FASHION: Philadelphia University Fashion Show 2016

April 22, 2016

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TAKING FASHION TO ANOTHER LEVEL. With 1000+ Lucite chairs, some high tech stage production and the best cutting edge fashion designers in Philadelphia, this year’s Philadelphia University Fashion Show 2016 was a knock out event! Every year the students at PhilaU inspire the rest of the fashion world with their creativity and passion for fashion design. This year was no different with a combined audience of more than 1,800 industry representatives, alumni and friends in attendance at the show. Inspired by the students’ fabulous designs, the Evantine Design team, lead by our very own event planner Robert Canada, couldn’t be more thrilled to design the environment, set the stage and call the show. Bravo Robert on another production well done!

{Photos courtesy of Eventions Productions and Robert Canada for Evantine Design}

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SHOP: Patrick Michael Fabric Clutches for the Savvy Styliste

May 29, 2015

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PATRICK MICHAEL FABRIC CLUTCHES are made with discontinued fabrics sourced from textile mills around the world, making each bag totally one-of-a-kind, eco-friendly and fabulously stylish for Summer. Or Fall, or Winter, or whichever season you need them for and feel inspired by!

Perhaps a brilliant wedding party gift? Our brides tell us all the time how almost impossible it is to figure out the perfect gift for their bridal attendants. Cashmere wraps? Necklaces? Earrings? Sure, all sweet ideas sure to please AND serve a purpose. But, we love the idea of these pretty evening bags from Patrick Michael serving as delicate, fashion-forward gifts for your gaggle of bridesmaids! All the same gift, but each getting their own unique variation! A gift to cherish for years to come and one not to scream BRIDESMAID when seen on the street. A win-win in our book.

Just a few photos of the lovely clutches now available in our retail store at 715 Walnut Street, Philadelphia.

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After 21 years at The Rittenhouse, we have moved our retail boutique to another new location. Please come visit us at 715 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, just off Washington Square in Center City, Philadelphia. Need to reach the store or need directions? please reach out via 215-790-2576 or Philadelphia. Open Monday through Saturday from 10:00am to 6:00pm.

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 »


March 12, 2013

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Just two years ago floral prints were “making a comeback” in the fashion world as we saw in collections from Givenchy and Miu Miu. Knowing that fashion trends will bleed into event design, we’re thrilled to see floral fabrics are still blooming in popularity. One of our favorite examples of the haute style is this midnight blue cocktail dress from Erdem. The pink and blue embroidered flower print is flattering but not overdone.  And, there’s even a little lace!

This pretty dress is fabulous for Springtime rehearsal dinners and bridal showers.  How the floral trend will continue to translate into party design? We’ll just have to wait and see, won’t we?

FASHION: Monique Lhuillier’s Lovely Wedding Gowns for Fall 2013

October 30, 2012


As usual, Monique Lhuillier has designed a collection of wedding gowns that rocks our world.

Her Fall 2013 collection is all about a modern, fairy tale of romance with light tulle overlays, lacy illusion necklines, long sleeve columns, and wispy feminine florals. There’s even plenty of shimmer and sparkle on many of the silhouettes, just enough to satisfy every bride’s dream bridal style!  And, there’s a hemline and neckline for everyone as the collection includes contemporary high-low gowns, Hollywood-inspired A-line gowns with cap sleeves, one-shoulder tulle necklines, shirred and draped form fitters, corseted mermaids, as well as the traditional strapless ballgown. What is simply ingenious about the collection is that all gowns designed with an overlay can transform into a different look simply by removing it! For that after-party, rather than purchasing another gown entirely, you just need to remove the overlay, change your hair and jewelry and VOILA!  You’ve got a whole new look to work.

Monique Lhuillier Fall 2013 Collage

The Monique Bride loves to feel red carpet ready, blending romance with sensuality right down to her toes! Monique’s new line of bridal shoes not only completes the look as she intended, but also makes a dramatic fashion statement.

Monique Lhuillier Fall 2013

Other than seeing these beautiful gowns float past us down the aisle or dance around us on the dance floor, we find event design inspiration in the look and feel they convey overall.  We’re already envisioning wedding design concepts with whimsical, dreamlike gardens.

If you haven’t seen the collection yourself, take a little look at some of our favorites here…  or hop up to Manhattan as Monique Lhuillier’s new boutique opened this month.

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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.

FLOWERS: Do You Know the Language of Flowers?

February 1, 2011

With only one more week before New York kicks off the global calendar of Fashion Weeks, rumors fly about the strong influence of Victorian fashion in haute couture and ready-to-wear lines.  We’ve already seen the layered lace, gathered flounces and bell-shaped silhouettes succeed in recent wedding gown designs.  Dare we hope that same inspiration will spread into the world of parties and event design as it once did?  Although flowers and herbs have been labeled with significant meanings since Biblical times, it was the Victorians in the 1800s who truly embraced the “language of flowers” in their everyday lives.  In fact, the language was a true manner of communication called “floriography” that was used to convey feelings and sentiments at a time when sexuality and romance were strictly “laced up” and hidden from public display.  The type of flower, plant or herb sent to another was thoughtfully considered as each flower sent a message to the recipient in secret code.  As a result, flowers adorned almost everything in Victorian society from home decor to hair styles, men’s lapels, ladies’ gowns, bonnets, jewelry designs, china patterns and even horse carriages.   Remember those endearing scenes with Rupert Everett in Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband in which he agonizes over which flower to wear on his tuxedo lapel?

