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i have had the privilege of meeting with production companies involved in the various fashion weeks in this city. two groups produce fashion shows that go on for 2-3 evenings and call it “philadelphia fashion week.” yet they are pretty different– one is focused on couture and extravagant settings, the other on simplicity and local boutique collections– but both claim to be a display of philadelphia fashion identity eventhough their shows are primarily non-philadelphian designers. this does not coincide with people’s expectations when they hear “fashion week”, or their philadelphia-centric mission. if they want to make it akin to other metropolitan city fashion weeks, their intentions need to be adjusted, and if they want to make it a spotlight on philadelphia, the expectations and designers need to be edited.
it turns out that city representative melanie johnson kind of agrees with this. in a recent inquirer article, there was a generous review of the latest shows, mention of the other fashion week, and they revealed melanie johnson’s plan to bring together all of the fashion week agents to create a cohesive week of clothing. it’s my hope that the city finds this blog and asks me and sarah to help because respectfully, all of the people involved have an insular view of what should be done.
the initial thought behind this blog was to try and give a face to style in philadelphia. there’s an international community of bloggers who capture style in practice- or street style- as an illustration of their social culture. while not always comparable, philadelphia has it’s own offerings which this blog will showcase. however, it should extend beyond what people wear and design to include the why. the reach of this blog can be extended to include not just the well-dressed individual, but everything fashion-related that the city has to offer– stores especially! a common complaint is that there isn’t enough places to find designer clothing. as we learn about what’s around here, we’ll relay (and comment on…).
oh and by “we” i mean me (lindsay) and my co-blogger (sarah).
apologies for all the text, i’m going to a warehouse sale tomorrow!