FASHION: Style Reigns at Another Philadelphia University Fashion Show

May 3, 2015
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Kayla Donovan’s gown, made in collaboration with textile design student Jennifer Biggs, wins “best of show.”


1200 sexy Lucite chairs later, we can say the Philadelphia University Fashion Show just gets better and better! Yet another very sleek, very BIGTIME fabulous, fashion event in the City of Brotherly Love to rival all others in the Big Apple and beyond! Creativity lives in our youth and Evantine Design couldn’t be more thrilled to set the stage, literally, for their talent to shine! Read the rest of this entry »

SHOP: Bake, Chill and Serve in Beatriz Ball’s Eco-Friendly Metalware

March 22, 2011

In a world of mass production, handmade is the true luxury.”  Beatriz Ball, metal artist. 

We couldn’t agree more!  This Spring, our Floral and Fine Gift retail boutique, Evantine at The Rittenhouse, is showcasing a variety of new products made by skilled artisans from around the world.   It’s our pleasure to introduce the award-winning and eco-friendly, Beatriz Ball Collection of Fine Metalware from Mexico City, Mexico.


Founded in 1991, the Beatriz Ball Collection is comprised of elegant bowls, platters and service vessels that are handmade, one at a time, using the ancient art of sand casting.  Each innovative design is made using 100% recycled aluminum that, in its molten state, is poured into sand molds and then polished over and over again until nothing but a high shine remains.  In fact, each creation will be touched by up to twelve different artists before the piece is finished and ready for purchase.  Shown above, the new ANTIK Collection breathes new life into the timeless form of antiquity. Using the wavy lines and decorative patterns found in Latin cultural fabrics and hand painted pottery, sand molds were made to offer a textural statement for the modern table.  

Selected by many brides and grooms for its contemporary styling, Beatriz Ball metalware is also celebrated for its heirloom qualities and durability. Not only do these stunning pieces look sensational on the table but they are also functional!  They will not tarnish or lose their shine and can be used to heat, chill and safely serve food.  The perfect gift for Spring bridal showers, weddings and Mother’s Day celebrations.

Available now at Evantine at The Rittenhouse.  210 West Rittenhouse Square, Lobby Level, Philadelphia 215-790-2576. 

COMMUNITY: The Opera Company of Philadelphia Celebrates “Romeo & Juliet” at Saturday’s L’Amour & Couture Gala at the Loews Hotel

February 4, 2011

This month, the Opera Company of Philadelphia opens their imaginative interpretation of Romeo and Juliet at the Academy of Music.  But this production is seen from a new, fresh perspective that both opera lovers and fashion forward patrons will appreciate.  The Capulets and The Montagues are shown as major fashion houses in a modern 21st Century world of models, paparazzi and haute couture.  To bring this vision to life, the Opera Company partnered with three of the premier design schools in the region — Moore College of Art and Design; Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and Philadelphia University — to create cutting-edge costume design.  What an incredible vehicle to cast the spotlight on all the amazing young design talent that exists here in Philadelphia!  Bravo!  

Students at the three local design colleges were asked by costume director Richard St. Clair to create haute couture, vibrantly-colored designs that gave a nod to both Renaissance fashion and modern glitzy red-carpet silhouettes.   Sixteen winning designs were chosen from each of the three participating schools to be sewn and featured in a runway fashion show within the opera production itself.   The students’ designs will be previewed for the very first time at the L’Amour & Couture Gala this Saturday night at the Loews Hotel Philadelphia.   The gala celebrates the production of Romeo & Juliet but also the future of fashion and the power of nurturing young talent!  The Gala’s guests of honor and leading actors are talented vocal artists, soprano Ailyn Perez and tenor Stephen Costello.  Married in 2008, both honorees trained at Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts and have gone on to thrilling international acclaim.


We’re honored to be involved in Saturday’s Gala and have loved collaborating on the event design with the creative planning team at the Opera.   Congratulations to Gala co-chairs Eliana Papadakis and Maria Papadakis, and event chair Ellen Berman Lee on an incredible evening celebrating art in Philadelphia! 

Performances of Romeo & Juliet are scheduled for February 11, 13, 16, 18, and 20 at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia.  Go to for tickets and more information.

PARTIES: A Sparkling Holiday Dinner at the Kimmel Center

December 3, 2010

Celebrating the season in the Hamilton Rooftop Garden at the Kimmel Center, with its dynamic glass dome ceiling and sparkling city views, is a true show-stopping experience.

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REAL STORIES: Wendy & Danny, Part 2, A Glamorous Wedding Reception at the Ritz-Carlton

February 5, 2010

Weeks ago we shared the story of Wendy and Danny’s wedding ceremony at The Ritz-Carlton with the promise of more to come on their gorgeous celebration.  The couple had waited years to make it official, but when they put their mind to something, whew!  Look out people!  

They certainly know how to celebrate in style!


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ART & DESIGN: A Living Gallery

May 7, 2009

Landscape Design is part of the fabric of Evantine’s rich history and, at times, we  incorporate landscaping into our design to complete the overall environment we are creating for a celebration. We certainly follow trade publications to keep us up-to-date.  The May 2009 issue of Garden Design caught serious attention, to say the least.  If you haven’t picked up the mag before, you should.  It showcases exceptional, sophisticated landscape design from all over the country.


The “Green Gallery” feature on pages 64-70 is a must-see, for the fascinating story about a local private residence in Villanova, and also for the fabulous photos by Rob Cardillo. The article is about an 1880’s grand, formal estate home with equally grand, formal gardens that have been thoughtfully and deliberately redesigned to showcase modern, contemporary sculptures. The renowned landscape designers, Charlie and Chuck Gale of Gale Nurseries, were hired to redesign the traditional gardens into what they coined as outdoor “rooms” or “galleries” holding works designed by Richard Long, Spanish sculptor Jaume Plensa, Richard Serra, and Ellsworth Kelly.


We’ve had the privilege many times of working at homes that the Gales have landscaped; each more beautiful and personal than the last.  (The Gales are true kindreds in their design approach).  But this project was clearly a labor of love by all involved.  The homeowners even made sure to highlight the living sculptures that already existed on the grounds, such as leaning fruit trees, reflecting pools and symmetrical boxwood hedges.

The design appears to be a true extension of their heart and home.  (Now wouldn’t a party be just PERFECT on the lower lawn? jk)  See below for more of the article and additional photos of the exceptional art.

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WE LOVE: Anne Watkins, Watercolorist

May 5, 2009

Our good friend, Peter Callahan, met amazing watercolorist Anne Watkins at Sylvia Weinstock’s book signing party last week in New York.   Peter thought we might love Anne’s  stunning paintings of real people and party scenes.  And we do!  Thanks Peter!