The 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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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.
If 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.
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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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.)
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.
Let’s just call today the day of Major Retail Announcements: Word on the street is that Japanese fast-fashion retailer Uniqlo is opening up a location in the King of Prussia mall in spring/summer of this year. (This comes on the heels of our breathless-with-excitement announcement that it’s also coming to the Art Institute Building this spring.) Let’s celebrate with a list! Here, the top five reasons we’re excited about Uniqlo’s double-opening in the Philly area.
1. These down puffer coats. Be Well Philly editor Emily Leaman bought one and raves about it every single day. “It is shockingly thin and shockingly warm,” she says. I’ve felt it: It’s the softest thing ever.
2. These cashmere hooded sweaters. The most perfect weekend loungewear ever.
3. Adorable button-downs like this one. And I don’t even like button-downs.
4. This! Squee.
5. Novak Djokovic. Since he is the brand’s ambassador, perhaps they’ll get him to come in for the grand opening! (And then maybe he’ll bring Roger Federer along, and the whole city will be imbued with tennis hotness.)
French fries are deeply embedded in our nation’s culinary palette. From greasy fast food side dishes to the ultimate snack at baseball games, it doesn’t get much more all-American than a bucket of fries.
But Shoo Fry, which just opened last week in the King of Prussia Mall transforms the ordinary side-dish into a full-fledged meal. Some of their wacky (but awesome?) combos include Pig & The Giant Peach (pulled Pork, Apple-Carrot Slaw topped with Peach-Ginger Sauce), Bad Apple (diced Granny Smith apples, caramelized onions, bacon & cheddar cheese) and Shoo Fly Pie Fries (fresh Pie Crust crumbles topped with super “Sweetie” sauce). Or you can go traditional “naked” fries (clothes are optional).
And this Thursday you can celebrate Christmas in July with a FREE chili cheese fry giveaway from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (no purchase necessary). If you do check them out, please report back on how strawberries and potatoes go together.
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Shoo Fry is located on the 2nd floor of the Plaza at King of Prussia Mall, near the Sears.