I had the opportunity to attend the Philly Wine Mixer this past February and as always it was a great night filled with fashion, music, art appreciation, wine, shopping, and networking! Nearly 500 guests filled the African American Museum of Art on Friday, February 7, 2014 to enjoy the festivities of the evening. Guests enjoyed the sounds of Mel Alston Jr. and Sap Sounds music throughout the evening and DJ Aye Boogie kept the crowd going all night long as well. Various vendors filled the museum with items available for guests to purchase while they enjoyed the various flavors and labels of wine provided throughout the entirety of the event. Many of the young professionals of the evening were fashionably dressed for the event and ready to enjoy a good time.
Photographer Ricky Codio kept the guests visually intrigued with his display of artistic photography.
In addition to the music and art, there were plenty of stunning and glamorous fashions from local designers in Philadelphia that graced the runway ramps. These designers held the guests attention until the very end of the night. There were plenty of bold and bright colors and intricate prints. Guests were captivated and inspired by the runway designs of the night!
First up was “Lifestyle Basics by AR”, the designer is in the white dress and started the segment off right with these beautiful designs for men and women. That’s her daughter with that fly vest on, she would’ve stolen the show if she went down the runway, she is so adorable!
Designer Ian Alexander (pictured in the middle with the floral shirt and black cap) was next up to hit the runway ramps in his fresh and vibrant designs that will have all the ladies and gentlemen ready for this spring season! I love the use of bold colors, lines, and mixing of textures in his line.
This next collection was fierce and full of couture! Closet by Cristobal, designed by Christopher J. Brown is amazing and this haute couture clothing line brought the drama to all who were in attendance for the fashion segment. The deep bold colors, prints, leather corset, fur, and hand made accessories were on point and dope.
“Closet by Cristobal” on the runway!
Mah Jing Wong( designer in the acid washed denim button up) ended the runway segment on a high note! Mah Jing Wong clearly celebrates the curves of a woman’s body in his signature body con dresses, denim acid wash looks, and geometric shapes. I absolutely love this collection and I know that women everywhere are raving about his flawless designs!
I was able to capture some moments of Mah Jing Wong on the Philly Wine Mixer runway.
During the various music, art, and fashion segments, there was also an awards ceremony that took place. Several well known artists from Philadelphia were recipients of the “Live In the Moment Award”, which were given by the creator of the Philly Wine Mixer and Live in the Moment Marketing, Tyrone Dixon. The award is self explanatory, all of these creative recipients are living in the moment and living out their dreams to their fullest potential everyday.
Philadelphia artist Iris Bonner of “These Pink Lips“, accepting her Live in the Moment Award and gift from Duke & Winston. I love her hair!
Music Producer and Mananger John Barber receiving his Live in the Moment Award and giving his speech as Tyrone Dixon (Philly Wine Mixer and LITM creator) and other guests look on.
Creator and owner of the brand “Kings Rule Together” Curran J. Swint, accepting his “Live In the Moment” award and giving his speech.
After all the festivities and fun of the evening, I was able to capture some candid shots with some of the guests.
Christian Lewis of “Power Over Poverty” and “Abstract Thought” x Seun Olubodun of the brand Duke & Winston.
At the end of the night I caught up with Seun of Duke & Winston again.
Captured here with the talented and hard working Syreeta of the blog “Sincerely Syreeta.” She hosted both the fashion segment and awards ceremony of the night.
In the midst of running around, I was able to catch up with the Lead bar tender of the night, Blake- he kept everybody happy and served with the wine!
Lastly, I was able to catch up with the man of the evening who made all of this possible- Tyrone Dixon a.k.a. T-Dot. Lol I caught him at an intense moment with the closing of the event, but I’m happy he was able to stop for a quick shot.
As you can see from this recap…the Philly Wine Mixer is one of Philly’s hottest events and if you haven’t been to one yet, don’t fret, make plans to attend the next one on Friday, May 2, 2014, from 7-11 pm at the African American Museum of Art. I’ll keep you updated as we get closer to the date. In the meantime, check out this video recap of the Philly Wine Mixer on vimeo.