Teen Shopping Habits Change

Yesterday, New York Times reporter Eric Wilson wrote an article about teen spending  It appears that shopping is down at the teen trifecta mall haunts: Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister and Ruehl. But shopping is brisker at American Eagle, Aeropostale, Old Navy and Macys. The reason - the economy, of course. It also seems that labels aren't as important as fashion. So does that mean a red shirt from Old Navy is as hot as one from Abercrombie, or hotter since budget chic is now a necessity? With the opening of new malls and luxury brands coming to Philadelphia, does the trend hold true here? What are the teen shopping hot spots in Philly? Or, when you were a teen, where did you like to shop? (Gap was the label of choice back in the 1990s)