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Back for the fourth year in a row, The Philadelphia Collection is taking over the streets of Philly to bring you the best in fashion-forward festivities. From Wednesday, September 18, through Wednesday, September 25, the city-wide celebration of Philly retail and fashion comprises over 75 boutique-hosted parties, expert panels, and trunk shows.
While the lineup includes mainstays like the FBH Philly runway shows, The Rittenhouse Row Fall Fashion Crawl, and Phashion Phest, there are some interesting events this year to appease a diverse crowd. Looking for something new and exciting to attend? Here are our top picks for those under the radar events that appeal to all your sensibilities.—Latanya Vicks
VARIOUS LOCATIONS—Are you a style savvy techie or just itching to launch a boutique, magazine, or an event production company? Multimedia PR agency Skai Blue Media is hosting E Entrepreneurs: Building Your Electronic Empire (Wednesday, September 18, 6pm—8pm) and Passion for Profit: Turning Your Interests Into a Business (Monday, September 23, 4pm—6pm), two workshops to jump-start your entrepreneurial endeavors. Live, learn, launch! [RackedWire]
VARIOUS LOCATIONS—For dapper dandies: Hate sitting idly by while your girlfriend hits the shops? There are a slew of events for the stylish gentleman. Sip, shop, and receive a complimentary shoe shine during Barclay Prime's trio of men's Happy Hours featuring Joan Shepp, Commonwealth Proper, and Metro Men's Clothing (Wednesday, September 18 through Friday, September 20; 5pm—7pm each day); get the perfect suit (and a free shirt!) at the Suitsupply exclusive shopping event (Friday, September 20, all day); or put the finishing touches on your fanciest get-up at Home's pop-up haberdashery featuring Forage bow ties (Thursday, September 19, 6pm—9pm. [Racked Inbox]
OLD CITY—What's cooler than getting pictures snapped by a photographer or uploading your latest outfit to
Instaglam Instagram? Having your likeness sketched by fashion illustrator extraordinaire Denise Fike during the Live Fashion Sketching event at Hotel Monaco. A former instructor of fashion illustration at Drexel and Moore, the talented Fike will be on the scene, sketching the chicest on hand and selling her fashion paintings on Thursday, September 19, from 6pm to 7pm. [RackedWire]
RITTENHOUSE SQUARE— Looking for a low cost way to revamp your fall wardrobe? If you're cash-strapped and crafty, join award winning designer Irina Sigal to remix your current duds at Irina Sigal Style Tips: Clothing Reinvented (Friday, September 20, 4pm—7pm). [Racked Inbox]
BELLA VISTA— In a city full of museums and murals, it's no wonder art-centric events spill over into The Philadelphia Collection. Would you rather peruse the galleries instead of the racks? Head to the Jed Williams Gallery on Friday, September 20, from 5pm to 7pm, for a party celebrating artwork and fiber-art jewelry by Bonnie MacAllister, fused glass jewelry by Iman Roder, and hand-fabricated gemstone art jewelry by Titania's Garden. [RackedWire]
RITTENHOUSE SQUARE—Fine jewelry boutique Craiger Drake Designs will host a trunk show on Tuesday, September 24, from 6pm to 8pm, featuring men's and women's apparel and swimwear from Faherty Brand, a beach-inspired lifestyle brand based in New York City. Cocktails from Art in the Age Craft Spirits and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Each guest will be entered to win prizes courtesy of Faherty Brand and Craiger Drake Designs. [Racked Inbox]
OLD CITY—Hate to buy something only to see that everyone else is wearing it? On Tuesday, September 24, beginning at 6pm, join US*U.S., an Old City co-op boutique featuring seven of the hottest local, independent designers, for an evening of shopping and complimentary cocktails. [RackedWire]
· The Philadelphia Collection 2013 [Official Site]