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People 45 Retail Royalty King of Prussia Mall general manager Robert Hart shepherds the retail colossus through its 50th anniversary year.
48 No Strings Attached Melanie R. Hill is a plucky Philadelphia violinist with a sound all her own.
50 Philadelphia Story Silver Linings Playbook author Matthew Quick discusses the highs and lows of Philly life, fiction writing, and Eagles fandom.
52 Icing on the Cake The cancer center City of Hope’s annual fundraiser declares, “Let them eat cake!” while other philanthropic spring social events break winter’s lingering grasp.
Culture 58 Abbey Road Winterthur Museum’s “Costumes of Downton Abbey” displays fashion fit for lords and ladies, while a new exhibit at The Barnes Foundation interrogates fabrics of global colonialism.
Taste 62 Modern Master “Iron chef” Masaharu Morimoto’s new line of knives has his eponymous Philly restaurant sharper than ever.
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66 Cui-Scene Sake, the versatile Japanese rice wine, is hot (and chilled) at Philadelphia restaurants and a local boutique owner shares her favorite sushi spots.
68 Flower Power Masako Hamada and Adelaide Ferguson discuss plans for the annual Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival while lunching at Old City’s Zento.
Treasures 72 Get Into the Grove Local fashion expert Fran D’Ambrosio opens her first boutique, Ella’s Grove, in Bryn Mawr.
74 Style Spotlight ToBox outfits Philly’s stylish men, while Bentley Motors’ new handbags kick women’s accessories into high gear.
76 Frame of Mind Gene Kogan’s Rittenhouse revelation, EYEsite, frames the faces of locals and celebrities alike.
80 Girl About Town For city dwellers planning a new look for the new year, trendsetter Sabrina Tamburino Thorne shares her secrets.
82 Time in Color Like the city’s annual PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, these new floral-hued timepieces are blooming beautifully.
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Spring 2014 Bridal Special 93 Wedded Bliss Whether her style is classic, vintage, minimalist, or inspired by nature, our annual guide will help the Philadelphia bride set the perfect wedding scene.
102 Initial Impressions Today’s brides and grooms are wedding their new names in style.
106 Mellow Yellow Colored diamonds are the latest luxury way to “put a ring on it.”
Features 112 The Fashion Star Nicole Richie tells her supermodel friend Rosie Huntington-Whiteley that she’s loving every minute of the not-sosimple life.
Haute Property 134 Interior Department Local designer Barbara Eberlein outfits her home with personal touches to liven up her empty nest.
138 Estatements Comcast has the city skyline looking up, Rittenhouse gets the East Coast’s first Radisson Blu hotel, a local legend’s home goes on the market, and multiuse complexes break ground at Temple and in University City.
144 Bathing Beauties Minimalist looks and creative materials turn bathrooms into domestic sanctuaries.
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124 Continuing Education Compassionate organizations and their employees are working tirelessly to ensure that Philly’s at-risk schools make the grade. By Robert Strauss Photography by Jeffrey Stockbridge
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Spring 2014 The Guide 151 Smoke and Mirrors Ashton Cigar Bar lights up Philly’s sophisticated smoking scene.
152 Devour A spate of restaurant debuts has diners hungry for something new in 2014.
154 Imbibe Local watering holes offer herb-infused cocktails just in time for spring.
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winding road. I’m right at that age when the trends I loved as a teenager are being glamorized by a new generation: floral prints, gold accessories, and Doc Martens. They’re the same looks that cause me to cringe whenever I flip through my junior-high photo albums—did I actually think a one-piece romper was fashionable?—or to hear my mom’s words echoing in my head that she wore the same thing when she was my age, when I would float down the stairs for school in the morning dressed in something I thought was so incredibly trendy. At the time, I dismissed her comments as nothing more than an exaggeration. Now that I’m older, I’m finding out that it’s really true. Fashion does come full circle; there isn’t much that hasn’t been done before. Whether or not Nicole Richie had the good sense to avoid those unfortunate rompers, our Spring Fashion issue cover star’s style evolution has been exciting to watch over the last decade. Most of us first became familiar with her in 2003 on The Simple Life, a reality show that had Richie and then-best friend Paris Hilton Follow me on Twitter at roughing it at minimum-wage jobs—like @philastylekm and on playing housekeeper, working on a dairy phillystylemag.com. farm, and manning a fast-food drivethrough. The show enjoyed a five-season run thanks to Richie’s quick wit and thinly veiled sarcasm, not to mention the over-the-top style—remember trucker hats, velour jumpsuits, and hair extensions? What a difference 10 years make. Today Richie is the epitome of laid-back bohemian style and shares her love of all things colorful and eclectic through her House of Harlow 1960 line and The Nicole Richie Collection for QVC, between juggling motherhood, TV projects, and charity work. In this issue, Richie sits down with actress and supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley to discuss friendship, fashion, figure skating, and the future. As this is our first issue of 2014, I can’t think of two more-exciting names to kick off another year at Philadelphia Style.
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jumped headfirst into all that is happening in our city this season. Coming off a record year in 2013, we’re eager to push this magazine to new limits with both our advertising and editorial efforts. Our pages shine a spotlight on the people and projects you’ll need to know about in 2014. As evidenced by the ever-changing skyline, the City of Brotherly Love is becoming a major player in the real estate sphere. In this issue’s Estatements section, we cover one of the city’s biggest real estate announcements: the new Comcast Innovation and Technology Center, Follow me on Instagram which will break at @JohnC2k5 ground later this year. and on Facebook. The $1.2 billion, 59-story tower will not only be a hub for Comcast’s growing workforce, but it will also be home to a Four Seasons Hotel. Also on our radar is the SLS International Hotel and Residences, a joint venture between Dranoff Properties, one of the nation’s foremost developers, and the industry-leading hospitality, lifestyle, and real estate development company sbe. This will be a landmark project for Broad Street, and we’re excited to see it take shape. With each new year comes the opportunity to do bigger and better things, and that’s exactly what we plan to do here at Philadelphia Style. We’re looking forward to creating new partnerships, strengthening existing ones, and continuing to bring you the intriguing, meaningful content that you love to read. There will be a lot to talk about in 2014, and we’re happy to start the conversation.
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FROM TOP: My wife, Lauren, and I rang in the new year at The Ritz-Carlton with good friends Craig and BJ Spencer; With Howard Eskin, John Kushnir, and the Eagles cheerleaders at Lincoln Financial Field celebrating the release of our Men’s issue.
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ancaster native Beth Behrs was the guest of honor when Philadelphia Style, along with the Delaware Valley Audi Dealers, celebrated the magazine’s Holiday issue with a spirited fête at Trust on November 19. The 2 Broke Girls actress and cover star lit up the red carpet alongside boyfriend and Mad Men actor Michael Gladis before heading inside to mingle with family and friends. continued on page 34
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In addition to specialty cocktails courtesy of Diageo, guests at this holiday party, including Michael Brairton, Lisa Dixon, and former Philadelphia Eagles tackle Tra Thomas, indulged in desserts by Potito’s Bakery, hors d’oeuvres from Di Bruno Bros. Catering, and entertainment from Jewelz and DJ Dan Cronin.
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Along with Mini USA, Philadelphia Style celebrated its Late Fall issue with an exclusive VIP cocktail party on November 5. Howard Eskin, Julie Dorenbos, John Clark, and other guests enjoyed music from DJ Eddie Tully, signature drinks by Bacardi USA and Stella Artois, and gourmet hors d’oeuvres courtesy of Aramark and Prime Stache, Brent Celek’s new restaurant.
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On November 14, the Philadelphia Zoo held its fourth annual Global Conservation Gala at the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing. The event—which christened 2014 the “Year of the Big Cat” and launched the zoo’s focus on the issues facing large felines—celebrates individuals, families, and organizations that have contributed significantly to wildlife causes. Marcella Kelly, Diane Ramsey, and The Buck Family were this year’s honorees.
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AS KING OF PRUSSIA MALL CELEBRATES ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY, GENERAL MANAGER ROBERT HART TALKS ABOUT THE LUXURY RETAIL COMPLEX’S EVEREXPANDING IMPACT. BY KATHLEEN NICHOLSON WEBBER
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He may reign over a vast kingdom, but Robert Hart always has time to give his subjects directions.
obert Hart has seen and done just about everything in the world of retail. Since taking over as general manager of King of Prussia Mall in 2004, he has hobnobbed with celebrities like Martha Stewart, Rachael Ray, and the cast of Twilight. But he’s also not afraid to roll up his sleeves—such as the time in 2011 when 10 inches of rain flooded a portion of the mall and he had to make sure his 400 stores were ready to open the next day. Since he assumed the helm of America’s second-largest mall, which opened in 1963 and continues its 50th anniversary celebration this year, Hart has overseen continuous growth, including two expansions—the latter slated to break ground this year—despite rocky economic times, with many wondering about the future of brick-and-mortar. But he’s also still the guy who gives directions to customers searching for the right store among the mall’s 180 acres. It’s all in a day’s work. On any given day, scores of out-of-towners, continued on page 46
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VIEW FROM THE TOP Hart scrutinizes every inch of the mall’s 180 acres.
Plans and blueprints for additions to King of Prussia Mall are stacked in Hart’s office. LEFT: In the management office hangs this rendering of the 1966 opening of Gimbels at the mall.
HART TO HART Robert Hart talks about shopping, skiing, and steakhouses. *the future of retail “Shopping centers will continue to evolve, with smarter technology to better communicate with consumers.”
*on lessons learned “It’s important to be flexible and open-minded, as the job is constantly changing. It also helps to have a ‘glass half full’ mentality.”
*favorite restaurants “Corner Bakery Cafe for lunch, Tony Luke’s for a cheesesteak, and Morton’s The Steakhouse for a special dinner.”
*best winter vacation “Skiing the bowls in Vail, Colorado.”
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continued from page 45 international tourists, and locals descend upon Hart’s retail behemoth to look for items you can’t find at your average strip mall. Here they’re treated to designers like Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, and Gucci and dining that ranges from The Capital Grille and Sullivan’s Steakhouse to Shake Shack. “We’re like a big city,” Hart says. A city that welcomes 20 million visitors a year and has a footprint large enough to accommodate the Great Pyramid of Giza five times over. In 2013, Hart saw 20 new retailers serving every age group join the mall. The latest expansion will add another 140,000 square feet and 50 more stores and will connect the mall’s two halves, the Plaza and the Court. “It’s so big that sometimes it gets confusing,” he admits. But of course, Hart had a solution, adding greeters to give directions, shuttles to carry shoppers to different sections of “the city,” and golf carts to whisk them, laden with packages, back to their cars. It’s the kind of service that keeps both mere mortals and celebs coming back (Tiger Woods and the Kardashians have been spotted shopping here). Hart’s insight into the modern shopper is an amalgamation of observations from more than 30 years in the business. Out of college, he joined Kmart’s management training program and stayed there for four years. (At the time, the company was the number-one retailer in the country.) By the mid-’80s, he’d become assistant manager at Kravco Company’s management training program, before taking on the role of district property manager, responsible for overseeing approximately one third of the company’s portfolio, including regional shopping centers. It’s here that he honed his skills as a leader. “You’ve got to surround yourself with good people,” he says, “and trust them to work hard and empower them to do their jobs.” While contracts for the next expansion are currently being negotiated, Hart remains involved in choosing new tenants. Recent experience shows that the future of retail includes plenty of restaurants: The mall has 40 and plans to add more. “People come here for higher-end stores and restaurants you can’t find just anywhere,” he says. “Shopping should be an experience, and that includes having a great meal.” It could mean a cuisine from halfway around the globe or maybe a bit of local flavor—with a restaurant like Tony Luke’s luring even Brad Pitt in for cheesesteaks. Despite his lofty post at this retail colossus, it’s still his daily interactions with customers that keep Hart excited about the business. “I just met a couple from upstate New York,” he says, “and they come here one weekend every year, stay in a hotel, and shop. It’s an annual tradition.” When he’s not traversing King of Prussia Mall’s endless corridors, Hart enjoys outdoor activities like backpacking and hiking. But it’s another love, climbing—equal parts skill, strategy, and perseverance—that mirrors his career in retail. Among the mountains he has scaled is Yosemite National Park’s iconic Half Dome. “With 20 million visitors a year, I enjoy the challenges of working here,” Hart says, “but I also like to get away to the peace and beauty of our national parks.” Whatever the setting—a mountain or a mall—this is a man who feels at home poised at the peak. PS
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TALENT PATROL From the Benjamin Franklin Bridge to the White House, Melanie R. Hill is taking her turn in the spotlight.
Since then, music has been a way of life for Hill, a Virginia native who moved to Philadelphia in 2012 to pursue a doctorate in English language and literature at the University of Pennsylvania. But “it was always music that stayed at the core,” she says. Her commitment to her craft has more than paid off: Hill’s résumé of concerts on local and national stages is impressive. At Favorite only 19, she had her first major turn in the musicians: Fred spotlight, performing the national anthem Hammond, Stevie at a Los Angeles Lakers game. She then Wonder, and went on to victory at Amateur Night at New John Legend, to name just a few. York City’s Apollo Theatre, winning over its famously difficult crowd, followed by Guilty pleasures: Barnes & Noble two first-place finishes on TV’s Showtime at and Cold Stone the Apollo. And last year she opened for Creamery’s Cake John Legend at the 12th annual Dr. Martin Batter ice cream. Luther King Jr. Lecture in Social Justice at On my Penn’s Irvine Auditorium. nightstand: Her most memorable achievements, Sonata Mulattica by Rita Dove however, are two performances at an even more hallowed hall. “Playing at the White House was the pinnacle,” Hill says of her June 2011 recitals. “Someone who worked there came to me and said, ‘Thank you so much for what you’re doing; our house needs this music.’ To know that I had a hand in calming the minds of the people who work in the White House was a blessing.” Although she has toured throughout the US, what Hill appreciates most is how her adopted hometown has embraced her music. “The Philadelphia audience has been absolutely wonderful,” says the musician, who is planning a local concert in April and often performs at neighborhood churches. “People say how much my music has inspired them, and that’s how I know I was created to impact lives musically. But I WHEN SHE’S NOT CAPTIVATING AUDIENCES NATIONWIDE, never would have imagined that God would take my SEASONED VIOLINIST MELANIE R. HILL CALLS talent to such levels.” PHILADELPHIA HOME. BY ALEXANDRA LESHNER In her downtime, when she’s alone with her instrument, Hill retreats to the spot in Philly that holds the most meaning for her: “I love the Benjamin Franklin t 4 years old, a few dolls and a vivid imagination are enough to Bridge. Music is a bridge that connects one person’s mind to another’s— keep most girls entertained. But for Melanie R. Hill, watching her the relationship between the artist and the audience. That’s why the Race older sister in a private violin lesson inspired her to reach for play- Street Pier is one of my favorite spots in Philadelphia.” Location is key for Hill, especially as she gears up to begin work on her things of a different nature. “You wonder what [a person] could really contemplate at 4, but music has always attracted my attention,” she says. next album. “I really want to choose the right studio to record in,” she says. “So when I noticed my sister playing violin, I told myself, I want to do that.” “Everything needs to be in place for this album to be explosive.” PS
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Philadelphia Story SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK AUTHOR MATTHEW QUICK TALKS ABOUT HIS NEW NOVEL, HIS LOCAL ROOTS, AND WHAT IT REALLY MEANS TO BE A PHILADELPHIAN. BY JOHN VILANOVA
Philly plays such a huge role in your writing. What is your history with the city? I have memories going back to being a small kid on the stoop in North Philly, where I was born. It’s just always been a part of my identity. It’s who I am. It’s where my people come from. What is it about the relationships of Philadelphians that makes them interesting subjects? Philadelphians are people who care about each other. They’re hard on each other, but if you do the right things, people reward that. My books are largely about people who make ways to find unlikely communities
INSIGHT Philly cinema: “We go to the Ritz all the time and see the art-house films.” Essential city landmark: The Linc Best bar: Cavanaugh’s Headhouse (née Dark Horse Pub). “My friends threw Silver Linings a surprise party there.”
and bond together. But one of the downsides of being in this place is that it’s hard to be different. Writing poetry in high school didn’t compute. I might as well have said, “I’m going to quarterback the Eagles someday.” So how did your new book, The Good Luck of Right Now, come about? I started thinking about the rhythms of the universe and the coincidences that brought me to this point—synchronicity was interesting to me. Also, many years ago I received a “Free Tibet” letter from Richard Gere. I read it and I thought, There must be people who take this seriously. Since writing these books, you’ve become an advocate for mental health awareness. Can you tell us more about that? True love for someone isn’t loving them just when their life is perfect. That’s also Philly: We may have warts, but we take care of our own. PS
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rom Benjamin Franklin to Noam Chomsky and, of course, the creators of the Berenstain Bears, Philadelphia has seen authors of all stripes. One of the latest is Matthew Quick, whose debut novel, The Silver Linings Playbook, tells the story of a local family’s efforts to support each other through mental illness and the up-and-down fortunes of the Philadelphia Eagles. “I was trying to write about this place that was really healthy and really bad for me at the same time, and that’s what the Eagles are for most people in Philadelphia,” Quick jokes. The 2012 David O. Russell film based on the book starred Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence and was nominated for eight Academy Awards—including nods in all four acting categories (netting Lawrence an Oscar) and for best picture. His latest novel, The Good Luck of Right Now (published by Harper), is the story of Bartholomew Neil, a mentally challenged Philadelphian, told entirely through letters to actor Richard Gere. A feature film adaptation is currently in development. Quick sat down with Philadelphia Style to discuss his work old and new, the city’s literary character (and characters!), and his own Philadelphia story.
