, then it’s the Academy Ball, The Auto Show’s Black Tie Tailgate and before you know it the Philadelphia Flower Show gala. Another favorite place to shop, is holding their most fabulous sale of the year, Nicole Miller Philadelphia.

One last fashion fun, I spotted this cape at

Sophy Curson: Fine Clothing For Women

19th & Sansom Street

Kinda cute, and they’re having a nice sale too.

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Reality: Aviva Drescher in Philly; Ed Sheeran with Fans & July 4th Fashionable Peeps

This Would Have Been Great TV if filmed for the Real Housewives of New York:

You might have read in Molly Eichel’s column and AD Amorosi’s column about the reality show star who came to town and wreaked havoc. What happened was Avida Drescher and family wanted to come to Philly to experience July 4th in our fair City. She had her publicist call ahead of time to see what they could see, where they should go, eat etc.

Their publicist Matt Dillon did exactly what a publicist is supposed to do, create a great experience for the least about of headaches; except he over committed and disappointed a few PR people by canceling at the last minute for at least three visits to prearranged places. And this was July 4th weekend so many of the people they were to meet had been on vacation and changed their plans.

Reid Drescher and Aviva Drescher are seen leaving Treemont restaurant in Philadelphia, PA

I knew they were coming to town as a PR person tipped me off and I rearranged my weekend to get a shot of them at a high end spa on Sunday. Why did I do it, I love what I do, I love journaling it and I love sharing it. It’s what I do, but I was sad they weren’t going to the spa or making cheesesteaks with an owner.

I do understand they have kids and kids are driving the bus. After a day at Sesame Place on Saturday, the kids were pretty wiped out, and two events the Drescher’s canceled were booked for Sunday. They also canceled one on Thursday.



Sunday I got a call from The Dreschers to meet them
at the Monaco Hotel, where they stayed for the weekend. (I asked them to pose outside.)



I met Reid, Aviva, and children Hudson, and Sienna in the lobby where they were
playing with the items in the Kidz Corner.  Friday they went to the historic sites, and then had dinner at
Pizzaria Stella near South Street (They told me the area reminded them of
Brooklyn.) Afterwards they went to the Franklin Fountain in Old City. Saturday
they went to Sesame Place. That evening Aviva made an appearance an appearance at
ICandy to the delight of her gay fans who posted lots of pixs on Instagram (that appearance happened when Matt ran into someone at Treemont who took him on a tour of Philly Gay Bars and he was able to book an appearance there. Pretty darn  lucrative.)  Sunday it was breakfast at Red Owl
Tavern at Hotel Monaco. Aviva told me she enjoyed doing the Real Housewives
series, even with all its drama because it’s allowed her a greater reach in
helping others through her philanthropic work as the
National Spokesperson for One Step Ahead and other organizations helping
amputees.

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Ed Sheeran performs a private concert at Q102


Ginger’s rule

This fan came all the way from Texas to meet Ed Sheeran. She won a radio contest call in at Q102, as did everyone in the audience. Ed just took a selfie and a selfie with the audience with her phone. Later he and Q102 retweeted it.
Fans who didn’t win the radio contest, but waited outside for a chance to meet Ed Sheeran. Usually when the crowd is this large a celeb will go out a side door, and he did.
Rocco from Q102. Did you know he co-owns the healthy Fuel eateries around town?

Ed Sheeran fans who got an autographed photo, and a photo with Ed, which can be found on the Q102 website.

I shot Nicki Minaj leaving the Ritz-Hotel. She was make-up free, friendly and sexy

The shots appeared in PhillyMag, Molly Eichel’s Philly Gossip, The UK Daily Mail and several other outlets.

 Ran all the way from the Ritz to the Four Season and nearly beat Nicki Minaj who drove.

 Waiting for the celebs at the Four Seasons

David Henry getting ready to go on the air for 6ABC

Christina and Christopher in the media section at Jam on the Parkway

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 YOLO

Miss
Teen Philadelphia 2014 Carlye Zeringue and Miss
Philadelphia 2014 Diamond Edmonds

Every
year I see this family set up their tent in front of my apartment building.
This year
they went all out and brought serious seating to watch the concert on the TV,
then peek out from the tent to watch the fireworks which are shot off across
the street.

