Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Selling Out: Balenciaga Speed Trainers

It's not technically Spring but warmer temperatures have us thinking about the fashion season ahead. Trends usually come and go season-to-season but sometimes a hot item only picks up speed. That seems to be the case with 2017's hot Balenciaga Speed Trainers. This low key, high luxury item shows no sign of letting up on popularity.





Right now, many department stores just got new spring shipments on these knit upper 'sneakers' or have started taking pre-orders. We suggest you grab them while they are available-- especially if you wear a smaller size show and can't fit into a  men's version.

At Barneys you will find only two sizes left of the logomania version, there are still several sizes of the yellow "Power' version and the red 'Europe Collection'. Net-a-Porter only has one size of the metallic option and they are completely sold out of the basic style.

Bergdorf Goodman has a few size option in the basic style of Speed Trainers and is fully stocked in the black and yellow 'Power of Dreams'. We are sure they won't be available for very long.

Saks has a few larger women's sizes in the basic black style but is fully sold out in the white version. Matches Fashion still has a 'coming soon' notice on their Spring styles. It's probably a good idea to add them to your wishlist so that you're updated when they become available.

If this is a look you want to rock for Spring, we suggest you roll up your jeans and speed your clicker over to Bergdorfs now. It's your best bet for this hot kick.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Neiman Marcus Hits Last Call at 80% Off

If you've ever wondered what happens to all that wonderful merchandise at Neiman Marcus that goes un-purchased, we have the answer. In just a matter of weeks, it pops up at the brand's discount store, Last Call.


Neiman Marcus Last Call stores have received new arrivals direct from Neiman Marcus. The discount usually starts at about 65% off original retail but extra promotions often bring the total savings to over 80% off.

Keep your eyes open, we have heard recent reports of Moncler coats and in past years we've spotted Chanel clothing discounted almost 90% off retail. We've also heard that the discounter receives Chanel bags from time to time but doesn't display them. We suggest asking a sales manager if you're on the hunt.

Last Call online also has plenty of good finds. A Tom Ford dress is about $1000 from $5000, a Mary Katrantzou romper is $360 from $1700, a Milly off-the-shoulder blouse is $70 from over $300 and a Saint Laurent metallic minidress is $870 from $5000.

Friday, February 16, 2018

The Best President's Day Sales

Hurray! It's a happy long weekend. That means there is more time to rest, stalk the London fashion shows and, of course, shop. Taking the warmer temperatures into account, it's the perfect time to get out and enjoy actual shopping. Otherwise, you can shop online and spend your days enjoying elongated boozy brunch.

Here are some of our favorite online sales for post-Valentines Day and past Presidents:






TheOutnet- Save an extra 40% off select pieces
Code: Discount applied at checkout
Favorite item: Ellery shirt dress $240 from $870
Note: Promotion ends Tuesday, February 20th 1pm GMT

Intermix- Extra 40% off cold-weather items
Favorite item: Michelle Mason grey shearling jacket $1200 from $2000
Note: Look out for coats and winter accessories that haven't been on deep discount

Moda Operandi- Private sale; 25% off new season
Code: PRIVATEFEB
Favorite item: http://bit.ly/2C1ssNl">Cult Gaia bag $210 from $280
Note: Ends Midnight on February 19

J. Crew- Extra 30% off everything including sale
Code: SOGOOD
Favorite item: http://bit.ly/2sA8yoW">Drake pajama top $110 from $228
Note: Sale in stores too

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

NYFW: Inside Rosie Assoulin

Rosie Assoulin has been showing at fashion week for five years and each of her collections has taken a different turn while still maintaining a focus on her unique aesthetic. As an art form, Rosie has mastered the skill of creating finally crafted clothing that is both playful and stylish.



For fall 2018, Rosie was able to find the perfect balance between her magical statement pieces and false offer a flattering options of silhouettes. In addition, the designer added outerwear and expanded her daywear options. Two of the major pattern themes were colorful patchwork marbling and Jackson Pollock-like splatter prints.

Some of our favorite pieces from this season was a sparkle wrap dress with pink piping, which was shown with a long pink duster. We also loved the 'tweed' ensemble with rainbow ribbon. The bustier was sculpted perfectly with a belt belted and shown with matching pants and jacket. For daytime, we love the simplicity of a zip-up hoodie layered under a bushy faux fur coat and we would be  remiss to ignore the high wasted ball-skirt and halter top that is layered with rainbow crystals. It's a Rosie classic. (See pictures in the jump.)

