Philadelphia Up and Coming Designer Creating Dress For My Attendance at Diner en Blanc

3 years ago

Getting Fitted by Amber. Drawing by Diane Roka

I was heading to find some late summer retail deals when it occurred to me, last year, at a party, I met the Assistant Professor of Fashion, Design & Merchandising at Drexel University,Alphonso McClendon - so I decided to prevail upon him to introduce me to a fabulous up and coming Philly designer and either borrow or have a dress created for me to wear to this much anticipated party in white.

It just so happened, recent graduate Amber Cuff was already working on a white dress line for her design company Tulip Clothing Line.  I met with Amber, and during my fitting, interviewed her for Tinsel & Tine's Philly Spotlight. 

 T&T:
Are you only designing for women?

Amber:
Right now, yes, but all my guy friends are constantly begging me to design things for them. Really, my guy friends are much more fashionable than my female friends.
They're wearing more suits, or vests with nice slacks, just to go out to dinner.
 A lot of guys now, are in to ties, pocket squares, cufflinks,
they coordinate their colors in good ways, not matchy matchy ways.
I first noticed it last year when I went to London for the summer.
The guys over there were dressed from head to toe,
where the girls were much more casual.
And then when I came back to Philly I started noticing it more and more and realized
this is a thing for younger guys and I should expand Tulip to include men.
My father was a professional tailor, he's retired, but I finally got him to agree
to help me develop some men's pieces.
We're going to begin working on that line late fall...

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