My girls at our July 4th Party: Allison Smith, Stacey Kracher, Christie Honigman and Kristin Detterline

YOLO – This is why I moved to the Philadelphian!!

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FASHION FRIDAY: Paine’s Park is Open in Philadelphia for Skateboarding, and nearly any activity

Photos from the opening day and ribbon cutting of the long in planning, short in construction, amazing game changer of a skate board park in Philly. Great to see the dreams and persistence of a lot of people come true.

I love shooting skateboarders, I’m in awe of their fearlessness and talent.
I shot the above photo in 1998 on my way to work about 9AM on a Wednesday.

Former Governor Rendell thanking Mayor Nutter who granted $2 million dollars to the project to match the state’s contribution
 State Representative Brian K. Sims ( lawyer, politician, and activist on LGBT rights), thanks his predecessor Babette Josephs, for all her work on the project.
 Claire Laver, Executive Director, Franklin’s Paine Skatepark Fund and Josh Nims, Operations Manager at Schuylkill River Development Corporation

 The ribbon cutting with Brian Sims, Michael DiBerardinis is Deputy Mayor for Environmental and Community Resources for the City of Philadelphia and Commissioner of the Department of Parks and Recreation, Councilwomen Cindy Bass, Councilman and President Darrell Clark, Sen Larry Farnesse, Mayor Nutter, Josh Nims, John Di Giordano, Mitch Bormack, Board President FPSF, Councilman David Oh,

 
Great trick and socks
When I skateboarded as a kid, they didn’t have these amazing boards. I cracked my board so much, I decorated it with duct tape.
 This park is an going to do more to beat childhood obesity than anything that could be legislated
 It’s also the great equalizer, young, old, straight, gay, black, white I saw using it. The courtesy that goes on is amazing. It’s great to see how everyone waits their turn, and how it’s decided who skates next. It’s great study on humans, and since my major in college was Sociology, I really enjoy watching that process.  Not sure how the skaters, bikers, and scooters are going to fare in the coming days, but I think there’s enough space for them all to get along.
 Emmy award winning cameraman Brad Berner, NBC10 catches the action
 Steve Olitsky, Shanna Olitsky, Tamar Olitsky, The Olitsky Foundation, who helped fund the skate board park, along with Steve Rockman, who is also a Board member with the Olitsky’s.
 The Mayor is ready for his close up, as Brad Berner and Nefertiti Vasquez, NBC10 look on
 The park has a curfew of 1AM to 6AM, but the lights will remain on at night
 observing
 waiting their turn
 glasses
I think they express their style through their boards, they’re all so colorful. They are not afraid of pink either.

 I wonder what the KOP mall would think of his shirt?

 The Mayor greeted as many skaters as he could

 great character building & encouragement going on here. He’s got blades on.

Jumping for joy. You gotta just keep the faith that no one is going to get hurt.

Pink Board

Waiting their turn


at 1:38 professional skateboarder Chris Coles makes a clean run


The rails

Check out the Paine’s Park VIP Party Here, and my PhillyMag column on the Wall Ball Here.

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Joan Shepp a Women of Substance and Style

There are clothing shops in Center City, then there’s Joan Shepp’s, it’s an institution, she’s an innovator and very philanthropic and last week she had her 13th Annual Women of Substance and Style recognition party at her store 1616 Walnut Street in honor of Black History Month

Joan and Ellen Shepp greet their guests
 
 Andrea Muhammad, Faatimah Abdul-Haqq (Mrs Kenny Gamble) and Tuesday Gordon,

David K Simms from Eatible Delights Catering, (r)

Desiree Peterkin-Bell, Communications and Strategy at Office of the Mayor, Michael A. Nutter, Joan Shepp, and Melanie Johnson, special events director for the City of Philadelphia (Happy Birthday Melanie)

Joan Shepp has a men’s department. It’s there you can find Ricky Cantando to assist you in all your fashionable needs.

Jade Barnes, Skai Blue Media, Kharisma McIlwaine, TV Host for The CW/CBS3 Singer Musician Actress and Rakia Reynolds, Owner/Skai Blue Media looking hot in her Joan Shepp’ Issey Miyake dress.

