We’re back with our second Shoppist After Hours event, and I’m really excited about this one. First, the details: Shoppist After Hours is our series of semi-secret, super-exclusive shopping events, held sporadically at one of the best boutiques/showrooms/studios in the city. Our first one was at Ps & Qs on South Street—and it was a huge success. (See the video here!)
Next up, we’re heading to the ultra-cool showroom of NINObrand, one of my all-time favorite shops in the city. The clothing here is designed by Bela Shehu, one of the most creative minds in Philly. (Those harem pants I wear almost every other day? They’re NINObrand.)
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A look at Rittenhouse’s new Timberland store. | Photo courtesy Matthew Vhlahos.
This week has been a whirlwind of store openings, parties and previews. The ones generating the most buzz are Century 21 and Nordstrom Rack (see my reviews and sneak peeks of each here and here). But, lest we forget, there are two other stores opening their doors today: Timberland in Rittenhouse, and Frey Boutique in Newtown Square.
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The line outside Nordstrom Rack on opening day, just before doors opened at 9am. | Photo by Tim Haas.
Yesterday, the new Nordstrom Rack on Chestnut Street hosted an invitation-only event for guest to preview the store and shop before the doors officially open to the public at 9am this morning. (And the doors have opened, letting in a sea of people who stood in line while a DJ played outside. A colleague sent over the above pic; before 9am, the line already snaked down by Di Bruno Bros. Meanwhile, “workers in fluorescent green shirts were massed inside — looked like a last-minute pep talk,” he said.)
You need a plan of action, guys. Last night, the place was mobbed, and it’s going to stay that way for at least a few days. If you want to avoid a crowd, stay away until at least Monday. If you’re determined to brave the shopping frenzy (my hat is tipped to you), keep reading for the best pieces to nab now, and a quick guide to where to find everything.
Burberry! Theory! And so many shoes.
- Prepare to eliminate closet bulk! These are the only 6 sweaters you need to own this fall. [Glamour]
- Tom Ford lipstick devotees are about to get psyched. The brains behind some of the most luxe lipstick in the game (that gorg gold case!) is debuting a new matte formula for the holidays. We’ll take one of the Black Dahlia shade, please. [Refinery29]
Up Next: Guess who uses a $220 toothbrush? (Hint: It’s not that surprising.)
As far as we’re concerned, ankle booties are the most functional footwear of fall—warm and versatile enough to carry you through Sorel weather. And, there’s a fitting pair for nearly every setting. The office? Errands? Date night? Check, check, and check. Plus, any shoe that keeps your ankle secure and strapped in is a safe bet in our book. Ankle booties, we bow at your throne.
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A few weeks ago, we got a sneak peek at the new Goorin Bros. on Walnut Street. To recap: the shop was fantastically old-timey and I became a hat convert. (This was very exciting on a personal level.)
Now, to celebrate the shop’s grand opening, the coolest haberdashery in Philly is throwing a shindig tonight. And more importantly, it’s your opportunity to get “hatted” by one of the shop’s headwear whisperers.
Keep reading for party deets.
- Here at Shoppist, we’ve already discussed the cutoff age for mini-skirts (conclusion: it’s murky territory), but what other fashion rules are out there as you progress through the decades? Here’s how you dress for every age. [Refinery29]
- This jewelry can charge your phone…with your veins. No, this isn’t an excerpt from a new Saw movie. [The Higher Learning]
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I got the chance to pop over to the Gallery’s new—and long-awaited—anchor store, Century 21, before the store celebrates its opening party tonight. (Its soft opening is tomorrow, but the store will only be open for registered C21 status members through Sunday, October 26th. More on how you can get on that list later!) There was a buzzy, electric energy there this morning as visual designers—who’ve camped out at Philly hotels this entire week, and pulled insanely long nights at the store—shopkeeps, managers, PR reps and construction guys whipped about, bringing in displays, sweeping up dust, polishing and cleaning and arranging merchandise. It was the calm before the storm, like the hours before a wedding.
The store itself is palatial: 100,000 square feet spread out over two floors. This makes for a meandering shopping experience—upstairs, we started in the children’s section (tiny Oscar de la Renta dresses and Vince tops), which leads into homewares (Jonathan Adler and Le Creuset!), then luggage (Tumi, Victorinox), then menswear (Kenneth Cole, Bill Blass, Armani, English Laundry) and mens accessories. Then we snaked through hosiery (Wolford tights!), past activewear (including a full yoga display), and ended up in women’s, where I pounced on an embellished neoprene MSGM coat (around $200; it will be mine). Other enviable names on major sale here: Pucci, Missoni, Y-3, Giambattista Valli, Milly and DVF.
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Image via Lagos.
You guys know Lagos—the started-in-Philly company that exploded and now has a place in the jewelry boxes of the most fabulous. The brand is kicking off its fall campaign tonight at the Rittenhouse flagship (it’s at 1735 Walnut Street) with yours truly; I’ll be there offering styling tips (which will most likely be along the lines of, Pile it on with wild abandon!).
They’ll have champagne, small bites, and a chance to win a special Lagos treat (remember to bring your business card so you can be entered to win!). It goes down tonight from 5pm to 8pm. See you there!