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Believe it or not, that’s a cake, from last year’s Let Them Eat Cake event, whose theme was “A Night at the Movies.” INSET: Harry Giordano
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hen Harry Giordano and Philadelphia wedding consultant Mark Kingsdorf first dreamt up the notion of a small wedding-cake contest to honor Kingsdorf’s mom, who had passed away from breast cancer, and Giordano’s dad, who had battled bladder cancer, City of Hope—a research and treatment center for cancer and other diseases, now recognized as one of the nation’s best—was embarking on a dream of its own. Ten years later, Let Them Eat Cake has grown into the largest fundraising cake competition in the region, and its main beneficiary, City of Hope’s Biller Patient and Family Resource Center, has become a place of respite for cancer patients from around the country, offering education and soulsoothing services like art therapy, yoga, and counseling. “Mark had just formed The Queen of Hearts Wedding Consultants, and we helped out with a bridal show at Envy,” says Giordano, who has been City of Hope’s senior director of development for 17 years and oversees fundraising in the Northeast for this 100-year-old California-based organization. “The gowns got messed up and nobody paid attention to any of the display tables, but everybody paid attention to the cake. So we just decided to have a cake contest. Our first spot was the W. We had 12 continued on page 54
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continued from page 52 cakes in the ballroom, and we charged $20 to come in and eat as much cake as you wanted there, plus a piece of cake to take home.” Now showcasing 40 of the most amazing cakes in the tristate area, crafted by highly “decorated” local bakers and students, the annual Let Them Eat Cake competition has become a sugar-packed wonderland of deep-dark chocolate, creamy white fondant, and all the mixed-berry purée filling a dessert lover could imagine. And while the event has been a massive draw for brides and brides-tobe, it’s also become a huge hit with people who simply love sweets. “Let Them Eat Cake started out as a way for brides to do all of their cake tastings at one place,” Giordano says. “But then brides would bring their girlfriends, and now it’s evolved into a foodie scene where we’ve topped out at 1,500 people.” It’s been so successful in Philly that plans are in the works to add a contest in New York. But don’t let the indulgence and revelry fool you. This is a serious competition, with celebrity cake designers like Sylvia Weinstock and Ron Ben-Israel and local VIP chefs from the Four Seasons and The Ritz-Carlton judging the —HARRY GIORDANO entries in nine categories, based on qualities like taste, texture, and creativity. There’s a different theme each year—past themes include “A Night at the Movies,” “Wedding Through a Child’s Eyes,” and “Destination Weddings”—with this year’s being “Fantasy Wedding.” “I absolutely love to see the creative work, high Lead judge Ron energy, and quality ingredients, and Let Them Eat Ben-Israel (CENTER) with Cake has all of the above,” says Weinstock, whose Terry and A-list clients have included the Kennedy family, Oprah Colleen Laky of the Macungie Winfrey, Hillary Clinton, and Martha Stewart. She bakery Piece ’a even gives little bouquets of her signature handmade Cake in 2013.
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INSIGHT For the 10th anniversary of City of Hope’s Let Them Eat Cake competition, guests will enjoy cake samples from 40 bakeries, complimentary wine and Champagne, and live entertainment from Brandywine Talent. All proceeds from sales of the $50 tickets will directly benefit City of Hope. Tuesday, April 1, at 5 PM at the DoubleTree by Hilton. 237 S. Broad St., 215-985-0869; cityofhope.org
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The Cause: Now in its fourth year, the Philadelphia Phillies’ annual five-kilometer run raises money for the many organizations throughout the area that are supported by Phillies Charities, the team’s philanthropic arm. The Details: Saturday, March 22, at 9 AM at Citizens Bank Park. 1 Citizens Bank Way; phillies.com
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The Cause: Donors Are Heroes holds its annual evening of dinner and dancing to raise funds for The Gift of Life Donor Program. The event also helps to increase public awareness about the importance of becoming an organ and tissue donor and to dispel the myths surrounding the process. The Details: Friday, April 4, at 8 PM at the Four Seasons Hotel. One Logan Square, 215-557-8090; donorsareheroestheparty.com
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Abbey Road THE FINELY TAILORED FASHIONS OF THE HIT BBC SERIES DOWNTON ABBEY COME ALIVE AT WINTERTHUR MUSEUM. BY JOANN GRECO
The costumes worn at Lady Edith’s wedding by Downton Abbey actresses Jessica Brown Findlay, Laura Carmichael, and Michelle Dockery (LEFT) are part of the exhibition.
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ripping with beads, layered with embroidery, and textured with jacquard, the fashions on display at the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library in Delaware are just the sort that the building’s former inhabitants, the du Pont clan, would have donned in the early 1900s. But these tea gowns, footmen’s uniforms, engagement dresses, and evening tuxes come from England—straight from the set of Downton Abbey, the hugely popular BBC drama whose fourth season is currently airing stateside. Yet “Costumes of Downton Abbey,” on view exclusively at the museum from March 1 through January 4, 2015, is about much more than silks and tweeds, however fun those may be. The exhibition is about the fabric of life on a sprawling estate whose residents are ambling—and sometimes being pushed—into the modern age. “We were interested in presenting a social history of the era by examining how, when, and why people wore the clothes they did,” says Maggie Lidz, an exhibit curator and the museum’s historian. “We approached the show’s creators with the idea because of the parallels between Winterthur and Downton Abbey: They’re both country estates that flourished at the turn of the 20th century.” Lidz traveled to London to tour Cosprop, the world’s leading costumer, where the outfits are stored. The costumes that she selected are a first-rate cross-section of day- and eveningwear for the continued on page 60
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continued from page 58 show’s aristocrats and their servants. Some offer psychological insight into the characters and their roles in society, Lidz adds. In Season 1, Lady Sybil, the youngest daughter at Downton Abbey, appears in turquoise harem pants—a shocking getup for 1912 but also a potent symbol of her burgeoning feminism. The next season, Richard Carlisle, the beau of eldest daughter Mary, shows up wearing the “wrong” tweeds—evidence that he is not quite to the manor born. Both outfits are part of the Winterthur exhibit. Altogether, 40 ensembles from Downton Abbey are on display, most created especially for the show but often incorporating scraps of luxurious vintage brocade, lace, and velvet. The pieces are interspersed with material from the museum’s own collection, including Henry Francis du Pont’s dinner jacket and a lady’s traveling case. In some instances, the displays offer telling contrasts—as when the lodengreen wool flannels worn by Mr. Bates, everyone’s favorite valet, are placed alongside a pair of shoes similar to the ones he was polishing while wearing the outfit. Another member of the abbey staff, Mrs. Hughes, the head housekeeper, is represented by a workaday black dress. “But look carefully,” says Lidz. “You’ll see that it’s quite embellished. That’s because the bright lights of the set would turn a plain dress into a black hole. The detailed appliqué gives it more dimensionality [on screen].” Such behind-the-scenes tidbits remind us that these are costumes, not originals or even exact replicas. “I’m a historian, so of course I love history,” says Lidz. “But it’s the enhanced reality, the heightened romance of Downton Abbey, that is so riveting to so many people. And that’s what we’re trying to capture.” Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, 5105 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE, 302-8884600; winterthur.org PS
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Fabrics and forms will also be on display— albeit in a more investigative context— this spring at the Barnes Foundation when it presents the exhibition “Yinka Shonibare MBE: Magic Ladders,” through April 28. Shonibare, a London-born artist of Nigerian descent, adorns often headless mannequins in brilliantly colored re-creations of the Dutch wax fabrics typically worn in Africa during the age of colonialism. These garments—ostensibly African but actually Indonesian in origin and resold in Africa by Dutch colonizers—epitomize the complexities of the era as nations expanded across the globe. “Magic Ladders” features 15 pieces, including sculptures, paintings, and photographs, as well as the title work, commissioned by the Barnes, which explores the importance of contemporary education. Says Judith F. Dolkart, the museum’s Gund Family chief curator, “Shonibare shares Dr. Barnes’s belief that education can improve individual lives, benefiting society as a whole.” 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., 215-278-7000; barnesfoundation.org
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With his new line of precision knives, Masaharu Morimoto is tendering the tools of a sushi master.
Modern Master AS MORIMOTO MARKS ANOTHER YEAR IN PHILADELPHIA, ITS FAMED IRON CHEF TAKES A STAB AT A NEW CULINARY VENTURE. BY KEN ALAN
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n a Friday night, behind the sushi bar at the highly respected Philadelphia restaurant that bears his name, the man from Japan, Masaharu Morimoto, deftly slices a pristine piece of ruby rawness, soon to be the main ingredient in a tuna pizza brushed with eel sauce. The acclaimed chef has been wielding knives for more than three decades, since opening his first restaurant in his native Hiroshima, Japan, in 1980. Nowadays, however, he makes his cuts with the Miyabi Morimoto series, a new collaboration with Zwilling J.A. Henckels’s Miyabi Cutlery (available in May) combining the fine precision for which Japanese knives are famous with the ease of care typical of Western-style knives. “Each knife is designed for a specific purpose and adjusts to the proper position for the task,” Morimoto explains. “It has taken me years to develop this line.” After he helped lead Manhattan’s Nobu to stellar acclaim, then compiled an impressive winning record on TV’s Iron Chef and Iron Chef America, Morimoto launched his first American restaurant in 2001. The debut marked the start of a successful partnership with Philly native Stephen Starr. Since then, Morimoto has built a burgeoning global empire of 11 restaurants. continued on page 64
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The undulating walls and ceiling and the glowing blue booths enhance the mood. ABOVE RIGHT: Duck Duck Duck, tuna pizza, and a sushi combo. LEFT: Morimoto nimbly slices a superb piece of toro (fatty tuna belly).
continued from page 62 In a town filled with rising celebrity chefs and powerhouse restaurant owners, Morimoto has the status of a rock star, frequently autographing menus and posing for snapshots. “I have restaurants around the world,” he says, but “none is like my first one here in Philadelphia. It is in great part because the people here are all so nice to me.” Spicy tuna maki rolls (a best seller), diver scallop carpaccio, and incomparable sashimi are cut with superhuman precision. On the hot side, notable items include rich Kobe beef, hamachi surf and turf, and a three-way duck dish (roasted breast, confit, and a duck egg) cheekily called Duck Duck Duck. Ishi Yaki Bop—house-polished white rice topped with royal fern, spinach, yuzu pepper paste, and pickled daikon—is finished tableside with either delicate buri (king yellowtail) or buttery Kobe beef cooked in a deep stone bowl heated to 400 degrees. Yosedofu—fresh tofu with a crab ankake sauce—gets stirred right at the table. The liquid side of Morimoto operates in spirited collaboration with the kitchen. Among beverage director Alix Bell’s bar selections are 24 sakes (including Morimoto’s own private label), a seasonal list of signature cocktails (some with sake infusions), tasting menu pairings, and a concise beer list that includes Morimoto’s signature ales from Rogue Brewery. The chef—a man of few words—is contemplative. “I am grateful that Morimoto Philadelphia has been selected as [one of the city’s] top Japanese restaurants many times in the past,” he tells me. The Philly flagship’s breathtaking design provides the perfect backdrop for Morimoto the man and his modern cuisine. The main dining
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EASTERN ENDINGS While some Japanese restaurants rely almost exclusively on their sushi, Morimoto succeeds in part by offering other equally mouthwatering dishes, like its outstanding desserts. The pot de crème (a chocolatey combo of East and West) and the house-made ice creams (such as mocha studded with yummy Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews) are can’t-miss conclusions to a memorable meal.
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room’s latticework of mood-enhancing, LED-lit glass booth dividers looks like an M.C. Escher lithograph gone 3-D and Day-Glo. On either side of the 126-seat room, the plaster walls are awash in cascading molded waves, while high above, the undulating bamboo ceiling draws diners’ eyes to the restaurant’s heart, its sushi bar and open kitchen. Behind that bar, Morimoto now puts his personalized steel to the stone. Tomorrow he may be off to his restaurant in Tokyo or Mumbai, but tonight—at his first, his “special” Morimoto—the Iron Chef himself is in the house. 723 Chestnut St., 215-413-9070; morimotorestaurant.com PS
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CUI-SCENE A Kingdom of Eel Roll, a Bellacucina Roll, and a Green River Roll at Raw Sushi & Sake Lounge.
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ON A ROLL Boutique owner Irina Mitchell counts down her favorite places to pick up the chopsticks. Irina Mitchell’s eclectic style is on full display inside her men’s and women’s shop, Kaleidoscope (151 N. Third St., 267-519-2587; kaleidoscopeboutique.com), but when it comes to dining out, her tastes are decidedly simpler. The Old City retailer shares a few of her sushi standbys.
KISSO SUSHI BAR “I eat here a lot because it’s right around the corner from my house. I always order the grilled octopus and the Alaskan king crab with creamy soy sauce.” 205 N. Fourth St., 215-922-1770; kissosushibar.com
MORIMOTO “The vibe here is so trendy and fun. The lychee martini is amazing. And I always start my meal with the Morimoto ramen soup, one of their signature dishes.” 723 Chestnut St., 215-4139070; morimotorestaurant.com
RAW SUSHI & SAKE LOUNGE “My favorite place to sit is the large table beneath the staircase at the back of the dining room. It’s great for groups because you have some privacy but can still people-watch.” 1225 Sansom St., 215238-1903; rawlounge.net
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n the pantheon of great alcoholic beverages, sake is perhaps the most misunderstood stateside. Until fairly recently, most Americans’ experience with the classic rice wine of Japan was limited to shots of warm plonk at neighborhood sushi houses— essentially the equivalent of reducing one’s beer drinking to anything but craft brews. But things are changing, with the city’s bars and restaurants finally giving sake the respect it deserves. And soon, with the debut of coZara (3200 Chestnut St., 215-568-1027; cozara philly.com), Philly will have its first sake with a local connection. At this new izakaya-style restaurant near Drexel University, chef-owner Hiroyuki “Zama” Tanaka will be importing his own version, the wonderfully named Drunken Zama. “I collaborated with one of my favorite brewers in Japan,” he says. “The taste is great on the palate and it’s not too pricey.” But it’s been a long road to get to this point. “I was unhappy with our early sake list,” says Bryon Phillips, general manager of Zama (128 S. 19th St., 215568-1027; zamaphilly.com), Tanaka’s first Philadelphia restaurant. “I had everything everyone else had, and I focused [too much] on wine.” He noticed that his customers were becoming more savvy about sake. “So I approached Zama and asked if we could become the premier sake restaurant in the city… [with] new sake no one had seen and a new price structure. Zama agreed, and away I went.” To that end, Philadelphians would be smart to visit Hop Sing Laundromat (1029 Race St.; hopsinglaundromat.com), the world-class cocktail bar in Chinatown whose craft drinks have earned a reputation nationwide. Lêe, the passionate and deeply knowledgeable owner, has created an apparently simple yet actually quite complex cocktail that harnesses sake’s unique ability to alter its f lavor profile in a wellconceived drink. His West of Tokyo, inspired by the immense popularity of single-malt Scotch whisky in Japan, is a brilliant combination of 15-year-old Drambuie and cedar barrel – aged Kikusakari Tarusake, kissed with the oils of lemon peel. It demonstrates exactly why Americans should enjoy sake more frequently, not just at restaurants but at great cocktail bars, too. And these days, they are—Philadelphians in particular. In other words, sake’s time has come. And not a moment too soon. PS
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LET’S MEET Where: Zento, 132 Chestnut St., 215-925-9998; zentocontemporary.com When: Lunch, Monday– Friday, 11:30 AM–3:30 PM; Saturday, noon–5 PM. Dinner, Monday– Thursday, 5 PM–10 PM; Friday–Saturday, 5 PM–11 PM; Sunday, 5 PM–10 PM ABOVE: Ferguson and Hamada discuss ohanami, the traditional Japanese festival of spring, while awaiting lunch at Zento. TOP RIGHT: The sashimi platter. BOTTOM RIGHT: Zento marries traditional and contemporary cuisines in a modern setting.
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rom its Colonial roots, Philadelphia evolved rapidly into a cosmopolitan city embracing cultures near and far. The annual Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival—running April 2 –13 this year—is just one example of our vibrant community coming together to celebrate the traditions and customs of its immigrants and visitors from around the world. Inspired by the 1,600 cherry trees that Japan gave to Philadelphia in 1926, the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia launched the festival in 1998, vowing to plant 1,000 new trees in Fairmount Park. By 2007 the elegant trees dotted the park’s periphery, providing a welcome beacon of spring’s arrival. Festival cofounder Adelaide Ferguson and Villanova University professor Masako Hamada are major supporters of Japanese culture in Philly and are instrumental in coordinating the event. Philadelphia Style joined the women for lunch at Old City’s Zento Contemporary Japanese Cuisine + Sake Bar to discuss how Japanese culture and cuisine are in full bloom in Philadelphia.
