We've spent the last week spying the final markdowns at all of our local department stores but couldn't help but wondering about our local discount stores. So we set out to gather intelligence on Century 21, in the Financial District.
Most all of the designer selections from this past Winter are now reduced to 90% off retail prices. We were thrilled by the markdowns but after two hours of sorting through racks and several runs to the fitting room we felt defeated. Most of the remaining merchandise was either highly undesirable, misfitting or damaged.
But then we noticed the gowns...
Towards the back wall of the third floor, there are two racks of sensational evening gowns reduced 90% off retail. Among the selection is an amazing assortment of off-the-runway Valentino gowns. For example, a Valentino beaded dress is reduced to $1047 from $14,125, a white gown that is bridal acceptable is $474 from $6200, a v-neck lace jumpsuit is $349 from $4370 and a breathtaking, dusty rose, lace and satin gown is $1033 from $13,140. Not to be missed is the perfect red gown with a leather halter and silk bottom that's $1047 from $1322. The formal evening wear assortment also includes a few dresses from Rochas and Oscar de la Renta. You can click here to see pictures of our favorites.
This is a shopping trip you need to take if you anticipate needing a gown any time in the near or distant future. If you can't make it to the downtown Century 21, we suggest you take advantage of their personal shoppers that will pull clothing and ship anywhere You can click here to make a styling appointment or contact a personal shopper by phone.