Before you start thinking I’m taking fashion cues from my kid cousin (see: backpack post from last week), hear me out; overalls are back in style, everyone! But before we dig into the playful new trend, we need to lay out some ground rules to avoid looking for a 90s Throwback Thursday photo from Insta.
Shoppists, if you’re not familiar with the Queen Village jewelry/home goods/vintage haven that is Moon & Arrow, you should make a point to visit. The vast store stocks handmade and vintage jewelry that transition from city-chic to music festival in a snap (pair this necklace with a white tee or a fringed crop top). Plus, it seems like everyone we feature in our Street Style series is a fan (see: here, here, and here) — and for good reason. Through the month of April, the boutique is treating shoppers to a spring sale. Check out the back of the store for a sweet sale selection that’s 20 to 50 percent off. Happy shopping!
- When it comes to shaving time off your a.m. routine—while still looking stylish—no one’s a better role model than a morning traffic anchor. Her tip for outfit-choosing is smart, and you should steal it. [Huffington Post]
- Curvy girls: This is your new shopping mecca. Eloquii, the Limited’s shortlived plus-size line, is back, and the story behind it is really inspiring. [Fashionista]
- Here is every look from the new Kate Moss/Topshop collection. Kate! [Never Underdressed]
You know Glen Senk. Even if you don’t think you know Glen Senk, you know him. He’s the guy who helped launch Anthropologie—the guy responsible for turning that single Wayne prototype store, which at that time didn’t sell any of its cool antique props, into a lifestyle mega-brand. He was the CEO of Urban Outfitters from 2007 until 2012. (A note: Urban’s quarterly sales have been steadily sinking since his resignation. Coincidence?) And now he’s decided that instead of leading a company, he’s going to help get many of them off the ground. Yep, this means investing—to the tune of $350 million.
Nine times out of ten, when I compliment someone on her wedding or engagement rings, I get this response: “Ugh, thanks, but it’s sooo dirty.” It’s like the jewelry version of “Oh, this old thing?” and it leads me to two questions:
1. Why the heck can’t we ever just take a compliment?
2. Why are we all walking around wearing filthy jewelry?
According to the press release, “Philadelphia has been well documented as a ‘city of makers’ entering into a renaissance of the handmade and upcycled. Philadelphia Independents is responding to this trend of customers seeking out locally sourced products and goods.”
But it’s not just another shop in the vein of Art Star/Nice Things Handmade/VIX. Not only will everything they sell be made by only local artists, but they’ll also host talks, demos and workshops. Hm. Sounds interesting. Let’s see what artists they’ll be carrying, shall we?
- They’re tempting, but so not worth it. Here’s what to avoid when you go shopping. [Refinery29]
- Time to break out more stuff in the back of your closet: Coogi sweaters—you know, those so-ugly-they’re-almost-cool knits—are back. (Also, can you believe Notorious B.I.G. wore them?) [Huffington Post]
- A contributor for The Cut (New York mag’s fashion blog) wrote an open letter to J.Crew asking for them to bring back an old swimsuit design. This is what happened. [The Cut]
Tracking Nicole Haddad as she makes a name for herself as a fashion designer has been nothing short of inspiring. Her first collections, under the name Lobo Mau, abounded with wild colors and patterns; her current spring/summer collection is peppered with harem pants, graphic leggings and a few shiny gold metallics thrown in for good measure. Trendy, cute and super-stylish, yes. Sleek and classic—something you could wear to work—not quite (see: those gold biker shorts). Still, I liked the bulk of her collection (and so did everyone else in town—at last year’s Philly Mag Shops, Haddad sold out of nearly everything she brought!).
But in this past year, Haddad’s aesthetic has matured; her pieces have become less flash-in-the-pan and more sophisticated. I recently visited her showroom at Skai Blue in Midtown Village, where she gave me a sneak peek of her fall/winter 2014 collection (which will be hitting stores in August). In a nutshell: This girl’s got it.
In retail news, big changes are in store on Chestnut Hill’s Germantown Avenue, Shoppists. We’re talking three new stores and one relocation to accommodate the bustling shopping scene. Here’s what’s on tap.
Spring’s cropping up, which means it’s almost time to break out your maxi-dress/cardigan combo. Or your capri pants/blazer combo. And then wear them. Over and over and over again. Here’s a fresh way to spin your workweek look: Invest in a whoa-bold pencil skirt (this should hit below your knees), sharpen it with a cool take on the button-down—like this zip-up cropped top, which won’t even show a sliver of skin with a higher-waisted bottom—heels that deliver a splash of color, and a metal collar necklace (which you’ll wear over top of your buttoned-up collared shirt, not underneath). You won’t wish for casual Fridays ever again.