Thursday, October 18, 2018

Inside: Lanvin Private Sample Sale 90% Off

Lanvin certainly isn't the same without Albert Elbaz but that makes shopping past season's fashion a little more fun. The Lanvin sale is still technically private but the cat is out of the bag and nobody is technically watching the door.

We always love this sale because the discounts are great and there is always some prize to take home. Dresses are reduced 90% off retail and all other items are discounted 80%. The other reason we love this sale is for of the amazing staff. The sale is very well organized and the salespeople are among the sweetest we've ever encountered. Going to the Lanvin sale is like attending a private bi-annual reunion.

To be totally truthful, the merchandise selection isn't as amazing as some past sales. There are no bags, shoe sizes are limited and the jewelry selection is dwindling fast. That being said, we spotted %3500 gowns that are now just $350. We spotted an old Elbaz dress reduced to $240 from $2400. Ballet flats with jewels in smaller sizes are about $140 from $700. We agonized over one necklace that's $240 from $1200. (You can click here to see pictures of what we found inside the sale.)

There is also a great assortment of merchandise for men. We suggest that everyone grab a few bow-ties, cummerbunds and lapel flowers. You can't go wrong for $10 each.

The sale runs through Friday. We expect that some items will be marked down further on Thursday and Friday. As is, prices are pretty fantastic.

Lanvin Sample Sale
Thursday, October 18 and Friday, October 19
37 W 57th St, 9th floor

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Nordstrom Sale Edit: Winter Style

It's that time of year where you have the bug to shop but everything you want is still full price. We started browsing Nordstrom's sale section and were very surprised by how many items provided serious shopping temptation.

We nearly fell on the floor when we scrolled past this lipstick pink wool coat with an oversized pink-grey fox collar. The current price is about $2000 from $3000. Not exactly a steal but it's a much better deal than the Dior version that's about $6500. This millennial yellow duster from Theory is $350 from $600 and is perfect to put over a chunky sweater. Speaking of dusters, here is a full length 100% cashmere style with a hood that's just $175 from $350. It would look perfect with these Stuart Weitzman slouched leather high boots that are 40% off.

The best part of scrolling a Nordstrom sale section is the denim selection. Over this way, we found classic Farrah AG jeans. They have been our go-to jeans all Fall. Here is the same style jean in a waxed Bordeaux color. This flared style jean from Paige is really great because it has slits at the ankle that allow you to show off your boots.

Leave it to us to make the non-sale season a time of temptation. Sooooorry. 😬

The It-It: Wild For Tiger Print

I love how every season animal prints are lauded as a new trend. Do animal prints ever go out of style? It doesn't seem so, however, sometimes they can come off as cheesy if when left untamed. This season, a tigers print specifically is catching the attention of top trend spotters.

Getting out of the basic leopard-cheetah-snakeskin routine might not be easy but it's worth the effort. We find the vertical stripes to be fresh and a little more restrained. My favorite tiger pieces are the long coats. This Giambattista Valli double-breasted long coat is as wild as it is refined. Here is another coat option from Dolce & Gabbana and a knee-length option from Simonetta Ravizza or Proenza Schouler.

If you're not willing to make a big coat commitment you can always opt for a dress or top. Here is an adorable mini-dress from Valentino Red or a silk blouse from Dolce.

I would never suggest going from top to toe in any animal print but you can always just adorn your feet for a more subtle take on this trend. Here are Aquazzura ballet flats, pony hair print work boots from Proenza Schouler and Attico flats with an ankle band.

My very favorite item might be these tiger print sunglasses from Chimi. Clearly, I have too many favorites.

You can style tiger print like most other animal prints. I like going with a traditional color-blocking philosophy. Some people like to go "wild" and clash different prints. It's not easy to do and easily becomes distracting to the eye. I especially love pairing the browns with jewel tones like, red and green. You can even add some flash with the sparkle of a sequin.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Bloomingdales: Private Link to Final Offer 70% Off

All retailers have merchandise that falls through the cracks. Regardless of how good you buy there is always going to be a certain percentage of inventory that gets lost in the shuffle. Knowing the truths of retail, Bloomingdales has started a pilot launch of a new section called 'Final Offer.'

The entire section is filled with items reduced 70% off. The only glitch is that you you can't combine some of these Final Offer items  with other promotions. So on some purcahses have to forgo the extra $25 off each $100-- that's running right now. On the bright side, it's not final sale so your purchases are still returnable.

Within the Final Offer section we found some interesting finds. This rainbow wrap dress is certainly worth $50 from $158. IRO jeans with a sequined waist are about $100 from $345 and you can take another $25 off with the current promtion, which brings the total price to just $75. Over here, is a perfectly nice trench coat for just $90 from nearly $300,  a white denim skirt from AG is $50 and a Korel hooded sweatshirt for $43.

It's going to be interesting to see what happens with this section. We are hoping to one day scroll and find Gucci shoes.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

StyleBop Last Pieces 50% Off

StyleBop is hosting a sale where final remaining item of any given style are discounted 50% off. This sale stands out among others as it includes some hot pieces, some even from this most recent season's collections.

