• Monday , 19 February 2018

Philly Style Magazine Hosts Sweaty, Packed and Fabulous Fashion Soiree at Kimmel Center

Photos, story by Cassie Hepler

It was the hottest party in Philadelphia this summer. No, literally. It was tipping 100 degrees outside and when you pack over 1,200 people into the Kimmel Center, everyone was glistening.

Philadelphia Style Magazine‘s “Style on Broadway” best of style bash brought out Philly’s fashionable, Philly’s finest and Philly’s medley of women with bad (and a few good) boob jobs.

Joining Publisher John Colabelli and Editor-in-Chief Kristin Detterline for the magazine’s 12th Annual Best of Style Party, guests stopped and sweated outside the glass doors for the red carpet step and repeat photograph outside before being engulfed in the wonderfully chilly air conditioning inside.

Smartly dubbed an “evening of extravagance with notable Philadelphia socialites, dignitaries and celebrities (or Philebrities),” an endless array of interesting cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts by local Best of Style winners kept guests satiated and (de)hydrated while gambling lovers got a taste of the casino room presented by Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. All proceeds from the casino room benefited the Borgata Heart & Soul Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports community, health and human services, culture and education. The 2016 Best of Style Party is sponsored by the Delaware Valley Audi Dealers.

Every summer in the July/August issue, Philadelphia Style reveals the “Best of Style” guide; the area’s definitive guide to a luxury lifestyle of “anything essential and everything extravagant.” From shopping and beauty services, dining and nightlife, to home décor and real estate, “Best of Style” is the authoritative list year after year.

The official after party was held at Zee bar, next to Delilah’s where many party goers wondered how to get there and where is was located. However, a few brave souls kept partying on through the stagnant heat through the night. Party on, beautiful people. Party on.

Getting ready for photo booth fun, you kind of needed hairspray this size to combat the humidity outside.

Getting ready for photo booth fun, you kind of needed hairspray this size to combat the humidity outside with Cut + Paste Photo Booth.

Right off the bat, we run into our friends Michelle "The Hat Lady" Leonard, Jennifer Lynn Robinson and Michael Toub.

Right off the bat, we run into our friends Michelle “The Hat Lady” Leonard, Jennifer Lynn Robinson and Michael Toub who were raving over Revolution Taco.

Getting some chicken and hot sauce on, Revolution Taco didn't disappoint.

Getting some chicken and hot sauce on, Revolution Taco didn’t disappoint.

One of the newest hot spots in town, Aquimero were happy to pose for a picture.

One of the newest hot spots in town, the team at Aqimero were happy to pose for a picture.

A fresh, delicious medley of ahi tuna, guacamole and the tiniest forks you can imagine.

A fresh, delicious medley of ahi tuna, crab, guacamole and the tiniest forks you can imagine.

More smiling faces drew us into this mushroom medley.

More smiling faces drew us into this mushroom medley.

Mushrooms with gravy over polenta was just enough to fill the belly right.

Mushrooms with gravy over polenta was just enough to fill the belly right.

And on with the fashion! Two summertime looks in bright colors were a refreshing change from the usual all-black safe approach.

And on with the fashion! Two summertime looks in bright colors were a refreshing change from the usual all-black safe approach.

We caught some news crews looking quite black and blue.

We caught some news crews looking quite black and blue.

A few long, flowing gowns were spotted throughout the evening which was brave considering how packed the venue was. Heels help!

A few long, flowing gowns were spotted throughout the evening which was brave considering how packed the venue was. Heels help!

Some meaty, cool shrimp in a creamy guac sauce caught our eye and taste buds.

Some meaty, cool shrimp in a creamy guac sauce caught our eye and taste buds.

Leave it to Lacroix at the Rittenhouse to have a fine palate.

Leave it to Lacroix at the Rittenhouse to have lured us with that fine palate.

These gentlemen had the most delicious prosecco and gelato of the night. Salute!

These gentlemen had the most delicious prosecco and gelato of the night from Gran Caffe L’Aquila. Salute!

These pants drew us in from a mile away!

These pants drew us in from a mile away!

Sbraga decided to put ham on top of pork rinds which may seem odd but was actually brilliant.

Sbraga decided to put ham on top of pork rinds which may seem odd but was actually brilliant.

Running into hair stylist Hector Rivera and friend was a pleasant surprise as he inspired pink hair over the winter.

Running into hair stylist Hector Rivera and friend was a pleasant surprise as he inspired pink hair over the winter.

On to the poker tables next to the extensive bar toward the back of the front floor.

On to the poker tables next to the extensive bar toward the back of the front floor.

We found this area much more spacious and cooler, a great place to catch your breath and grab a drink.

We found this area much more spacious and cooler, a great place to catch your breath and grab a drink.

A tequila that is mostly made with mezcal sounded delicious on a beach day.

A tequila that is mostly made with mezcal sounded delicious on a beach day.

This angel of mine was so light and refreshing, it went down like water.

This angel of mine was so light and refreshing, it went down like water with ice cubes to keep it chilled.

Some dapper looking dudes in an array of suit styles. We felt bad for the guys in suits, they must have been roasting.