You’re both very involved in promoting Japanese culture in Philly. Masako Hamada: We are both members of the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia, and I also founded the Japanese studies program at Villanova University. Adelaide Ferguson: As board members for the JASGP, our mission is to promote business and cultural connections between Philadelphia and Japan. We do several events, most notably the Cherry Blossom Festival, for which I am the cochair. We’re also writing a book, Phila-Nipponica: An Historic Guide to Philadelphia & Japan, that details the fascinating stories of a young Japanese man named Manchuro who was shipwrecked and brought to Philadelphia in 1850. He started it all. Is traditional Japanese cuisine well-represented in Philadelphia? MH: There was only one Japanese restaurant when I came to Philadelphia 24 years ago. Now there are so many, and in general I believe they keep continued on page 70
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ADELAIDE FERGUSON AND MASAKO HAMADA OF THE SUBARU CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL LUNCH AT ZENTO TO DISCUSS PHILLY’S BEST JAPANESE DISHES AND WHAT’S IN STORE AT THIS YEAR’S EVENT. BY ASHLEY FARACE
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Hamada has seen a blossoming of Japanese restaurants in Philly since she arrived in 1989. BELOW: The bronzino roll features cucumber, avocado, and fried shallots topped with bronzino, microgreens, and a yuzu vinaigrette.
“The cherry blossom is a symbol of beauty in our culture.” —MASAKO HAMADA
BOURBON BLOSSOM Zento owner Darin Picorella’s house favorite pairs well with soy sauces and ginger— a floral complement to his sushi dishes.
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continued from page 68 the Japanese traditions, but the food has adjusted and adapted to American culture—everything here is in large portions. In Japan, we have adapted to American culture, too. We even have steamed teriyaki hamburgers. What’s on the menu for today? AF: We always start off with tea, usually green tea. Tea culture is very important in Japan. I also love udon—it’s the first thing I have when I land in Japan and the last thing I eat before I leave. MH: We’ll begin with a traditional small dish like tempura before enjoying some sashimi, sushi, a hot meal, and soup. What do you like most about Zento? MH: Presentation is very important, and the aesthetics of what you eat is very significant in Japanese food culture. Zento focuses on traditional values and also has a large, modern menu. AF: Zento is wonderful because they pay attention to the details. Any other favorite Japanese restaurants? MH: Since I live in the suburbs, I frequent Japanese restaurants in my area. My favorites are Azie on Main in Villanova and Margaret Kuo’s Akari Room in Wayne. AF: We are so lucky to have so many excellent Japanese restaurants in Philadelphia, so it’s hard to mention just a few. The tempura udon soup at Fuji Mountain is my ultimate comfort food—I crave it on a chilly day. How did Philadelphia’s Cherry Blossom Festival come about? AF: The festival in its very early days was just a few people on the board of directors pouring sake on the roots of newly planted cherry trees. From there we decided that it should be bigger, so we researched what other cities were doing. It started out very small, maybe 1,500 people the first year. Now we have 12,000 or so. What’s the significance of the cherry tree in Japanese culture? MH: The cherry blossom is a symbol of beauty in our culture. It looks so gorgeous, but also its life is very short—a week to 10 days—so the blossom represents enjoying the beauty of the moment. AF: Carpe diem. Seize the moment, enjoy the day, and take your time. What can festivalgoers look forward to this year? MH: It’s great for everyone to get together and learn about Japanese culture. And the Cherry Blossom Queen herself—the most beautiful and intelligent girl in Japan—will be there. AF: Sakura Sunday, which is the most important part of the festival, will take place this year on April 13. That is the day that the performers, who are flying in from Japan, come up to Philadelphia from the Washington, DC, Cherry Blossom Festival. We have so many performers—dancers, archers, martial artists, and drummers—and then we have people who dress up in costume. The whole festival just kind of steals your heart. Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia, April 2–13, 215-7903810; subarucherryblossom.org PS
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Get Into the Grove AS A RETAIL BUYER, FRAN D’AMBROSIO HAS BEEN DECIDING WHAT PHILADELPHIANS WILL BE WEARING EACH SEASON FOR YEARS. NOW SHE’S BREAKING OUT ON HER OWN WITH A NEW BOUTIQUE, ELLA’S GROVE. BY MARNI PRICHARD MANKO
ryn Mawr is known for many things, but Southern gentility isn’t typically one of them. That is, until the recent opening of the fashion boutique Ella’s Grove. “I grew up in South Carolina on an estate called Ella’s Grove, named after my great-great-grandmother,” says owner Fran D’Ambrosio. “I want my customers to experience a lifestyle where fashion meets Southern hospitality.” If anyone can pull off this sartorial feat on the Main Line, it’s D’Ambrosio, who managed Nicole Miller in Manayunk for a brief time before spending the next seven years learning the ins and outs of highend retail under Ken Gushner, co-owner of Boyds. “I knew the Main Line was very preppy, but I also saw that other Main Line customer at Boyds,” she says. “If they’re shopping here for the funkier pieces, it’s probably because there aren’t that many places in the suburbs to find them.”
That niche is exactly where D’Ambrosio is planning to make her mark with her 1,200-square-foot jewel box of a store. “I’m kind of feminine, but I like a little edge—a little bit country and a little bit rock ’n’ roll,” she says with a laugh. “I’m going to carry things that I love.” Stocking upscale labels—tried-and-true designers such as M Missoni and Robert Rodriguez plus contemporary brands like Nonoo, Calvin Rucker, and Clover Canyon—D’Ambrosio also offers accessories, including Leigh & Luca scarves and Frye boots. Handbags and vintage wares are also in the works to round out Ella’s Grove’s eclectic aesthetic. “It’s the merchandise I carry that makes this different than any of the other boutiques here,” she says. “I want to go to LA, Paris, London, and find things you can’t find in this area.” 876 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, 484380-2051; ellasgrove.com PS
Marl hand-loomed knit scarves, handmade Himalayan candles, belts from Streets Ahead, and sweaters from Robert Rodriguez and Tracy Reese are among the wares at Ella’s Grove. BELOW: NCbis by Nancy Caten necklaces, a multistrand chain and rhinestone necklace with pear and navette drops, a chunky chain necklace with an octagonal pendant, and Chan Luu wrap bracelets.
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THE NEWLY OPENED TOBOX CATERS TO PHILADELPHIA’S GENTLEMEN WITH HANDMADE FOOTWEAR AND PERSONALIZED, ONE-OF-A-KIND FINDS. BY ALEXANDRIA GEISLER FROM CLASSIC DESIGNERS LIKE JOHN LOBB AND COLE HAAN to contemporary brands such as John Varvatos, ToBox has a wide selection of high-end men’s dress shoes, carryalls, and leather goods carefully curated by store owners Tung and Dai To. “I wanted to create a welcoming place that didn’t feel like anything else in the city,” says Tung, a former regional buyer for Nordstrom. “It’s a hometown kind of store that carries great products for Philadelphians.” Decorated with antique furnishings, a shoe-shine stand, and a fully stocked bar cart, ToBox feels more like an exclusive club than an accessories store. “The décor is old-school luxury,” Tung adds, “and most of the furniture and fixtures are for sale.” New for spring, ToBox is offering a bespoke shoe service: Clients can choose from a list of styles—including smoking slippers, loafers, Derbies, and oxfords—and select the sole, stitching, lining, and embroidery for a one-of-a-kind pair. 25 S. 19th St., 215-644-9435; facebook.com/toboxshoes PS
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Kogan lets me try on pairs of sleek Oliver Goldsmith sunglasses originally designed for each of these movie legends. He lets me don the Parisian company Face à Face’s limited-edition tangerine-colored Punk It shades, complete with protruding, menacingly chic silver spikes. Kogan knows which ones will suit me best. He’s made his reputation by meticulously matching glasses to his customers’ tastes. The shop, which opened in 2003, is located on the first f loor of a townhouse just off the square. It’s a far cry from the chain stores, where you’re on your own in choosing from among the mass-produced frames made with continued on page 78
EYEsite’s frames are handcrafted in materials like buffalo horn, exotic woods, and 18k gold.
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ene Kogan slowly pulls the wooden drawer open. I gasp at the sight. There are rows and rows of enticingly gorgeous sunglasses, like wearable objets d’art. But the best part is that I can try them on. I feel like I’m being outfitted for my own fashion shoot. The owner of Rittenhouse Square’s EYEsite, Kogan gives me a tour of his boutique’s collections of custom and semicustom glasses and sunglasses. His bright-orange shop is part art gallery, part bespoke tailor for your eyes. But let’s get back to those impossibly glam sunglasses. Fancy yourself a Grace Kelly or an Audrey Hepburn type? Or more of a Sophia Loren?
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continued from page 76 unremarkable materials. Kogan, with 30 years in the optical business, guides his customers through the collections, helping them select the material, color, and shape that are best for their face and nose. No one walks out without a precise and f lattering fit. On trips to New York and Europe, Kogan selects the collections that EYEsite will carry, including Theo, Undostrial by Lucas de Staël, Xavier Derome, and Ralph Vaessen, all featuring handmade frames. The designers hail from Antwerp, Paris, London, and elsewhere and work with materials—some quite uncommon in glasses—such as buffalo horn, cashmere, wood, python skin, and iguana leather. “I grew up in Russia, where you might have had two styles of shoes and either brown or black,” says Kogan. “It’s wonderful to have so many choices.” After a customer selects a personalized frame, Kogan orders a blueprint from the supplier, then creates a model from heavy paper to
make sure the frame can be fit to the most precise specifications before he orders the final product. Waiting times are roughly four to six weeks. After emigrating from the Soviet Union in the ’80s, Kogan spent time in Italy, in a town outside Rome, where he worked in a shop, honing his trade. He arrived in the United States in 1989 and took jobs in New York City (where he was certified by the New York State Board of Optometry) and northern New Jersey before settling down in the Philadelphia area with his family. Although Europeans are more open to funkier styles, he says, EYEsite’s Philadelphia customers are unafraid to mix a traditional design with a pop of bold expression. Kogan shows me a number of frames: asymmetrical, moon-shaped, lace-edged, striped, frames in a rainbow of subtle colors, frames made from surgical-grade stainless steel, and one constructed from a single leather strap (“Doesn’t it smell good?” he chirps). He has a bounty of Buddy Holly – style hipster frames in rich tortoiseshell finishes. Take a spin through the vintage color samples to pick your favorite retro hue. Your bespoke frames can even be engraved with your initials—or adorned with diamonds. Glasses are fashion. Period. “The average woman has 10 to 15 pairs of shoes,” says Kogan, “but your face makes your first impression.... Your glasses are the most important accessory.” EYEsite, 124 S. 19th St., 215-557-0757; eyesite-phila.com PS
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SHE DEFINITELY KNOWS HOW TO STAND OUT AT A PARTY, AND NOW PHILADELPHIA TASTEMAKER SABRINA TAMBURINO THORNE IS DIVULGING A FEW OF HER FAVORITE PRE-EVENT STOPS. BY ALEXANDRIA GEISLER
With a whirlwind of philanthropic galas and other events to attend every season, Philadelphia native and Visit Philadelphia budget and finance coordinator Sabrina Tamburino Thorne has spent years cultivating her list of the best local businesses—whether for pre-party primping or an ultrachic cocktail dress. “My personal style is classy with a wild side,” she says. “I mostly wear dresses because they fit my body well and they make you feel sexy.” Thorne is especially fond of the selection at INTERMIX (1718 Walnut St., 215-545-6034; intermixonline.com), with Mason, Parker, and Herve Leger among her favorite designers there. “I always have my eye out for a fabulously fitting blazer that can go over a great dress or with pants, too,” she adds. “I found a black Helmut Lang one with three-quarterlength sleeves [at Intermix], and it’s become a go-to piece of mine.” Thorne’s beauty routine
consists of a weekly blow-out at HEADS & TAILS BEAUTY BOUTIQUE (265 S. 19th St., 215-875-8343; headsandtailsrittenhouse.com) and haircuts and coloring at SALON 191 (191 Presidential Blvd., Bala Cynwyd, 610-667-1100; salon191.com). “I have been going to my hairdresser, Charles [DiOrio], for 30 years,” she says. “I know this sounds ridiculous, but he was in the hospital room doing my mom’s hair when I was born.” Thorne explains that DiOrio is great with intricate cuts and vibrant color, as in her honey-blonde tresses. “I really don’t know what I’d do without him.” At home, Alterna Caviar replenishing shampoo, conditioner, and dry shampoo are her daily staples. “The dry shampoo really extends my blow-out,” she says, “even after working out.”
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Celebrate the joyful fashions of designer Patrick Kelly, who took Paris by storm in the 1980s. Inspired by Josephine Baker and Elsa Schiaparelli, Kelly’s bold designs are infused with a sly sense of humor, subverting not only fashion but racial stereotypes.
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OPEN SOON Spring/summer 1989 collection by Patrick Kelly. Photograph by Oliviero Toscani.
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PHS PHILADELPHIA FLOWER SHOW GIRLS NIGHT OUT Girls Night Out invites guests to enjoy an evening during the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show tailored just for the ladies! The gals will sample food and beverage from the region’s best, shop the area’s most coveted retailers, experience health & beauty tips & tricks, make & take crafts and much more! For tickets, visit phsonline.org/events/girls-night-out.
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It’s time to party with Donors Are Heroes as they celebrate the 12th anniversary of THE Party. Celebrate National Donate Life Month with a fun night of cocktails, dancing, and food from Philadelphia’s finest eateries on Friday, April 4th at the Four Seasons Hotel in Philadelphia.
Welcome spring in grand style at this year’s Flower Show: “ARTiculture”. The nation’s great art museums unite with nationally renowned floral and garden designers in a first ever collaboration that fuses art and horticulture into a 10-acre living canvas. Immerse yourself in this year’s Flower Show with the VIP All Access Pass, an exclusive online offer. Come to the Show on March 6 at 5:30pm for Girls Night Out, sponsored by Philadelphia Style, for a special evening tailored just for the ladies, featuring exclusive samplings, shopping, and takeaways from Philadelphia’s most coveted retailers.
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Time in Color WITH THE PHILADELPHIA FLOWER SHOW IN FULL BLOOM, WHAT COULD BE BETTER THAN TIMEPIECES THAT ACCENT THE ART OF FINE WATCHMAKING WITH DAZZLING FLORAL HUES? BY ROBERTA NAAS PHOTOGRAPHY BY JEFF CRAWFORD
rom lotus blossoms painted on the walls of ancient Egyptian tombs to Monet’s water lilies and van Gogh’s sunflowers, artists have long been stimulated by the wondrous colors of flowers—a relationship celebrated in “ARTiculture: Where Art Meets Horticulture,” the 185th annual PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, running March 1– 9 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. But today’s floral masterpieces are as likely to be found on a woman’s wrist as on the walls of her home, as modern horological artists have found inspiration in the colors of spring’s blooms to craft the season’s most exquisite new watches. Dials and straps are accentuated in pastel hues like pink and coral, taupe and pale moss green, ensuring that their wearer will dazzle even among the blossoms. “Color brings adventure and empowers when worn on a woman’s wrist,” says Kari A. Allen, president of Versace Timepieces USA and Caribbean, “especially when it’s a couture inspiration with a unique composition of dial, strap, and special accents to complete the watch.” For more watch features and expanded coverage, go to phillystylemag.com/ watches. PS
FROM TOP: From Roger Dubuis, this automatic Velvet watch ($38,400) is crafted in 18k rose gold and features a mother-of-pearl dial, a taupe shimmer strap, and a diamond case and lugs set with approximately 1.77 carats. Govberg Jewelers, 1521 Walnut St., 215-546-6505; rogerdubuis.com
This Versace Venus watch ($1,495) is fashioned from steel with rose-gold ion plating. It boasts a light-green strap, a light-green guilloché dial, and a central ring set with a rain-forest topaz. Bloomingdale’s, King of Prussia Mall, 610-3376300; versace.com From Hermès, this Arceau watch ($3,900) is crafted in steel and has a coral lipstick–colored leather strap. It houses a mechanical movement and features stylized feminine numerals. Hermès, King of Prussia Mall, 610-9929730; hermes.com
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Made of 18k rose gold, this Chopard La Vie En Rose Happy Sport watch ($13,280) has a rose-hued mother-of-pearl dial with a rose motif. Jay Roberts Jewelers, 515 Rte. 73 S., Marlton, NJ, 856-596-8600; us.chopard.com
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MARCH 21: 4TH ANNUAL LIME LIGHT GALA On March 21st, the HEADstrong Foundation will present the 4th annual Lime Light Gala, shining the limelight on blood cancer in memory of founder, Nicholas Colleluori. Recognizing groundbreaking achievements in research, honoring stories of hope, celebrating patients, families and survivors & remembering those who have lost their fight.
MARCH 8: 30TH ANNUAL KIDNEY BALL AT VIE Celebrate 30 years of success benefiting the National Kidney Foundation.
The NKF honors members of the community who have championed our mission and is dedicated to helping those with kidney disease. 7:00 p.m. – 11 p.m. Vie, 600 North Broad Street. Philadelphia, PA.
