The first night of Philly Fashion Week was an amazing success. Packed tightly in the press section, I was able to secure the perfect seat in the front row, smack dab in the middle of the runway. This night the focus was streetwear with 8 featured designers. All collections had me at the edge of my seat aching for select pieces to join my overstuffed closet. Each designer presented unique styles and embodied streetwear fashion with their individualized perspectives. Here are a few of my favorite looks from each designer.
This collection is one word: CUTE! I couldn’t get enough of the micro fashion that commanded the runway as the opening collection. I loved how the designs translated some adult fashions for kids. A few of the featured items I wanted for my own closet. My favorite pieces from the line were the airline pilot hats seen on the boys, the pink fluffy jacket, and the pink dress with the fluffy trim (pictured below).
Designed By Shawn B
This line was full of leathers, metallic accents, and varsity jackets. I loved how the designer embraced sweat suits with artistic prints and misplaced pockets. Overall, Shawn B is a brilliant designer that knows how to recreate comfortable fashion favorites.
Kinetic Styles was definitely an interesting line. The color choices and color blocking gave the collection a futuristic tone. Their intimate pieces would be perfect to make a statement when accompanied with basic apparel.
Punchline clothing packed a punch with their raw street style. The pieces that stood out most were the animal print sweat shirts and bleached cardigans. This collection was laced with clothing that you can grab on the go which was created with people like me in mind.
This line was one of the lines I could definitely see myself wearing. I loved the deconstruction and rips that were in most of the sweatshirts presented. My favorite detail from this line was the round fur ball that hung from a leather fanny pack and an army green bomber jacket.
Burning Guitars was definitely one of the best collections of the night! This line revealed color combinations, shapes, and textures we haven’t seen all night. While the assortment of clothing may have been a bit much for some, I could definitely see these inspirational pieces transformed into full outfits adorned by everyday fashionistas.
Milano Di Rouge
Milano Di Rouge was another one of my favorite collections of streetwear. My style of dress is simple but charismatic and this line had a simplicity that was captivating. The red jumpsuit is the one piece that my closet is currently crying for.
Jeantrix was art and creativity at its finest. Each piece was hand drawn and painted but the level of detail make it looked as if it were printed. I’m always intrigued by designers who take the time to hand draw or paint the prints that are featured on their clothing because it is NOT as easy as you would think. My favorite items were the oversized spray painted coats.
Mitchell & Ness
As the models playfully tossed around a ball while walking down the runway, the audience focused on the vintage designs of the athletic wear. The featured looks were pieced together strategically, marrying old school sports with new school style.
Day 1 is over and I'm super excited for Day 2. Make sure you follow me on Snapchat at Ji_Hal for live updates from the show!
Njeri is a lifestyle blogger with a focus in all things beauty and fashion. Her expertise also includes event corresponding, brand consulting, and encouraging people to find happiness by living their truths.