Monday, June 24, 2013

Inside YSL's Summer Markdown

Everyone has YSL on their mind considering that the sample sale is scheduled to being later this week. We always suggest scoping out the bonafide boutique before we every suggest waiting in lines or shopping among hoarders. Right now spring, ready-to-wear is 50% off, several bag styles are marked down 40% and shoes prices are cut 30%.

The most interesting deals are the handbags especially considering the classic styles included in the markdown list. A classic black Muse is about $1300 from over $2000 and matte black Muse Two is $1050 from $1530. The only problem is finding these bags still in stock. The more Hedi Slimane-styled Duffel Bag 12 is discounted in both green and white from $2850 to $1859.

Despite lackluster critic reviews, several retailers say that this past YSL collection sold much better than previous seasons. We must admit that we liked Hedi's hint of punk couture. This asymmetrical top in leather and wool ($950 from $1800) is highly wearable and stylish. A black and white stripped blazer ($1480 from $2900) is going to look as stylish next summer as it does this summer. And this LBD with chain details, ($2500 from $5000) will be perfect going to into fall.

If you're looking for shoes we would definitely head to a department store or wait for the sample sale. A 30% cut this late in the season isn't a good deal for any shopper. We found the best prices at Barneys with a 60% cut but the best selection at Saks with a 40% discount.

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