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MARCH 8: THE RED BALL 2014 Red Ball presented by Independence Blue Cross is March 8th at Please Touch Museum. Enjoy great music and cuisine and drinks from 30 of Philly’s finest restaurants and microbreweries. Go to theredball.org for tickets, sponsorship details, and more information.
APRIL 26-29: THE PHILADELPHIA ANTIQUES SHOW Antiques & Art through the 20th Century returns to the Pennsylvania Convention Center for its 53rd annual Show on April 26 – 29, 2014 with a preview party on April 25. Sponsored by Drexel Morgan & Co. and benefiting the Penn Center for Human Performance at Penn Medicine, this year’s show features more than 60 exhibitors and more than 30 objects on loan from Historic Deerfield. Visit Thephiladelphiaantiquesshow.org Teapot, Staffordshire, England, 1750-1760. Lead-glazed, cream-colored earthenware (agateware). Museum Collections Fund, 2006.5.2. Historic Deerfield, Deerfield, Massachusetts. Photo by Penny Leveritt.
MAY 2: SPRING AT THE MANSION On Friday, May 2nd, the Philadelphia Art Alliance will once again transform for the second annual “Spring at The Mansion” gala at The Wetherill Mansion. This progressive evening will take guests on a journey of fine cuisine, specialty cocktails, and artful elegance. A portion of the proceeds raised from this event will benefit the preservation and restoration of The Wetherill Mansion, the jewel of Rittenhouse Square and the home of the Philadelphia Art Alliance. Visit philartalliance.org
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contain a significant amount of powders and pigments for immediate, visible color imperfection results. But those with a lot of pigments don’t always allow for deep absorption.” Noe and her team tried hundreds of combinations, while studying how facial skin absorbs and reflects light. Under the microscope, facial skin, like a Pointillist painting, appears as a collection of small colored dots, which should result in an uneven surface appearance. But the epidermal cell structure is unique in the way it reorganizes how light interacts with it. Edouard Mauvais-Jarvis, scientific director for Dior, says that it acts as a natural optical filter with diffusion properties that help to even out color and texture. “But aging impacts cells that act as filters,” he says. For their new product, scientists sought to mimic how healthy filters work by adding special mineral powders found in Japan—one with mica platelets, another with silica particles—to the flower extract formula. The powders tested well for their light diffusion properties, minimizing redness and other age-caused textural imperfections. What’s interesting about Dreamskin is that while it appears creamy pink (from the colorcorrecting mineral powders), it applies transparently. Designed to be worn during the day, or under makeup, it’s quite a clever bit of trompe l’oeil and the latest wearable magic from Dior. Available at Neiman Marcus, King of Prussia Mall, 610-354-0500; neimanmarcus.com PS
NEXT OF SKIN Aside from aging, environmental factors have the greatest impact on skin’s tone and texture. Philadelphia experts have the formulas for fighting back. In light of Dior’s ongoing studies concerning aging’s effects on skin, we polled some of the city’s experts to learn what happens to our skin’s tone and texture as we grow older and how the local climate impacts those changes. As early as our 20s, the production of the collagen and elastin that keep our skin plump and supple begins to decline, as continued on page 86
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fter women, flowers are the divine creation,” said Christian Dior, who used them to inspire his fabrics and collections. The legacy of Dior’s flower passion may be the reason his couture house is likely the only one with its own gardens—eight flower plots scattered around the world, whose locations were chosen, as if by a discriminating vintner, for the quality of the terroir. But rather than for fashion inspiration, the rare exotic flowers grown in these gardens provide active ingredients for the company’s line of fragrances, skincare, and cosmetics. The extracts from two recent discoveries, Langosa and Opilia, harvested in Madagascar and Burkina Faso, respectively, form the basis of Dior’s new skincare product Dreamskin, the natural extracts from one (Langosa) added for antiaging benefits, the other (Opilia) to help correct the skin’s color imperfections. It’s unusual for a skin product to be both corrector and wrinkle treatment. But antiaging skincare, perennially a white-hot product category, had to evolve from just treating wrinkles—with countless varieties of filler injections, there are many ways to get quick, good results. Recent studies showed consumers wanting products that mitigate aging’s other side effects—uneven texture and pigmentation, for example— as much as those that minimize wrinkles. Brigid Noe, director of Formulation Laboratories for Dior, says developing a product that corrects tone and wrinkles was no easy task: “Usually formulas must
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t may seem counterintuitive, but the trick to getting the most out of a trampoline-based workout—better known in the fitness world as rebounding—is to jump as low as possible. “You want to keep your shoulders and core stable, with the knees slightly bent, and dig your heels into the trampoline when you land,” explains Robert Anselmo, The Sporting Club at The Bellevue’s (224 S. Broad St., 215-985-9876; sportingclubbellevue.com) certified fitness instructor, who gets barely any air time as he bounces on one of the club’s squat individual trampolines to demonstrate proper form. While rebounding has been around for years, trampoline parks have been springing up in the Philadelphia area of late. In Glen Mills, Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park (10 Conchester Road, Glen Mills, 484-418-1500; skyzone.com), which will open two new locations, in Levittown and Chalfont, by late spring, is one of the best-known. The company began in California in 2006 and today has 48 parks, many offering Skyrobics classes, which incorporate elements of Pilates, yoga, and TRX, as well as medicine balls. “Every 10 minutes you spend on the trampoline is equal to 30 minutes of running. In a one-hour class, you can burn 1,000 calories,” says Rich Ferns, president of Philadelphia Trampoline Parks, owner of the local Sky Zone. “The classes engage the entire body from a core perspective and are great for those who suffer from joint pain.” Anselmo’s 30-minute class is divided into roughly five segments, alternating between cardio—jumping jacks, squats, and marching in place—and floor exercises like biceps curls, push-ups, and burpees for toning. Anselmo says rebounding is ideal for all ages and workout levels because it’s easy to modify. “Adults are a little skeptical at first,” says Phil Stoops, vice president of Philadelphia Trampoline Parks. “But you really do feel like you’re 6 years old again.” PS
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s the weather warms, the flowers bloom, and the last hints of winter melt away, we once again find ourselves in wedding season. For couples who choose to tie the knot this time of year, springtime abounds with possibilities: Vibrant floral designs, exuberant color palettes, and breathtaking outdoor ceremonies are just a few. It’s no secret that Philadelphia’s wedding repertoire is deep—the city is bursting with one-of-a-
kind venues, stunning bridal shops, expert caterers, and every professional resource you could need to pull off the “I do’s” of your dreams. In these pages, brides-to-be who have yet to define their wedding style will find inspiration for choosing all the little details that suit them flawlessly. Whether it’s jewelry, shoes, flower arrangements, or even some dapper looks for the groom, our ideas will have you well on your way to an unforgettable day.
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F “The traditional bride is wearing either a simple A-line dress... or a ball gown.” —NILAH PETSCHELT
ormal invitations, a sit-down dinner, and a live band are just a few of the elements that go into the dream day of a bride who appreciates tradition. The most significant feature, however, is a timeless dress. “The traditional bride is wearing either a simple A-line dress with exquisite lace detail or a ball gown,” says Havertown dressmaker and designer Nilah Petschelt of Nilah & Company (36 W. Eagle Road, Havertown, 610-853-9822; nilah.com). “Many of these brides are also adding lace sleeves to give their gown a more personal and customized look.” Just as traditional as the white wedding dress is the veil, which is one of Petschelt’s specialties. The process of handcrafting each veil is unique, she says, although every one features the finest laces and tulles from France, Spain, Belgium, and elsewhere. From among many fabrics and designs, Petschelt suggests those that best match the bride’s dress, but a few styles reign supreme. “Our most popular
veil styles,” she says, “are the Waterfall Standard veil with the cord and crystal edging—it’s a very versatile veil that goes with many dresses—and our lace-edge veils.” For the traditional bride, a space like the Arts Ballroom (1324 Locust St., 267-886-1472; artsballroom.com) fits the bill beautifully. “The building features the two-story Grand Hall, the mirrored Sylvania Ballroom, and a mezzanine,” says Leila Miller, director of catering for Starr Events, the venue’s exclusive caterer. “The mahogany floors, marble staircase, and crystal chandeliers and sconces [create] the perfect setting for a celebration, and brides can make a grand entrance down the sweeping staircase after gathering in a separate suite upstairs.” The Arts Ballroom also benefits from Starr’s customized food and drink offerings. “We start off by working with the couple to tailor our existing menus to suit their needs,” says Miller, “or we can create a completely custom menu based on any direction they would like to take it.”
Madison gown, Monique Lhuillier ($5,465). The Wedding Shoppe, 503 W. Lancaster Ave., Ste. 110, Wayne, 610-293-1299; wedding-shoppe.com. Custom tuxedo, Commonwealth Proper (from $2,250). 1839 Chestnut St., 267-319-1741; commonwealthproper.com. Pigalace pump, Christian Louboutin ($795). Saks Fifth Avenue, 2 Bala Plaza, Bala Cynwyd, 610-667-1550; christianlouboutin.com. Destiny three-stone platinum engagement ring, Hearts on Fire ($17,900). King of Prussia Mall, 484-685-0432; heartsonfire.com
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he Roaring ’20s are the perfect muse for the bride who desires a wedding of oldfashioned glamour and revelry. “Partially due to the popularity of Gatsby, 1920s-inspired gowns are coming back in style,” says famed designer Nicole Miller (Hyatt at The Bellevue, 200 S. Broad St., 215-546-5007; nicolemiller.com). The dress pictured here has the simple silhouette and elaborate beading of a 1920s design but with a contemporary youthfulness, which Miller says prevents it from feeling too old: “It’s a modern take on a vintage style—it has a classic feel without looking like an antique. I think Philadelphia brides want to look pretty but not too frou-frou. This gown combines elegance and sophistication with a hint of nostalgia.” The ideal venue for a wedding of this kind is one with strong architectural detail and character, like The Atrium at
The Curtis Center (601 Walnut St., 215-2385750; cescapheballroom.com). “The couple that selects The Atrium at The Curtis Center completely appreciates the opulent beauty of the historic, grand space and understands the statement that getting married at a [venue] like this makes,” says Cescaphe Event Group owner and CEO Joe Volpe. Ascend the dramatic entrance into the lobby—which is used for luxurious cocktail receptions and lounging—and the 12-story atrium, with its 750-square-foot Tiffany mosaic and two-story waterfall, a backdrop you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else. But the incredible décor isn’t the only reason to book this breathtaking venue. “In addition to the decadent menu and customdesigned wedding cake,” says Volpe, “we light the space with specially selected hues to accent the bride and groom’s choice of colors.”
“This gown has a classic feel but without looking like an antique.” —NICOLE MILLER
Emerald-cut diamond ring, Sasha Primak (price on request). Morton & Rudolph Jewelers, 1900 Marlton Pike E., Cherry Hill, NJ, 856-424-1101; mortonandrudolph.com. Silk Allover Print pocket square, Hugo Boss ($40). Ventresca Ltd., 145 W. State St., Doylestown, 215-348-3139; hugoboss.com. Albion cuff links with onyx and diamonds, David Yurman ($1,800). King of Prussia Mall, 610-265-6370; davidyurman.com. Blaine gown, Nicole Miller ($2,900). Hyatt at The Bellevue, 200 S. Broad St., 215-546-5007; nicolemiller.com. Sinful sandal, Stuart Weitzman ($398). 1711 Walnut St., 215-640-0400; stuartweitzman.com
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A “The key to any gown, simple or complex, is always fit.” —IRINA SIGAL
minimalist wedding allows the bride and groom to be the focus of the day. Just as the affair is tailored to fit the couple’s character, the dress should be an expression of the bride’s personality. “The beauty of customizing a dress is that there’s a lot of room for creativity,” says designer Irina Sigal (2038 Locust St., 215-772-1121; irinasigal.com), who has been creating custom clothing, particularly formal and wedding gowns, for 20 years. “Personality is everything in a dress, and it is incredibly important that the bride’s unique style shines through in a way that complements her best.” For Sigal, designing for the minimalist bride requires emphasizing the details and fit: “Simple gowns are all about the details, yet they must be immaculately constructed so that the fit is the star of the show. The key to any gown, simple or complex, is always fit.” A venue with rustic undertones is ideal for couples planning a minimal yet meaningful affair. A former industrial
site, Phoenixville Foundry (2 N. Main St., Phoenixville, 610-917-8400; phoenixvillefoundry.com) offers plenty of room for personalization. “The industrial-chic design, flexible open spaces, and neutral color scheme serve as a dramatic yet romantic backdrop for a wide array of bridal styles and customized themes,” says facility and events director Bob Tomasso. “The venue has a unique blend of industrial and modern elements, including 60-foot-high ceilings, clerestory windows, and sweeping staircases. Its three event areas can accommodate a single gathering for up to 500 guests or be broken up for more-intimate events. Additional spaces can also incorporate outdoor ceremonies, receptions, and performances.” The streamlined nature of the building makes it perfect for simple decorations. Bold but limited color schemes, modest table settings, and single-flower arrangements maintain the simplicity of the space while adding a hint of personality and liveliness.
Amelia halter gown, Theia ($2,995). Lovely Bride, 237 Market St., 215-627-1800; lovelybride.com. Cotton-silk diamond-print bow tie, Hugo Boss ($95). Ventresca Ltd., 145 W. State St., Doylestown, 215-348-3139; hugoboss.com. Custom floral bouquet, Evantine Design ($550). 7500 Wheeler St., 215-492-8545; evantinedesign.com. Cocktail ring with mother-of-pearl and diamonds, Roberto Coin ($4,700). Bernie Robbins Jewelers, 2123 S. Eagle Road, Newtown, 215-579-8224; bernierobbins.com
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Winterthur’s idyllic landscapes make it a perennial wedding favorite.
he romantic bride with a penchant for the outdoors will be enticed by soft color schemes, sweet tablescapes, and dainty accents. A simply structured gown with delicate details makes a distinctive statement, especially when it’s custom-designed. Local dressmaker Janice Martin (41 Cricket Ave., Ardmore, 610-645-4540; janicemartin.net), who has more than 25 years of experience in custom bridal- and eveningwear, designed the pictured dress with just those elements in mind. “The lace on this gown was hand-beaded in France in a light floral design, and the fabrics are all natural—from the silk tulle on the bodice to the silk satin bustier and skirt,” says Martin, who takes anywhere from a week to a year and a half to create a custom gown (although most clients should expect it to take four to nine months). “Also, this train, which can be gently bustled to the side, is long enough
to give the gown a lovely line, but not so large as to be cumbersome, heavy, or likely to catch on things. It has a f luidity and grace that most off-the-rack gowns can’t offer.” The delicate, romantic feel of the dress can easily be matched in a venue like the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library (5105 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE, 302-888-4600; winterthur.org), whose gorgeous landscaped grounds and versatile ceremony and reception locations are sure to make any bride swoon. “Winterthur appeals to couples who have a love of nature but still like the grandeur of being on a historic estate,” says catering director Laura Henriquez. “The estate spans almost 1,000 acres, making every wedding feel completely private and intimate. There are tons of nooks and crannies throughout the property where couples can enjoy a special moment together right next to the romantic waterfall and koi ponds.”
