Way-back Wednesday: Philly Fashion Week Recap

By Erika, Resident Fashionista

Yesterday the latest season of Philly Fashion Week (PFW) kicked off. This season, in addition to the staple ready-to-wear and couture runway shows, the organizers have added a number of new events, including a men’s runway show. Since I’ll be posting the latest Beauty Box 5 review tomorrow in lieu of our regular “Throwback Thursday” post, I thought I’d get you guys ready for PFW with a “Way-back Wednesday” recap of last season at PFW. Check out the post below. And let the YCS team know if you’ll be in attendance at any of the events!

Philly Fashion Week Recap

By Erika, Resident Fashionista

Hey guys! As I mentioned last week, YCS is covering a TON of fashion events and giving you all of the scoop. On Friday and Saturday September 20 and 21, YCS Alexis and I attended Philly Fashion Week’s Ready-to-Wear and Couture Runway Shows. Nearly 30 designers were on hand to present their latest collections for all to see!

While there were plenty of memorable moments and pieces, here are my favorites from the weekend.

Faithful by Michael Thomas
Once again, Michael Thomas did not disappoint. Originally scheduled to close out Friday’s shows, Michael ended up opening the show with a bang! The cobalt blues, yellows and silvers that weaved throughout this cohesive collection were a beautiful, bold statement made by the designer. Per usual, Michael’s tailoring was impeccable and it was clear from this collection that he has the construction skills and understanding of woman’s body to back up all the hype. Michael’s spring/summer 2014 collection was ultra-feminine, which was a sharp contrast to his fall/winter 2013 collection. The luxe and sophisticated fabrics moved beautifully down the runway. Once again, we were presented with a stellar collection from Michael Thomas.

The Menswear Designers
Aside from Michael Thomas, other standouts of the weekend were the menswear designers, particularly Friday night’s bunch. The collections Chevalier Homme, Extraordinary Gentleman, and Modish presented were among my favorites of the weekend. Some thoughts I used to describe the collections in my notes were, “impeccably tailored men’s pieces; cross between hipster and nerd but much, much cooler; cohesive and confident,” (Chevalier Homme); “crisp, clean, easy; mixed materials but still no fuss; effortless; a cool mix of male and female silhouettes,” (Extraordinary Gentleman); “worked the leather beautifully; from the runway to Yeeze’s closet to mine; beautifully constructed; thoughtful, well planned and executed collection,” (Modish).

Check out our YCS TV video featuring Michael Thomas’ full runway presentation.

Couture Designers
One of my disappointments was that many of the designers in the couture shows actually presented ready-to-wear collections and would have been better suited for Friday’s runway. However, two Saturday standouts were Closet by Christobal and Cory Couture. Closet by Christobal presented beautifully designed (and wearable) pieces accented with over-the-top headpieces and accessories. If you’ve hung around YCS enough, you know I LOVE a fantastic headpiece! They even threw hats into the audience during the finale walk – and you know I was able to snag one! Cory Couture presented one of the only true couture runway shows of the evening. The pieces displayed the over-the-top whimsy and designs one hopes to see at a couture show. While some seemed slightly over-worked, the quality, craftsmanship, and overall beauty were undeniable.

Here are some photos from Saturday and video from the weekend’s events.

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To get details on FBH Philly Fashion Week and all the presenting designers, visit the Philly Fashion Week Website.

Which looks are your favorites? Anything you’re dying to get your hands on? I’m currently hunting down the leather sweater/sweatshirt from Modish – how cool would that look with a ultra-feminine skirt?? You know we want to hear from you in the comments!

And don’t forget, you’ve got a few more days to vote for YCS at www.blackweblogawards.com!

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Photo Credits: All photos were taken by Erika for Your Chic is Showing, LLC.

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Lillie Couture F/W 2014 Collection

By Erika, Resident Fashionista

On Friday February 7, 2014 I had the pleasure of attending the Lillie Couture F/W 2014 Runway Show.  Lillie Designs Couture by Latasha Hall is a “collection of young, contemporary fashions with a bold, edgy flair.”  The runway presentation featured a number of feminine looks in luxe fabrics .  Latasha used her signature ruffles in a number of the designs; but, it was her use of mixed materials and feminine silhouettes that really stole the show.

