Philadelphia Answers Fashion Week with Phashion Phest

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Philadelphia Answers Fashion Week with Phashion Phest

Phasion Phest is Philadelphia’s lauded fashion show held annually in September, featuring a cocktail reception and silent auction followed by a runway show outfitted with looks by local retailers and designers. This year’s production, “Fashion Follies,” will take place in the Rotunda at the Shops at Liberty Place on September 19th at 7:00 p.m. The event was inaugurated 19 years ago by Sharon Phillips Waxman, whose experience in the industry – modeling, working in retail, owning her own modeling agency, and finally acting as head of SPW Productions – led her to challenge the region’s poor reputation in style. In 1994, Phashion Phest began its extravagant career showcasing local retailers for the fashion elite of the Delaware Valley.

Each year, more than 20 retailers, from Macy’s and LOFT to Perrier and Scarlet Fiorella, participate in the runway show, which showcases the best fall styles the city has to offer. All of the products are purchasable at the participating retailers’ stores, meaning you can quickly get a leg up on the latest fall styles. Guests are also treated to presentations of cosmetics and skin care products by brands such as Aveda and can see student displays from local universities at the cocktail reception. Before and after the event, guests are encouraged to eat, mingle, and enjoy the view at the renowned R2L restaurant.

If you’re seeking a night out of a higher caliber than Penn’s campus can provide, Phashion Phest is a great place to start off the night.  The reception, featuring wine and cocktails by Skinny Girl, promises to be a great networking opportunity for anyone interested in the retail field. The best part, of course, is that tickets are only $25 with an under 21 I.D. (normally $50 for non-students and $60 at the door) if you buy in advance. Don’t forget to check out the full list of participating brands and ticketing information.

– Adam Warner

Images courtesy of Philadelphia Weekly

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