“This gown has a fluidity and grace that most offthe-rack gowns can’t offer.” —JANICE MARTIN
Diamond Butterfly ring, Bernie Robbins Collection (price on request). Bernie Robbins Jewelers, 2123 S. Eagle Road, Newtown, 215-579-8224; bernierobbins.com. Brass knotted cuff links, Boss ($115). King of Prussia Mall, 610-992-1400; hugoboss.com. Botticelli gown, Janice Martin Couture (price on request). 41 Cricket Ave., Ardmore, 610-645-4540; janicemartin.net
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very bride wants a wedding day that’s personalized down to the last detail, so when celebrated bridal designer Carolina Herrera debuted her Spring 2014 silk taffeta Aveline gown, it made waves not just for its delicate, ethereal beauty, but also for its monogram woven into the design. “It’s an everlasting union, so why not link all initials together?” says Mary Dougherty, owner of Nicole Miller Philadelphia (200 S. Broad St., 215-5465007; mkdandassociates.com). “Monograms are an outward expression that the two are now combined.” Dress designer and master seamstress Irina Sigal (2038 Locust St., 215-772-1121; irinasigal.com) has been creating gorgeous gowns for Philadelphia brides for the past 20 years. And just as she fashions a one-of-a-kind design for each client, she also works alongside every bride to shape this unique touch. “When you monogram an item, it becomes truly forever yours, and it should be a keepsake,” Sigal says. On one occasion, Sigal discreetly placed a three-letter monogram on the edge of a bride’s sleeve before stitching the same design into the groom’s sleeve. On another, she beaded a monogram onto a stunning veil. Whatever the design scheme, Sigal believes that the beauty is in the subtlety. “Monogramming should be in the details,” she says. “It should be a bride’s secret way to make the dress her own. They shouldn’t be immediately visible to others.” continued on page 104
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continued from page 102 The same can be said for shoes. And when it comes to wedding footwear, brides trust local custom shoe designer Gary Wallace of SparklebyG (267-241-0985) with their sky-high stilettos. “Most of my work is Swarovski crystals, because what bride doesn’t want a little bling on her big day?” he says. “Monogramming wedding shoes is a great way to bring the couple together as one and let her show off her new last name.” Wallace is getting married in May, and he’ll be donning one of his own designs for the day, uniting him with his groom. He says a bride can even have the monogram done in blue for her “something blue.” A monogram on a gown or shoes may be a discreet touch for the couple’s eyes only, but many brides and grooms are expanding the concept and building their entire wedding theme around their new initials. Taking on new names can be a daunting experience for any couple, but setting a strong foundation on your wedding day surrounded by loved ones is the perfect time to try out your new name. There’s really no better time and place to introduce the new you. “Incorporating a monogram acts as a branding anchor for your event,” according to Phyllis Jablonowski of Eventricity (115 Tennis Ave., Glenside, 215-8860202; eventricity.net). “Stationery suites are an easy place to begin to show the mark and style, and they can carry the idea through to welcome bags, programs, menu cards, and sweet ending labels. We’ve had custom monogrammed brooches added into a bouquet and scripted a monogram out of flowers for a wreath that can hang or be placed flat.” But Brian Kappra of Evantine Design (7500 Wheeler St., 215492-8545; evantinedesign.com) recommends exercising relative —BRIAN KAPPRA prudence when it comes to monograms: “True, they’re a big trend, but I believe they’re now being overused a tiny bit, so restraint should be used when deciding to go with a monogram.” Kappra suggests employing different versions of the monogram for different aspects of the wedding. “For example, we might use the first letters of the bride’s and groom’s names to create a monogram label on hotel welcome boxes,” he says, “but for cocktail napkins, we might use four variations on the monogram. And then on the dance floor, we might have a printed monogram matching the wedding invitation– style calligraphy. But when it comes down to it, it’s all about incorporating personal touches wherever possible.” While monograms are often utilized in lighting, and many people project them onto the dance floor, Jablonowski suggests shooting the monogram onto a wall so that it’s visible all evening. “They really can be designed to fit any style,” she says, “and they’re a terrific example of the revival of a trend that can be extremely effective if used judiciously.” PS
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s perhaps the most significant piece of jewelry a woman will ever own, an engagement ring should be as exceptional as the person wearing it. Yellow-diamond engagement rings are growing in popularity among celebrities, such as Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, and now the trend is catching on with local brides. “Every woman wants a unique ring that makes a personal statement, and of course one that will have the wow factor,” says Harvey Rovinsky, co-owner of Bernie Robbins Fine Jewelers (multiple locations; bernierobbins.com). “That combined with celebrity influence—both current and dating back to Marilyn Monroe more than 50 years ago—are the primary drivers of the yellow diamond’s popularity.” They’re becoming so popular, in fact, that Bernie Robbins has crafted its own collection of yellow-diamond engagement rings. After following the trend for years and observing the use of yellow diamonds in larger, more expensive rings, Rovinsky took the opportunity to fill what he saw as a gap in the market. “I was inspired to spend six months developing sources to be able to offer equally beautiful yellow-diamond rings at a price that anyone could afford,” he says. The collection features 24 ring styles, starting at $7,000.
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“Less than one in 10,000 diamonds mined will show natural color.” —JEFFREY POST In designing the rings for Bernie Robbins’ yellow-diamond collection, Rovinsky considered trends in both cuts and settings. “The most popular cuts for engagement rings continue to be rounds and squares, which have remained highest in demand for several years,” he says, so the new line features a mixture of the two. “Popular mountings include halo and double halo, which still outsell the rest.” Although yellow-diamond rings are sure to make any bride stand out, there is much more to the stone than its head-turning qualities. “The color dictates the diamond’s rarity and value,” explains Jeffrey Post, president of the Natural Color Diamond Association. “Less than one in 10,000 diamonds mined will show natural color.” Of the rare diamonds that do, yellow is the second-mostcommon hue behind brown, with orange, purple, and red being the most unusual. Despite their rarity, Post notes that yellow diamonds have become more widespread in the marketplace, allowing couples to express their individuality with more than just the ring’s style. “From a design point of view, yellow diamonds stand out,” he says. “When white diamonds are set in white metal, it sparkles white all over, but adding contrast to the design by setting yellow diamonds in yellow gold will make it stand out even more.” PS
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SHION STAR WITH A BURGEONING FASHION EMPIRE AND A SUCCESSFUL QVC LINE, NICOLE RICHIE, FORMER WILD CHILD, TELLS SUPERMODEL FRIEND ROSIE HUNTINGTON-WHITELEY THAT WHILE THE SIMPLE LIFE MAY NOT BE SO SIMPLE, IT CAN STILL BE FABULOUS.
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“When I first met Nicole, I didn’t know what to expect,” says British supermodel and Transformers: Dark of the Moon actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. “I grew up knowing Nicole from watching The Simple Life, so when I first met her, I was completely blown away. She’s just so put together, she runs all of these businesses, and she’s so dedicated to her husband and kids. She amazes me.” “Amazing” is one word to describe the life of Nicole Richie, the scion of an ’80s pop legend, who in the past 10 years has gone from wisecracking reality-TV sidekick to magnate of her own high-fashion empire. Sitting pretty atop her decidedly laid-back LA throne, this designer, style icon, New York Times best-selling author, TV personality, Fashion Star mentor, wife of rocker Joel Madden, cofounder of the Richie-Madden Children’s Foundation, and mom to Harlow and Sparrow has become a darling of fashion critics and an inspiration to style-seeking women around the globe. And since the 2009 debut of her House of Harlow 1960 jewelry line, Richie has joined a growing cadre of celebrity designers in bringing her signature Southern California style to the masses through her eponymous line sold via West Chester’s own QVC. Richie and Huntington-Whiteley were introduced just last year through their mutual stylist but have become fast friends, sharing the kind of rapport that usually comes only with years
White top ($575) and pencil skirt ($550), Alexander Wang. Knit Wit, 1729 Chestnut St., 215-564-4760; alexanderwang.com. Turquoise inlay mini triangle studs, Jennifer Meyer ($1,250). Barneys New York, 1811 Walnut St., 215-563-5333; barneys.com. Concentrical collar necklace ($78) and Eye of Wisdom rings ($62 each), House of Harlow. Lord & Taylor, King of Prussia Mall, 610-992-0333; houseofharlow1960.com
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“I consider a jeans and girl who just of friendship. (“I fell in love right away,” says HuntingtonWhiteley with a laugh. “I fell in love, too,” Richie chimes in.) Here the Burberry model digs in to learn more about her high-styling, business-savvy friend—and to discuss their obsession with all things fashion. Let’s talk about something we both love: fashion. Describe your style for me. I’ve always been someone who’s extremely relaxed in my everyday life. I’m not the girl who can wear awful seven-inch heels all night. I keep it simple—I consider myself to be a jeans and T-shirt kind of girl who just accessorizes a lot. But I try to focus less on the actual items and more on the way they make me feel. I like color around my face because it does something to me emotionally. I don’t like to wear black because it brings me down. You have such an amazing innate style. Vogue even said that you exemplify the LA vintage/SoCal look. Who did you get your sense of style from? My mom. She had this huge bathtub, and I’d sit in it and watch her get her hair and makeup done. There were just shelves of Chanel bags and vintage Azzedine Alaïa skirts and the craziest outfits, because she was going out with my dad every night. And I’d just watch her and I’d think to myself, That’s what I want to look like when I’m older. How did you initially get into fashion? Back in the ’80s, my dad had a costume designer named Edna, and she would make me matching tour outfits out of his excess fabric. We’re talking jewels and sequins, very flashy. She’d let me come to work with her in downtown LA, and she showed me how she makes all these costumes. When I started competitively figure skating when I was 9, she and I designed all of my costumes together, and I just knew that it was something I wanted to do. Having children has changed your life in many ways, but has it changed how you dress? I’m still wearing the same stuff, the same jeans, the peasant tops. I’ve always been someone who’s extremely relaxed in my everyday life, and then when I go out, I like dressing up.
In 2012, Richie and her husband adopted a German Shepherd named Iro.
myself to be T-shirt kind of accessorizes a lot.” That’s good; I’m glad to hear that. I’m always wondering if it’s going to change and if I’m going to end up looking really mumsy. Um, no, you’re never going to look really mumsy! You could be bald and you’d still be the most gorgeous mother ever. What about your daughter, Harlow? Is she into fashion? She’s more of an artist. She’s into playing with makeup; she loves doing her hair and putting outfits together. She’s just so feminine—and way more girlie than me. What else inspires you? I’m hugely inspired by the ’60s and the ’70s. I just love the music of that time and the overall freedom of that era. I love that the idea of clashing didn’t really exist. You could mix prints on prints, you could mix fabrics and colors—and it was more about the way you felt than about the label and trends. That’s something that I’ve always gravitated toward, and that’s something I’ve always tried to bring to House of Harlow and my QVC line. That’s so fab. Speaking of your fashion lines, let’s get into how you got your start as a designer. Once I really started understanding my own style, I realized how much I loved costume jewelry. I’m talking the Gucci and YSLs from the ’70s, pieces I relate to and love wearing. So I met with my now-partner Pasquale, and in 2009 we started House of Harlow 1960. He really let me have the freedom to take the reigns with the jewelry, which came naturally to me. Since I obviously didn’t go to design school, I wanted to start small and get to know the business before I expanded it. I then found my other partner, launched a ready-to-wear footwear line, and expanded again.
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I’ve been going very slowly. But now you’re taking a pretty big leap with the upcoming House of Harlow apparel launch. Doing apparel under the House of Harlow brand is something I’ve wanted to do forever. I’m just really excited about this collection. It’s easy to wear, it’s feminine, it’s free-spirited, and it’s all under $300. The launch is in the spring, and it’ll be online in March on houseofharlow1960.com and shopbop.com. What about your collection with QVC? QVC is nuts. It’s so big that every time I go to the headquarters in West Chester, I think it’s like Jurassic Park, only without the dinosaurs. QVC is just so in tune with its customers, and it’s something totally different than House of Harlow in that respect. When you go in there as a designer, you have to focus on who their customer is. Things like what their needs are, what fabrics they’re drawn to, their likes and dislikes, down to what’s their climate. It’s just a totally different world for me. As you know, I do my own little line in the UK with Marks & Spencer. It’s a great way to learn about what real women want, isn’t it? It’s also great to work with people who study women. When I’m doing my own House of Harlow collection, it’s really up to me to get to know my customers. So we’re talking about a completely new introduction, and then it takes a while to figure out who that person is. When you’re partnering with QVC, they know, and they continue to study. It’s really informative, whether you’re a designer or not, because you can understand where different women around the country are coming from. PS
Ringmaster top ($380) and Tamer embossed paperbag pants ($695), Zimmermann. Knit Wit, 1729 Chestnut St., 215-564-4760; zimmermann.com. Emerald diamond earrings, Anuj ($8,500). amulette collection.com. Nature ring with rose gold and noble gold with diamonds, H. Stern ($6,300). Neiman Marcus, King of Prussia Mall, 610-962-6200; hstern.com. Nude patent pumps, Christian Louboutin ($625). Saks Fifth Avenue, 2 Bala Plaza, Bala Cynwyd, 610-667-1550; christianlouboutin.com Mini long-sleeved dress, Christian Dior ($1,950). Available by special order, Neiman Marcus, King of Prussia Mall, 610-962-6200; dior.com. Turquoise earrings, Amulette Collection ($6,500). amulettecollection.com Styling by Marie-Lou Bartoli Makeup by Lauren Andersen for Avon at The Wall Group Hair by Andy Lecompte for Wella Professionals at The Wall Group
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ON HER: Rowan coat (IN HAND), Roland Mouret ($3,004). Neiman Marcus, King of Prussia Mall, 610-962-6200; neimanmarcus.com. Adriana kimono dress, Max Mara ($850). Bloomingdaleâ€™s, King of Prussia Mall, 610-337-6207; bloomingdales.com. Wonderland teardrop Snowman post earrings in boysenberry doublet ($695) and Wonderland oval ring in boysenberry doublet ($595), Ippolita. Bernie Robbins Jewelers, 2123 S. Eagle Road, Newtown, 215-579-8224; bernierobbins.com. Aurora sterling silver and flat bone bracelets with rose-cut diamonds ($950 each), Coomi. Neiman Marcus, SEE ABOVE. Gold Va Va Voom bag, Valentino Garavani ($1,775). Neiman Marcus, SEE ABOVE. Escape sandals, Jimmy Choo ($925). Saks Fifth Avenue, 2 Bala Plaza, Bala Cynwyd, 610-667-1550; saks.com ON HIM: Suit ($2,795) and dress shoes ($695), Ermenegildo Zegna. King of Prussia Mall, 610-233-0051; zegna.com. White cotton dress shirt, Brioni ($600). Neiman Marcus, King of Prussia Mall, 610-962-6200; neimanmarcus.com. Skinny tie, The Tie Bar ($15). thetiebar.com. Madison belt, Allen Edmonds ($88). 1736 Chestnut St., 215-988-1795; allenedmonds.com. Stainless steel Original Black watch, Bell & Ross ($4,500). Govberg Jewelers, 65 St. James Pl., Ardmore, 610-664-1715; govbergwatches.com
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The Rittenhouse Hotel sets the scene for a couple’s stolen moments in spring’s refined and ultraluxurious silhouettes.
