Retail News: Atelier Rittenhouse Is Closing; Hosting Blowout Sale


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.

Market Report: 6 Must-Follow Rules for Wearing High Heels With Shorts

Use these pics as your guide. | Fashion Vibe, Pinterest, Sincerely Jules,

Use these pics as your guide. | Fashion Vibe, Pinterest, Sincerely Jules and De-Smitten.

  • 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]

Up next: The Army is getting a whole new uniform look.

Market Report: This Is Taylor Swift’s Favorite Red Lipstick

Lip service. | Shutterstock.

  • Beauty news: Taylor Swift, queen of the red lip, has revealed her favorite lipstick: Ruby Woo by M.A.C. The best part? It’s only $16. [Hollywood Life]
  • Macy’s — which carries Trump fragrances and clothing — has ditched Donald Trump after his comments about Mexican immigrants. [Fashionista]
  • This is J.Crew’s most hated sweater, and the cause of the company’s latest scandal. In fact, the company blames this sweater for 175 layoffs. Yes, all because of a crewneck. [Editd]

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10 Best Fashion Buys at Century 21’s Major Clearance Sale


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 »

A Sneak Peek of King of Prussia Mall’s In-Progress Expansion


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.

Market Report: 10 Fashion Items Every 30-Year-Old Woman Should Own


The closet upgrades every 30something needs. | Shutterstock.

  • One gorgeous set of lingerie, one great cashmere sweater, one classic trench and seven other things every stylish woman should own by the age 30. (Don’t have something? Get shopping!) [The Zoe Report]
  • Crazy shakeups in the fashion world: Donna Karan has stepped down as the chief designer of the company. The brand has suspended production of its runway shows and collections. [WWD]
  • And Nike founder Phil Knight has stepped down as the brand’s chairman. Someone’s got big sneakers to fill. [Fashionista]

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Market Report: How a Fashion Editor Shops on a Budget


Savvy style. | Shutterstock.

  • Yep, a former Condé Nast fashion editor shops the sale racks. Here are her secrets to scoring the best, affordable fashion finds. Tip 1: Ignore seasons and don’t be a complete fabric snob. [WhoWhatWear]
  • Jessica Simpson is planning to open freestanding boutiques for her billion-dollar eponymous fashion empire, which is now sold at stores like Macy’s and Dillard’s. [US Weekly]
  • Okay, this is amazing: Marilyn Manson took to a Reddit AMA on Friday to divulge his makeup routine. Shocker: He really knows his brands. [Styleite]

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9 Selfies of the Movers and Shakers of Philly’s Style Scene


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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The 6 Most Ridiculous Things in Free People’s Home Collection (Including a $68 Stick)


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 »

Market Report: The Crazy Truth Behind Trying to Buy a Hermès Birkin Bag


Well-loved It Bags. | Shutterstock.

  • Yes, trying to buy a Birkin is just as crazy as you think it is. (Think two-year waiting lists, sales associates determining whether or not you’re “deserving.”) [Racked]
  • Coming this fall: Project Runway for teens! Lifetime’s new spinoff of the design competition will focus on aspiring designers between the ages of 14 and 17. (Yep, Tim Gunn is still co-hosting.) [Fashionista]
  • Rebecca Minkoff is dipping her toe into the athleisure game with a collection of workout basics like sports bras, leggings, tanks and gym bags, set to launch in August. [Well + Good]

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