Click over this way to browse yourself or focus your attention on this Balenciaga hoodie that's now $402 from $805, Delpozo pants with oversized cuffs for $350 from $700, a quilted jacket from Marcus Lupfer that's under $300, a Fendi dress for $775 from $1550 and Gucci sunglasses for just $124. This sale is a little difficult to shop because eventually your heart skips a beat when you spot something only to find it's sold out. The other hurdle is finding your lucky size.

We must say that it's worth the heartbreaking scroll because when all the stars align you can checkout with an amazing deal. The Stylebop sale runs through October 16 but we suggest shopping now to avoid unnecessary heartbreak.

Weekend Agenda: Obsessorize on Madison Ave

Not sure what to do this weekend? Obviously, we suggest shopping but there is so much more than the run of the mill shoes and accessories on Madison Avenue this month. "Obsesserize" is a month-long celebration of creativity, fashion, style, and art.

Along the two-mile stretch of Madison Avenue, between 57th and 86th Streets, strollers and flâneurs can appreciate 19 encased public art sculptures. The project is a result of an incredible collaboration between the Madison Avenue BID, the School of Visual Arts and 40 Madison Avenue boutiques. Kevin O’Callaghan, School of Visual Arts 3-D Design Chairman and self-described “Creative Hoarder” tasked freshman students to take common objects to reinterpret into fashion.

The results are extraordinary. There is a backpack made from an old radio, shoes made from Chinese food take-out boxes, another pair of shoes are crafted with doll shoes and actual vintage Barbie dolls used as heels, a hat fabricated from stamps, a clutch from an old clock radio and so much more. You can click here to browse through an assortment of photos or take to the streets.

Every Saturday through the rest of the month, you join Kevin O’Callaghan at 2pm to take a guided walking tour of the exhibit. The professor will present "Obsessorize: Common Objects, Uncommon Accessories" with colorful commentary and lively context. The exhibit gives new meaning to the concept of Street Art. You can click here to register.

Participating stores include: Aquatalia, David Webb, David Yurman, De Beers, Devi Kroell, Dolce & Gabbana, Dyptyque, Emilio Pucci, Etro, Guiseppe Zanotti, Ippolita, Isabel Marant, J.J. Marco, Lanvin,, Michael’s Luxury Consignment, Morgenthal Frederics, Paul Morelli, Roger Vivier, Sonia Rykiel and more.

Inside the Manolo Blahnik Sample Sale

The Manolo Blahnik sample sale kicked off this morning without a hitch. Early birds first arrived at the Warwick Hotel in the middle of the night and shoppers received their ticket numbers at about 7:30am.

The sale was opened employees, press and at 8:30am and the first group of "public" shoppers was allowed to enter the sale at about 10:30am. Normally, we are not big fans of waiting in lines or waking up with those in a European timezone but this sample sale is always special. (It might even be fun if you plan with a friend.) The best part is that once you get your ticket you can leave and come back.

When we finished shopping, at 11am they were already allowing group 4 to enter the sale. Arriving shoppers were given #21 at that time. We can't say if there will be any selection by the time the #21s enter but don't think the wait will be too crazy.

This season's inventory is really a mixed bag from assorted seasons and years. Prices start at $125 for styles that are plain, suede, leather or satin. Add some ornamentation and you'll pay $150. Boots cost a bit more but are priced equally as attractive. Shoe booties, styles below the ankle are $200 and those above the ankle are $250. Styles from mid-calf to the knee are priced at $300 and OTKs $400. Prices on boots top out at $500 for OTK styles with fur, lizard, embellished or shearling.

The best selection is for those wearing a size 37 or size 41 through size 42.5. The assortment is very small if you don't fall into those categories. We didn't notice any classic Hagisi style shoes but there are some finds with embellished buckles and rhinestones. This season we were really drawn to the great selection of flats. (Perhaps we've reached our quota for sky-high occasion shoes? Nah!)

Even though $125 Manolos are fantastic, we prefer the boutique's end of season sale. In January, shoppers can score shoes at 75% off and can find a full-size assortment. Did we mention that there is never a wait at the boutique? Feel free to ask questions in the comment section or on Instagram.

Manolo Blanhik
Thursday, October 11th
Doors open at 9am and close when inventory runs out (about 3pm or 4pm)
Warwick Hotel, 65 W 54th St. & 6th Ave, 2nd fl.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Farfetch Promo: Discounts to 70% Off

Farfetch is known for bringing the world's most popular fashion boutiques, local and emerging designers and brands to a single website. It almost makes us sad that we can shop our favorite Italian boutiques right here in New York. Some might say it takes away the adventure but it's unrealistic to think that anyone can hop on a plane several times a year.

One of the other great things about Farfetch is that it makes markdowns available globally. Right now, the site is offering discounts of up to 60% off with an additional promotion of an extra 20% off. That brings the total discount over 70%. Just use the code x20Oct at checkout to engage the additional savings.

