Elizabeth Wellington is the lifestyle columnist at The Philadelphia Inquirer and Inquirer.com. She muses about all things fashion, lifestyle and pop-culture.

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Philly Fashion Week starts soon in the new Fashion District. Here’s what you need to know. | Elizabeth Wellington

We talked with the founders about the ups and downs and how they have emerged as the leaders of the city's largest fashion event.

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The Fashion District reveals the truth about what kind of fashion city Philly really is | Elizabeth Wellington

After my tour through the Fashion District — with its gleaming white walls, hot lights and King of Prussia Mall feel — I decided the Fashion District, with its generously-sized Nike, Levi and Skechers outlets and soon-to-open AMC Theatre is the answer to what kind of fashion city we really are.

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Hell, yeah, appropriation hurts. My conversation with black fashion historian Tanisha C. Ford about her book, ‘Dressed in Dreams.’ | Elizabeth Wellington

She visits Philly Tuesday, Sept. 10, to talk at Marc Lamont Hill’s Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books in Germantown.

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This Lansdowne 13-year-old nabbed a billboard in Times Square for his sportswear brand | Elizabeth Wellington

The fashion biz is tough, but 13-year-old Trey Brown, the Lansdowne-based founder of the sportswear apparel brand, Spergo, is handling it.

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Why I find the idea of an all-black CNN panel exciting and worrisome | Elizabeth Wellington

Those who can’t comprehend how mass incarceration has had a deadly effect on black families or those who have never heard of colorism — let alone the one-drop rule — or those who have no idea that a kitchen is more than a place where food is prepared, and so on and so on, will never tune in.

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Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins, through his menswear brand Damari Savile, shows the black experience is the American experience | Elizabeth Wellington

“What we want to do is create an experience,” Jenkins told me one stormy summer afternoon. “We are out to change the idea of who belongs in a suit, what the personality of a suit is and to show men they can make their suit whatever they want it to be.”

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Men need self-care, too. And local organization MenzFit is making sure they get it | Elizabeth Wellington

In honor of National Men’s Grooming Day — Friday, August 16th — MenzFit is launching a campaign to collect toiletries — toothpaste, toothbrushes, shaving cream, razors, aftershave, pomade, and lotion — for men who are transitioning from prison to life on the outside.

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We need to stop taking our beloved institutions for granted

Ten years ago, I went down to my parent’s basement in search of an Ebony from the 1970s with my beloved Jackson 5 on the cover. But when I made it to the shelf where mom kept the 11x14 glossies from the late 1960s and early 1970s, they were gone.

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10,000 Kappas are in Philadelphia. Here’s why you’re seeing all these crimson and cream bow ties. | Elizabeth Wellington

They're bringing with them more than a century of history, pride, community spirit and, according to the fraternity, $3 million to the city’s travel and tourism industry.