The whimsy of Alice in Wonderland, which inspired the collection, could be seen throughout the clothing, accessories, headpieces, and even the staging and runway. My favorite piece from the collection was a beautiful cream dress with elegant ruffle details.  It is the type of piece that I could see myself wearing to the office (on a day with no client meetings) and then heading out for dinner with friends or a special someone afterwards.  The silhouette is classic with a slight twist.  Overall, the collection was cohesive, flattering, luxurious, and filled with some of the design staples we have come to expect from Latasha and Lillie Couture Designs.

Check out photos from the evening’s festivities below.

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Sitting front row with YCS favorite, designer Michael Thomas (read more here and here.)

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Friend to YCS Briana (of Sequin Gowns and Mermaid Crowns) looks adorable waiting for the show to begin.

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So much fashions! Such fierce!

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My favorite look of the evening. I love the ruffles!!

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To learn more about Lillie Couture visit the website at www.luvlillie.com.

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Photo Recap: Curvy Closets & C.U.R.V.V.

By Erika, Resident Fashionista

Whew! It has been a complete whirlwind around YCS! As you guys have seen, we’ve pretty much been going non-stop since various fashion weeks began in September! We’ve been attending tons of fabulous events and hosting a few of our own!

On October 12th and 13th YCS had the pleasure of attending the Curvy Closets Fashion Show and C.U.R.V.V. Exhibit Opening and movie premiere. To get details about the events you can click here, here, here, here, and here.

Below are some of the pictures YCS captured at the two events.

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Personally, I love that Philadelphia is embracing fashion for curvy women. I only hope that we’ll see more events like this in the future! Did any of our readers get a chance to go to these events? If so, what did you think?

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Curves Ahead (Part 2): C.U.R.V.V.

By Erika, Resident Fashionista

I clearly didn’t learn my days of the week in kindergarten because this is a special SUNDAY edition of YCS, not Saturday as promised in Part 1. Charge it to my head and not my heart!

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After last night’s AWESOME Curvy Closets fashion show I am even more excited to share my footage from the cast interviews from the short film “C.U.R.V.V,” which will accompany tonight’s exhibit of the same name. C.U.R.V.V. is an Exhibit Curated by ChaCha N’Kole and will debut at the University of Pennsylvania Museum. This is the “first ever museum exhibition to highlight full-figured high-fashion.” I am beyond excited to be covering this event!

Check out the YCS TV video that gets some behind the scenes details about the film, where you can find the cast members on social media, and what fashion tips they shared with us! After editing this video, I’m 100% convinced that I NEED a microphone to block out the background noise and will be ordering one “ASAPtually!” I apologize for the background noise. The important part is that you can hear the cast and the positive messages they are sharing with curvy girls around the world.

If you’re a total procrastinator and still want to go to the event, the great news is that tickets are still available. Simply visit www.mycurvv.com to learn more about the exhibit and snag your tix!

Whew!! Between Curvy Closets, C.U.R.V.V, and Reinvention Weekend (hosted by the Melinda F. Emerson Foundation) YCS has had a BUSY weekend! What did you guys do? Be sure to check back for all of the pictures from this weekend’s events.

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Curves Ahead (Part 1): Curvy Closets

By Erika, Resident Fashionista

This weekend in Philadelphia is all about curvy women!  On Saturday October 12, the Curvy Closets Fashion Show will take over the City of Brotherly Love and on Sunday October 13 C.U.R.V.V., an exhibit curated by ChaCha N’Kole with a corresponding short film, will make it’s debut at the UPenn Museum.

Both events celebrate curvy, full-figured, plus size women and all I have to say is, “it’s about darn time!”  Today, I’m bringing you some behind-the-scenes footage from the Curvy Closets casting call held at BellaNOR Boutique.  Tomorrow, in a special Saturday edition of YCS, I’ll have behind-the-scenes scoop from the C.U.R.V.V. set!  It’s a curvy weekend for sure and I can’t WAIT to be a part of the action!

