LET­TER FROM THE ED­I­TOR-IN-CHIEF

Philadelphia Style - - Contents - kristin det­ter­line

From logo tees to sug­ges­tive knit hats, women’s rights have been front and cen­ter in the news this year. We’ve been cel­e­brat­ing girl power since 2012, when Philadel­phia Style launched its Women of In­flu­ence fea­ture in our Late Spring edi­tion. Equal parts style and sub­stance, it was our chance to rec­og­nize women who were hav­ing a mo­ment in Philadel­phia. And all kinds of women meant all kinds of mo­ments. Now in its fifth year, we’ve talked to CEOS, fi­nance gu­rus, fit­ness mavens, and phi­lan­thropists. There have been news­cast­ers, gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, and na­tion­ally rec­og­nized chefs. The cover stars have been just as im­pres­sive, from NBC’S vet­eran re­porter An­drea Mitchell to It’s Al­ways Sunny in Philadel­phia star Kaitlin Ol­son. Tam­ron Hall, for­merly of NBC’S To­day show, co­hosted an af­ter­noon tea with us in 2015. On pa­per, their ages, back­grounds, pro­fes­sions, ex­pe­ri­ences, and paths to suc­cess couldn’t have been more dif­fer­ent. But what has al­ways linked the dozens of women we’ve in­ter­viewed for this fea­ture is their un­wa­ver­ing am­bi­tion and shared mis­sion to make Philadel­phia a bet­ter place. They are in­flu­encers in ev­ery sense of the word.

This is­sue’s cover star, Patti Labelle, has been hav­ing a mo­ment that’s lasted for five decades. We caught up with the mega-tal­ented mul­ti­hy­phen­ate to talk about her new al­bum and what’s ahead in 2017. At 73 years young, the singer has never looked bet­ter. In the pan­theon of fa­mous Philadel­phi­ans, Labelle cer­tainly ranks among the top--es­pe­cially for con­tin­u­ing to call Philly home when the siren songs of New York or LA could have lured her away years ago.

This year’s Women of In­flu­ence shoot was held at one of my fa­vorite city lo­ca­tions, the gor­geous Ritz-carl­ton, Philadel­phia. Steeped in his­tory and cov­ered in mar­ble, it’s like step­ping in­side a Ro­man tem­ple that just hap­pens to have a lux­ury ho­tel in­side. Co­in­ci­den­tally, our shoot date also hap­pened to be In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day, March 8. Here at Philadel­phia Style, I’d like to think that we are toast­ing to phe­nom­e­nal women not just for one day or in one is­sue but all year long. We still have so many sto­ries left to tell.

Toast­ing to Os­car night with Justin Wineb­urgh, Dr. Nina Rad­cliff, and An­drew Green­blatt at the Philadel­phia Film So­ci­ety’s Fourth An­nual Awards Night Party and Screen­ing at the Prince Theater; with Jimmy Contreras, Mary K. Dougherty, and Brent Celek at a red- car­pet re­cep­tion for the NFL Cheer­leader Di­rec­tors, in town for the up­com­ing 82nd an­nual NFL Draft, at Ni­cole Miller Philadel­phia.

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