Here are Off-White track plants that come to $270 from $685. Then there is this Prada double-breasted coat that's $980 from nearly $3000. Here's an MSGM floral print maxi dress that's $560 from $1700. We really love this Mulberry sleeveless double-breasted coat that's just $340 from $1400.

Shoes and bags are on the pricey side and could be found for less in many other destinations. We often forget that Farfetch is a great site to shop for kids. For some reason, American stores still haven't caught up in the tot department.

This Week: Manolo Sample Sale

We have great news! You don't need to scavenge through TJ Maxx to find discounted Manolos! Our sources tell us that this year's Fall sample sale will open to the public on Thursday, October 11th. As is tradition, the second-floor salon of the Warwick Hotel will be the site of the event.

This sample sale is a bi-annual highlight for shoe lovers. Frankly, we usually prefer the boutique sales even if prices are a bit more expensive. You can read the full report from last season over here. Those who can't make it to the sample sale or boutique sale can shop an assortment of brand new Manolos starting at just $75 from the scroll above.

Shoppers who are up for the Manolo sample sale challenge, should expect to take a number and wait, and wait, and wait. The really nice thing about this sale is that you can leave and come back once you get your lucky numbered ticket. Take note, that the sale opens at 11am and will close when inventory begins to run low. In past years, that was at about 3pm to 4pm, which doesn't leave a big window for shopping.

We expect that prices will run along the same lines as last season. Plain shoes, including leather, suede satin, and printed fabric start at $125 ($136 with tax) and go up to $150. Shoes with embellishments like glitter and studs were priced $175. Boots started at $200 for basic versions and went up to $400 for over-the-knee styles.

At the last sale, by 10am the crowds of VIPs had thinned and the shopping environment was very civilized. Sizes 37.5 to size 39 were already running very thin. The best selection was for sizes 40.5 and up or 36 and below. Doors opened to the public at 11am sharp and the room filled with many more shoppers-- many seemed like resellers.

Remember, the sale is open to the public only for one day. That's a good indication that there will not be much merchandise. You can read all about last season's sample sale right here. If you attend the sale, please keep us all posted in the comment section below and follow along live on Instagram.

Manolo Sale Sample Sale
Thursday, October 11th
Sale opens: 11am and closes when the inventory dwindles (usually 3pm - 4pm)
The Warwick Hotel, 54th Street and 6th Avenue, 2nd Floor
Cash only!

Monday, October 8, 2018

Sample Sale Reports: Dolce & Gabbana and Rosie Assoulin

The Dolce & Gabbana sample sale started on Sunday. It wasn't very surprising that costumers complained about waiting three to four hours to get into the sale. (One would think that after all these years, Soiffer Haskin would implement a system that would show a little bit more regard for their customers.)

The first Dolce & Gabbana reports were that prices were much higher than they have been during previous sales. Markdowns were announced on Monday morning but customers still said that prices were too high. The biggest surprise came later in the day when a reader emailed us saying that the retail sticker prices at the sale were inflated. We were skeptical at first because sample sale sticker prices can fluctuate a bit when there is a Euro conversion but this wasn't the case.

Our keened eye reader sent us proof. Over this way, on Mr. Poter, Dolce briefs are $85. At the sample sale, they are marked $125. In another instance, pants at the Dolce & Gabbana boutique can be found for $900 but the retail price at the sale is marked $2200. There is a picture in the jump and we can assure you-- it's not a Euro conversion controversy.

As an alternative sample sale fix, we suggest you head way Downtown to Rosie Assoulin. Prices on older season merchandise can be found at 90% off retail. The best part is that there are no lines. As a matter of fact, there was nobody else there for most of the time we were shopping.

So let's get down to ribbons and rainbows (nuts and bolts). The sale features a large selection of Rosie's prior season collections and even some current pieces. A lot of the options are sample size 2s but there are some styles that have multiple size options. A bell sleeved crop top is $99 from $400, a puff sleeve wrap blouse is $419 from $1400 and this current season sweatshirt is $79 from $295. A spring 2018 pleated one-shoulder top is $400 from $1600. You can see lots of pretty pictures over here.

If you're looking for a classic Rosie piece of art, browse the dresses or gowns. This cameo print dress is now $989 from almost $3400. A rainbow lamé wrap dress is about $599, while a pleated gown made of the same fabric initially retailed for $7000. The best find was a strapless gown with a high slit revealing rainbow layers that's marked $650 from $6500. Click for pics.

While you're shopping, take a moment to appreciate the fabrics and craftsmanship that goes into Rosie Assoulin's pieces. You'll notice the weight of each piece and the fabric quality. This is a prime example of getting what you pay for.

There are also shoe options starting at $50 for samples. The jewelry table has lots of earrings and other curiosities. The sale runs through Thursday. There will be no price reductions or restocking.  If you can't make it, there are some great pieces listed on TheRealReal for about the same as the sample sale. Pictures are in the jump and sale details are below and in our sample sale link.

Rosie Assoulin Sample Sale
Through Thursday, October 11
Tues 11am-8pm, Wed 11am-7pm, Thurs 10am-1pm
371 Broadway