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Embroidered gold leaf jacquard top, J. Mendel ($5,300). Saks Fifth Avenue, 2 Bala Plaza, Bala Cynwyd, 610-667-1550; saks.com. Embroidered mesh skirt, Nicole Miller Atelier ($235). 200 S. Broad St., 215-546-5007; nicolemiller.com. Locked in stud earrings, Kate Spade New York ($58). Suburban Square, 51 Saint Georges Road, 610-649-3502; katespade.com. Embellished Saffiano leather bracelet, Prada ($1,650). prada.com ON HIM: Dress shirt, Ermenegildo Zegna ($345). King of Prussia Mall, 610-233-0051; zegna.com. Black dress pants, Roberto Cavalli (price on request). roberto cavalli.com. Wide basic dress belt, Allen Edmonds ($98). 1736 Chestnut St., 215-988-1795; allenedmonds.com
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ON HER: Purple wine silk cady dress, Gucci ($2,700). The Pier Shops at Caesars, 1 Atlantic Ocean, Atlantic City, NJ, 609-449-1080; gucci.com. Gold-plated black onyx ring, Melinda Maria ($238). Nordstrom, King of Prussia Mall, 610-265-6111; nordstrom.com. Envelope clutch, Givenchy ($1,335). Joan Shepp, 1625 Chestnut St., 215-735-2666; joan shepp.com. Cut-out boots, Giuseppe Zanotti Design ($1,095). Saks Fifth Avenue, 2 Bala Plaza, Bala Cynwyd, 610-667-1550; saks.com ON HIM: Suit ($895), socks ($17), and oxford shoes ($415), Boss. King of Prussia Mall, 610-992-1400; hugoboss.com. White cotton dress shirt, Brioni ($600). Neiman Marcus, King of Prussia Mall, 610-9626200; neimanmarcus.com. Todd skinny tie, Thomas Pink ($135). King of Prussia Mall, 610-265-1755; thomaspink.com. Pocket square, Commonwealth Proper ($55). 1839 Chestnut St., 267-319-1741; commonwealthproper.com. Madison belt, Allen Edmonds ($88). 1736 Chestnut St., 215-988-1795; allenedmonds.com. 1837 circle cuff links, Tiffany & Co. ($300). 1414 Walnut St., 215-735-1919; tiffany.com. Carrera Calibre 36 automatic flyback chronograph watch, TAG Heuer ($7,900). King of Prussia Mall, 888-585-9136; tagheuer.com
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Kyra jacket (IN HAND), Tory Burch ($1,295). King of Prussia Mall, 610-337-2565; toryburch.com. Sheer silk polka-dot blouse ($1,095), silk bra ($275), and silk printed maxi skirt ($1,775), Dolce & Gabbana. Saks Fifth Avenue, 2 Bala Plaza, Bala Cynwyd, 610-667-1550; dolcegabbana.com. Belt, 3.1 Phillip Lim ($149). Knit Wit, 1729 Chestnut St., 215-564-4760; knitwitonline.com. Garden party earrings, Erickson Beamon ($252). Shop Sixty-Five, 53 W. State St., Doylestown, 215-348-8250; shopsixty five.com. Lock Me Manchette cuff, Louis Vuitton ($1,080). The Pier Shops at Caesars, 1 Atlantic Ocean, Atlantic City, NJ, 609-343-0177; louisvuitton.com. Iriza pumps, Christian Louboutin ($625). Neiman Marcus, King of Prussia Mall, 610-962-6200, neimanmarcus.com OPPOSITE PAGE, ON HER: Sally coat in large camo, Diane von Furstenberg ($645). Per Lei, 2 E. State St., Media, 610-566-1254; perleiboutique.com. Rizzi top ($548) and Carroll Park Penelope bag ($448), Kate Spade New York. King of Prussia Mall, 610-265-4080; katespade.com. Tuxedo cropped pants, Tibi ($295). Shop SixtyFive, 53 W. State St., Doylestown, 215-348-8250; shopsixtyfive.com. Sunglasses, Miu Miu ($370). Sunglass Hut, The Shops at Liberty Place, 215-851-9055; sunglasshut.com. 18k white-gold Metro three-row hinged bangle with diamonds ($11,000) and 18k white-gold Atlas hinged bangle with diamonds ($9,000), Tiffany & Co. The Pier Shops at Caesars, 1 Atlantic Ocean, Atlantic City, NJ, 609-345-3100; tiffany.com. Etta pumps, Sophia Webster ($595). Saks Fifth Avenue, 2 Bala Plaza, Bala Cynwyd, 610-667-1550; saks.com ON HIM: Broadcloth jacket ($695) and slim-fit pants ($195), Michael Kors. Cherry Hill Mall, Cherry Hill, NJ, 856-486-1800; michaelkors.com. Cotton dress shirt, Brioni ($600). Boyds, 1818 Chestnut St., 215-5649000; boydsphila.com. Carrera Calibre 36 automatic flyback chronograph watch, TAG Heuer ($7,900). King of Prussia Mall, 888-585-9136; tagheuer.com. Socks, Boss ($14). King of Prussia Mall, 610-992-1400; hugoboss.com. Cruz derby shoes, Marc Jacobs ($775). Available by special order, 212-343-1490
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Embroidered chiffon gown, Zac Posen ($2,875). Available by special order, 212-925-1263. Russian gold filigree lace earrings ($175) and Russian gold filigree lace necklace ($595), Oscar de la Renta. Saks Fifth Avenue, 2 Bala Plaza, Bala Cynwyd, 610-667-1550; saks.com. Bel Air gold sculptural collar, Alexis Bittar ($250). Sophy Curson, 19th and Sansom Sts., 215-567-4662; sophycurson.com. Slake bracelet, Swarovski ($70). 1421 Walnut St., 215-563-9374; swarovski.com. Evening minaudière, Lanvin ($2,290). Neiman Marcus, King of Prussia Mall, 610-962-6200; neimanmarcus.com. Shiny high-heel sandals, Louis Vuitton ($995). King of Prussia Mall, 610-992-0392; louisvuitton.com Black suit, John Varvatos ($1,795). Ventresca Ltd., 145 W. State St., Doylestown, 215-348-3139; ventresca.com. Dress shirt, Ermenegildo Zegna ($345). King of Prussia Mall, 610-233-0051; zegna.com. Wide basic dress belt, Allen Edmonds ($98). 1736 Chestnut St., 215-988-1795; allenedmonds.com. Black shoes, Roberto Cavalli ($540). robertocavalli.com
ON HER THROUGHOUT: Lancôme Absolue Sublime OleoSerum ($185). Macy’s Center City, 1300 Market St., 215-241-9000; macys.com. Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturizer ($69). Sephora, 1714 Chestnut St., 215-563-6113; sephora.com. Clarins Extra Firming Foundation in Honey ($45). Macy’s Center City, SEE ABOVE. Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Tumulte ($45). Macy’s Center City, SEE ABOVE. Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Kajal Liner in Noir ($24). Bluemercury, 1707 Walnut St., 215-569-3100; bluemercury.com. Dior Diorshow Black Out Mascara ($25). Saks Fifth Avenue, 2 Bala Plaza, Bala Cynwyd, 610-667-1550; saks.com. AERIN Lipstick in Madison ($30). Saks Fifth Avenue, SEE ABOVE. Kérastase Touche Finale ($35). Oggi Hair Salon & Spa, 1700 Locust St., 215-735-0707; oggisalonandspa.com
Overlooking charming Rittenhouse Square, the iconic Rittenhouse Hotel lies at the heart of downtown Philadelphia. Complete with a renowned spa, an elegant tearoom, and the upscale international restaurant Lacroix, the AAA Five Diamond luxury hotel is a mainstay for city visitors and locals alike. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, The Rittenhouse continues its outstanding legacy with a lively cocktail bar within the ground floor’s library and luxe new park suites by famed interior designer Alexandra Champalimaud. rittenhousehotel.com
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C Leading by Example: RIC RAMSEY Personal memories led to a course change for City Year’s captain. Ric Ramsey was all set to, as he says, “live large” after graduating from Hampton University and NYU’s Stern School of Business and going into information technology consulting. But he and his wife were also working on another venture—securing a franchise from the Goddard School, a chain of private preschools—when he thought he would learn more by working at a nonprofit for a year. Ten years later, the preschool and his consulting business were on permanent hold while Ramsey ran the LEAD program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, which provides talented students in business and engineering with mentoring and hands-on educational and service experience. While that was satisfying, he says, he couldn’t help recalling his own upbringing, as a poor kid in Colorado whose teachers gave him a chance to succeed—and whose mother insisted he could accomplish whatever he wanted.
Ric Ramsey calls education a social equalizer and likens his mission to the civil rights movement.
When he heard that City Year was planning to refocus on keeping students in school, Ramsey signed on. “My world before was focused on the bright and talented,” he says. But while his job has changed, his goal has not. “I get to steer this ship as its captain, and this will be a phenomenal ride for me.” City Year Greater Philadelphia, 2221 Chestnut St., 215-988-2118; cityyear.org
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EDUCATION Philadelphia’s public schools may be in crisis—facing monumental challenges like budget shortfalls, staffing cutbacks, and even closings—but for these forwardthinking leaders, the future is now. By Robert Strauss Photography by Jeffrey Stockbridge
anielle Mackintosh recognized immediately that the eighth grader was a little restive in his class at Overbrook’s Dimner Beeber Middle School. The West Philly school could be a rather chaotic place, and she knew she had to step in and help before his behavior got worse. One of 225 corps members of City Year Greater Philadelphia, a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve city schools and aid the at-risk student population by hiring recent college graduates for one year of paid service, Mackintosh puts in long hours. She greets students as they arrive or calls them on their cell phones with a reminder to get to school on time. She assists with classroom instruction, providing one-on-one coaching or taking small groups aside to assist them with assignments. Sometimes, as with the eighth grader at Dimner Beeber, she forestalls a looming disciplinary problem. “It was hard for him to just sit through class, let alone do the work,” says Mackintosh. “Because he was adapting to negative culture more than positive, it was difficult for us to show him what was appropriate.” But there was a quick fix: sit next to him for the entire class. For Philadelphia’s schools, unfortunately, there have been few easy solutions lately. The local media never seems to run out of bad things to say about the city’s public schools. And in many cases it’s warranted—there has been plenty to criticize during
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Philly’s recent hard times. A persistent funding crisis resulted in a system that for years seemed to be held together with classroom glue sticks and papier-mâché. But in 2013 the dam finally burst, with mass layoffs followed by intermittent and disconcerting rehiring. Employees were often forced to do jobs they weren’t trained for just to keep the schools running. But there are people and organizations in Philadelphia that aren’t willing to sit idly by and watch the system collapse.
ic Ramsey joined City Year, which has served more than 100,000 local kids since 1997, because he was convinced he could help stanch the hemorrhaging in the city’s schools. When the organization hired him last April to be its executive director and vice president, it described his mission as a new civil rights movement. “The civil rights movement was about equality and being viable to society,” says Ramsey. “Education is the big definer globally. It says we will equalize your ability to give to society because you’ve been educated to what is needed in society. I’m fascinated with the concept that we can actually improve the education of our nation by focusing on those who are most vulnerable in our society.” Keeping even the most disinterested, demotivated, and deprived kids focused on school is also an integral part of the mission of City Year, which holds its annual gala this spring. Winnowing its research findings, City Year has reduced its areas of concern to ABC: attendance, behavior, and course literacy. In each case, says Ramsey, mitigating the problem leads directly to a better chance at high school graduation. Most of the nation’s dropouts occur in 10 percent of its high schools, and students at Philadelphia’s struggling schools are among the most vulnerable. The first step in solving the problem, Ramsey explains, is simply getting the child to school: Curbing absenteeism remains a daily battle. Studies have shown that if a student in third through seventh grades misses 10 percent of school days, he or she is significantly likelier to eventually drop out. As for behavioral problems, the kind of focused, caring intervention that City Year corps members like Mackintosh offer is crucial. By “engaging on a more personal level so the student trusts” the corps member, says Ramsey, “you’re preventing the poor behavior from igniting.”
Finally, what he calls “probably the most important” goal is keeping young people on pace to succeed in the core subjects of math and English. Again, failure here increases the dropout rate: According to Ramsey, City Year research shows that a student who fails two or more of these classes by grade nine is unlikely to graduate. Preventing dropouts is a huge task, but City Year isn’t going it alone. Cooperation is essential, and Ramsey emphasizes that his organization works hand-in-hand with groups like Big Brothers Big Sisters, which offers mentorship programs for at-risk kids in the city’s poorest neighborhoods. PhillyGoes2College, part of the Mayor’s Office of Education, goes even further. Barbara Mattleman, who has headed the initiative since its inception in 2010, notes that getting students through secondary school is only the first step. To really get ahead, they need to go to college, and it should be the city’s aim to get as many students there as possible. To achieve that, PhillyGoes2College alerts students and their parents about events that promote and prepare them for college, such as the huge college fair held each fall at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and classes to help with College Board tests or application essays. PhillyGoes2College also teaches families how to apply for financial aid. Mattleman says the program can be just the spark a young person needs: “In many cases, this is the first generation of the family to go to college, so this is now a way to start the conversation.”
Most of the nation’s dropouts occur in 10 percent of its high schools, and students at Philly’s struggling schools are among the most vulnerable.
aking life even more difficult for society’s most vulnerable is the fact that the spending cutbacks have the greatest impact on those who have the least, according to Elaine Wynn, president of the Nevada Board of Education and a board member of Communities in Schools of Philadelphia. “We know through research that the most challenged populations are those kids who are in poverty, unfortunately,” says Wynn. “They have unmet needs that are so basic that most people are shocked to learn that there are families that are hungry and [dealing with] substance and physical abuse.” Communities in Schools was established in 1977 by Bill Milliken as a way to serve the urban poor and has grown into the largest stay-in-school network in the nation. In 1986, the organization landed in Philadelphia, where it currently serves 10,000 students, from kindergarten to postsecondary school. The program employs
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Evening the Odds: ELAINE WYNN The stark reality behind funding cutbacks compelled this billionaire to act. Perhaps best known as one of the world’s few female billionaires, Elaine Wynn has served as director of Wynn Resorts since 2000, but these days the Las Vegas resident dedicates most of her time to philanthropic causes that support education. Since 2008, she has served as the national chairperson of Communities in Schools, a nonprofit organization that works with needy schools in 27 states and the District of Columbia. Wynn travels frequently across the country to check in on Communities in Schools’ 1.25 million students. In Philly, the program works differently than in other regions, where “we’re gravitating more towards a site facilitator,” she says. In Philadelphia, “we have more-direct relationships with local organizations.”
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It’s all about strengthening relationships to deliver the services and support that schools need most, Wynn adds. “Communities in Schools is a mechanism that leverages things that already exist in a community, that already are funded, that already have personnel, to deliver what they do more efficiently to kids who need it. And by layering on multiple surfaces, you’re improving that kid’s life exponentially. So if a kid needs clothes, glasses, and food, that child’s going to be 100 percent better off having been in Communities in Schools than if they hadn’t.” Communities in Schools of Philadelphia, 2000 Hamilton St., 267-386-4600; cisphl.org
Elaine Wynn calls Communities in Schools a “silver bullet” solution for the nation’s neediest schools.
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Dressed for Success: NOAH TENNANT
A new vision of urban education inspired this administrator to change his address. Noah Tennant grew up in Harrisburg and went to a small, if diverse, high school on the outskirts of town. His only connection to Philadelphia—a seemingly distant metropolis—was his love for 76ers star forward Charles Barkley. Intent on being a teacher, he attended the University of Delaware and then Penn’s Graduate School of Education. He took administrative jobs in New Jersey, in the elite towns of Westfield and Haddonfield, becoming the beloved principal of the middle school. But while he was satisfied there, Tennant says a tour of Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia, an all-male high school that had opened just a couple of years before, began to change his mind. The neighborhood could not have been more different from Haddonfield: a poor-to-lower-class, mostly African-American urban environment versus an upper-middle-to-upper-class, primarily white suburb. “There I was in West Philadelphia and seeing students on the top of a hill wearing blazers and ties,” Tennant says. “They had a vested interest in being a part of something challenging. They could have easily gone two or three blocks away to a high school where standards would not be as high for them. That they were choosing to do that, making the choice to do that—I felt inspired to be someone to help them on that journey.”
Noah Tennant says that interaction between teachers and students is a key to success.
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“In many cases, this is the first generation of the family to go to college, so this is now a way to start the conversation.” —Barbara Mattleman
professionals, rather than relying on “near peers” as City Year does, and works with businesses, government, and other nonprofits to find mentors for schoolkids. The goal is to show them that there are jobs out there for them, provided they finish school. “We have two kinds of services,” says Wynn. “One is more in-depth, where we work with schools to identify those kids who are most at risk of falling out and create individual plans around that child and his or her family. For the second, we go into a school and find out what they need help with. So if their art program was cut, then we could coordinate with a group like Philadanco, for example, that might have an outreach program. Communities in Schools would become the link to Philadanco and the school district and would create the conditions in which we could get that delivered and applied.” The organization’s nearly 30 years of success is reflected in some impressive statistics. By the end of the 2012–13 academic year, for example, 94 percent of its students who were at risk of dropping out remained in school, and 65 percent of graduating seniors were either enrolled in a postsecondary school or employed.
nspiration can also be found among leaders in the trenches of the toughest city schools. Linda CliattWayman had moved up the chain of command from teacher to administrator to assistant superintendent for the city’s high schools. But in one of Philadelphia’s most crime-ridden neighborhoods, she saw the need for on-the-ground help. Strawberry Mansion High School had lost four principals in four years, leaving this public school adrift, so she took on the challenge and in September 2012 became its principal. Since then, Cliatt-Wayman has gotten more kids to graduate, and 55 of last year’s 92 graduates were accepted into college. After she and the school were profiled by ABC News, they found an unexpected champion in hip-hop star Drake, who was so moved by their story that he arranged to have a music studio built for the students at Strawberry Mansion. “I want to encourage you to utilize that facility and try to make whatever dreams you have come true,” he told them. At November’s Pennsylvania Conference for Women, Cliatt-Wayman earned a standing ovation with her tearfilled speech about the struggling students she has guided at Strawberry Mansion and how—even amid seeming
despair—there are triumphs waiting to happen. After being on the city’s list of schools to be closed two years ago, Strawberry Mansion has seen a 10 percent rise in enrollment. Credit that to Cliatt-Wayman’s stricter policies—like no hoodies or cell phones—and to expanded programs in cooking, filmmaking, and sports. Private donations have also funded new scholarships and curricula.
oah Tennant could have easily avoided the challenges of city schools, having spent more than a decade as a school administrator in the upper-crust New Jersey towns of Westfield and Haddonfield. But one day, while visiting his alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, a colleague took him to see Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia, a new male-only charter high school in West Philly that had opened in 2007. Inspired by what he saw, Tennant left the suburbs in 2011 to become principal of Boys’ Latin. According to Tennant, the achievement differences between elite schools and the average Philadelphia public school can be tied to the number of hours that students and teachers interact with each other and the closeness of that engagement. At Boys’ Latin, the school day runs from 8 AM to 4 PM, with an hour of mandatory extracurricular activity or tutoring afterwards. Students also attend school every other Saturday from 9 AM to noon, primarily for extra-classroom projects or remedial work. Everyone studies Latin for four years, with research showing that students who do so perform better on College Board tests than those who take four years of another language. Although it mainly serves the West and Southwest Philadelphia areas, any student can apply to Boys’ Latin— there are no qualifying tests—but he has to be ready for more rigor, more schoolwork, more attention from teachers. In the three classes that have graduated so far, 98 percent of the students have been accepted into college and 81 percent have matriculated. Tennant warns, however, that this school isn’t right for everyone. “We make it clear with our families that it is tough. In education research today, you hear the word ‘grit,’” he says, adding that most students who submit to the austerity of Boys’ Latin—which also has strict blazerand-tie standards—have it. “There are kids who come to us with academic struggles and a discipline file, but those who make it keep grinding and trying. We hope to have a long era of success stories.” PS
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FAMILY TIES Giving money away isnâ€™t as easy as it sounds, particularly when different generations are involved. Here, philanthropists, advisers, and wealth managers tell how to minimize familial differences and make charitable gifting a smooth sail. BY SUZANNE MCGEE
Kennedy Consciousness: The late Robert F. Kennedy with his wife, Ethel, and seven of their then eight children at an outing at the Bronx Zoo in 1964; the Grand Foyer at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; Anthony Shriver founded the nonprofit Best Buddies International to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
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oward Graham Buffett has no idea how old he was when he first became aware that something called “philanthropy” existed. While his father, financier Warren Buffett, “was busy making money” and building his reputation as the sage of Omaha, his mother, Susan Thompson Buffett, spent “a huge amount of her time engaged in something that helped or supported other people.” As they grew, Howard, as well as his elder sister, Susie, and younger brother, Peter, were caught up in these projects. “It started with giving away time,” Howard Buffett, 59 years old, recalls. “A big part of my education was seeing my mom act on [her] beliefs, not just talk about them.” The lessons he learned included an awareness of what distinguishes effective philanthropy from simply sitting down at the end of every year to write a few checks or buying a table for a friend’s charitable gala. By the time he was an adult, Buffett says he realized philanthropy, at its best, “is about listening to people and trying to understand their core needs and find a way to address them.”
involved. “In some cases, an aging benefactor has decided he wants to see his philanthropic gifts fully dispersed while he’s still living; sometimes it’s a personal experience or event, such as a trip by two members of one family to Ghana, which then became a focus of their philanthropy,” says Susan Ditkoff, a partner at Bridgespan, a nonprofit advisory group, and co-head of the firm’s philanthropy practice. One element of “next gen” philanthropy that may startle some older parents or grandparents is their heirs’ preference for and sometimes insistence upon high-impact or transformative giving. Today’s younger donors have relatively little interest in seeing their names immortalized on hospital wings, theater auditoriums, or college lecture halls. They define “community” in a very different way, as something that isn’t confined to a narrow geographic area or a particular religious or ethnic grouping. They’re also more likely to tackle ambitious programs. Bill and Melinda Gates, who have publicly declared their resolve to eradicate endemic diseases such as polio and malaria within their lifetimes, are the poster children for this approach. What distinguishes the Gateses, of course, is
Tisch Family Philanthropy: Preston and Laurence Tisch, kneeling, place a time capsule in the foundation of the future Tisch Hall at NYU in 1969; NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts building in New York; a 2004 portrait of Jimmy, Bob, Jonathan, and Andrew Tisch.
