Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Hermes Sample Sale is a Snoozefest

There is so much excitement and anticipation that goes into sample sale shopping. The thrill of the hunt and finding hidden treasures can get any fashion lover's adrenaline pumping. The Hermes sale once was the centerpiece of the sample sale calendar. This year, however, those attending the VIP press preview report it's a total bore.

As is often the case, there are no leather items-- like bags and wallets. To make matters worse there are no enamel bracelets or any jewelry whatsoever. The discount is also less than previous years with markdowns of just 50% for most items. So what will you find? Silks! The sale is loaded with silk (and cashmere) scarves and a plethora of ties.

Our spies also report a nice assortment of shoes, including boots, sandals, heels and flats. Most people don't come to the Hermes sale for the clothing but there is plenty of ready to wear along with a variety of winter items, like scarves and gloves.

The worst parts about this impending sale are the lines and the wait. Last year, it was a disaster and insiders say that there will be no change to the system of getting into the sale. The only hope is that shoppers will be scared stay away for this sale round. We aren't quite so optimistic.

Below is a recap of brand new Hermes items you can find online. Some items are even priced less than they would be at a sample sale. No wait, no fuss. Not so much thrill either but we can do without the aggravation.

Bonpoint Sample Sale: Winter is Coming

It's hard to believe it's mid-October when temperatures are topping 80-degrees. We wouldn't complain a moment about wearing shorts for Halloween, we all know that this warm streak won't last. Yes, Winter is coming!

The timing of Bonpoint's sample sale couldn't be more, um on point. This year the sale is fully stocked with a large assortment of winter merchandise, including boots, coats, sweaters and winter accessories. As always the discount is a straight 60% off retail but shoes, this year, are discounted 70%. There are a full range of sizes from bun-out-of-the-oven to size 12.

The selection is actual current season merchandise. At the sale we found this cashmere 'fur' vest for $400 from $1000, this boys v-neck sweater is $52 from $175 and is available in a variety of colors as is this cashmere mock turtle neck that's now $120 from $300. Heading over to the girl's merchandise there is this trompe-l’oeil effect bow sweater that's $92 from $320. You can click here to see pictures from inside the sale.

During the press and VIP preview we saw lots of shoppers buying on behalf of relatives and friends in addition to their own children's needs. Some people were also clearly stocking up on baby gifts and buying multiple pieces of the same item. Head this way to see pictures from inside the sale. The coats and jackets were the most impressive selection and obviously the most attractive.

We expect that the line on Wednesday morning will be very long. If you don't have a nanny who doubles as a line waiter, we suggest heading over later in the afternoon. By then most shoppers (ie: moms) have afternoons distracted by school pickup and playdates. If you're brave you can wait until the final day of the sale where discounts on some items go to 80% off retail.

Follow along on Instagram to be the first to get news from inside sample sales.

Bonpoint Sample Sale
Wednesday, October 19 through Thursday, October 20
Wed 9am-7pm, Thurs 9am-3pm
123 W. 18th St, 5th Fl

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Beauty Update: NARS Lip Velvet Glide

You're briskly walking and suddenly realize that you have 30 minutes to kill. What do you do? There are always many options but most of them require consuming lots of calories or browsing boutiques which can easily lead gratuitous overspending. We usually find that a nearby Sephora or local makeup counter is the safest entertainment.

The last time I found myself innocently touring a beauty department, I fell upon the brand new NARS Lip Velvet Glide ($26). It was an instant hit. The product is the perfect hybrid between a lipstick and a gloss. I know you've heard that claim dozens of times but Lip Velvet is the real deal.

The formula is high-pigmented and the product simply glides across your lips. The product feels like silk on my lips and I find myself applying it on top of other lipsticks because I simply love the soft velvety feel. I went with a neutral color called Bound because it is perfect for that early morning no-makeup look.

The claims say the gloss is long lasting but it realistically lasts about the same amount of time of any other lipgloss or lipstick. Frankly, that's not a problem because it feels so nice to put on more. I just need to pick out more colors and the timing couldn't be more perfect.

Right now, is offering a complimentary three piece gift when you spend over $50. The gift with purchase includes three mini lip glosses in Orgasm, Baby Doll, and Chelsea Girls. Just use the code GLOSSEDUP at checkout. This promotion runs through October 31.

In the meantime, please share if anyone a more productive (read: less costly) way to spend 30 minutes between school pickups, lunching or coffee or drink meetings.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Coming Soon: Gilt City Warehouse Sale

We aren't historically fans of pay-to-play shopping parties but the Gilt Warehouse Sale could be an exception. The sale starts this Friday, and early access tickets can be purchased here. There are several ticket options that start at $20 for late night access on Friday and range to free access on Sunday. Tickets for first dibs are already sold out but were $25.

The price of the ticket includes free wine and sake, Hostess cupcake and large crowds. The selection will include items from Chloé, Valentino, Derek Lam, Jimmy Choo, Lanvin, Oscar de la Renta and Tom Ford. Prices will be reduced up to 80% off retail.

