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This Pa. woman has 3,000 handbags, ranging from cheap knock-offs to $100,000

Ilene Wood is a hoarder in the most haute sense. A mere 300 of her handbags will be on display at the Historic Bethlehem Museum & Sites from Oct. 11 to April 30.
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This Pa. woman has 3,000 handbags, ranging from cheap knock-offs to $100,000

Ilene Wood is a hoarder in the most haute sense. A mere 300 of her handbags will be on display at the Historic Bethlehem Museum & Sites from Oct. 11 to April 30.

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Diahann Carroll was the crown jewel of beauty and black elegance | Elizabeth Wellington

Diahann Caroll always showed up on the scene 100 percent lady, complete with gloves, panty hose and respectable closed-toe pumps. She’d wear a cute little suit. Perhaps she’d wear a hat. And her lips would be that perfect nude with just a hint of gloss. The goal was class, beauty and elegance.
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Diahann Carroll was the crown jewel of beauty and black elegance | Elizabeth Wellington

Diahann Caroll always showed up on the scene 100 percent lady, complete with gloves, panty hose and respectable closed-toe pumps. She’d wear a cute little suit. Perhaps she’d wear a hat. And her lips would be that perfect nude with just a hint of gloss. The goal was class, beauty and elegance.
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These boutiques cater to women who are too mature to rock H&M but still want to flaunt fashion rules.

With Pentagon dollars, Drexel seeks to revive Philly’s vanished garment business

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How Jennifer Lopez’s fashion inspired the real-life ‘Hustlers’ | Elizabeth Wellington

In the movie, Lopez plays Ramona, the ringleader of a devious group of strippers. Set in the early aughts, these women made serious bank by drugging filthy rich Wall Street types and maxing out their credit cards.

Pick up Urban Outfitters orders at your local Walgreens

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Shootings and shock value: Hoodies, PSA use similar tactics

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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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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.

What Cardi B wore at Made in America

Cardi B delivered the fashion moment of the festival’s first day.

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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.”

Everything you need to know about gender-neutral style — trending with Generation Z — in Philly and beyond

These styles answer the fashion needs of LGBTQ people and anyone frustrated by limited off-the-rack options and “standard” sizes that don’t fit or flatter.

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