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the magnitude of their ability to give; the Creating that kind of philanthropic eagerness to take on formidable challenges savvy in children and grandchildren is does not. In the past, donors were willing to increasingly a focus of today’s affluent fam— spend the 5 percent of a foundation’s assets ilies. “It’s a way for any family to test and that the law requires them to distribute each articulate their shared values, to define — year to make lives better. Now, says Sharna what their family stands for, and to put HAVING THAT LEGACY Goldseker, managing director of 21/64, those values into action,” says Peter Karoff, INCLUDES IMPACT.” which specializes in helping families involve founder of The Philanthropic Initiative, a “next generation” members in their philanconsulting firm that advises donors on —Peter Karoff thropic planning, “the attitude is, ‘That’s making the leap from supporting a handful great, but wouldn’t it be even better if, by of favored organizations—an alma mater, a local hospital, a regional arts group—to developing a coherent giving spending 50 percent, we could eradicate the problem entirely?’” What is increasingly common, however, is the focus of parents or approach. “The aim is to create a legacy and, for many—if not most— having grandparents at the head of the family—typically those who still control that legacy includes impact,” says Karoff. What triggers philanthropic engagement can be as varied as the families the wealth—to make philanthropy a family affair. Crafting a personal
“The aim is to create a legacy, and, for many if not most
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opinions. “To say that family philanthropy is a panacea that can bridge all gaps is a fallacy,” says Karoff. “A baby won’t fix a bad marriage; philanthropy won’t make a dysfunctional family functional once more.” Gillian Howell, the national Philanthropic Solutions group executive at US Trust, says it’s best to start preparing both sides to make compromises as early as possible. “One of the most memorable events I witnessed involved a wealthy family, who began an annual series of New England vacation weekends focused on philanthropy by asking the youngest members of the family the question of how they would like to change the world,” she recalls. The patriarch and matriarch were so moved by what they heard that they were very open to the idea of changing the governance and even ultimately diluting or reshaping the mission of the foundation they had created so they could incorporate their young heirs’ insights and vision. While parents and grandparents may fear that large gaps exist between the generations—and underestimate the extent to which they need to ut introducing compromise to fully engage children to the their heirs—when push comes concept and realto shove, there’s far more ity of family alignment than family elders philanthropy at a may assume. A 2013 Merrill very young age does not mean Lynch survey showed that they’ll follow where their elders 73 percent of the “millenlead as they get older. “It’s nial” generation—those aged important to be open with heirs roughly between 18 and 35— about what is coming down the had values similar to their pike,” says Brian Wodar, a parents, even though they senior vice president and direc“I KNOW THAT IT’S IMPORTANT might express those values tor of wealth management FOR THE NEXT GENERATION differently. “That reflects the research at AllianceBernstein. reality that values are shaped “If parents aren’t willing to go by what people are exposed to; beyond a certain area when it —Howard Buffett that’s what children model and comes to making grants, then internalize and express later they should make that clear to in life,” says Michael Liersch, their children and grandchildren. If they don’t want to be flexible in terms of how that wealth is spent, Merrill Lynch’s head of behavioral finance. A growing number of younger donors plan on “giving while living”— and they still want to have the next generations involved, they have to find an attitude that often separates wealth creators from their heirs. That’s some kind of compromise.” Bridgespan’s Ditkoff explains that since the first generation tends to be the case for Howard Buffett and his foundation, which was seeded with the one who made the wealth, “they feel that they earned it, and it’s theirs gifts from his parents and in recent years has been supplemented by sigto give away in whatever way they choose.” Sometimes, there are gulfs nificantly larger donations of Berkshire Hathaway stock. Buffett’s that can’t be bridged. Perhaps one family member is an evangelical philanthropic focus is worldwide food and water security and conflict Christian and can’t support the giving priorities of his parents and sib- mitigation, and by mid-March, he says, he’ll have visited all 54 of the fully lings; perhaps one part of a traditionally Republican family drifts leftward recognized African nations to understand food security issues and search and can’t condone giving money to causes that run counter to his new for innovative agricultural projects to support. “I want to transfer the approach to giving and simply handing heirs a family foundation to administer isn’t enough these days. Goldseker explains, “It isn’t possible just to bring those individuals into the status quo. [Heirs] bring their own ideas and visions to the table.” Long before they are old enough to understand just how wealthy their family is or what philanthropy involves, children or grandchildren can develop an understanding of their privileged situation by becoming engaged in volunteer work, through a school, a religious organization, or some kind of entity alongside their parents. “A grandparent or parent can say they’ll donate money that’s equivalent to the amount of time they put in, too,” says Melissa Berman, president and CEO of the New York– based Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, who notes that family vacations or extended family One of The Howard G. Buffett Foundation’s reunions can also include a volinitiatives is to assist unteer initiative that all family Afghan farmers and improve agribusiness members can share: a park in the impoverished cleanup, perhaps, or, as chilcountry. Here, Howard W. and Howard G. dren get older, a Habitat for Buffett in Afghanistan. Hu manity building project.
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to challenge me, ask me tough questions.”
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knowledge and sense of commitment to my children,” which includes his wife’s four daughters, whom Buffett has helped raise, along with his son, Howard Warren Buffett. At the same time, he adds, “I don’t want that to stop me from doing the biggest things that I can today. I’m going to put all my time and resources into addressing these issues.” Buffett said his son had visited 58 countries by the time he went to college—and “our destinations weren’t places like Paris and Cancún.” Three of the children now sit on the board of Buffett’s foundation, and trustees are designated $20,000 apiece every year to direct to projects of their own choice that fit within the broader mission of the foundation.
aking a flexible strategy with the legal and financial components of philanthropic giving is as essential as when dealing with generational differences. For decades the family foundation has been the default-giving vehicle. While foundations allow a family unlimited, multigenerational control over grant making, the tax deductions for contributions are less generous than for other vehicles, such as donor-advised funds. (For instance, if donating company stock, family members can deduct its cost; if they are donating to a donor-advised fund, they can deduct the often significantly higher fair market value of those securities.) By some estimates, 70 percent of all foundations have assets of less than $1 million, a level that most experts consider to be inefficient. Michael Cole, president of Ascent Private Capital Management, says that while a foundation—which requires its members to keep tabs of investments, governance, and taxes as well as evaluating and monitoring grants—can be “a great financial parenting and educational tool,” unless a family has or plans to donate more than $10 million to the foundation, the administrative costs are too high to justify this option. The other most popular vehicle is the donor-advised fund, established under the umbrella of sponsoring organizations, such as community
foundations. In recent years a range of nonprofits and special divisions of banks and investment companies like Fidelity have offered opportunities for families to establish their own DAFs. However, there are more constraints: Donors can only suggest or advise, rather than dictate, where they want grants to go; and children who serve as advisors cannot earn a salary for doing so. But for a growing number of families, the lower overhead costs, higher tax deductions, and the increasing ability to bring in children or grandchildren as “co-advisors” are outweighing some of the disadvantages. While families might want to ponder the tax considerations associated with various philanthropic vehicles, the decision about whether or not to be philanthropic is almost never made for financial reasons. “The tax breaks you get for charitable giving are no greater than those you get for losing money in the stock market, and nobody invests in stocks with the intent of losing money,” points out Ramsay Slugg, wealth strategies advisor at US Trust. For Howard Buffett, the biggest challenge for philanthropists isn’t whether to set up a foundation or DAF. “The worst thing you can do is to live in your comfort zone,” he says. In the late 1980s, Buffett and his siblings were each allowed to determine the targets of $100,000 per year for their family’s foundation. In 1999 each kid received $26.5 million from their parents to start individual foundations. “Many of my ideas were stupid,” Buffett admits, recalling the notion of funding a camel dairy for Western Sahara refugees. “You learn fast to think hard about what to support, but at least the mistakes were small, while the lessons were big.” Nonetheless he encourages his children to venture into new areas. “I can be a bit of a dictator, but I know that it’s important for the next generation to challenge me, to have someone with a view that’s a little less myopic ask me tough questions. These are the formative experiences that they’ll be putting in their memory banks and drawing on in the decades to come.” PS
The Giving Tree
The Spruce Foundation’s grassroots approach to giving back has the next generation of Philadelphia philanthropists in mind. When Tamar Silberberg Shiffman returned to her hometown of Philadelphia after college, she found herself one of a group of friends facing the same issue. “We were starting fresh and living independently with jobs and incomes rather than school,” she says. “We wanted to find a new way to get involved and feel we were making a difference. We didn’t find it easy.” So they created their own way to give back, establishing The Spruce Foundation in 2007. Initially it was just as much about spending time with like-minded people,
but the emphasis on serving their community deepened with each passing year. Today the beneficiaries of the foundation’s grants include a group that uses the sport of squash to engage the interest of local inner-city youth in academic and athletic achievement; an organization that offers free tuition for music classes to low-income students whose schools have been stripped of arts education funding; and counseling services for at-risk young people. The average grant isn’t lavish—this year The Spruce Foundation will hand out a total of about
$20,000—but the organization also allows young donors to contribute their time. “We’re focusing on getting 20-somethings involved,” says Shiffman, now 31 years old and a mother of three. “No one wants to feel that they have to work their way up the totem pole” in order to make a difference, as they would at a long-established philanthropy. “If you have the right model, you can appeal to the next-generation donor, but they want to get involved in their own way—on a smaller scale and have more responsibility.” sprucefoundation.org
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Haute Property NEWS, STARS, AND TRENDS IN REAL ESTATE
Interior Department BARBARA EBERLEIN HAS DESIGNED ROOMS FOR SOME OF PHILADELPHIA’S MOST SUMPTUOUS HOMES, BUT ONE RECENT CLIENT WAS PERHAPS HER MOST DEMANDING: HERSELF. BY KATHLEEN NICHOLSON WEBBER
Framed 19th-century wallpaper inspired the master bedroom and sitting area in Barbara Eberlein’s neoclassic home.
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few years ago, interior designer Barbara Eberlein found herself in the same quandary as many of her clients: She had an empty nest. Her daughter and son, off to college and a job, had moved out of the house, and now it felt slightly too big and much less lively. She had adopted the home on Delancey Place 25 years earlier (at the time, she says, the interior was so ugly that the staircases were the only things she kept; the rest was demolished). But instead of packing her bags and downsizing, she planned another renovation that would reimagine the late-1850s structure, whose only remaining selling point was its address. For 30 years, Eberlein has been crafting interiors for some of Philadelphia’s most esteemed properties, designed by many of its greatest architects—Horace Trumbauer, Frank Furness, Walter Durham—and is best known for her vast knowledge of and prowess in historical preservation. “I studied archeology, and I love history and classical beauty,” she says, “but I do contemporary work, too, and that keeps me facile.” In her own home over the years, she stayed true to its era and added period details, but she also opened up the living room to give it a more gracious feel. For the building’s latest act, she turned her garage and playroom into a four-room work studio, then expanded the dining room to create an outdoor balcony, with a fireplace and dining area, adjacent to the kitchen. In her initial renovation, she’d moved the kitchen from the basement to the first continued on page 136
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A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN Barbara Eberlein reveals just a few of her favorite Philadelphia design resources. Woodworking “In Philadelphia, we’re blessed to have a plethora of truly fine craftsmen. I often work with Steve Hendricks at Historic Doors (610756-6187; historicdoors.com).” Furnishings “Head straight to OLC (152 N. Third St., 215-9236085; olc125.com), Minima (118 N. Third St., 215-922-2002; minima.us), and Millesime (41 S. Third St., 267-455-0374; millesime.us) for contemporary furnishings. It’s always the beginning of a really fun shopping adventure in Old City.” Textiles “For fabrics, I head to The Marketplace Design Center (2400 Market St., 215-561-5000; marketplacedc.com). I have at least 20 favorite brands, but two of the standouts are Lee Jofa and Clarence House—year after year they make me smile with their truly distinctive designs.”