A few weeks ago, YCS had the opportunity to chat with the co-producers of Curvy Closets, Colleen (www.shortcurvyfierce.com) and Dominique (www.empresslingerie.com) and YCS fave Aleea Slappy, of A Happy Slappy Greeting, Inc. (www.ahappyslappygreeting.com), who will be the Curvy Correspondent at the fashion show.  The three lovely ladies shared some insider info about what to expect at the fashion show and their fall must-haves.  Take some time to check out the video and hear what the girls had to say.

Please note: Although we’ve got the fashion thing down, we’re only amateur cinematographers; we didn’t realize quite how loud the cars driving by would be.  We’re still working out some of the kinks so please bear with us!

Sounds great, doesn’t it?  Well, lucky for you, you can still get tickets; but, you have to hurry!  Visit www.curvyclosets.com to get details on the event and how you can get your tickets!  Today is your LAST day to purchase them and you DON’T want to miss this awesome celebration of curvy women!

Be sure to check back tomorrow for a special Saturday YCS post all about C.U.R.V.V.

We know where we’ll be this weekend.  Will we see you there?

A Special Note: You still have two days to vote for YCS at www.blackweblogawards.com.  We are so excited to be nominated and are thankful for everyone who continues to support us!  If you want to hear more about YCS and why you should vote for us, check out the interview YCS did with the ladies of The Step Sisters Blog (twitter: @stepsisters blog; YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/stepsistersblog).  We’re around the 20 minute mark!

Thank you to the ladies of the Step Sisters Blog for allowing us to join them!  It was truly a blast!!

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International Designers Shine at Atlantic City Fashion Week

By Erika, Resident Fashionista

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On September 27 and 28, YCS attended Atlantic City Fashion Week held at the Pier Shops at Caesar’s in Atlantic City, NJ. YCS checked out the ready-to-wear, plus sized, and couture runway presentations from a number of designers over the two-days. While some collections were disappointing and considerably non-cohesive, there were a few standouts, notably the collections presented by international designers Mitan Ghosh, Waisted Lace Corsets, and Suma Polepalli, and consignment/vintage shops Cultured Couture and Fab Finds. I also enjoyed checking out the children’s collections presented – though it’s hard to tell what was more adorable, the fashions or the tiny models strutting down the runway!

The international designers presented looks that moved effortlessly down the runway, applied a creative mix of “East and West” in their designs, and were showstopping. Mitan Ghosh and Suma Polepalli incorporated traditional garments like Saris into their collections with beautiful prints, colors, fabrics and details. The amount of time it must have taken to complete impeccable bead and crystal work is not lost on YCS. Waisted Lace Corsets’ were fantastical, beautiful, and often, practical. There were more than a few pieces I could see pairing with an adorable pencil skirt or pair of jeans for a night on the town. Cultured Couture presented looks that embodied the refined elegance I have come to expect from them. And Fab Finds did an excellent job of pulling together classic, elegant looks for all sizes from the clothes in their consignment shop.

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The scene stealers, however, were the kids. The designs were cute, playful and adorable. Though, as an aunt to a 3 and 4 year old, I’m not sure how realistically wearable they were. Regardless, their models stole the show with their sass, spunk, and complete cuteness. Be warned, the pics and video are probably going to be too much to handle!

Check out the photos and videos we were able to capture from the two-day event!

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Photos from AC Fashion Week

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To get all of the details on the designers showcased at Atlantic City Fashion Week visit their website.

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Philly Fashion Week Recap

By Erika, Resident Fashionista

Hey guys! As I mentioned last week, YCS is covering a TON of fashion events and giving you all of the scoop. On Friday and Saturday September 20 and 21, YCS Alexis and I attended Philly Fashion Week’s Ready-to-Wear and Couture Runway Shows. Nearly 30 designers were on hand to present their latest collections for all to see!

