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21 Shops to Follow on Instagram; Taste of Paris in Old City

Welcome to On the Racked, a roundup of the top fashion and retail news of the week from our sister site, Racked Philly.
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PHILADELPHIA — Facebook's fine for checking in with estranged high school classmates, but we all know that Instagram is really where it's at. These 21 Philly shops agree, flooding their feeds with photos of brand-new store arrivals supplemented by sale info and breaking store news.

PHILADELPHIA — Sure, you could just head out to the KOP Mall, but for Racked Philly's map of the city's best shoe shopping, they put the focus on Philly's independent footwear boutiques.

OLD CITY — The French florist of your pink peony-picking fantasies is coming to North Third Street next week. Owned by Vincent and Claudia Roux, Petit Jardin En Ville will offer a full menu of floral design services, plus chic imported garden wares from France. Ooh la la!

CENTER CITY — The proof is in the numbers: Even with an influx of national retailers on Walnut and Chestnut streets, Center City—as a whole—is a long way from becoming mall-ified.

ART MUSEUM — Proving that fashion really is cyclical, the Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love exhibit hits the Art Museum on Sunday, bringing with it '80s-era body-con dresses you wouldn't be surprised to see on the racks at H&M.

· Racked Philly [philly.racked]