On October 19 I had the honor of joining a very special group as one of the XIX Most Fashionable Women in Philadelphia. This award presented by Nicole Miller Philadelphia in collaboration with LAGOS, XIX Restaurant at the Hyatt Bellevue, Beneficial Bank and Boyd & Blair, fuses style and philanthropy in recognizing women who "work fashionably to better the Philadelphia Community." I am truly touched and proud to be among these women who support my city of Philadelphia with such style and spirit.
Life works in mysterious ways. In 2012 I attended this signature event of The Philadelphia Collection (Philadelphia's version of fashion week), as a blogger and wrote about the warmth and generosity of all the women and the down-to-earth attitude of our mayor (see my post XIX Women, 1 Cabbie, 150 Wigs and the Style of a City). Three years later I was on stage receiving the award, and again finding that the women surrounding me cared most about their sister nominees. Again, Mayor Michael Nutter spoke with down-to-earth humor, and though the event has quadrupled in size, the warm camaraderie remained.
The only thing missing was that my husband had a mandatory business trip that same week. But my mom, Lorraine, flew up from Florida to be my date, and my sister, Denise, joined us. It was a perfect fit to have my style icon mom and my sister in style with me for this memorable evening. Our family has always loved fashion and it was so special to be able to share in this moment together.
Dear friends were there to celebrate as well, women who have been mentors and cheerleaders, most especially my "fashion fairygodmother" Janice and stylish friend (and 2014 honoree) Ann.
As befitting an award that recognizes both fashion and philanthropy, XIX Most Fashionable Women has raised thousands of dollars for local charities over the past six years. This year 2015 Visionary Ellen Yin’s charities of choice were The Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative (ANUI), The Food Trust, and Magee Rehabilitation Hospital.
So many friends and family have asked to see photos from the event, so I am sharing a bunch, along with a complete list of the honorees. You can also see a recap (and me for two seconds at the very end!) in this clip from 6ABC TV.
Congratulations to all my sister honorees -- it is a privilege to be in your company! Love and thanks to our hostesses Mary Dougherty and Janice Waitkus and your teams at Nicole Miller Philadelphia and LAGOS for making this a truly magical night.
6th Annual XIX Most Fashionable Women in Philadelphia
2015 XIX Women Visionary Award
Ellen Yin, Co-founder & Co-owner of High Street Hospitality Group
2015 XIX Women Honorees
Alice Bast President & CEO, National Foundation of Celiac Awareness
Emily Bittenbender Managing Partner, Bittenbinder Construction, LP
Wendy Clark Lady B, The Voice of Hip Hop
Rosemary Connors Journalist, NBC 10
Doreen Creede Creator, Style Maniac and Editor-at-Large, Founder Magazine
Anne Ewers President & CEO, The Kimmel Center Inc.
Varsovia Fernandez President & CEO, Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Valerie Gay Executive Director, Art Sanctuary
Caryn Gubin Director of Patient Care Services, Medical Rehabilitation Centers of PA
Ursula Henwood Keating Director Workforce Diversity & Inclusion, Comcast
Stacy Holland Executive Director, The Lenfest Foundation
Doreen Holmgren Philanthropist, Flyers Wives
Mary Pat Kessler Director of Member Relations, Business Clubs of America
Karen Knudsen Director, Sydney Kimmel Cancer Center, Chair Department of Cancer Biology
Tiffany Newmuis Director, Democratic National Convention
Lori Nicoletti Peruto General Counsel, Philadelphia Suburban Development Corporation
Nicole Paloux Owner, Red Balloon Public Relations
Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown Council's Majority Whip, Committee Chair on the
Environment, Vice Chair of the Committee on Education
Cecilia Torres Owner & Founder, Casa Papel
Beneficial Bank, The Bellevue Philadelphia, Hyatt at The Bellevue, Lagos and Mary K. Dougherty, owner of Nicole Miller Philadelphia, collaborated to present the 6th Annual Nicole Miller Philadelphia’s XIX Most Fashionable Women Awards.
Honorees are nominated by the previous "class" of women, and chosen for a fusion of fashion, philanthropy and support of the city.
Each honoree was presented with a silver and pearl "fashion key" to the city, designed and donated by Steven Lagos, and all guests received a Nicole Miller scarf. XIX Restaurant and Boyd & Blair served the food and cocktails while Valley Forge Flowers created stunning arrangements inspired by Nicole Miller’s fall print, "Enchanted Garden."
Funds raised during the evening went to The Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative (ANUI), The Food Trust, and Magee Rehabilitation Hospital.
"Use the good china for breakfast."