We were given a little peek at the products that will be included in the sale and were in shock to see a sky blue Saint Laurent Sac de Jour Carryall for $530 from $2650, Charlotte Olympia Kiss Me Betsy boots for $239 from $1195 and a Helmut Lang Leather Jacket for $419 from $2095. We suspect that these items will are variably unicorns that will be sold during the press preview but the inventory will be enough to leave options for everyone.

Expect the shoes and handbags to go fast. We suspect that most of the inventory will be lower-end and contemporary designer merchandise. The clothing racks, on the other hand, will likely be overflowing.

If you're not into overcrowded sample sales there is always the traditional Gilt online shopping. We are in love with the stock at the current Miu Miu sale, which is only reduced about 20% off retail but the selection is really tops. The current coat sale has offerings from Fendi, Prada and Givenchy and most items are discounted 50% off.

Gilt City NY Warehouse Sale
Friday, October 21 through Sunday, October 23
The Altman Building, 135 W 18th St New York, NY 10011
Tickets are here and range from free to $20 depending on shopping session

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Shopbop Spend & Save 30%

For a long time department stores have been luring shoppers with extra gift cards as shopping incentives. We'd prefer a straight discount over a gift card that either expires or ends up luring you to spend more than the face value.

Through Friday, Shopbop is offering a shopping discount incentive that increases to an amazing 30% off. Just use the code MAINEVENT16 at checkout. The discount breakdowns are below. You will notice that these discounts are much higher than they have ever been.

There are really very few restrictions, including Canada Goose, Sydney Evan, Veronica Beard and Jonathan Simkhai. We suggest you go straight for the items that are usually excluded from these types of promotions like this popular sticker Anya Hindmarch tote and this Charlotte Olympia lips bag. Check out these Aquazzura over the knee boots and these classic Vara flats from Ferragamo.

How great would it be hide in this powder blue fox stole that accompanies the Prabal Gurung biker jacket? This Cedric Charlier shearling jacket is making us long for cooler weather.

25% off orders under $500+
30% off orders over $500+

You can also use the discount on sale items. These Erickson Beamon earrings will come in under $200 from $525, these LK Bennett OTK suede boots come to about $440 from $725.

It's times like this that we wish that Shopbop carried Gucci too!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Best Shearling Coats and Jackets

The weather is starting to get nippy and we can't bear the idea of starting a whole new season in the  coats we essentially lived in last Winter. Yes, it's time for a outerwear makeover.

In New York, fashionable outerwear is more important than perhaps anywhere else. We basically walk (when we aren't Ubering) everywhere and besides looking good we need to be warm. New York Winters can be brutal.

This season, shearling is taking over in a huge way. It's warm and less bulky and delicate than fur. We've found that Nordstrom has one of the best selections and includes almost any style you can desire. This Rick Owens shearling jacket is more art than fashion and Marc Jacob's varsity jacket lined in shearling will keep you warm way past the end of baseball season.

Over here is a Chloe jersey and shearling jacket that also incorporates the patchwork trend, which is also a huge trend. This Acne Studios jacket is the perfect color camel and the belted tie adds a bit of shape and femininity. You can't go wrong with this long wool Lowe coat, which is lined with shearling. It's sophisticated, dressy and warm. The perfect combination.

A few less expensive options include this Hide Society classic camel shearling coat that is nipped at the waste and perfectly covers that exposed, um, behind. A white Topshop moto jacket is lined with shearling but will be a beast to keep clean. On the flip side, it will look excellent against the grey New York backdrop.

Some guilt free options include this Ralph Lauren faux shearling coat that  is just as warm feels almost exactly like the real thing. The best part is that it's a fraction of the price of real shearling. A more casual option is this Vince Camuto jacket that has a faux shearling lining and a faux buffalo leather exterior.

As always, online shoppers should take advantage of Nordstrom's great customer service, which features free shipping and free returns. If only all stores were as easy to shop as Nordstrom

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Monday, October 10, 2016

The IT-It: Waste Trainers and Corsets

The origins of the corset is unknown but the goal has remained consistent: to lift the breasts and cinch the waist. A tiny middle of just 18-inches has been a mythical goal for centuries and fashion achieving the goal by turning the look inside out.

Slowly, slowly we have seen the resurgence of the corset or, now called, the waist trainer. Kim Kardashian showed off the secret to her hourglass figure this past Summer, which happens to be the inexpensive Ann Chery Waist Trainer. Supposedly, the latex core garment is supposed to redistribute fat cells but we are more realistic and would be satisfied with the cosmetic outcome.

Coming this Spring, corsets and waist trainers are destined to become a outer garment as well as an undergarment. On the most recently runways collection, designers ranging from Versace to Balmain, spotlighted the nipped middle. They are sown worn over dresses, as dramatic belts and lace-up blouses.

Knowing how strong this trend will be, we started looking at what we can find in stores now. Alaia is known for putting emphasis on the waist with shapely belts, this season's Prada corset belts were one of the most photographed items throughout 'Fashion Month." Alexander McQueen designer, Sarah Burton's corset dress give a great illusion and makes the waist look tiny-tiny. There are some great Balmain items too, like this strapless Bubble dress and a Corset Bodice dress.

