Philadelphia Fashion Week, a three-day fashion extravaganza, will take place on October 8-10, 2009 at the 23rd Street Armory (23rd between Market and Chestnut streets) in Philadelphia. The high-end, sustainable event will fuse the best contemporary brands, directionally independent designers and street wear labels from Philadelphia and around the globe.

Philadelphia Fashion Week will feature at least 15 runway shows to give fashionistas an inside peek into what’s in style for holiday 2009 and spring 2010. Each day will feature student, street wear and contemporary couture runway shows in addition to headlining concerts, dance performances, cuisine from area chefs, an open bar showcasing artisan cocktails and shopping at 12 pop-up boutiques.

“The concept behind Philadelphia Fashion Week is to invite residents and visitors to celebrate the vibrant fashion, food, and arts and culture scene in Philadelphia,” said Kristie Bergey, executive director of Philadelphia Fashion Week and partner of CMK Entertainment, Fashion Week’s event producer. “In a city known for its rich history, we are proud to make history by producing the first fashion week in Philadelphia.”

Here’s a look at just some of the top designers and vendors that will be in attendance –

Gar-de is undoubtedly a new kid on the fashion block, having debuted their first collection only last Fall. Dedicated to promoting local product development, sourcing and inspiration, Garde works with high quality materials and specialized artisans from around the globe to create their cutting edge designs. Though still young, their provocative designs have garnered the attention and praise of Nylon magazine, Elle and the fashion bible WWD (Women’s Wear Daily). They have also grabbed the attention of fashionable Philadelphia residents and will be seen on the runway at Philadelphia Fashion Week.

Cristina Vitiello sold her first jewelry designs in 2005. Four years later you can find her eclectic, whimsical pieces sold at high-end boutiques around the country. Recently her pieces have gained the attention of Jill Scott and Rihanna, but in spite of her new found spotlight, she remains committed to giving back to others. Cristina V. frequently conducts trunk shows and create unique pieces to support numerous fundraisers and charities. Because of her high level of commitment to both social responsibility and impeccably fashionable design, we are thrilled to have her on board as a vendor for Philadelphia Fashion Week.

After making the cover of American Vogue 27 times, Wilhelmina Cooper founded her namesake modeling agency, Wilhelmina Models. Wilhelmina Models is among the largest and most successful model management companies across the globe. Having worked with most of the big names in the fashion industry they continue to extend their hold in fashion through the launch of the successful TV show, “She’s Got The Look.” And we are proud to announce them as the exclusive provider of model talent for Philadelphia Fashion Week.

Doors will open each day at 4:00 p.m. to guests 21 and older. Tickets are now available online only at

The daily schedule for Philadelphia Fashion Week:
4:00 p.m. Doors open to the public
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Best of student designers
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Street wear designers
8:00 p.m. Headlining concert
9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Contemporary couture designers

Each runway show will last for approximately 20 minutes, which is typically longer than other fashion week runway shows. Philadelphia Fashion Week shows may last longer than the industry standard because designers can opt to mix their holiday 2009 collection in with looks from spring and summer 2010 lines. Models exclusively represented by Wilhelmina Models will walk in Philadelphia Fashion Week.

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