Clothes that fit well complement a person's figure, though clothes that are way too big can be useful for concealing both mini and full-sized watermelons. Get the former with today's Groupon: for $99, you get $225 worth of designer apparel at Paula Hian, located in Manayunk.
Paula Hian's childhood tinkering with textiles eventually led her to the Fashion Institute of Technology and an illustrious career as an award-winning designer. Chromatic design splashes and confident color blocks, along with a strong French influence characterize Hian's bold-hued boutique apparel. Both her elegant eveningwear and more casual costumes begin life as exquisite, high-quality materials before majestically morphing into the high-end couture garments that hang in her 4,000-square-foot store showroom. Pair an artfully embroidered white bandeau top ($55) with the coordinating black linen shorts ($200), or seek complimentary assistance from a personal shopper to help you sift through the panoply of chic tops, shirts, and pants, which range from $95 to $225. Shoppers may use their Groupon for sale items or apply its value toward more expensive pieces, such as dresses and jackets (ranging $125–$450) that help stems and torsos make a good impression on any runway or moving airport walkway.
Heavy black chains weave their way around the décolletage of a tiny black dress. Red and blue blocks jut and clash on a strapless, hip-hugging mini dress. Rife with bold patterns and appliquè flourishes, designs such as these have helped earn Paula Hian international acclaim: one of her dresses hangs in the Louvre’s permanent collection, and countless others have been featured in the pages of Nylon, Vogue, and Marie Claire France. She owes much of her inspiration to European runways and frequently scours France in search of high-quality fabrics such as mohair, silk, satin, and leather. Stateside, her crew of personal shoppers helps customers navigate her 4,000-square-foot showroom, as well as distinguish between mannequins and very quiet, slow-moving cashiers.
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