Sneak Peek: Your First Look at The New Century 21 Store Before It Opens

The entrance from Market Street.

It’s here!

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.

Click here for more designer info, pics and details on how you can shop before everybody else.

Come Shop With Us at Lagos Tonight!

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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!

Market Report: 7 Clothing Items That Help You Fake a Perfect Body

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  • 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]

Click here to see Snoop Dogg’s new sock line. (Yes, really.)

7 (Non-Sexy) Halloween Costumes That Don’t Suck

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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.

See them all here!

Oh, Baby! 30 Best Maternity Street Style Looks

How to win at maternity style.

How to win at maternity style.

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!

Your maternity inspiration board is right here.

Monday Obsession: Sophia Webster’s Winged Superhero Shoes

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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.

It’s like Roman gladiator gone glam.

Market Report: 11 Pairs of Tights That Won’t Give You a Muffin-Top

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  • This morning officially ushered in the season of the tights. Here are 11 pairs that won’t roll down or give you the dreaded Hosiery Muffin-Top. (Cue cheering.) [Fashionista]
  • Scary fact: Thieves can easily steal your credit card information just by walking past you with a special scanner. Freaked out? A design team has created a line of purses and wallets that prevents this identity theft.  [Styleite]
  • The trend I’m digging most for fall: Fringe! Here’s how to do it without veering into Pocahontas territory. [Wall Street Journal]

Next: Blake Lively is rocking the whole maternity thing, and the most popular pair of black work pants ever.

Horsham Man Sentenced to Prison For Posting Bomb Threat To Willow Grove Mall

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Willow Grove Park Mall.

A 24-year-old man, David Barnhouse of Horsham, was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for posting a bomb threat on the Willow Grove Park Mall’s website on June 20, 2013, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Philadelphia announced. According to its indictment, Barnhouse hacked into his neighbor’s wireless router to post the threat, which read:

“We have planted an explosive device somewhere in the mall, and will detonate it unless all members of the Islamic faith imprisoned in the United States are freed by 7pm on June 23.  Even if you search the mall for 72 consecutive hours, you will NEVER find it. Do not attempt to defuse the bomb, find the bomb, or interact with authorities on this matter, except those capable of freeing our brothers.”

Read more.

Your Weekend Sale and Shopping Roundup

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It’s the weekend! Let’s get our shop on.

Let’s end this marathon week (hasn’t it seemed long?) with some sales, free cocktails, and shopping events. Here’s where you should be shopping this weekend.

First up, Frey Boutique, which—as we reported yesterday—is closing their Exton store after business hours tomorrow and opening in Newtown Square on October 24th. This means you’ve got one last day to scoop up major deals on summer and fall merch at the Exton location. Nothing is over $100, and they’ve got $5, $10, $25, $50, $75 and $100 sale racks. The store is open until 6pm tonight, and from 10am to 6pm tomorrow. Freyboutique.com.

More sales ahead!

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