Philadelphia Collection, the annual week of style events, is as much about showing off what Philly has to offer as it as about designers showing off their clothes.
Stores, stylists, fashion students, “Project Runway” winners and more are participating with truck shows, open houses, sales and talks, now through Oct. 14 (with an extra event on Oct. 19: the XIX Most Fashionable Women in Philadelphia soiree).
This is the sixth year for Philadelphia Collection, which was set up by the City of Philadelphia, Center City District and the Philadelphia Retail Marketing Alliance.
1. Unlacing the Victorian Woman
Thursday, 6 p.m.
Library Company of Philadelphia
1314 Locust St.
The Library Company’s latest exhibit, "Fashioning Philadelphia," explores Philly style starting all the way back in 1720 — about a decade before Ben Franklin himself, the most stylish Founding Father, established the Library Company — and going up to 1940. So we’re expecting to see a lot more than Flyers jerseys. Tied to the exhibit, historian and performer Barbara Darlin will teach us about women’s fashion and body image in the Victoria era during Unlacing the Victorian Woman. It’s $12 for admission, and there’s a dessert reception after.
2. Philadelphia Fashion Alliance launch
Sunday, 1 p.m.
Philadelphia Art Alliance
251 S. 18th St.
Feel like a fashion VIP (for free!) while you sip champagne in the swank Wetherill Mansion on Rittenhouse Square and get a preview of the Spring/Summer 2016 collections from seven up-and-coming designers: Granaté Prêt, Jovan O’Connor, Minkeeblue, Senpai + Kohai, Terese Sydonna, Rebeca Imperiano and Victoria Wright. You’ll also be able to give your closet an immediate boost by shopping looks from their current lines.
3. ‘Project Runway’ Reunion
Oct. 13, 6 to 8 p.m.
Moore College of Art and Design
20th Street and the Parkway
Two Philly-based “Project Runway” winners — Dom Streater, who just showed at New York Fashion Week, and Jay McCarroll, who won the very first season — and fellow “Project Runway” alum/Bucks County resident Pamela Ptak will meet up at Moore to talk fashion and give us a peek at their latest designs. Students get in for $10; the rest of us are paying $35.
4. Fashion Under the Shambles
Oct. 14, 6 to 9 p.m.
The Headhouse Shambles
Second and Pine streets
It’s only fitting that the models in this runway show will be strutting their stuff outdoors, where street style belongs. Look for looks from boutiques, salons and designers all based on and around South Street — “the hippest street in town” — in this hyper-local show. RSVP for a free standing-room ticket at Philadelphiacollection.org, or buy a $15 VIP ticket to get a seat and a drink. Cory Wade, singer, occasional drag queen and model (he was a finalist on “America’s Next Top Model”) will host again this year.