Here Are the 7 Most Wildly Expensive Pieces From the H&M x Balmain Collection

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Money, money, money, money. (Psst: The bottom two jackets are for the boys.) | Images via Fashionista.

The latest H&M designer collaboration – this time with Balmain – is causing a splash, as they always do. But this time it’s for the prices as much as it is for the sparkle, shimmer and second-skin fit. (Balmain’s creative director, Olivier Rousteing, often dresses the Kardashian clan, if that helps paint a picture for you.) Of the 109-piece collection, six pieces ring in at over $500. Nine are over $300, and the bulk of the collection is in the $200-$300 range.

Here’s the problem, though: All of it smacks of Kardashian. And not good Kardashian (Kendall), but bad Kardashian (Kris). While I want to imagine that metallic pink dress worn effortlessly with, say, a pair of coolly clashy heels (Sophia Webster, perhaps?) or pulled off with good ol’ badassery (Rihanna), I imagine Kris Jenner being poured into it and, well, it’s ruined. Same goes for the dress at the top left corner above. And, sigh, this green sequined one, which I fear only Kate Moss could carry off, with her trademark mussed rocker-chick swagger. While Jourdan Dunn and Gigi Hadid can pull off that draped red satin miniskirt ($99) with aplomb, many of us can’t – and shouldn’t.  Read more »

Cheer! Omoi Zakka Shop Is Opening a Sister Store in Old City


Liz and her team outside of the Rittenhouse shop; (inset) a teaser pic from the shop’s Instagram account. | Photos via Omoi Zakka Shop and Instagram.

Old City has lately been abuzz with exciting retail developments (Meadowsweet Mercantile and the changes over at Scout Salvage, to name a few).  Now there’s another one to look out for this fall. Drumroll: Our feel-good friends over at Omoi Zakka Shop in Rittenhouse are opening up a sister shop, Select Shop 215, on 3rd Street at the end of October.

The still-in-the-works space is twice as big as the Pine Street location, which means more room for owner Liz Sieber’s well-curated collection of thoughtful Japanese gifts and little luxuries. Select Shop 215 will feature an expanded collection of men’s and women’s accessories, apothecary and home goods, alongside Omoi Zakka Shop’s best-sellers. Sieber also told us that she’s planning on launching several new lines throughout the fall and holiday season. We couldn’t be more excited.  Read more »

Scout Salvage in Old City Closing to Make Room for Cool ‘Boutique Collective’


Before + after. | Photos via me (!) and N3rd Collective Instagram.

Scout Salvage is one of the quirkier stores along North 3rd Street (also called N3rd Street, a marketing move that reminds me of Pharrell’s band and this song, which – random Monday night fun fact! – has a music video featuring Randy Quaid. Who knew?). If you haven’t been there, think of a flea market/vintage shop, and check out my handy Instagram photo above. Cute, right? Well, it’s about to get even better.  Read more »

Shop Talk: 4 Style Tricks to Copy Right Now

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Rethink the way you accessorize for a new fall look. | Shutterstock.

  • Adopting fall’s new trends doesn’t necessarily mean a full closet overhaul. These four inexpensive styling tricks will instantly update your look now: 1) Skinny scarf! Get one and knot loosely around your neck. 2) Wear a belt over your sweater/dress/jacket and loop the end in a knot á la Olivia Palermo. 3) Wrap a strip of fabric around your neck as a choker. 4) Pile on the brooches! [The Zoe Report]
  • Things aren’t looking so great for the controversy-courting King of Unitards. American Apparel has filed for bankruptcy, after five consecutive years of losses which total $338 million. Last year, the company fired founder Dov Charney, who warned that the business would crash if they ousted him. Charney’s hoping someone will buy the company out of bankruptcy and let him run it, but there are a few speed-bumps to that plan, namely the existence of a computer server filled with Charney’s personal porn collection and nude photos of him. Vom. [Business Insider]

Next: Rick Owens features human backpacks at his spring 2016 runway show.

Sad Retail News: Armour Men’s Boutique Has Closed

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Armour’s former digs.

Well, here’s some sad news to kick off the week: Armour, the nearly two-year-old menswear boutique, has closed. The shop was one of a handful of great men’s stores to flood the scene back in 2013; ToBox, Totem and Suitsupply all opened brick-and-mortars, filling a sorely needed gap in our retail landscape.  Read more »

Market Report: Eek! These 10 Madewell Sandals Have Been Recalled


The 10 Madewell sandals on recall. | Images via Madewell.

  • Shoe news: These 10 Madewell sandals are on major recall for the health threats they pose. The company has recalled over 50,000 pairs after numerous complaints of a metal shank dislodging and breaking through the bottom of the sandal. Ouch. [New York Times]
  • Speaking of could-be threatening shoes, the thigh-high boot trend is big for fall.Here’s a primer on how to wear them IRL, as demonstrated by five real (read: not model-tall) women. [Glamour]
  • Remember Bebe, mecca of tiny, tight club dresses? Well, the brand is seriously revamping its party-girl image for a more polished vibe. Think less Paris Hilton, more #GirlBoss CEO.  And now we officially feel old. [WhoWhatWear]

Up next: Your everything guide to thrift-shopping like a pro.

A Guide to All the Stores Coming to Philly This Fall


Skirt, Rikumo and Bloomingdale’s. | Images via Skirt, Jauhien Sasnou and Shutterstock.

If August has felt a bit sleepy, it’s because the city is ramping up for what’s looking to be a jam-packed fall. There’s the Pope in September. The Eagles season opener on September 14th.  And the Dalai Lama in October. But the buzz isn’t limited to major visitors and football. Our city’s retail scene is also shaking up this fall, thanks to a flock of new stores coming to town. Here’s a handy preview of the shops you’ll soon see in Philly, and when to expect them. Consider it the city’s new class of taste-makers.  Read more »

Awesome Retail News: Shop Sixty Five Is Opening in Center City in September


Shop Sixty Five’s soon-to-open Center City location. | Photo via Google Maps.

The latest boutique to make the move to the city? Shop Sixty Five, which currently has two suburban locations (one in Doylestown and a newer outpost in Gladwyne). Owner Linda Bidlo confirmed in an email that she’s closing her Main Line location for Rittenhouse digs.

The boutique is slated to open at 1921 Walnut Street on September 1st. (You might remember this spot as the former location of Atelier Rittenhouse, which closed its doors last month.) Add it to your shopping roster, along with neighboring newbie Skirt, which is opening its third location at 212 South 17th Street in September. Welcome to the neighborhood, guys!

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