A fashionista's fall:
New York, then off to Paris, then to Philadelphia?
A group of entrepreneurs has booked the 23d Street Armory for Philadelphia Fashion Week, a three-day showcase of student, streetwear and contemporary couture from Oct. 8 to 10.
"Philadelphia Fashion Week" may sound familiar because the marketing firm FBH held an event by that name last year and the year before, most recently in September at City Hall. (FBH has the Web address www.philadelphiafashion- week.com, while the new Fashion Week is working with www.philadelphiafashionweek.org.) These groups are unrelated to Phashion Phest, a show primarily aimed at retailers, which will set up the runways for the 16th time Sept. 23 at the Loews.
Fashion Week's principals - Kristie Bergey, Michael Anderer (head buyer for Matthew Izzo) and Charlie Smith of Vantage Photography - are working on obtaining sponsors among retailers and schools. They're hoping to draw 2,000 people a day, and to mix in video and art installations, musical and dance performances and food. They also want to allow local retailers to sell onsite. Emil deJohn, a fashion instructor at the Art Institute, says he's been informally advising them.
Philly's Yanez Perez, 21, a supervisor for Congreso de Latinos Unidos' North Star program, will model at Thursday's Fashion in Public show, a nighttime fund-raiser at the Public House on Logan Square for the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House. Perez, a Lincoln High grad, is also a contestant on the Sí TV reality show Model Latina Miami, which premieres its second season on Aug. 2.
Winner gets a modeling contract with Q Management, $10,000 in cash and prizes, and an opportunity to be a host on Sí. "There were so many beautiful women," said Perez, chosen during a New York casting call. "I learned a lot about myself as a person and as role model."
Police Officer Mark Uffelman, shot in the arm last summer while chasing a thug in South Philly, was one of the three fastest police officers in Saturday's inaugural Badges of Honor 5k, a benefit run for the police/fire/emergency workers' survivors fund.
Fastest cop was Frederick Straub, who ran it in 18:57. Uffelman, 52, was second (20:02), followed by Michael Schlosser (21:22).
The race raised at least $40,000, said organizer John Bolaris. Nearly 1,500 runners, including 800 walk-ups, covered the course around Citizens Bank Park and through FDR Park.
Bolaris, who admitted that he started training for the run the night before, did it in about 29 minutes, appropriate because he works for Fox29.
Jonathan Wisham, 28, and Jacqueline Waxman, 22, of Westville, tied the knot at Pocono Raceway before Sunday's Pocono 500, as winners of a contest sponsored by WXTU (92.5). Actor Ryan Reynolds, star of the new movie The Proposal, was there, as he was the race's grand marshal. The whole shebang was taped for last night's Entertainment Tonight.
Eliana Papadakis, widow of Drexel president Constantine Papadakis, will be given an honorary doctorate at commencement Saturday.
Al Alberts, going strong in Florida at age 86, will call into WHAT (1340) in the 8 a.m. hour today. The retired kiddie-show host is campaigning for votes from listeners for his version of "On the Way to Cape May." Also in the running are versions by Cozy Morley and Phillip "Philly Cuzz" Battaglia.