Joy to the (Fashion) World

As promised, MLT’s shopping guru delivers part two of her fall-fashion event roundup.

25 Years of Style

Congratulations to the Main Line’s ultimate fashionista, Deborah VanCleve, who’s celebrating the momentous 25th anniversary of her boutique, VanCleve Collection. Generations of Main Line ladies have relied on VanCleve for her impeccable inventory of “the perfect ensemble” for every occasion, from cocktail parties and the Academy Ball to senior prom and the mother of the bride’s moment in the spotlight. In honor of her silver anniversary, VanCleve is hosting a fundraiser at her Paoli boutique on Nov. 4, with a portion of the sales benefiting Peter’s Place, a center for grieving children and families in Radnor.

The all-day celebration includes a trunk show of fabulous fashions from designer Teri Jon and kicks off with a special tea from 1 to 4 p.m., followed by an after-work cocktail reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Participating sponsors include Cupcakes Gourmet, Cottage Flowers, Drexelbrook Catering, Laura Eaton Wedding Photography, Stationary & Design Customs by Nicole, Leslie Padilla Public Relations and Voila Invitations.

68 E. Lancaster Ave., Paoli; (610) 647-5055,

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A Toast to Fashion

First Financial Group of Bala Cynwyd is sponsoring a Champagne Tea and Fashion Show in support of the Montgomery County Special Olympics and Devereux Centers on Nov. 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Plymouth Country Club. Young women, ages 7 to 20, with special needs will hit the runway, modeling fashions generously donated by Macy’s.

“This event will allow the girls to ‘shine’ and be in the spotlight, have fun, and gain confidence,” says event coordinator Linda Mullen, owner of the Doncaster Agency, a specialty boutique of beautiful clothes for women. “As a mom with a special-needs daughter, I have found that we are faced with different challenges in personal hygiene, dressing and grooming for our children. Blessed with my talent as a wardrobe and image stylist, I wanted to share that skill, offer solutions, and build confidence for both the moms and their daughters.”

Mullen and two friends started Special Care/Special Kids, the nonprofit organization that is producing this event, which includes a silent auction. “I have wanted to raise money for Special Olympics of Montgomery County, as they do not charge the athletes,” Mullen says. “And they need the funds to continue running the many sports venues for the athletes.”

$30/adults, $20/children. 888 Plymouth Road, Plymouth Meeting. For ticket information, contact Linda Mullen at (610) 941-3394 or

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Bargain Blowout

Forget happy hour and head over to Apricot Lane Boutique for a two-hour mega sale. This trendy boutique is hosting a 25-percent-off-everything-in-the-store fashion party (excluding sale items) on Nov. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. The best part: Apricot Lane’s premium denim lines like William Rast, Rich & Skinny and Rock Revival are included in the sale. And, ladies, you know you can never have enough denim in your wardrobe.

Suburban Square, 32 Parking Plaza, Suite 104, Ardmore; (610) 645-5205,

Vera Bradley’s Alice bag.


A Fashionable Lunch Date

The Wellness Community of Philadelphia hosts its eighth annual fundraiser, “In Fashion” Luncheon and Fashion Show, on Nov. 15 at the Gulph Mills Golf Club. Local cancer survivors will model Vera Bradley’s Winter 2010 Collection and denim by Tory Burch. Lindy Snider, founder of Lindi Skin, is scheduled to both model in the show and share her story of cancer survival as an inspirational speaker.

$150. 200 Swedeland Road, King of Prussia, (215) 879-7733.

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Trunk Shows

ViVi G. Shoes in Glen Mills is hosting an Elaine Turner trunk show and sale on Nov. 11 to celebrate the boutique’s new shop-in-shop department. Turner herself will be in attendance to greet clients and sign bags. A gorgeous Turner bag will be raffled off and, of course, delicious snacks and beverages will be served.

587 Wilmington Pike, Glen Mills; (610) 459-5848,

Per Lei Boutique welcomes the fashions of Mark and James for a trunk show happening Nov. 11-14. As an added incentive to purchase something you love, Per Lei is offering 20-percent off all Mark and James merchandise, plus a gift with your purchase (while supplies last).

Later in the month, Per Lei is featuring the amazing jewelry creations of Alexis Bittar for a trunk show that runs Nov. 18-21. All Bittar merchandise will be 20-percent off during the event.

2 E. State St., Media; (610) 566-1254,

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