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Letter from the Editor-in-Chief: Fall 2016

By Kristin Detterline | August 10, 2016 | People National

The latest from Philadelphia Style's Editor-in-Chief, Kristin Detterline.


From left: With Christie Mandia at our annual Best of Style event at the Kimmel Center; judging the most stylish hats at Ladies Day at the Devon Horse Show with Adam Joseph and Michael Smyth; with artist Meg Saligman at the re-dedication of her Spring Garden Street mural, Our Flag Unfurled.

The summer is behind us and I couldn’t be happier. It sounds crazy but hear me out. Besides stealing away to enjoy the positively sublime beach weather post-Labor Day, September signals the return of fall fashion. That means cashmere, knee-high boots, and an excuse to buy yet another pair of jeans.

It’s an especially exciting time in Philadelphia thanks to a retail boom the likes of which we haven’t seen for some time. Diane von Furstenberg, Carolina Herrera, Jimmy Choo, Robert Graham, and MCM are just some of the big-name designers planting their fashion flags at the King of Prussia Mall’s multi-million- dollar new wing.

Wharton grad Stuart Weitzman is opening a store there, too, just three years after his Center City boutique. Beyond the mall, notable names in the national lifestyle sphere have joined the fray: you can now pedal your problems away at SoulCycle, get a Blake Lively-inspired blowout at Drybar, and embrace the return of carbs at Scarpetta, an Italian dining export right out of Miami and New York.

Not to be outdone, Philly notables Kate Egan and Brian Kappra have both debuted luxury gift boutiques. All of this grand-opening action translates to an even stronger local economy and further raises the city’s profile as a place to do business.

But with every new shop, restaurant, or salon, we gain one more ambassador for the city. I don’t know about you but I’m thrilled to be on the same cheerleading squad as the eternally chic DVF. Happy shopping!

Photography by: photography by al b. (mandia); SuSan Scovill (joSeph); andre Flewellen (Saligman)