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

NYFW: Inside J. Mendel FW18

Breakfast tea, coffee, macaroons and treats were served in the Ladureé garden by Gilles Mendel with a side of Hollywood glamour. The collection, which showcased the designer's expert execution of fur craftsmanship, paced itself perfectly with the upcoming trends and today's elegant woman.



Gilles Mendel, adroitly pieced together patchwork coats that resulted in a lush effect. Less expert hands often turn out this type of design looking like incorrect puzzle pieces forced together. Coats were also shown with a corduroy effect and in another instance Mandel constructed the skins to look like tapestries. Our favorite piece was a heather grey, short haired mink coat that hit just above the ankle. (Seen on the model above. More pictures from the show are in the jump.)

Gowns and dressed-up pant separates played a worthy supporting roll. Mendel says he was inspired by the glamour of Katharine Hepburn and Louise Brooks. We loved how many pieces played well for day. After all, not all occasions are scheduled after dark and often times, wearing pants feels a lot more modern and chic.

The autumnal color palate played nicely into the winter collection with the rich crimsons, burnt oranges, dusty blues and elegant purples that were bright enough not to seem dismal and forbidding. We just know the two evening gowns made of tulle with layers of plates will be seen on the red carpet.

Overall, this collection felt modern and luxurious. It was wearable and elegant. We consider that a huge success, especially in the fur segment of the fashion industry that's has been caught in a decade-long downward spiral.



NYFW: Inside Anna Sui

Nostalgia played heavily into Anna Sui's most recent fall-winter 2018 collection. Bella & Gigi Hadid opened the show and channeled the days when collections were shown intimately in showrooms. In the early days of fashion, models brought attitude and lots of drama to the preview of each collection and that's what the long line-up of today's supermodels carried over to Monday's runway.


Anna Sui's rich history was celebrated appropriately with rich hues in lush fabrics like corduroy, brocades, sequins and embroidery. There was also plenty of Victorian lace, ruffles and mod denim. Prints and textures were piled on together, which resulted in a depth of layering which can only be successfully executed by a skilled professional. Click here to see more pictures.

Always keeping her main customer in mind, the collection spanned full ensembles that can glam-up a 9-to-5 cubicle or a dance floor. After all, it takes true focus for a designer to understand the drama of fashion's past and how it relates to today's attention starved girls of social media.


Monday, February 12, 2018

Valentino's Rockstud Sample Sale: Pictures Added

Today kicked off Global Fashions multi-brand fashion event, which features a large variety of Valentino Rockstud shoes, bags and clothing. The sale also includes an assortment of Valentino Red, Anya Hindmarch and M Missoni. Discounts are 70% off accessories, shoes and bags and 80% off ready-to-wear couture gowns. Click here to see lots of pictures from inside the sale. Don't forget to mention Madison Avenue Spy and save an additional 10% off your total purchase. 

Global Fashions V-Day Sale 
Monday, February 12 though Thursday, February 15
Monday to Thurs 9am-6pm
49 West 38th Street

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NYFW: Five Minutes With Dennis Basso

By Cameron Tewson of FrontRowEdit.co.uk 

Congratulations on the show you just previewed. Tell me more about your autumn- winter 2018 collection.

This collection’s inspiration was based on the Dennis Basso woman of the past 35 years translating some of the iconic looks for the modern woman of 2018.





Talk me through your design process and how do you source inspiration, particularly your autumn-winter 2018 collection?

Inspiration for me comes from everywhere I look, whether it's the beautiful city streets or architecture. Anywhere that there is something visual to take in. All of this slowly sends you in a direction and at that point you run with it.

Describe your autumn winter 2018 girl in three words?

Modern, International, Flirtatious

Why did you choose St. Bartholomew’s Church as your show venue?

The architecture is magnificent. It is just a beautiful way to see these gorgeous models go up and down the aisle. It’s really an iconic building in New York and I like the idea of being a piece of history.



With so many memories made, what would you say one of your career highlights has been to date?

My career highlight was when I first moved my show to be part of official NYFW.

What celebrity would you like to see if your collection and why?

I wouldn’t mind designing something for Sofía Vergara. I think she is exciting, gorgeous and embodies the feel of the Dennis Basso international woman.

You have been in the industry over 35 years, what do you think about American fashion?

American fashion is a very important part of fashion worldwide. Many years ago when I first started everyone looked to shows in Paris and Milan as setting the benchmark, but today all eyes are on American fashion. America has some of the most important designers in the world.

What do you think has happened to the design culture over the past 20 years?

