The Best Dressed List

chris crisman philadelphia magazine fashion best dressed

When a call came in from Philadelphia Magazine to shoot the most fashionable people in the city of Philadelphia, we knew this was an assignment we couldn’t turn down. If only to convince the world that our fair city was not the land of sweatpants and Eagles jerseys, we wanted to pay homage to the sartorially savvy among us in the city of brotherly love. Days of shooting, dozens and dozens of very fashionable new acquaintances and a cover shoot later, we’re finally here with The Best Dressed List.

Keep reading for more of the best dressed in Philly, as well as behind the scenes photos and a time-lapse video of how it all came together…

chris crisman philadelphia magazine fashion best dressed

When you have almost two dozen of the most fashionable Philadelphians all in one place for the day, it’s a big deal – in this case, a big enough deal that local media was called in to document the action.

chris crisman philadelphia magazine fashion best dressed

Amidst the organized chaos in the studio, Chris worked with the newly appointed design director Michael Wilson to really dial in on the lighting and mood we were trying to create for the story.

chris crisman philadelphia magazine fashion best dressed

Michael also made sure to stand in for a few test shots and try to make the best dressed list. Did he make the cut? You’ll have to grab a copy of the magazine to find out.

chris crisman philadelphia magazine fashion best dressed

chris crisman philadelphia magazine fashion best dressed

From Philadelphia interior designer Ashli Mizell (above) to Doub Hanshaw, creative director at Free People, we had no shortage of talented and inspiring individuals in the studio that day.

chris crisman philadelphia magazine fashion best dressed

The lovely Bhavna Shyamalan also made an appearance, gracing our set with her presence (and her cheetah heels).

chris crisman philadelphia magazine fashion best dressed

chris crisman philadelphia magazine fashion best dressed

Bhavna wasn’t the only one pleased with her shoot that day. Our editors over at Philadelphia Magazine decided to run one of her portraits for the cover.

chris crisman philadelphia magazine fashion best dressed

CNN chief business correspondent Ali Velshi was also on-hand to lend some fashionable financial advice. You’ve probably seen him on the news network, but I bet you never knew he calls the Philadelphia area home.

chris crisman philadelphia magazine fashion best dressed

Chris even had a chance to get in front of the camera for this shoot – recording an interview with the news crew that shadowed us over the course of the day. Lucky for him, I can’t find a clip of his interview to link to.

Never fear, we have video coverage of our own. Here’s a full time-lapse video of the day for you to check out.

Sadly neither Chris nor anyone from our crew made the list for 2013. I guess that means we need step up our fashion game from here on out. Even if we didn’t make the cut, did we do these fashionable Philadelphia citizens justice? Let us know in the comments or @crismanphoto.

2 replies to “The Best Dressed List”

  1. These photos are awesome – love the one they chose for the cover. I’m curious about one thing after watching the video – around the 1:00 mark, there’s a gal holding a largeish vertical rectangular object. Just curious if you’d share what that’s all about???

    Cheers!

  2. Hey Brian – it’s not quite as mysterious as you might think! She is holding a mirror so the subject can watch herself and look at her body positions/wardrobe/etc.

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