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.
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.
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.
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!
- Want to look longer, leaner and, well, like you go to the gym way more than you actually do? Here are the seven most figure-flattering pieces you can buy. [WhoWhatWear]
- Remember when we told you about SJP’s photo shoot for her shoe line, which she set up on the steps of Carrie Bradshaw’s West Village brownstone? Well, the people that actually live there—plus the entire neighborhood—are pretty angry. [Page Six]
Let’s get one thing straight before we begin: I’m not a fan of any costume that has the word “sexy” tacked to it. Sexy pirate? No. Sexy Santa? No. Sexy ghost/zombie/bee/stewardness/pilgrim: No, no, huh?, no, no. Halloween costumes aren’t supposed to be sexy. Please just stop.
Moving on. There is a whole lot of crap out there when it comes to costume-hunting. We sifted through it all—and tried to keep the price point low because we feel like you should spend your money on this (pause for squeal) instead of, well, this. (Although if you do buy this, you are invited to my Halloween party.)
Here, in no particular order, are costumes that—while not sexy—are worth wearing this Halloween.
Welcome to what we here at Shoppist HQ have begun calling Opening Week. We’ve got three long-awaited stores opening huge locations in Center City, and all are worth checking out ASAP. Mark your calendars and start making your shopping lists—here’s what Philly welcomes this week.
It seems everyone is pregnant: Kate Middleton is expecting another tiny royal; Blake Lively is creating an artisanal, made-in-the-USA bundle of joy; model Coco Rocha is having a scary alien baby, if you go by her terrifying Instagram announcement; and precisely 90 percent of all of my friends is expecting. One of these friends (who shall remain unnamed) came to me exasperated by the dirth of pregnancy style inspiration out there. So, friend who shall go unnamed, consider this your first baby gift: a roundup of 30 incredibly chic–and incredibly pregnant—women. (Psst: I included a few specific items and brands in here, so you can actually get some of the pieces yourself; other looks are easy to imitate.)
Have a favorite maternity store or brand? Share it in the comments. And to all of you expectant mothers (yes, even you, Blake), congratulations!
I buy expensive shoes in entirely the wrong way. Instead of investing in proper, wear-forever classics like black Louboutin pumps or ever-chic Chanel flats, I throw caution to the wind and splurge on shoes with poofs of fur, or hearts all over them, or impossibly high gilded wedge heels. When it comes to buying high-end shoes, for me, the more impractical and fantastical, the better. (I repeat: This is not the smartest way to go about stocking your shoe closet.)
I suppose this is why I’m so drawn to Sophia Webster‘s offbeat collection. The London-based designer dreams up shoes with crazy color combinations, pom-poms, tassels, dizzying patterns—and, now, wings.