|Eddie Fields as local Patti LaBelle
Usually, Icepack's Whowhatwhere
section traffics in genuine real life celebrities in real time (under those rules Kendra Wilkenson
need not apply). Still, there is something to be said for the doubly fan-tastic (they've got their worshipers, too) and most certainly fierce amongst us who dare to dream and willingly wear size 13 pumps (it's tough having big feet, dudes) at the same time. I'm talking about Celebrity Drag look-alikes
of the stripe who perform at tonight's Divas in a Man's World
concert at the Piazza at Schmidts
. Darlings manager Dan "Dennio" Contarino
, Steven Andrade
directs and Gary Dee
hosts as "Joan Rivers
." Featured acts will be Eddie Fields
who not only does a mean Patti LaBelle
but has opened her shows on occasion and several other gentlemen dressed like Cher
, Tina Turner
, Bette Midler
, Diana Ross
, Aretha Franklin
and Celine Dion
. The show begins at 9 p.m. and costs $20 (to get lubricated, a VIP pre-party starts at 7 p.m. and costs $40, with proceeds from the event going to City of Hope). And if I can dig out my size 12s... well, you never know.
|Work it, girl. Mayor Nutter in a Nicole Miller tie, Melanie Johnson (Chair, City Representative) at the podium, Center City District's Michelle Shannon in pink behind the mayor and Reinhard Models wearing outfits from 1600 Below Vintage, Macy's, Boyds, Smak Parlour, Millesime and Joan Shepp.
I'll be a mess in a dress by the third week of October.
Before Matthew Izzo
's friends at CMK Entertainment
hold the second Philadelphia Fashion Week
(Oct. 6-9, 2010 at the 23rd Street Armory), the Mayor himself is going to get involved in the sashay business and lead the charge for the Philadelphia Collection
2010's, a first-ever city-sponsored series of fashion events and happenings throughout town from Sept 23-Oct 2 as part of a citywide initiative to look and sell smart. Work it Ms. Nutter.
With a klatch of Reinhard models by his side during a press-conference/mini-fashion show at the Piazza, the Mayor (resplendent in a greenish Nicole Miller
tie) talked up bringing fashion events old (the annual Rittenhouse Row Fall Gathering
, Phashion Phes
t turns 17 this year) and new (Boyds
' "La Bella Vita" with the Italian Trade Commission
, Nigel Barker
at Macy's) together under the umbrella partnership between the Office of the City Representative, Center City District and the Philadelphia Retail Marketing Alliance
. The 10-day runway will hold over 40-plus free catwalks, cocktail parties, and trunk shows in shoppes from downtown Center City, to commercial corridors in Germantown, and South Philadelphia. There will be multimedia events Ron Wilch
's "Taking the Streets" fashion show and live concert and scholastic jawns like Student Window Designs
at The Gallery at Market East
with The Art Institute
. According to Nutter, FC2010 isn't just about looking sharp. It's about the economics of showing off Philly as a destination for shopping followers of fashion as well as hipsters who like to hit Philly's renaissance of bars and boites looking their best. That's cool, but we got to get Nutter out of navy blue.