More of the rules are being broken about what people wear, what time of day they are wearing and what season they are wearing. Everything has changed. It’s very modern and people are interpreting fashion in their own way.

How do you make your QVC line different to your main-line?

At QVC the price point is completely different ranging from $50-200, whereas my Madison Avenue store collection ranges from $5,000 to $300,000. I think that we’re making faux fur for television and popular place clothing which is great because it allows so many people access to the Dennis Basso look at a reasonable price point.

In 2011, you launched your first exclusive collection of bridal designs, what made you decide to enter the bridal

Bridal is a very fun area because you’re really dealing with probably a woman’s happiest moment. There are trends in bridal, but at the same time it gives you the liberty to design many different looks and for many different style brides from the princess bride – to the sexy bride – to the sophisticated bride. The list goes on and on, and what you’re really doing when a woman is getting married her wedding dress really is her red carpet.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

NYFW: Inside Bottega Veneta FW18

By Cameron Tewson of FrontRowEdit.co.uk

Bottega Veneta’s Tomas Maier took his show on the road this season, leaving the house’s Milan home and presenting in New York, at the American Stock Exchange – which, given the market’s current state, is pretty ironic. The reason behind the move? The brand’s impressive new Madison Avenue flagship, set in a sprawling townhouse on the Upper East Side.




Set designed by Broadway set-designer, Scott Pask mimicked the store somewhat—a modernist apartment setup with tables and a lounge area. With a superstar cast of models (Kaia Gerber, Adwoa Aboah, Gigi Hadid, Roberto Rossellini Jr.) lapped the space in Bottega’s ultra-lux and increasingly youthful wares before taking a seat at a table or on a sofa to chat with their peers. Maier offered everything from lush pajama-style ensembles and robes to bright, monochrome suits to tactile dresses, intarsia sweaters, and more whose patterns abstractly mimicked the New York skyline.

The men’s offering was infused with a streetwear sensibility, with hooded jackets and that tiger-slash-zebra print we’ve been seeing so much of this season. After the sumptuous, slightly Grecian velvet finale gowns walked, Azealia Banks’ “212” began to blare and one of the set’s monoliths rose to the sky, revealing a bar populated by models. Guests were invited to the stage to sip cocktails and mingle with Maier and the cast. It was a New York moment to be sure.




Saturday, February 10, 2018

V-Day Global Fashions Sale

Do you know what always puts us in a good mood? Something Italian, that's very expensive but sourced at a phenomenal price. Next week, we plan on being in a very, very good mood as we kick-off this Valentine's season with a sample sale that we're sure you will love.



Starting Monday, Global Fashions will kick-off one of its famous sample. The headlining brands include M Missoni, Red Valentino/ Valentino, Marchesa, Moschino and Anya Hindmarch. Shoppers will be able to snag 80% off European designer clothing and real couture. Shoes, accessories and handbags will be reduced by 70%.

The selection will contain a great assortment for both mens and women with a full range of sizes. Expect to find plenty of Rockstud bags and shoes, designer jewelry and accessories. You can see a few pictures of what will be included in the sale over this way. Some great gift ideas include a silk and cashmere scarf that's reduced to $450 from $1500, a Rockstud bracelet that's $112 from $375 or a leather rocketed belt that's $210 from $745.

Sweetheart gifts are always nice but these sales are a great opportunity to fill your wardrobe with some serious fashion at killer prices. It's Fashion Week, after all. There is nothing quite like real European couture-- especially when it doesn't cost the same price of a small car.

In light of Valentine's Day, Global Fashions is showing Mad-Spy readers a little extra love. Mention Madison Avenue Spy and receive an additional 10% off your total purchase. Now that's what we call true love. Xoxo

Global Fashions V-Day Sale
Monday, February 12 though Thursday, February 15
Monday to Thurs 9am-6pm
49 West 38th Street

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Bergdorf Goodman: Prada, Canada Goose and Moncler Markdowns

The groundhog says that we have just six more weeks of Winter but we all know that we'll be bundled up even longer. Just before coat fatigue sets in, Bergdorf Goodman has started their winter coat markdown. Throughout the store puffers, parkas and coats are all reduced 40%.






The sad news is that there are no women's Moncler jackets included in sale. A sales person said that there were only a few very small sizes left over after our last big frost. If you go across the street to the men's store, however, you there are several styles of Monclers on markdown. This red and black style is $1046 from $1400, this navy jacket is just a few dollars more and a version with a shearling collar is about $1900 from $2500. You can see pictures of the men's Moncler jackets here.