While there were plenty of memorable moments and pieces, here are my favorites from the weekend.

Faithful by Michael Thomas
Once again, Michael Thomas did not disappoint. Originally scheduled to close out Friday’s shows, Michael ended up opening the show with a bang! The cobalt blues, yellows and silvers that weaved throughout this cohesive collection were a beautiful, bold statement made by the designer. Per usual, Michael’s tailoring was impeccable and it was clear from this collection that he has the construction skills and understanding of woman’s body to back up all the hype. Michael’s spring/summer 2014 collection was ultra-feminine, which was a sharp contrast to his fall/winter 2013 collection. The luxe and sophisticated fabrics moved beautifully down the runway. Once again, we were presented with a stellar collection from Michael Thomas.

The Menswear Designers
Aside from Michael Thomas, other standouts of the weekend were the menswear designers, particularly Friday night’s bunch. The collections Chevalier Homme, Extraordinary Gentleman, and Modish presented were among my favorites of the weekend. Some thoughts I used to describe the collections in my notes were, “impeccably tailored men’s pieces; cross between hipster and nerd but much, much cooler; cohesive and confident,” (Chevalier Homme); “crisp, clean, easy; mixed materials but still no fuss; effortless; a cool mix of male and female silhouettes,” (Extraordinary Gentleman); “worked the leather beautifully; from the runway to Yeeze’s closet to mine; beautifully constructed; thoughtful, well planned and executed collection,” (Modish).

Check out our YCS TV video featuring Michael Thomas’ full runway presentation.

Couture Designers
One of my disappointments was that many of the designers in the couture shows actually presented ready-to-wear collections and would have been better suited for Friday’s runway. However, two Saturday standouts were Closet by Christobal and Cory Couture. Closet by Christobal presented beautifully designed (and wearable) pieces accented with over-the-top headpieces and accessories. If you’ve hung around YCS enough, you know I LOVE a fantastic headpiece! They even threw hats into the audience during the finale walk – and you know I was able to snag one! Cory Couture presented one of the only true couture runway shows of the evening. The pieces displayed the over-the-top whimsy and designs one hopes to see at a couture show. While some seemed slightly over-worked, the quality, craftsmanship, and overall beauty were undeniable.

Here are some photos from Saturday and video from the weekend’s events.

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To get details on FBH Philly Fashion Week and all the presenting designers, visit the Philly Fashion Week Website.

Which looks are your favorites? Anything you’re dying to get your hands on? I’m currently hunting down the leather sweater/sweatshirt from Modish – how cool would that look with a ultra-feminine skirt?? You know we want to hear from you in the comments!

And don’t forget, you’ve got a few more days to vote for YCS at www.blackweblogawards.com!

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Photo Credits: All photos were taken by Erika for Your Chic is Showing, LLC.

Flashback Friday

By Erika, Resident Fashionista

Ladies and Gents – Fall Fashion Week(s) is upon us! YCS is covering a variety of events (which I’ll detail in a post later today) just for you! In honor of that, flash back to what I wore during Spring Fashion Week.

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And check out what I’m wearing to tonight’s Philly Fashion Week runway show.

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To keep up with us during these events, follow us on Twitter (@urchicisshowing), Instagram (@yourchicisshowing) and Facebook (www Facebook.com/yourchicisshowing)!

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Runway Round-up: Who Got Next (Part 2)?

As I mentioned last week, I spent some time checking out the hottest designers and brands in the tri-state area and scoured the runways for the trends we will see during the spring, summer and fall.  If you missed part one of the Runway Round-up series, feel free to check it out here!  Below, I’ll share two more hot designers with you!

Who Got Next?

Urban FLRT (by Corey Wesley)

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I had the pleasure of attending the Urban FLRT Trunk Show hosted by fashionista and fellow fashion blogger Tweety Elitou of Young, Hip, Chic.  As most of our readers know, I regularly sing the praises of a good t-shirt (check out our white tee series!).  Let me tell you, Urban FLRT’s Spring/Summer collection brings a whole new meaning to a “good t-shirt.”  I was able to chat with designer Corey Wesley and get the “‘scluse, ‘scluse” about the brand and collection.  Check it out!

