Atelier Rittenhouse’s lovely interior. | Facebook.
It was good while it lasted, which, unfortunately, was hardly long enough: Atelier Rittenhouse is closing up shop.
The boutique — located in a gorgeous, if far too large, brownstone just off the square — is closing, owner Sharla Floyd confirmed in an email to me today. Open since this past November, the shop carried hard-to-find, ultra-luxe lines (Misha Nonoo, Katie Ermilio, Cushnie et Ochs) alongside work by female artists, primarily from PAFA. Floyd, who admitted to me that the store was a tad too spacious during a recent visit, said that she is planning to look for a smaller space. Meanwhile, she will continue to update her online store throughout the summer with artwork and a few home lines. Tip: Blowout sale on apparel.
- Wearing high heels with shorts can be tricky territory. Follow these rules (the biggie: avoid pairing super-short shorts with super-high heels) to nail the look. [WhoWhatWear]
- Sad news: Burt Shavitz, the bearded, retired beekeeper who founded cosmetic empire Burt’s Bees, died over the weekend at age 80. The story of his life — much of which he spent living in a cabin in Maine with no heat or running water — is fascinating. [WWD]
- Today marks the debut of Cupcakes and Cashmere blogger Emily Schuman’s first clothing collection. Shop it here. [Shopbop]
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My secret to scoring amazing designer clothes and accessories is shopping smart. This means keeping an eye on sales, taking the time to scour clearance sections, and buying swimwear even if it’s in the dead of winter. The sale I’m shopping now? Century 21’s huge clearance event, which runs through this month. You’ll get up to 75 percent off major high-end brands (Pucci, Badgley Mischka, Ann Demeuelemeester, Dolce & Gabbana) and minor-league players (Vince Camuto, Jessica Simpson). I’ve pared down the hundreds of items to my 10 faves. Here, the best of the best. Read more »
Behold, the new corridor that connects the Plaza and the Court. | Emily Goulet.
Yesterday, I put on my hard hat (see proof of this below) and took a tour of the King of Prussia Mall’s huge new — and very much still under construction — expansion. Set to be completed in August of 2016, the plan is to connect the Plaza and the Court via a 170,000-square-foot pavilion that will house 50 additional retailers and a new dining pavilion.
“Why is this amazing shopping center two shopping centers?” said David Contis, president of Simon Property Group, to the small crowd of press that gathered outside the construction site yesterday. “Because no one could figure it out. Could we possibly build [a connector]? It would have to go through a road, a parking lot, connect two department stores and be built entirely in the air.” the answer: Yes, but with a lot of manpower (over 400 contractors are working on the project), steel (5,000 tons), pipes (38,000 feet of them). New retailer info here.
Some people have made a living taking selfies (cough, Kim Kardashian). Others have made a living doing far more interesting things (chefs, fashion designers, pro-surfers). For our August issue, we reached out to the latter, and persuaded them to give us their best Kim K. The result? Seventy-five selfies, each an intimate peek at the behind-the-scenes lives of Philly notables.
Some selfies were cute (Congressman Bob Brady with his tiny great-granddaughter); some were sexy (um, did you see the cover?); some were not sexy (the Geator in a Speedo); and some were hilarious (Fergie Carey in fur, lamé and sunglasses I actually think I own, too). Below are pics from Philly’s style and shopping scene; check out the entire roundup — including that Geator Speedo — here.
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These sticks are for sale. | Free People.
Every summer, my style veers off into bohemia, probably the last vestiges of my semi-hippie college self. It’s when I wear the two Free People items of clothing I own — a high-neck, sheer wisp of a dress and a lacy slip I layer with everything. But even though I can appreciate the store’s dreamy, summer-perfect clothes, I cannot forgive them their absolutely insane home collection, which seems like a huge joke they’re playing on us, laughing in their Navy Yard offices while we spend $28 on a bag of nails. Here are the six most ridiculous items in their decor lineup. Read more »