Back at the woman's store, we found a few styles of Canada Goose Down reduced 40%. One style with a white fox trimmed hood is reduced to $600 from about $1000. You can see pictures of what other variations are available.

In the Prada department, we found our favorite variety of puffers also discounted 40%. A navy puffer with Burgundy accents with an oversized fox collar  is reduced to $1600 from $2700. There is another version that is burgundy with navy accents. If ordering online, know that this jacket ran very, very small. You should consider sizing up one (or even two) sizes.

Other brands included in the coat sale are Vetements, Fendi, Henro and more. The online selection is pretty close to what you will find in the store. We think there may even be more sizes available if you're shopping on the website.


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

NYFW: Inside Tom Ford FW18

Everything about Tom Ford is sexy. It's a particular flavor of sexy that draws the curious and causes a slight discomfort. After so many years of turning out sexy collections, we wondered if the designer could could still evoke the same reaction from customers.


We find that Tom Ford often leans on his glam-90s classics, which made an era of Gucci and himself famous. For this collection, there were lots of Tom Ford staples but the designer also added plenty of 2018 twists. Some of the show's highlights included, puffer jackets in a variety of textures and lengths. The outerwear was never exaggerated enough to be considered oversized but would nonetheless attract the eyes of streetwear hype-junkies. The overcoats, were classically rich and sexy. (Click here for more pictures from the fashion show.)

The collection also incorporated several Instagram-ready hues, like soft and bright yellows, pink, lavender, orange and aqua. The variety is sure to attract the look-at-me generation of Tom Ford fans-- millennials. As a matter of fact, we didn't see a lot of the dark and sexy suits that have always defined the Tom Ford brand. Instead we were served yellow, pink and blue zebra and python print pants and sports jackets with a scattering of classic patterns, like houndstooth. (More pictures are in the jump.)

Part of Ford's success has always been his unabashed nod to the commercial side of fashion. For the show's last segment, the music turned to Lana Del Rey's Young and Beautiful. Dozens of male models walked the runway in nothing but underwear. No doubt, this was a concession given to a highly lucrative licensee.

As Lana Del Ray sings we know that TF is quietly asking:
Will you still love me
When I'm no longer young and beautiful?

He already knows the answer:
I know you will, I know you will
I know that you will

And yes, we will.


Celebrate Year of the Dog, With Your Dog

The Chinese New Year is a 15 day-long celebration with innumerable activities, scrumptious food and sparkling spectacle. For the third year in a row, Chinatown's Madison Street is teaming up with Uptown's Madison Avenue for the third annual “Madison Street to Madison Avenue" Lunar New Year Event.


The festivities will begin on Saturday, February 10. As this is the Year of the Dog, shoppers are invited to “shop with their dogs” at 50 participating Madison Avenue boutiques. There will be a full array of treats and special dog-related programming to benefit the Animal Medical Center.

Some of the 'shop with your dog' activities are listed below:

Jonathan Adler (1097 Madison Avenue) – Will be hosting an adoption through Foster Dogs. They will also be selling tickets prior to the event for a 15-minute photoshoot with your dog. As part of this package, you will receive a free print and a Jonathan Adler frame.

Sweaty Betty (1153 Madison Avenue) – Will be hosting cocktails for dog parents and snacks for pets along with a pup-centric activity.

Tory Burch (797 Madison Avenue) – Will be toasting with champagne to celebrate Lunar New Year! Receive an exclusive Lunar New Year scarf with your $500 purchase.

Giorgio Armani (760 Madison Avenue) – Will be presenting a "Chinese New Year" capsule with small leather goods and women's ready to wear.

Kate Spade New York (789 Madison Ave NY) - Will be serving festive sips and snacks to welcome guests.

The New Year festivities will also include a range of cultural performances along with child (and dog-friendly) activities inside heated tents. Some of the actives include, Chinese face painting, calligraphy, a themed photo booth and much more. Below is an abbreviated agenda:

Saturday, February 10, 10am-3pm
10:00am: Lion troupes depart Chinatown from Madison Street & Oliver Street and head to the Upper East Side
11:00-11:30am: Lions Arrive Uptown for a welcome and kick-off, Madison Avenue @ 76th Street, while family (and dogs) participate in activities beginng at the Harman Store, Madison Avenue @ 54th Street
11:30am-2:00pm: Lions visit businesses on Madison from 85th down to 50th

Monday, February 5, 2018

Surprise: Neiman Marcus Discounts Hit 85%

We were very excited when Neiman Marcus started to offer an extra 20% off clearance. Then today,  the discounts went lower than we have ever seen. Right now, clearance shoppers can save an additional 30% off clearance merchandise. The big treat is that the online clearance section is scattered with great designer items and the total discount tops 85% on some pieces.






