Express Comes to King of Prussia
The sleek new store opens with a catwalk-style design.
September 05, 2011
The King of Prussia Mall is now home to a new Express. The lifestyle brand chose the existing location to unveil a revamped store concept, an experience dreamed up by Japanese design firm Wonderwall, responsible for projects like Tokyo’s ultra-sleek Marc Jacobs boutique. The King of Prussia store’s massive 13,000 square feet is the ideal space for the launch of the modern, sophisticated new design. “We wanted to create a much more elevated space,” says Michele La Grego, Express’s senior vice president of Visual and Store Design. “Wonderwall hasn’t done much in the US, and fresh and innovative designs in American malls is something very compelling to us.” Sleek black wood and mirrored walls reflect the runway-esque track lighting; unfinished textural materials like hardwood and concrete floors are juxtaposed with velvet curtains and Carrera marble. King of Prussia Mall
Slip into fall with rich shades of luxurious velvet.
August 24, 2011
The art of velvet weaving has been around for centuries. Traditionally associated with the dressings of nobility, the smooth textile is undergoing a renaissance this fall. The season’s velvet soles are rich in color and style, so allow the majestic surroundings of Center City to inspire your look by dressing up in one of these plush wedges.
Runway to Real Way Fall Hair
A bevy of everyday styles for your hair, straight from the runway in a salon near you
August 24, 2011
For Philadelphia’s top stylists, finding inspiration for the season’s best looks for hair was easy. All they had to do was survey the fall runways. From shiny, rich hair color at Diane von Furstenberg to texturized, wavy tresses at Peter Som, there was an abundance of sophisticated everyday cuts, color and styles.
Stephen Falvo, owner of Art + Science (4259 Main St.; artplusscience .com), says that monochromatic runway fashions were set off by bold hues. “Reds are redder, blondes blonder and brunettes darker,” says Falvo. “Rich colors are everywhere.” Highlights run the gamut from subtle to tone-on-tone, so streak away. One of the newest color lines in Philly is Italian brand Baco by Kaaral, which Giovanni & Pileggi (256 S. 16th St.; giovanni pileggi.com) owner Giovanni Mele describes as “the best thing since Wonder Bread.” Says Mele: “It casts a shine, and the silkiness is phenomenal.” In addition, the low-grade ammonia solution is gentle on hair and doesn’t open up the cuticle as much as more potent products.
Dee Levin, director of hair color at Salon Norman-Dee (2550 Grant Ave.; salonnormandee.com), attributes changes in the hair industry to fashion powerhouse Lady Gaga. “Gaga is setting the trends because she shows that hair color can interpret different personalities,” says Levin, whose Northeast salon will be relocating across the boulevard later this month, to a more ecoconscious space. “The color that a person wears is an expression of their personality. Our Center City and South Street clients want to be looked over, not overlooked.” Gaga’s light platinum blonde is one of Salon Norman-Dee’s most requested hues, according to Levin.
While teased tresses with lots of height were hot on the runway, Oggi Salon and Spa (1700 Locust St.; oggisalonandspa.com) stylist Cynthia Peditto says people are also asking for big waves. “A lot of people are embracing natural texture despite the keratin trend,” she says. “Philadelphia has always been more conservative, less daring with hair—I could see some people doing a loose pullback and just brushing it out a little at the bottom.” The result: runway edge with everyday wearability.
Mele has also spotted “messier” styles around town, a look easily achieved with a few long hairpins to complete a textural look. “Section your hair an inch apart,” says Mele. “Take a piece of foil, put a few tissues in the middle and roll into a tube. Then take the hair, put a tissue at the end, and begin rolling the hair around the tube. Twist the ends together, hit it with a hair dryer, let it cool down, unroll, and you have the messy wave look. This styling trick is great if you’re ever stuck somewhere without your curling iron.”
Along with loose waves, Kathryn Picraux of Privé Salon (5 E. Butler Pike, Ambler; privesalonps.com) notes that blunt bangs and the “lob”—a long bob—are back, with stars like Gwyneth Paltrow and Anne Hathaway chopping locks into these trendsetting styles. “People come in just to get bangs,” says Oggi’s Peditto, who notes straight-across, asymmetrical and side-swept fringes are in high demand. “It’s an instant change.”
Falvo also sees cuts morphing alongside specific fashion movements: “Styles are going long and natural following the ’70s looks, while crops were all the rage following the biker-inspired trend.” For formal occasions, updos are becoming more au naturel, according to Jay Michael of Jay Michael Salon and Spa (1600 Arch St.; jaymichael.com). “Still a lot of twists—nothing too lacquered, stiff, teased and sprayed,” he says. His newest location, inside The Phoenix, comes with a primping perk for residents—hairdressers can be booked for in-room styling sessions.
Brandy Davila, owner of Salon Tenshi (537 N. 10th St.; salontenshi.com), has noticed strong parts coming back. “People are doing subtle parts or high combovers; they aren’t trying to hide their parts as much,” she says. Parts are falling in the center and on the sides, in styles that are either left down or pulled back. If you are concerned about baring your scalp, try Salon Tenshi’s Ultimate Scalp and Hair Treatment. The nearly hour-long service makes hair feels cleaner, shinier and visibly healthy. “It removes any impurities from the hair that causes breakage and dryness,” says Davila.
