October 5, 2012
The weather is still for the most part warm and sunny (have you been outside today?), but fall is undoubtably here.
One great element of this season: the chance to revel in the rich fashion trends of fall.
Thankfully, Philadelphia’s boutiques and retailers have all the popular runway trends en masse. Here’s a list of some of this season’s top trends, along with where in the city you can purchase them. Get shopping.
• Smak Parlour: This adorable Old City boutique owned and operated by two equally adorable Philly girls, Kate and Abby, know all the coolest trends and have them for prices that any gal can afford. Be sure to check out this current trend:
Interesting Collars: The fall runways were full of dresses and tops embellished with cute contrasting collars. Add one if your top doesn’t have it. Like Smak Parlour’s faux leather collar that snaps right on ($22).
• Vagabond: This is an Old City oldie but goodie. With a slant towards minimalism, Vagabond carries a great blend of new and vintage. Presently you can find this trend:
Gray: Over the past few years, gray has become a staple in fall wardrobes. This season, the starkness of this cool neutral is offset by the way designers are using it — in draped, soft, figure-flattering jersey silhouettes. As in Vagabond’s loose-fitting jumper with frayed fringe by Black Crane ($155).
• Lost + Found: One of N. 3rd Street’s best boutiques, Lost + Found carries clothing and accessories for both men and women. The shop tends to march to the beat of their own drum, but you’ll find this trend there now:
Boho Chic: The Boho look is still around. You can find items head-to-toe at Lost + Found to finish your bohemian rhapsody. Check out, in particular, the dresses, scarves, earrings and handbags.
• Three Sirens: Another Old City favorite where women “fall in love with their wardrobe again.” They carry this big autumnal trend:
Sweaters: Everybody loves to snuggle up in a sweater when the temperature drops. Take delight in Three Sirens’ Striped Boyfriend Cardigan with metallic threading ($125).
• Third Street Habit: This high-end boutique at the northern tip of Old City carries hip, ready-to-wear designers like Isabel Marant, Whetherly, James Pearse and Velvet. Look for this fall trend here:
Black and White Prints: Black and white is always a classic combination. This season, however, it gets spruced up a bit with an all-over print. Like on the Starlight Print Dress by Graham & Spencer ($298).
• Sugarcube®: Old City’s spacious and inviting Sugarcube® celebrates modern innovation while honoring classic design. They showcase inspired American and International fashions, as well as timeless vintage. No ensemble is fully complete without a scent, making colognes and perfumes bigger than ever:
Scents: Outscent™ by Jao is a combination of grapefruit, fir needle, patchouli and other wood oils that lends well with other scents too, especially jasmine or sandalwood. Spritz it liberally on coats, scarves and sweaters in the fall or winter. It can even be used as a bug repellant (DEET free).
• Joan Shepp: It’s the grande dame of Philadelphia boutiques. You’ll find all the top designers in the world right here at this Walnut Street staple. No need to even research the big trends of the season, because Joan Shepp has done the homework for you. For instance:
Wine: It’s not just for happy hour anymore. Wines and burgundys are the colors for Fall 2012. Joan Shepp has plenty of items in these deep and powerful hues, like the studded wedge leather bootie by See By Chloe ($415) and the 31 Minute Bag, a smooth leather zip clutch by 3.1 Phillip Lam ($450).
• Stadler-Kahn: Rittenhouse Square’s brand new textiles and design shop, Stadler-Kahn, is an “elevated five & dime” stocking gifts, vintage objects, fine art and more.
Patterned scarves: Designed by Alexander Stadler and manufactured with the finest Italian merino wool, Stadler scarves are a luxury no Philadelphia woman should go without (around $200).
• Scarlet Fiorella: This Midtown Village gem carries apparel, accessories and gifts for women and children. Pop into the boutique on S. 13th Street to see the latest for fall, like:
Peplum: This flared waistline is on everything from dresses to blouses to blazers. Scarlet Fiorella has two dresses with this look — the Faith Dress and the Obsession Dress, both by Stop Staring, both $170.
• Arcadia Boutique: Perennial favorite Arcadia, with locations in both Northern Liberties and Rittenhouse Square, is an eco-fashion boutique and lifestyle destination for all styles.
The new animal print: Arcadia’s stocking brand new Kerisma sweaters, emblazoned with a variety of graphic animal shapes in a soft mix of acrylic, angora and cashmere ($78).
• SWAG Boutique: SWAG Boutique on N. 2nd Street is a homegrown shop that features whimsical and handmade gifts made by local artisans. In addition to the local artist items, they carry innovative kitchenware, home decor and gifts for all ages.
Geometric jewelry: Jewelry’s going tribal this fall with hard lines and hardware. SWAG has you covered with artisan-designed jewelry, at the rice price point, including the Tribal Print Pendant Set ($24.99)
• Adorn by Sarah Lewis: Super trendy Adorn Boutique is located on super trendy Frankford Avenue in Fishtown. Owner Sarah Lewis sells her own line at Adorn (among other companies) and curates her collection along with work from other artists and designers, imported fair trade goods and a stunning array of crystals and minerals. One trend she’s on top of:
Turquoise: Turquoise jewelry never goes out out of style. Pick up Sarah’s turquoise arrow ring ($128) and match it with virtually everything.