KOP Becomes the Montreal of Malls

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When a co-worker first heard that the King of Prussia Mall would be expanding, she wrote, via chat, “WHY IS KING OF PRUSSIA EXPANDING??? IT’S ALREADY LIKE 55 MILES WORTH OF SHOPPING. I can’t.” This was a legitimate response, especially for those of us with credit card debt.

But the expansion isn’t just about shopping. It’s also about warmth, since one must now go outside to walk between the two malls, The Court and The Plaza. The expansion will make the entire site fully enclosed. For renderings and details, go here.

King of Prussia Mall Unveils Expansion Plans

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The owner of the King of Prussia Mall unveiled its expansion plans yesterday. Simon Property Group announced details and showed off renderings of the already-underway expansion that will connect the two malls at King of Prussia, The Court and The Plaza.

The 155,000-square-foot expansion, which will be fully enclosed, is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2016. The mall will also add a new parking garage “with speed ramps, space location technology and valet service.”

Click here for renderings.

There Was a Fire at the King of Prussia Mall This Morning

A kiosk on the lower level of the King of Prussia mall caught fire this morning. Firefighters put out the early-morning electrical fire at a kiosk right outside the food court, near J.C. Penney and Sears, about 20 minutes after arriving.

Per a blog hosted by the KOP fire company, firefighters were dispatched at 5:20 a.m.

But did this interrupt people’s shopping? Of course not: The mall opened on time at 10 today. Though there was expected to be a delay, even food court restaurants opened on time.

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Rag & Bone Boutique Pops Up In Nordstrom King of Prussia

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Some of the looks you can score at Nordstrom ‘s Rag & Bone pop-in shop at the King of Prussia location.

We first introduced you to Nordstrom’s pop-up shop series last month, when the King of Prussia location carved out a space for cool LA-based boutique Poketo. Well, they’re at it again, and this time, I have a feeling you’re going to freak out.

On Friday, Nordstrom KOP opened its latest “Pop-In Shop” store—quite literally a mini shop within the department store—featuring Rag & Bone, maker of magic leg-lengthening skinny pants, cobbler of urban-warrior boots, designer of the most casually cool things in your closet.

See the offerings here.

UNIQLO Now Planning Four Area Stores

UNIQLOThe extremely trendy and fairly inexpensive clothing retailer UNIQLO is invading the region: first, a store opened in the King of Prussia Mall. Then stores were announced for Center City’s Chestnut Street and the Willow Grove Park Mall. Now, Shoppist reports that the Tokyo-based company is coming to South Jersey as well, to the Cherry Hill Mall:

A rep confirms that the store will open on September 26th, just a week before the October 3rd opening at 1608 Chestnut Street. It will be on the main level, sandwiched between a Bath & Body Works and an Abercrombie & Fitch. If you’re counting, this is four UNIQLO stores to open region in less than a year. World domination next? (Or maybe just Delaware.)

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Kate Moss for Topshop is Coming to KOP This Month

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How to dress like Kate Moss, in three very easy steps: 1. Be besties with pretty much every single designer on earth. 2. Travel the world and scour every amazing vintage shop you find. 3. Buy her eponymous clothing line for Topshop, which—and here’s the news—launches at the Nordstrom in KOP on Wednesday, April 30th.

Her spring/summer 2014 collection for Topshop is actually pretty impressive (unlike the vast amount of celeb lines—see: pretty much every clothing line mentioned here). Prices range from $90 (a paisley scarf) to $690 (a bias-cut satin maxi dress, that nods to this vintage Dior one she wore to the Met gala). Check out the bulk of the collection below (my favorite is the second piece), and be sure to get to Nordstrom early on the 30th: Customers who spend $150 or more in-store receive a limited-edition Kate Moss for Topshop tote bag, and the first 50 customers to make a purchase will score “extra swag” in their totes. (Can’t make it? The line will also be available at Nordstrom.com.)

Click here to see pieces from the collection.

TLC’s “What Not to Wear” Star Carmindy is Debuting a Makeup Line at King of Prussia

Carmindy-MarqueeIf you watched TLC’s What Not to Wear,  you know Carmindy. The bubbly makeup artist has a way of creating quick, natural looks that look polished and fresh. (That’s not an easy thing to nail.) Now that you can’t score a sesh with her on the show (the last episode aired this past August, sigh), you’ve got even more reason to scope out her new beauty line, which she’s launching exclusively at Soft Surroundings on Thursday.

Click here for the details.

Video: Mega Malls and High-End Malls Are Doing Just Fine, Thank You

Solar powered Shake Shack opens in King of Prussia.

An outpost of the New York-based trendy burger chain Shake Shack opened at the King of Prussia Mall last year — with a solar panel-covered roof.

Since 2007, 400 malls in the U.S. have closed. Now comes the filing of bankruptcy protection from both Quiznos and Sbarro, and that’s after the partial demise of mall anchor tenants like JC Penney and Sears. From Yahoo Finance:

A decade ago there were more than 1,100 enclosed shopping malls in the U.S. Since then more than 400 have either been “re-purposed” or closed outright. No new malls have been completed since at least 2009.

Onetime mall devotees like Shoppist editor Emily Goulet are now mall escapees. Of the Oxford Valley Mall, she writes:

It’s dirty. It’s depressing. …The quality of stores has gone down, way down… The stores that remain need a facelift, too. Dressing rooms are in desperate need of a paint job, racks are horrifically disorganized, and everyone just looks like they want to go home. Even the clothes, which sag limply from hangers and hang off the arms of chipped mannequins that look like they’re from about 1987.

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Uniqlo Opens Pop-Up Shop at King of Prussia Mall Tomorrow

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Photo via Uniqlo.

We first reported on the opening of a Uniqlo store in KOP back in January (the announcement came a few months after it was confirmed that they were opening a flagship store at 1608 Chestnut Street). The King of Prussia store officially opens in May, but you can get a sneak peek of the Japanese ‘fast-fashion’ collection now: A Uniqlo pop-up shop, well, is popping up tomorrow at the King of Prussia mall. The temporary shop will feature a rotating selection of Uniqlo apparel, including the men’s loungewear collection AIRism, men’s selvedge denim, and the amazingly stretchy women’s jeans.

The shop is open through April 27th. (The permanent spot opens on Friday, May 16th.)

This Is The New Statement Necklace: Anne Fontaine’s White Collar

Photograph by David Ohl

Photograph by David Ohl

Meet the new statement necklace. It doesn’t sparkle or shine, and you can’t describe it in terms of carats or clarity. It’s the epitome of French restraint, and the work of Paris-based designer Anne Fontaine. She’s elevated the menswear staple to couture-level perfection with impeccable lines rendered in crisp cotton voile. Pair it with an LBD or, better yet, a sharply tailored tuxedo-style suit, for a look that’s far more ballroom than boardroom. Robinson collar, $250 at Anne Fontaine, King of Prussia.

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