The latest from Philadelphia Style's Editor-in-Chief, Kristin Detterline.
Above, from left: M. Night Shyamalan accepted the first-ever Lumiere Award at the Philadelphia Film Festival’s big 25th-anniversary bash at AKA Washington Square; with John Young, Danielle Cohn, and Justin Pizzi at the new music-and-food fundraiser Beats ‘n Eats.
Think back to the best gift you ever received for the holidays. Mine was the 1979 Barbie Dreamhouse. It was a two-story A-frame with a white Juliet balcony and overflowing flower boxes. Barbie occupied this roomy estate in my finished basement for five years while running a successful McDonald’s franchise next door and moonlighting as an aerobics instructor. How times have changed: The gifts that I dream about under the tree now come in much, much smaller boxes.
In this issue’s “Enchanted Romance” feature, the season’s most dramatic gems shine brightly against the lush linings of vintage jewelry boxes. For further gifting inspiration, we count down a long list of major store openings (Rag & Bone! Anthropologie & Co.! Kirna Zabête!) to add to your retail rounds. I’m especially excited about this issue’s "Insta-Philly" feature, in which we crown five local influencers as the kings and queens of the city’s social media scene. Like their tens of thousands of followers, I’ve been happily scouring their feeds for my daily fix of visual eye candy for years.
So have major companies hoping to tap into their influential audiences: More than a few of our ’grammers have scored lucrative partnerships and collaborations from their pastimes-turned-professions. There are other follow-worthy people in this issue, from the Eagles’ Brent Celek and his music protégé Guordan Banks to actress Sarah Megan Thomas. Not to be outdone, the utterly ageless Christie Brinkley graces the cover of our final issue of 2016. The flaxen-haired model, whose latest ventures include skincare and organic spirits, has found a whole new fanbase through social media, with more than 200k followers charting her every supermodel move—not to mention that famous smile.
It’s been another busy year here at Philadelphia Style, now my seventh with the magazine. Since it’s an anniversary associated with such a famously lucky number, I can say that, holidays or not, working here truly is a gift that keeps on giving. I hope you receive your own favorite gift this year. Cheers to 2017!