Inside Look: Gap’s 1969 Collection
The denim mega-brand greets fall shoppers with new fabrics, designs and a peek inside its L.A. design studio.
August 05, 2011
FROM LEFT: Women's corduroy legging in rust ($59.95); Men's slim trouser in dolphin grey ($69.95); Women's high-rise pintuck trouser ($79.95)
With its new 1969 Collection ad campaign, Gap is giving shoppers a documentary film-style glimpse at the inner workings of its downtown Los Angeles design studio. The campaign’s debut video (launched Monday on gap.com) tours the nerve center of the L.A. design studio, christened the Pico Creative Loft. Starring Gap’s creative team of designers and merchants, the short film—dubbed 1969: LA and Beyond—hones in on the team’s creative process, the brand’s evolving designs and how Gap denim is worn in different cities. In itself, the 1969 collection is an evolution which begins with traditional jeans and moves on to include stretch leggings in fun patterns, corduroys in splashy colors, tailored dress shirts and jackets and other revamped denim designs.
J Brand’s Digital Revolution
The brand’s new website makes shopping from your computer anything but a solo mission.
July 25, 2011
J Brand just upped the ante for its fashion forward and social media-inclined shoppers. Visitors to the brand’s revamped website can now virtually try on clothes, get opinions from their friends and inspire people all over the world with their sense of style. The new site is filled with denim recommendations for various body types and features enhanced photography and zoom options from all angles. Perhaps the most exciting innovation is the ability to share virtual ensembles with followers and friends on Twitter and Facebook for feedback. Also new are style notes from top fashion experts such as NYLON editor-at-large, stylist and girl about town Dani Stahl, Esquire fashion editor and stylist Nic Screws and L.A. stylist of Rachel ZoeProject fame Brad Goreski. Style inspiration photos and guest blogs from contributors such as Song of Style’s Aimee Song add to the shopping and style spotting experience on the new site. And the new J World page allows visitors to upload personal style snapshots as well as browse photographs posted by others, which are seemingly endless in numbers and sartorial inspiration.
The New Barber In Town
Philly Bloke grooms the dapper dudes on the Main Line.
April 28, 2011
South Jersey barber Eric DeBella has packed his shears and moved to Paoli to open Philly Bloke, a modern men's salon with an old school vibe. Enjoy a beer on the house while DeBella and his apprentice tend to your cut, clean-up, beard trim or neck grooming. 123 E. Lancaster Ave., Paoli
Product Pick: Yarok Hair
Get runway style with a green sensibility.
April 13, 2011
On the heels of opening The Yarok Beauty Kitchen in New York City, editorial and runway hair guru Mordechai Alvow introduces Yarok Hair, a line of styling products which incorporate natural, organic ingredients like olive oil, beet root and black currant extract that your hair will eat right up. Born in Israel, Alvow modifies traditional Turkish formulas to create high-performance hair serum, volumizing mousse, leave-in conditioner and non-aerosol hair spray. And though he is committed to an earth-friendly approach, style and results remain fundamental: “Creating those glamorous looks, that’s what I’m all about,” says Alvow. “These days you can use organic ingredients and natural products and achieve runway looks.” Terrain at Styer’s, 914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills
Openings: Arcadia Boutique
Owner Ali McCloud chose Rittenhouse Square for the second outpost of her popular boutique.
March 02, 2011
After three years of delivering fashion-forward, sustainable style to Northern Liberties, Ali McCloud has launched a sister location of Arcadia Boutique. The Rittenhouse follow-up is stocked with chic, under-the-radar lines such as Stewart + Brown, Feral Childe and Kelly Lane, covetable labels like Lauren Moffatt and Frock! by Tracy Reese and edgy Italian jewelry by Iosselliani. There’s also a second floor stocked with home accents and gifts, including artesian soy candles by Himalayan Trading Post and gift-worthy coffee table books. Rittenhouse Square, 265 S. 20th St.
Star Colorist: Kathryn Picraux
If going blonde is on the agenda, a stop by Picraux’s Privé Salon is essential.
March 01, 2011
Owner and hair stylist Kathryn Picraux, whose résumé includes stints at New York’s Toni & Guy Academy and celebrity styling at the Grammys, brings her expertise to Montgomery County via Privé Salon. Best known for her color work, Picraux skillfully weaves blonde highlights and hues so natural-looking, they’d make even Jennifer Aniston jealous. 5 E. Butler Pike, Ambler.
We’re smitten with Bella Turka’s ornately crafted statement rings.
March 01, 2011
Worldly, sophisticated jewelry from Istanbul, Tel Aviv, New York City and Miami designers is available at Liberty Place’s new, independently owned shop Bella Turka, along with gifts and home accents. The selection of handmade Ottoman-and Byzantine inspired jewelry will make you swoon. 1625 Chestnut St.
PHOTOGRAPH BY CHRISTOPHER GABELLO