If Mad Men was set in 2010, you’d find the cast hanging out at Tweed. Located on 12th Street between Walnut and Sansom, this chic eatery opened earlier this year thanks to hotelier Edward Bianchini and Chef David Cunningham. Bianchini, a Philly native, owns the award winning hotel and restaurant Les Muscadins located near Cannes. Chef Cunningham has worked under Eric Ripert (often seen on Top Chef) and acted as Executive Chef at the Lenox Room and Petrossian (both in New York City).
There isn’t any wonder why everything about Tweed shines.
Timo Weiland told a story of yesteryear and brought the simple styles of classic America to the stage as fresh designs in a noteworthy installation. The style of the tweed skinny pant alongside a matching jacket illustrated the designer's talent for superb craftsmanship while skillfully designing for an audience as well as plotline. In mixing the natural colors of browns and grays, Weiland sought to give a bit of humor to his collection with a juxtaposed full-on red suit designed as a eye-popping centerpiece.
The Bespoken line was certainly in stark contrast to the rest of Fashion Week, giving it the edge up on trendy, downtown-style looks. In a complex blend of 1980s-style suspenders alongside simple, British fedoras and tweed overcoats, the line achieved its ambition as an avant garde trend-setter. Grey herringbone suit vests and a classic American double-breasted collar with cross-stitched patterned shirts are expressive of the look Bespoken is striving for.
In a presentation show, models were rotated in and out to display sixteen different looks, comprised of extensive accessorizing with simple, button-down Oxford shirts. With the emphasis on the accessory and tailored motif, each model displayed a different hat or necktie, adding layers to a traditional and timeless outfit.
Tweed may be an old British tradition, but it is today’s fall and winter fashion trend that will still be fashionable years from now. Although a classic, gone are the days of Chanel’s tweed pant suit. Today’s tweed is much more casual and is best worn as separates. This season’s embellishments like fringe, velvet and beading take tweed from traditional to chic. Pair a tweed jacket with jeans and a simple camisole for a casual but sophisticated look that can take you from the office to a night out on the town.