The Philadelphia Collection is back—starting today! But with 41 events spanning eight days, the fashion freny can get a little overwhelming. We here at Shoppist HQ scoured the list and chose our four fave events. See you there!
The classic bauble is staging a major comeback.
What some of the coolest shops in town will be bringing—and discounting—on Oct. 5th.
Say hello to Philadelphia Mills.
Free People's new workout line: how strong hippie princesses get sweaty.
Grab those calendars; Refinery 29 is coming to King of Prussia Mall and we are majorly excited. Pop over to the Nordstrom Court this Saturday, September 20 for a mashup of the lifestyle site and Simon, King of Prussia’s father company, for a day of shopping, beauty, and style. Basically, you’ll leave with a personal fall fashion game plan—and it doesn’t get much better than that.
Okay, maybe “comeback” is a bit of a misnomer because pearls never really left, but this season’s new styles are so much better than the boring studs and strands of yesteryear. From ultra-modern minimalist collars to diamond-dotted ear cuffs, these aren’t your grandma’s pearls. (Unless your grandma loves Lanvin. In which case, yay granny!)
If you went to Philly Mag Shops last year—and if you’ve checked out our jam-packed list of shops coming this year—then you know we pack clothing, shoes, bags and accessories in spades. But this year, we’re changing it up just a bit. We’ve sprinkled in a few gift-y shops to round out the mix, because we know that it’s just as much fun to shop for candles, stationery, vases, gift-y goods and small home decor as it is to buy coats and dresses and shoes.
But a prepared shopper is a smart shopper, so let’s dive into what some of the shops will be bringing, shall we?
Say goodbye to the Franklin Mills Mall.
As part of a “multimillion dollar” renovation, Franklin Mills Mall’s owner is renaming Northeast Philly’s outlet-shopping mecca Philadelphia Mills. The largest mall in the city has already removed the “Franklin Mills” sign from the main entrance. The mall’s owners, Simon Property Group, say a dozen new retail and dining options will open over the life of the renovation.
“Philadelphia Mills is an important part of the city’s retail history and we look forward to working with the Mills as this incredible asset is transformed and repositioned for a bright future,” City of Philadelphia Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger said in a release. This is such a big deal even the city government is weighing in!
Renovation on the exterior has already begun and is expected to finish this year. The grand re-opening is scheduled for fall of 2015, after interior renovations are finished. In addition to a visual refresh, Simon says the mall is adding fancy new restrooms, free Wi-Fi and charging stations.
Free People, the brand known for its breezy ’60s and ’70s styles—all fringe and gauzy tunics and feathers—has gotten considerably more high-tech with its latest collection, RUN. The line of workout gear (the brand’s fourth addition to its other “movement” collections, for things like dance, yoga and surf) features stretchy performance fabrics, moisture-wicking power mesh, hi-vis flyweight nylon, all in simple, strong colors: black, cobalt, heather gray, bright melon).
The 25-piece running collection spans sneakers (six options), track leggings and pants, sports bras, hoodies, tees (short- and long-sleeved), tanks and gear like a water bottle, sport armband, and bluetooth headphones. I, for one, am a fan of it all. It’s stylish enough to make me want to get out there and pound the pavement, but low-key enough so people won’t realize that the last time I ran was, oh, much longer than I’d like to admit.
It’s hard to believe, but gift-giving season is right around the corner. And whether you’ve already pounded out your first round of knitted goods or are still doling out apologies about last year’s gifts, this can bring on emotions ranging from glee to anxiety. For those that hover around the anxiety end, we’ve found relief: Occasionette’s workshops are now in session. Not only are you guaranteed to find (or make!) stellar gifts for family and friends, but you’ll also be way ahead of the gift-giving curve. Like, before Thanksgiving early. So, relax and put the glue gun down. You’re working with pros now.
Well, they got what they wanted.
We’re talking about them, just as we talked, over and over and over again, about American Apparel, which filled store windows with mannequins sprouting giant clouds of pubic hair; about Zara, which sold a children’s shirt that eerily remsembled those worn by concentration camp prisoners; about MAC, which once tried to name a nail polish collection after a town in Mexico known for the countless number of women raped and murdered there, without police response.