Pamphlets, dictionaries and letters were exchanged amongst friends and lovers to explain their own elaborate floral code in painstaking detail.  But it wasn’t only the type of flowers that conveyed hidden messages but how they were presented, such as:  the quantity of blooms, the selection of flowers, whether they were large or small, whether they were grouped together or wrapped in paper, when they were delivered during the day and how often during the week.  For example, a “tussie mussie” of yellow roses offered in the morning would be a sweet tribute to friendship, happiness and joy.  But a bouquet of yellow carnations delivered in the afternoon would indicate disappointment in a friend’s behavior or rejection of a friend’s gift.  

Sadly, over the years most of the world has forgotten the meanings and symbolism of all but a few favorite blossoms.  Although there are hundreds if not thousands of gorgeous flowers to choose from every Valentine’s Day, we all continue to believe red roses are the only flower that implies passion and deep romantic love.  Perhaps this year we should follow in fashion’s footsteps and let the charming Victorian language of flowers guide us to other sentimental blooms to share our feelings.  Some of the meanings noted below remain consistent with today’s perception but many are truly surprising when you know, as we do, which blooms are favorites amongst brides in today’s weddings.    

  • Baby’s Breath:  Innocence, Angelic and Pure of Heart
  • Cactus:  My heart burns with love for you! 
  • Calla Lily:  You’re a Magnificent Beauty
  • Pink Carnation:  I’ll Never Forget You  
  • Cattleya Orchid:  The Promise of Mature Love or Passion
  • Cherry Blossom:  Education and Learning
  • Chrysanthemum:  Abundance and Wealth, Cheerfulness and You’re a Wonderful Friend
  • Daffodil:  Unrequited Love, High Regard and Respect, Chivalry
  • Dahlia:  Dignity, Elegance and Endurance
  • Delphinium:  Big-Hearted, Fun and Joyful 
  • Dogwood:  Indifference, Fragility and Fleating 
  • Forsythia:  Anticipation 
  • Gardenia:  You’re Lovely, Secret Love, Refinement 
  • Gerbera:  Innoncence, Folly and Youth
  • Hibiscus:  Irrationally Consumed by Love 
  • Holly:  Domestic Bliss and Happiness  
  • Hyacinth:  Please Forgive Me 
  • Hydrangea:  Frigidity, Heartlessness, Coldness
  • Jasmine:  Amiability, Modesty, Grace, Elegance
  • Lady’s Slipper Orchid:  Win Me, Capricious Beauty
  • Lavender:  Love and Devotion
  • Lilac:  Young or First Love
  • Lily of the Valley:  Sweetness, Happiness, Humility
  • Mimosa:  Secret Love
  • Narcissus (Paperwhites):  Formality, Stay As Sweet As You Are
  • Orchid:  Refined and Sophisticated Love, Blessed with Many Children
  • Pansy:  You Occupy My Thoughts at Every Moment
  • Peach Blossom:  I Am Your Slave
  • Passion Flower:   Religious Fervor, Faith, Piety (bet you didn’t know that, huh?)
  • Peony:  Happy Marriage
  • Phlox:  Our Souls are United
  • Poppy:  Imagination, Wealth and Success
  • Pussywillow:  Motherhood
  • Ranunculus:  I Am Dazzled by Your Charms
  • Stephanotis:  Marital Happiness
  • Stock:  You’ll Always Be Beautiful to Me
  • Sunflower:  Pride
  • Sweetpea: Thank You for a Lovely Time
  • Red Tulip:  Declaration of Love
  • Yellow Tulip:  There’s Sunshine in Your Smile
  • Venus Flytrap:  Caught at Last
  • Zinnia:  Lasting Affection for an Absent Friend

Since we no longer exchange personal dictionaries that detail the hidden meanings, why not send a bouquet of flowers with a handwritten note that shares the sentiment?

WE LOVE: The View from the Back, of a Wedding Gown, That is

January 18, 2011

Filled with joy, excitment and the promise of everlasting love, every bride is truly beautiful on her wedding day.  Glowing from the inside out and more than likely buffed and polished to a rosy sheen on the outside, the wedding gown is the final layer of beauty that completes the bridal silhouette.  The proverbial cherry on the sundae if you will.  A rather large and sweet cherry that every bride savours and every guest relishes.  As the shining star of the wedding day, all eyes follow the bride wherever she goes and that means her every angle, pose and posture is on display.   Watching her gown float behind her as she glides down the aisle or twirl around her legs as she turns to hug a friend or shimmer under the light as she dances with her groom ** sigh **; there really is nothing quite like the allure of the wedding gown.   But it’s the view from the back, with all its endless stream of buttons, soft romantic shirring, traditional lace panels, rich fabric folds, gossamer layered tulle and sophisticated drapes, that catches our attention and never lets it go. 

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FASHION: Rachel Galley, Jewelery Designer

November 6, 2009

We are extremely proud to announce that Rachel Galley’s wonderfully modern jewelry is NOW AVAILABLE at our boutique, EVANTINE at The Rittenhouse!  

If you’re not familiar with this 27-year old British jewelry designer, come in and take a look!  Rachel’s various jewelry collections are stylish, interactive and fun to wear, often containing a mystery within, making them unique and individual to the wearer.  They celebrate a special time in one’s life and make an original gift, holiday present or keepsake.

Rachel draws her inspiration from intricate carved wood, bronze historic treasures, architecture, engineering, natural textures and objects found in our daily lives.   Rachel adds her own innovative twist with hidden compartments or containers, enabling the wearer to interact with their jewelery and adds bespoke, handmade fittings and clasps to give each piece her own signature finish.

Available in Philadelphia, exclusively at Evantine, The Boutique, located at 210 West Rittenhouse Square, Lobby Level.  215.790.2576.  But please see below for more photos of Rachel Galley’s gorgeous jewelry. 

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