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great design schools in Philadelphia, there is a lot of design literacy and it elevates design in the city. There are so many people who really care about how the city looks.” Eberlein spends much of her time serving on the boards of nonprofit art and architecture organizations. “If you love the creative process, you can’t help yourself,” she says, calling her work with the Philadelphia Museum of Art “enriching” and “inspiring.” She’s also president of the Philadelphia chapter of The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art and is developing a product line for The Royal Oak Foundation. Ultimately, designing her Delancey Place abode over the years has been difficult and easy at the same time. “It was easy because I’m patient with myself, but when you have your own home, you have all these ideas you loved and didn’t use on other projects swirling around in your head. You can’t do it all. Ideas are the easy part. Editing is the hard part.” Eberlein Design Consultants, 1809 Delancey Pl., 215-7900300; eberlein.com PS
“Philadelphia has always been an architectural powerhouse.” —BARBARA EBERLEIN
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continued from page 134 floor. It now has access to the balcony and the dining room, making it perfect for entertaining. The balcony also gives the dining room more light; in other areas with few windows, Eberlein used rich reds and blues on the walls. “The deep color creates ref lectivity,” she says, “and the arches and other architectural elements we created keep it interesting.” Eberlein is an avid collector of antiques, but she confesses that some of the pieces in her living room are reproductions. “I have things made all the time,” she says, pointing to a library and a built-in wet bar and tipping her hat to the skilled local artisans who have fashioned pieces for her home and those of her clients. “Philadelphia has always been an architectural powerhouse. At the turn of the century, the titans of industry wanted to build big, beautiful homes here, so they brought over artisans from Europe.” For the bedroom, Eberlein picked up furniture while antiquing in her native Chicago and chose a Chinese wallpaper and Fortuny fabrics. She loves pulling together pieces for clients and has done so many times. “The hardest part of designing, either in your own home or for a client, is editing,” she says. “I could never be an antiques dealer in that regard. I really love the hunt.” While she adores and misses her hometown, Eberlein still pinches herself that she lives in Philadelphia. “I love the breadth of architecture here,” she says. “Because there are so many
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ome 2017, Philadelphia’s ever-evolving skyline will reach new heights with the addition of the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center (18th and Arch Sts.; corporate. comcast.com), a joint venture of the Comcast Corporation and Liberty Property Trust. Located near the media giant’s soaring Center City headquarters, the new property—a $1.2 billion, 59-story multiuse tower—will serve as a home base for Comcast’s expanding workforce and house the local broadcast television stations NBC 10 and Telemundo 62. A Four Seasons hotel—with more than 200 rooms, a spa, a fitness center, event and meeting facilities, and a restaurant—will occupy the top 12 floors of the building. Set to break ground this summer, the tower was designed by internationally renowned architect Norman Foster of Foster + Partners, and the owners will seek LEED Platinum certification. The glass and stainless-steel structure will encompass 1.517 million rentable square feet and have a block-long lobby featuring a new concourse with direct access to Suburban Station. The construction of Philly’s new tallest building is expected to be a boon for both the city and the state, generating $2.75 billion in economic activity and 20,000 temporary jobs, plus 4,000 new permanent jobs in the Commonwealth (2,800 of them in the city) upon completion. FOLLOWING A $20 MILLION REDESIGN, the Radisson Plaza– Warwick Hotel in Rittenhouse Square is now the East Coast’s first Radisson Blu property (220 S. 17th St., 215-735-6000; radissonblu philadelphia.com). One of three Radisson Blu locations in North America, the Philadelphia venue joins an elite group of all-star hotels. “Radisson Blu hotels are located in key destination cities globally, and many are or have become iconic landmarks,” says Joanne Cunningham, the hotel’s general
manager. “With that global recognition and all the international business and tourism initiatives occurring in Philadelphia right now, it presented an opportunity that couldn’t be overlooked.” The extensive renovation includes enhancements to the hotel’s 301 guest rooms, a new business-class floor with a private lounge and a 2,000-square-foot fitness center, and a contemporary redesign of the lobby. The property also offers three distinct dining options—Tavern 17, The Coffee Bar, and The Prime Rib—and there are plans to update the meeting and event spaces in the near future. THE MAIN LINE REAL ESTATE MAR K ET HAS BEEN ABUZZ with the news that the home of Pat Croce, former president of the Philadelphia 76ers, is on the market for $7.95 million. The 10,625-square-foot property, situated on 3.5 acres in Villanova, has all the bells and whistles one could want in a luxurious suburban home. “Few properties can compete with the unique and detailTOP: Temple’s Mitchell and Hilarie oriented design of this home,” Morgan Hall. ABOVE AND LEFT: The says Lavinia Smerconish of Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel. BELOW: Pat Croce’s estate. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, Realtors (763 W. Lancaster Ave., Ste. 200, Bryn Mawr, 610-520-3708; laviniasmerconish.com). “The house, much like Croce himself, is a classic in most respects but also has a creative, engaging, and playful aspect.” The two-story Colonial-style residence, which has six bedrooms and eight full baths, features a screening room, a home office, a full basement, and a 10-car garage. Outside, the beautifully landscaped backyard has a pool, a pool house, and a tennis court. continued on page 140
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he bath may still be the most utilitarian room in the house, but today’s homeowners are increasingly turning theirs into a calming haven. In the past few years, they’ve been demanding a cleaner, more contemporary look to a space where they can unplug in style. “The biggest trend right now in baths is larger tile,” says Santiago Manent, sales director of Porcelanosa (King of Prussia Mall, 484-751-0050; porcelanosa-usa.com). “In the past, four-by-four tile was popular; now large tiles with smaller grout lines and joints are in fashion. They make a room look streamlined.” The bath and kitchen products company, based in Spain, opened a 7,000-square-foot showroom at King of Prussia Mall last November to serve both consumers and designers. “It’s one of the major malls in the US,” Manent explains. “We’ve served the area with successful outcomes in previous years, but
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obert Levin is no stranger to the rich, intoxicating aroma of a good cigar. Born and raised in Philadelphia, he grew up in the business: His parents purchased the Center City smoke shop Holt’s Cigar Company in 1957. Now, nearly 40 years after joining the firm, Levin has introduced a new concept to Philly’s cigar scene with Ashton Cigar Bar. “Ever since the smoking ban went into effect,” he says of the 2007 law that prohibits smoking in Philadelphia restaurants, the city has had “very few places to enjoy a cigar. Since we own the building, it was a perfect opportunity to build a first-class bar.” But it’s not just any bar. Located atop the Holt’s store on Walnut Street, Ashton Cigar Bar is a unique retreat—the only venue in Philadelphia that is open to the public and allows guests to smoke cigars indoors. It
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“The response to our pizzas, pastas, meatballs, and composed Italian dishes has been phenomenal,” says Dave Magrogan about the second location of Stella Rossa. The new 200-seat eatery not only serves cheeses and charcuterie sourced by Di Bruno Bros., but it also has an area devoted to artisanal coffee and grab-and-go selections. 929 Walnut St., 215-644-9074; stellarossaristorante.com
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ALL IN THE DETAILS Chef Justin Bogle dishes on the inspiration behind Avance. “We wanted to create a progressive American restaurant that’s rooted in the seasons—a unique experience that’s continually evolving and different for each guest with every visit. The food tells the story of local farmers, fishermen, and other artisans, and the cocktails are made with the same homage to local agriculture. The wine program is one of the best in the state of Pennsylvania, offering over 500 selections that please every palate and fit into every budget.” 1523 Walnut St., 215-405- 0700; avancephiladelphia.com
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Amada “We love incorporating different herbs into our cocktails,” says Amada owner Jose Garces, “because they add a nice brightness to the drink while also creating a depth of flavor that can only be achieved by adding a layer of something fresh.” One favorite is the I’m So Excited cocktail, made with rum, cantaloupe, mint, and chile. 217–219 Chestnut St., 215-6252450; amadarestaurant.com
Buddakan Famed for its alluring brightgreen color, Strength, Buddakan’s long-standing signature drink, is a delightful mélange of Ketel One, cilantro, lime, Lillet, and Luxardo maraschino liqueur. Served in a martini glass, the tart tipple has an earthy flavor profile and pairs perfectly with many of the restaurant’s best bites. 325 Chestnut St., 215-574-9440; buddakan.com
The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. A mint julep may bring to mind the Kentucky Derby,
but the Southern specialty is also a preferred pour at the classic-cocktail haunt Franklin Mortgage. Says head bartender Mike Treffehn, “While many people think of the julep as a cloyingly sweet drink, it has the perfect balance of refreshing mint, sugar, and, at its core, a bracing shot of whiskey.” 112 S. 18th St., 267-467-3277; thefranklinbar.com
Kennett Restaurant Established in 1924, Queen Village’s Kennett Restaurant offers modern appeal with a creative selection of flavorful drinks, like The Star-Breathed. VeeV Açaí Spirit and Theia jasmine liqueur are topped with lemon juice, honey, fresh thyme, and bitters to produce an exotic pick-me-up. 848 S. Second St., 267-687-1426; kennettrestaurant.com
Opa An herbaceous blend of cucumber vodka, lemon, and dill, Opa’s Antho is one of the most popular drinks at this Midtown Village restaurant and bar. At a window seat in the main dining room or in the
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Red Owl Tavern Not in the mood for a spiked sip? Stop by Red Owl Tavern, across from Independence Hall, for a taste of its nonalcoholic options, including the L&T (lavender syrup, lime juice, and tonic water) and Them Apples, a shaken mix of apple juice, spiced berry pepper syrup, and mint. 433 Chestnut St., 215-923-2267; redowltavern.com
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The Saint James A springtime favorite at Michael Schulson’s suburban spot, the Greyhound combines rosemaryinfused vodka, fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice, and a dash of Champagne. A perfect cocktail for brunch or happy hour, it pairs nicely with the Saint James’s comforting American dishes. 30 St. James Plaza, Ardmore, 610-649-6200; saintjamesphilly.com
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Rex 1516 Inspired by the traditional Gin Martinez cocktail, this South Street staple’s Sage Advice sipper is popular with the locals for its classic and fresh ingredients. Art in the Age sage liqueur, Carpano Antica, cranberry juice, and ginger beer are garnished with variegated sage from the restaurant’s garden. 1516 South St., 267-319-1366; rex1516.com
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Why are herbs a great addition to cocktails? Herbs add exotic yet familiar flavors to cocktails. However, the use of fresh herbs is imperative, as dried or infused herbs have already lost their freshness and vibrancy.
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What’s in the Quitting Thyme? The Quitting Thyme has been incredibly popular since debuting on the Barclay Prime cocktail list. It combines the deep richness of bourbon and maple syrup, lifted with lemon juice, and then perfumed with thyme’s homey nuances. 237 S. 18th St., 215-7327560; barclayprime.com
Valanni From classics to creative new potions, this Mediterraneanand Latin-inspired eatery has a cocktail to suit every palate. Try the basil lime gimlet (Absolut vodka, Thai basil, simple syrup, and fresh lime juice), whose It’s the Quitting Thyme at Barclay Prime.
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GUIDE relax Treat your hair to a rejuvenating vacation at Joseph Anthony’s suburban haven.
New Year, New Do PHILADELPHIA’S TOP SALONS ARE READY TO FRESHEN YOUR LOOK FOR 2014 WITH THEIR SIGNATURE HAIR TREATMENTS. BY MICHELLE MASS
AME Salon and Spa There’s no quicker way to completely rejuvenate your appearance than by altering the color of your hair. The talented staff of AME Salon and Spa offers clients “AMEzing” color using cutting-edge processes. Mix it up with ombré, balayage highlights, or tinseling. 111 Waynewood Ave., Wayne, 610-995-2631; amesalonandspa.com
Giovanni & Pileggi Giovanni & Pileggi has been a mainstay of Philadelphia’s salon scene since its debut in 1997. At the helm is Giovanni Mele, a visionary stylist who can work magic on all types of hair. The next time you stop in, let him revamp your look with a keratin renewal treatment that will smooth your strands for eight to 16 weeks. 258 S. 11th St., 215-568-3040; giovannipileggi.com
Jason Matthew Salon Debut a new you in 2014 with Jason Matthew’s fashion-forward color services. Whether you choose a subtle change with face-brightening highlights or a total tone and color transformation, owners Joyce Miele and Jason Sparks supply thoroughly top-notch service. 1735 Chestnut St., 215-6658030; jasonmatthew.com
Joseph Anthony SignaCurl Retreat Spa and Salon Take care of your hair this year Want longer hair in the new year? Joseph Anthony Retreat Spa and Salon now offers iGrow, the newest hair growth system—perfect for men and women. When it’s paired with the customized, physician-grade Formula 82M, clients with thinning hair can see growth in four to six months. 243 W. Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills, 610-459-4663; josephanthony.com
Platinum Hair Design If you’re aiming for a glamorous style for a springtime social gathering, Platinum Hair Design owner Jacquelyn Smith wants to welcome you to South Jersey’s most professional and versatile salon, declaring, “Our stylists give hairstyles that leave you feeling confident.” 1334 Brace Road, Cherry Hill, NJ, 856-428-1818; platinumhairdesignsalon.com
Salon Royale Court A former graphic designer, Salon Royale Court co-owner Michael McVey has traded paint for hair coloring. Let this übertalented stylist bring an artistic touch to your hair by giving you a lighter look for spring with highlights and full color. 215 S. Broad St. #202, 215-8933800; salonroyalecourt.com
with SignaCurl’s own product line. Increase definition with Balmshell, while keeping your curls in perfect condition thanks to the detangling Curl Care and Curl Bliss Shampoo. Finish your look with Shine Hold, a spray that doubles as a protectant. 116 S. 19th St., 215-567-1456; signacurl.com
HAIR THERAPY Seasoned stylist Sarah Keating of the Bellevue Salon & Spa discusses transforming your hair for 2014.
The Studio CL “Sculpting the hair while it’s dry allows our stylists to create a unique shape and texture for each individual,” says Studio CL owner Artur Kirsh of the salon’s precision dry-cutting method. “In addition, [it] allows the hair to retain its shape as it grows out between cuts.” 128 S. 19th St., 215-496-0604; thestudiocl.com
Suede Salon Spa and Body Spice up your spring look with two popular treatments at this Marlton salon. Flashline highlights produce a “soft and velvety or loud and deliberate look,” according to master colorist Heather Frey-Nieves, while bolder clients can opt for the blush blond treatment for pastel strawberry hues. 500 Rte. 73, Marlton, NJ, 856-985-0700; suedesalonspa.com PS
Why is the new year a great time to change up your hairstyle? A new year is very similar to a clean slate—in a way it’s like you’re given a chance to start over. Why not start the new year off looking your best, feeling your best, and exuding confidence? What services does the Bellevue Salon & Spa offer? Our popular balayage highlighting technique is a natural-looking and ammonia-free way to achieve head-turning highlights and sunkissed locks. 200 S. Broad St., 267-514-8000; bellevuesalonandspa.com
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PHILADELPHIA’S TOP MEN’S SHOPS ARE STOCKED WITH ACCESSORIES TO SUIT EVERY STYLE. BY MICHELLE MASS
Armour “Danny Fox’s stainless-steel rings are unique, cool, and masculine,” says David Grimes, owner of Armour, Fabric Row’s newest shop. The locally sourced rings, noted for their geometric cutouts and notches, add an industrial edge to any look. Bow ties, wallets, and hats are just a few of the other staples you’ll find here. 704 S. Fourth St., 267-928-2002; armourphiladelphia.com
Commonwealth Proper Well-known for its dedication to American-made men’s clothing, Commonwealth Proper encourages Philly gents to round off their spring outfits with a fashionable pocket square. “They allow you to dress up a blazer when you’re not wearing a tie and to complete a look when you are,” says owner Craig Arthur von Schroeder. “The idea is to look put together but not
scripted or overly matched.” 1839 Chestnut St., 267-319-1741; commonwealthproper.com
vibrant, vintage-inspired hat. 633 N. Second St., 267-639-5594; duke-winston.com
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For the finest in tailored clothing and image consulting, check out Rittenhouse Square’s Henry A. Davidsen. Brian Lipstein’s posh boutique is the exclusive local purveyor of many luxury accessories, including V.K. Nagrani’s Hawaiian-themed socks and Blue
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The Man’s Store at Neiman Marcus is a one-stop shop for the fashionforward. Peep the King of Prussia outpost for bags and briefcases, sunglasses, and cool weather accessories from designers such as Gucci, Alexander McQueen, Tom Ford, and more. King of Prussia Mall, 610-9626200; neimanmarcus.com
The Italian design house, famous for its leather goods and ready-towear lines, has been a constant favorite of the red-carpet elite. Choose from a wide variety of belts, timepieces, and shoes—in styles including lace-ups, drivers, and boots—to bring a sense of sophistication to your wardrobe. King of Prussia Mall, 610-4916810; ferragamo.com
Philadelphia’s stylish set flocks to Doylestown’s Ventresca Ltd. for custom-made menswear and the
Saks Fifth Avenue Your average business attire gets a jazzy upgrade with a featheraccented bow tie from Saks Fifth Avenue. Available in snakeskin, peacock feather, and novelty varieties, the eccentric pieces by Monsieur Jean Yves are guaranteed to spice up your suit-and-tie look. Don this fun accessory and you’ll be the envy of any
United by Blue Driven by his passion for the water, owner Brian Linton has created a brand noted for its durable and sustainable goods. United by Blue specializes in the weathered vintage look, which you’ll find perfected in its array of canvas bags. Plus, all bag purchases help United remove one
utmost in personalized service. At the helm is owner Frank Ventresca, who has been dressing the area’s classiest guys for 30 years. Stop by to check out the collections of fragrances and cuff links while designing your perfect suit. 145 W. State St., Doylestown, 215-348-3139; ventresca.com PS
IF THE SHOE FITS... John Holden, COO of Benjamin Lovell Shoes, on men’s evolving shoe styles. “My grandfather always told me that a sharp pair of shoes and a fresh haircut go a long way. Shoes are important because they can make you look good and feel good at the same time. That’s why our motto since 1991 has been ‘Style never felt so good.’ Traditionally, men’s shoes were very basic and
boring—as long as a guy had a black pair and a brown pair, he thought he was okay. These days, men are having more fun and experimenting with color.” 119 S. 18th St., 215-564-4655; blshoes.com
Clark’s Farli Walk shoe in red leather, Benjamin Lovell Shoes ($115).
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o film aficionado with good taste can honestly recall the sad majority of movie sequels. Take the Hangover franchise, for instance. I’d wager that even our hometown hero Bradley Cooper can’t tell which is which. Making brilliant sequels and forging ahead with second, third, and fourth acts is not, however, something that Philadelphia’s restaurateurs have a problem with. The faces carved on Philly’s multiple-restaurant Mount Rushmore are well-known: Stephen Starr and Jose Garces are its Washington and Jefferson, while Marc Vetri, Michael Solomonov, and the duo of Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran are more than capable contenders for Lincoln and Roosevelt. With these powerhouses, there’s always another restaurant, another location, another concept in mind. This spring Vetri stakes claims in South Jersey at the Moorestown Mall and in South Philly at the Navy Yard, while Solomonov has taken over 16th and Sansom Streets with a new hummus restaurant, Dizengoff, and the Jewish tapas salon Abe Fisher. But lately even the most unassuming names have been filling Philly with spinoffs. Tria’s cheese nosh spots have yielded a new pizza place called Tria Taproom. From Joe Cicala’s Le Virtu team comes Brigantessa, located like its mother ship on East Passyunk. The list goes on. Great restaurant spin-offs are like great film franchises: You keep the best, most familiar elements of the original, then add extra sex appeal and bizarre twists (but not too many—you need to save some for the threequel). And toss in Kristen Wiig—she was good in Anchorman 2, Despicable Me 2, and How to Train Your Dragon 2. But just a smidge; too much ruins the taste. Sure, a powerful restaurateur, like a major movie studio, can make things tough for the little guy. But then again, how many times have you chosen a small indie film such as Her over a blockbuster like Iron Man? Ask publicist Tina Breslow why restaurateurs feel secure in opening spin-offs and why Philadelphians welcome them and she cites desire—the owner’s, the public’s, and the real estate community’s. “Real estate developers know having a successful restaurant can change the dynamics of any neighborhood,” she says. Sometimes it’s the property itself that’s looking for a sequel, like the grandfather of all restaurant addresses, 1523 Walnut, the former home of Le Bec-Fin and the not-so-great LBF2.0. This winter, courtesy of chef Justin Bogle, it got a modern makeover in the form of Avance, so radically different from the location’s past glories. “We went to great lengths to separate ourselves from LBF,” says Bogle. “When people see Avance and taste the food, they’ll understand how far we’ve gone to forge our own path.” That sounds like such a good movie—I mean, idea—I can’t wait to see what they’ve got in store for Avance II. PS
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