Ora Moore, Jennie Bennett and Tuesday Gordon

Rakia Reynolds looking good, who’s helping to style her? It’s her new summer intern Ian Michael Crumm.
Ruth Butler

Nadirah DeLuca invites her son up to help her accept her award. She was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes a few years ago, normally a shy women who does wonderful acts of kindness behind the scenes, her sons encouraged her to be more public and outspoken in matters, to find a cure, to make a difference. It was really a moving speech. A portion of the proceeds of the event went to benefit the Foundation for Type I Diabetes.

Berlinda Garnett, for being an Emmy nominated Producer for Good Day at Fox 29  (She’s one of my producers when I appear on Good Day)

Tashyra Ayers and brother Tyrone Ayers, Personal Shopper/Wardrobe Stylist

Philly Fashion Bloggers: Blair, Karima Renee, and Mecca Nori, styledoutloud.com
Sara Kelly, Sara Kelly PR, Garrett Olthuis, Stylist and Gina Gannon, Television Traffic Reporter/ Host/ Spokesmodel /Blogger
The following night the two fashionista’s were at the charitable Mondo Valentine’s Day event at Hotel Palomar. Sara Kelly, Sara Kelly PR, Garrett Olthuis, Stylist 
Lisa Garnett, Bruce F Burton, Berlinda Garnett and Derek H Haufeias, Sr
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Jennifer Williams of Vh1’s Basketball Wives Is Over The Drama, but loved dinner at the Waterview Lounge

The Waterview Lounge Presented “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” Hosted by Jennifer Williams of Vh1’s Basketball Wives so after I left the Philadelphia Magazine Design Home party I headed back into town for this very chic event. The Waterview’s Markeem Kendall, Owner and the PR for the event was Carmena Ayo-Davies, 3BG Marketing Solutions

Jennifer Williams is the wife of former NBA Boston Celtics star Eric Williams. She said the program purposely edited the show to create a lot of drama. “I wish they didn’t focus so much on my [denigrating] marriage” she said. In June she filed for a divorce; because heck girl your dirty laundry has been aired and it would be dumb for you to stay in that marriage. She told the audience gathered at the dinner party, that she’s turned her eye towards charity, not just one, but many different charities in hopes to make a difference in others lives.Everyone seemed dressed to the nines and these two were fashion perfect: Learia West and Zairaih Strickland.
Most ladies were wearing PNK Elephant jewelery including Rasheeda Hampton, Quianna Harris, and Ayana Gibbs, all three are with 3B Marketing Solutions.
Jennifer Williams with her beautiful Christian Louboutin shoes
These girls are Football girlfriends, but with no drama so don’t come looking to make a reality show here, except if it’s on fashion and football. Jeniva Barrett, (Asante Samuel’s fiance), Regina Huff, (wife of Leon Huff)
Kijafa Frink (Michael Vick’s Fiance) and Arthur Kade. AK did some great interviews that you’ll have to check out http://arthurkade.com/ That dude is showing up at more and more places and landing a lot of interesting interviews.
Alloyius McIlwaine, Cultures Clothing Co. (Ceo-Founder / Artist / Designer)and Christina Sanchez from Queen Diva Radio
Hello my old friend color. Just because it’s the end of summer these ladies realize that color can be worn right into the next season. Kia Wongus, Ashley Patterson, and Tania Toomer, with her Steve Madden shoes and what kind of bag is that I asked, and she looked at me like I had two heads and said, but I forget what she said. Oy. I’m gonna have learn these names since I appreciate their beauty so much.
Hosting thw Q&A part of the evening are Kharisma McIlwaine, CBS3/CW and Elizabeth Wellington, Phila Inquirer Fashion Writer Jennifer Williams of Vh1’s Basketball Wives. Part of the proceeds will go to the Stop the Madness Foundation, providing South Philadelphia’s youth a way to express their talents through sports and academics. Check out my column at Philly Mag about my coverage of the Design Home Party. Also watch me tomorrow morning on Fox 29 after 9:30PM to catch my coverage of the Phila Eagles Opening Party at G Lounge, with lots of lovely ladies and my coverage of the Nicole Miller’s XIX Stylish Women. Maybe next year you might be on the list since they have asked me before who I thought was most stylish.