Erika (YCS): So, I’m here with Corey and I want you to tell us all about your collection.

Corey Wesley (Urban FLRT): We’re headquarted in Harlem NY.  Our line is a very unique, classy, chic line.  It’s not your common t-shirt.  It’s the type of shirt that you wear to work with a suit or that you dress down to go out with your girlfriends. . . What’s very different about our shirts is that we use a new technique.  We don’t use screen printing.  Screen printing is printed on the top of the garment.  We use a dye process and this is actually infused into the garment. . .

E (I totally interrupted him): Ohhhhh!  So when I wash it, it’s not going to peel off and fade!  (I was completely beside myself at this point)

CW: Nope.  We will outlast a screen printed t-shirt any day!

E: Can you tell me a little bit about some of the designs you have here?

CW: This year we were inspired by music. . . so we have a t-shirt that looks like Christina Aguilara singing.  Donna Summers . . . she inspired Disco Queen.  [Corey is also] a fan of the pin-up girl era.  I have a shirt called the pin-up girl.  And ladies love red bottoms so I do have shirts that have the red bottom on it.

E: So how can my readers find you?

CW: Your readers can find us at Urban FLRT (www.urbanflrt.com) . . . [they can think] flirtatious or they can think Freely Living Real and True.

After my chat with the fun and fashionable designer Corey, it was time to check out the goods.  As Corey mentioned in his interview the dye is infused with the t-shirt fabric (which is oh so soft by the way) which gives each shirt a luxe feel and sleek design.  It is clear that time and attention to detail went into the unique design and production of each shirt.  It’s no surprise that I found myself drooling over the entire collection and struggling to pick just one shirt to order (I’ve got 2 more I’m
“meditating” on, which is Erika speak for “going to buy later but trying to have some restraint”).

My favorite thing about the t-shirts are the pops of vibrant color (red and yellow are prevalent in the music collection) that make the designs stand out.  Shirts range are priced around $45/each.  The quality of the product makes the price well worth it.  These shirts will be wardrobe staples you’ll rock again and again (be sure to follow YCS on instagram and look out for me rocking the Disco Queen tee!).

To order your own tee before they hit shelves in Philly, visit Urban FLRT.  And, check out some flicks from the private viewing I attended!

Urban FLRT's creative director, Corey Wesley, rocks one of this season's t-shirts inspired by music.  Also shown is the Greek FLRT t-shirt.

Urban FLRT’s creative director, Corey Wesley, rocks one of this season’s t-shirts inspired by music. Also shown is the Greek FLRT t-shirt.

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T-shirt from the S/S 2013 Collection.

Urban FLRT tees from previous collections

Urban FLRT tees from previous collections

Be sure to take a moment and check out Young, Hip, Chic as well!  Thanks to Tweety and YHC team for inviting me to this fabulous event!

Designersberg

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I am not going to lie – when the designer for Designersberg stepped on the runway of Atlantic City Fashion Week and told us that we were going to see a modern take on traditional African fabrics, I was a little (OK, a lot) skeptical.  I have seen my fair share of African prints and fabrics and had managed (for the most part) to avoid Kente cloth for the better part of my life.  However, I found myself completely blown away by the collection that was presented on the runway.  While there were some beautiful, traditional African pieces that walked the runway, this collection truly was a modern take on traditional materials.  The collection contained sleek one-shoulder dresses, beautiful maxis and cute rompers.  The fabrics were neither cliché nor predictable.  To my delight, they were luxe, regal, and elegant.

Collection standouts include the beautiful shorts, tailored blazers, and flirty summer dresses.  Check out the video below of the runway show at Atlantic City Fashion Week!

So, what do you think of Urban FLRT and Designersberg?  Weigh in below!

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With Love, Erika

Runway Round-up: Who Got Next (Part 1)?