Some dapper looking dudes in an array of suit styles. We felt bad for the guys in suits, they must have been roasting.

These ladies saved me from certain purse pickpocketing death and we loved the patterns.

These ladies saved me from certain purse pickpocketing death and we loved their black and white patterns.

Pizza slices from the aptly named Slice were a perfectly delicious way to soak up some copiously flowing booze.

Pizza slices from the aptly named Slice were a perfectly delicious way to soak up some copiously flowing booze.

A group of very friendly and well dressed gentlemen entertained me for a while.

A group of very friendly and well dressed gentlemen entertained me for a while.

It's not Broadway unless the Naked Cowboy showed up! Causing quite a stir among the gentlemen, it's about time ladies had some eye candy guys!

It’s not Broadway unless the Naked Cowboy shows up. Causing quite a stir among the gentlemen, it’s about time ladies had some eye candy guys!

Running into artist Jessica Lynn Libor was a pleasant surprise.

Running into artist Jessica Lynn Libor, left, was a pleasant surprise.

Meow! The witch from Oz and a cat from Cats on Broadway strutted about the Kimmel Center.

Meow! The witch from Oz and a cat from Cats on Broadway strutted about the Kimmel Center.

Alex Holley and her squad were matching lovely ladies that night.

Alex Holley and her squad were matching lovely ladies that night.

This couple were adorably cute and kind.

This couple was adorably cute and kind.

My main South Philly man Mark Squilla and his man squad posed in front of the sweet Audi ride.

My main South Philly man Mark Squilla and his squad posed in front of the sweet Audi ride.

Getting a glimpse of this beauty was hard with so many people around!

Getting a glimpse of this beauty was hard with so many people around! Al B For Photography and his assistant write down some names quickly next to the car. Tons of photographs were being taken that night.

Rocking this number takes guts and this lady looks fabulous in peaches and cream.

Rocking this number takes guts and this lady looks fabulous in peaches and cream.

Our sweet and poor sweaty man piece for the night,

Our sweet and poor sweaty man piece for the night, Brandon Szeker from Philly PR Girl and his lovely friend.

We loved this Ariel mermaid look with the long, flowing cream gown.

We loved this Ariel mermaid look with the long, flowing cream gown.

The place was packed!

The place was packed!

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Pretty much everywhere you walked, you would quite literally bump into someone.

Looking down from the second floor.

Looking down from the second floor.

The Skyy vodka lounge was a nice place to come and sit a spell.

The Skyy vodka lounge was a nice place to come and sit a spell.

We meandered into the red light district.

We meandered into the red light district.

A packed bar and mini dance floor full of good looking people getting their grooves on.

A packed bar and mini dance floor full of good looking people getting their grooves on.

These ladies were shaking their groove things all over the place as was everyone else.

These ladies were shaking their groove things all over the place as was everyone else.

A selfie station created itself in the hallway somehow.

A selfie station created itself in the hallway somehow.

And to the left, more selfies were being taken in the hallway.

And to the left, more selfies were being taken in the hallway.

Time for a proper photograph of Kylie Flett from Punch Media PR and her crew!

Time for a proper photograph of Kylie Flett from Punch Media PR and her crew!

Seasons 52 Restaurant had the most addictive cakes and mouse in a cup, above are the s'mores.

Seasons 52 Restaurant had the most addictive cakes and mouse in a cup, above are the s’mores and below the pecans.

The band kept rocking out all night and we were happy to hear this troupe come on.

The band kept rocking out all night and we were happy to hear this troupe come on.

Getting later in the night and the place was still packed!

Getting later in the night and the place was still packed!

We met this lovely couple who may or may not have been FBI.

We met this lovely couple who may or may not have been FBI.

Upstairs you could find these wonderful, plush lounges.

Upstairs you could find these wonderful, plush lounges.

Roses and playbills were the theme of the night.

Roses and playbills were the theme of the night.

Fitness models Kevin Kreider and Geoffrey Peirce were a pleasant surprise to run into.

Fitness models Kevin Kreider and Geoffrey Peirce were a pleasant surprise to run into.

And not to leave the gentlemen out, some Cabaret style dancers jammed with the band.

And not to leave the gentlemen feeling left out, some Cabaret style dancers jammed with the band.

A couple of cute outfits and funny faces over at the photo booth.

A couple of cute outfits and funny faces over at the photo booth.

The Phantom of the Opera found himself in a funny selfie photo.

The Phantom of the Opera found himself in a funny selfie photo.

This couple was cutting a rug toward the end of the night and looked good doing it.

This couple was cutting a rug toward the end of the night and looked good doing it.

A gaggle of lovely ladies were enjoying the second floor view.

A gaggle of lovely ladies were enjoying the second floor view.

Jay Butler and his posse have obviously posed for pictures before.

Jay Butler and his posse have obviously posed for pictures before as they jumped into formation.

These ladies were hot messes by the end of the night, throwing roses from the steps on to people below and throwing me shade in this photo. And that was my sign to go! Until next year, may the weather be with you.

These ladies were hot messes by the end of the night, throwing roses from the steps on to people below and throwing me shade in this photo. And that was my sign to go! Until next year, may the weather be with you.

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