We are quite excited to celebrate the voluptuous body. and all its curves After all, as the saying goes-- waist not, want not.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Norstrom Rack Discounts of 80%

Discount shopping isn't what it used to be. Most stores are filled with stock specifically made for the specific discounter. A small amount, usually around 20% of the merchandise, is bonafide designer merchandise.

To find the best true deals it's often best to look for the premier designer duds. Right now, Nordstrom Rack is hosting a clearance sale where plenty of Etro, Fendi, Valentino and, even, Vetements are reduced to about 80% off. No doubt that many of these items are real runway items that were shipped off from your local Nordstrom store.

Online we found this color block Altuzarra v-neck gown is $480 from almost $2000, a Valentino raffia fringe dress is $750 from $4000 and a Dolce & Gabbana cropped blouse is $660 from $2750. This printed Roksanda maxi-skirt, that's reduced to $430 from $1700, is versatile and stunning.

Unfortunatly, the handbag selection and shoes aren't nearly as good. We suggest you stick to the clothing when searching for the best deals at discount stores. This Nordstrom Rack clearance only runs through Monday but keep your eyes open. The store holds assorted limited promotions where the discounts are similar.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Hermes Sample Sale Alternatives

We hate to turn readers away but we highly suggest you click somewhere else if you don't want to hear the truth about the Hermes sample sale. So, here goes... The Hermes sample sale is a disaster that best be avoided.

The thought of even mentioning the sale at all makes us cringe but we prefer to set the story straight while others emit hype. Last year, many Hermes sample sale customers waited in line for 8.5 hours and were sent home at 5pm without gaining admittance. You can see the full story and video right here. At one point, the queue spanned the equivalent of six blocks-- 33rd Street West to 9th Avenue, across the span of the post office and back around around to 8th Avenue.

At past season's sales, where the chaos was minimal, shoppers found a nice assortment of silk scarves ($270) and ties ($75), twillies ($158) and enamel bracelets ($172-$320). The sample sale never carries leather goods or bags. Footwear is about the only option if you're looking for classic Harmes hides.

These days, there are so many other options if you want to purchase past season Hermes merchandise. One of our favorite online destinations is TheRealReal, where everything on the website is authenticated and guaranteed by their experts. Head this way for a Mini Etriviere 4 Tour wrap bracelet that's brand new with tags and priced at $275 from $435. This classic scarf with tags is only $45 LESS than it would be a the sample sale. Here is another a brand new scarf for just $71. Over here is a brand new Clic Clac H bracelet for $445 from $600 and this wide enamel bracelet is $375 from $550.

We find that TheRealReal grades its merchandise very harshly. So even if the description says light scratching or wear it's often pristine. The disclosure is just a way to indemnify the online store and throw off the speculative French company that frowns upon resellers.

Vestiaire Collective is another option that tends to carry plenty of Hermes items. The difference is that not every item is reviewed by the company on site, which makes the purchase a bit more risky. Also, sellers are from all over the world and the descriptions need to be translated to English. On the bright side, foreign buyers are able to procure merchandise without the added expenses of duty, which means you can save a lot of money.

Here is an orange knit sweater that's $781 from $939, thigh high riding boots for $950 and these never worn ankle boots are gorgeous and a great buy for just $500.

You can scroll through the product carosel above to see some of our other great Hermes finds. That being said, details for the samples are are below. Just don't blame us when the event is a big disappointment.

Hermes Sample Sale
VIP Access: Wednesday, October 19th
Public shopping: Thursday, October 20th through Saturday, October 22nd
Thurs & Fri 9am-7pm, Sat 9am-6pm
Soiffer Haskin: 317 W. 33rd St. (near 8th Ave.)

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Yoox Hosts Major Clearance Sale -- 90% Off

Yoox may be the most frustrating website in the world to shop. Every search seems to yield 800 or more pages of search results. We all know that there is good stuff hidden among those 838-pages (to be exact) but who has the time?

Well. Today, the Italian-based luxury website started a major clearance sale where past season's merchandise is reduced up to 90% off of the original price. The sale runs through October 9 and new categories will continuously be added. Take note, all sales are final. That means no credits, refunds or exchanges. (Not that we ever make it to the post office to mail anything back.)

We just couldn't resist from digging-in. It wasn't easy. We wanted to give up several times, but we maintained the stamina of a marathon runner and the focus of a neurosurgeon. Here are 11 of our favorite highly discounted items:

Sequined Givenchy dress is reduced to $580 from over $5300

Beaded Vionnet mini dress is about $1000 from $9392

Fendi leather coat is $780 from $3545

Classic Emilio Pucci short print dress $630 from $2164

Christopher Kane shift dress for $477 from $1086

Wool and silk Prada coat for $465 from $2024

Marco de Vicenzo jacquard wave dress is $4315 from $2101

An organza and sequined Givenchy pullover top is $295 from $2759

Hogan x Karl Lagerfeld down jacket is $255 from $907

Leather mini-skirt from Alexander McQueen for $240 from $917

Giamba print mini-dress is $235 from $1687