Throughout February and March I spent some time attending local fashion shows and presentations including, Atlantic City Fashion Week, Philly Fashion Week, Faithful by Michael Thomas and the Urban FLRT Trunk Show.  I had the opportunity to see and meet a number of talented designers.  In our Runway Round-up series, I’ll share with you my favorite up-and-coming designers in two parts.   The third part of the series will focus on the trends for spring/summer/fall that were showcased on the runways.

Who Got Next?

Michael Thomas (Faithful by Michael Thomas)

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From the minute you lay eyes on the Fall 2013 Collection of Faithful by Michael Thomas you will notice the time, effort and care that went into preparing this collection.  Beyond the immaculate tailoring and impeccable design, you will also be struck the designer’s youthful look and demeanor (both of which belie his seven years in the industry) and, more so, how mature the work is.  Upon my arrival at Showroom 77 for the Fall 2013 Collection presentation of Faithful, I was treated to a personalized tour and description of the garments by the designer himself (a completely swoon-worthy moment for any style blogger).  Michael explained to me that the collection was inspired by male/female androgyny.  He played with the shapes and lines of both the male and female form and then expertly mixed and matched them on the models (of note: the black suit pictured is actually a men’s suit which he fit to a female model).  The collection also features beautiful draping, luxurious wools and a rich colors.  In my opinion, the standout look from the collection is the winter white pants-suit with gold buttons and detailing.  You could see every woman in the venue salivating over this look – myself included!  The Faithful by Michael Thomas Fall 2013 Collection brings sophistication and class back to fashion, both of which are welcome after the Technicolor 80’s revival that has taken over the last few years.  Of all the runway shows and fashion presentations, I can, without a doubt, say that this was my favorite.  I know that this will NOT be the last we hear of Michael Thomas.  Check out a few pics from the presentation below:

The white suit that enamored us all!

The white suit that enamored us all!

The designer, Michael Thomas, with his models wearing the Faithful by Michael Thomas Fall 2013 Collection.

The designer, Michael Thomas, with his models wearing the Faithful by Michael Thomas Fall 2013 Collection.

Me and Michael Thomas of Faithful by Michael Thomas.

Me and Michael Thomas of Faithful by Michael Thomas.

Two looks - including a men's suit on the left - from the Faithful by Michael Thomas Fall 2013 Collection.

Two looks – including a men’s suit on the left – from the Faithful by Michael Thomas Fall 2013 Collection.

Duke and Winston

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Granted, Duke and Winston is not new to the scene.  However, given that a majority of Duke and Winston’s clothing is menswear, you can’t exactly fault me for not having it on my radar.  That all changed when I caught their runway show at Atlantic City Fashion Week.  The Duke and Winston collection housed everything I love – preppy style, clean lines, and unique graphic tees.  Even though these were male models on the stage, I saw about four tees I wanted to take home with me immediately.  I found myself completely obsessed with the collection and perusing the website almost as soon as I got home (yes, it was nearly 2am!).  In addition to classic polo shirts and a sleek tie collection, gentlemen will definitely want to check out the diverse graphic tee collection.  My favorites are those featuring the face of Duke and Winston’s mascot, the bulldog; I particularly like the “Long Live Duke” and “Gentleman Duke II” t-shirts.  Ladies should definitely check out the cute beach tanks and Fox & Tail collaboration pieces.    Duke and Winston is not just a t-shirt line, it is a lifestyle – as evidenced by the ties, kids tees, and accessories for both people (think candles, key chains, koozies and caps) and pets (including collars, leashes and even hoodies!).  Duke and Winston definitely presented my favorite men’s collection from both Atlantic City Fashion Week and Philly Fashion Week.  You can bet that an online order (or three!) has already been placed and a trip to the Philadelphia flagship store is not far behind!  Check out video from the finale walk on the Duke and Winston runway:

Be sure to check back later this week as I continue my Runway Round-up.  What do you think of the looks from Michael Thomas and Duke and Winston?  Weigh in below!

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With Love, Erika