Upon browsing, we found a Victoria Beckham stripped dress is $500 from $2900 and a Brandon Maxwell mini-dress is $400 from $2400. The discount among the shoes isn't quite as high and sizes are scarce but it still makes sense to cherry pick. Balenciaga thigh-high boots are $500 from $1160, Rene Caovilla Butterfly Suede Strass sandals are $370 from about $1175 and Givenchy suede mules are $312 from $995.

The promotion started today and will run through Wednesday at 10am EST. Neiman Marcus doesn't do these extra 30% off sales too often (or ever). We suggest you take advantage while the opportunity presents itself. It might take some digging and sorting but there are some great treasures.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

February Sample Sales ❤️❤️❤️ Faith Connexion

It's February! The month of love. We are up to celebrate all types of love -- self love, relationship love, crush love. After all these months of cold and darkness, now is the perfect opportunity to warm the heart of someone you love.

Shopping and love do go hand-in-hand. I love those boots, I love your dress.  I love that bag. Go ahead. Go after whatever you love. Below are some of our favorite upcoming sample sales. Don't forget to share the love.




Dana Rebecca Fine Jewelry Sample Sale
Dana Rebecca Designs is a fine jewelry brand that focuses on personal, everyday pieces that can be stacked and layered. We love that the collection is actually fine jewelry and not filigree or plated. What's even better is that these sample sale prices make indulging very affordable. For example, a diamond pendant necklace will be $264 from $660, a gold bangle with diamonds will be $830 from $2090 and diamond earrings will be priced at $1144 from $2860.
Wednesday, February 7 through Thursday, February 8
Wed 4pm-8pm, Thur 10am-7pm
37 West 20th, Suite 1108

Brian Atwood
It's been a while since Brian Atwood has had a sample sale. Come to think of it, it's been a while since we've seen Brian Atwood shoes all together. It's nice to know the shoe designer is still kicking-it with those heels. What's even better, is that you can get insider prices at the two-day sample sale. We are told that $800 shoes will be reduced to $125 and $6000 boots will be just $800. That figures out to about 80% off. Pretty good, huh? Can't wait to see for ourselves.
Friday, February 9 and Saturday, February 10
10am-7pm daily
Standard Hotel East, 25 Cooper Square, Penthouse


Global Fashions Italian Designer & Couture Sale
Bargain shoppers will be able to snag 80% off European designer clothing and real couture. Shoes and handbags will be reduced by 70%. Assorted designers will include M Missoni, Red Valentino/ Valentino, Marchesa, Moschino and Anya Hindmarch! There will be a great assortment for both mens and women with a full range of sizes. Mention Madison Avenue Spy and save an additional 10% off your total purchase.
Monday, February 12 through Thursday, February 15
9am-6pm daily
49 W. 38th Street btwn 5th & 6th (Main floor)

Faith Connexion Sample Sale
Faith Connexion has become a cult favorite for street style stars. The brand's avant-garde pieces are easy to wear and also look great. The brand is sold at Barneys, Patron of the New, Intermix and various European websites. Be on the lookout for edgy leather jackets and pants that normally run from $2000-$3000.
Tuesday, February 20 through Sunday, February 25
Tues 10am-8pm, Wed-Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 11am-5pm
260 Sample Sale: 150 Greene Street




Thursday, February 1, 2018

Give Love & Self Love For Valentines Day

Popular culture has decided that Valentines Day bashing is more fun than celebrating. We couldn't agree less. Who cares of it's an imagined holiday to promote retail and antiquated relationship philosophies? It's February! We've had months of cold and darkness and now is the perfect opportunity to indulge yourself or someone you love. After all, how did shopping and love become an enemy?

Below are some items we love and we think you will too:






BaubleBar heart hoop earrings ($62)

Miu Miu sweater with heart ($685)

Prada lips dress ($1450 from $3820)

Nars pink Velvet Lip Glide Duo ($16)

CDG Play x Converse Suck Taylor ($125)

Gucci red velvet loafers ($695)

Takesh heart sunglasses ($169)

Kilian 'Good Girl Gone Bad' perfume ($275)

Off-White industrial belt ($220)

Boyy top handle bag ($1185)

Intermix Winter Clearance Offers 80% Off

Just when you thought all the good markdowns were over, we found a sale to motivate us to work through Friday. Today, Intermix started a winter clearance sale where discount merchandise is reduced an extra 50% off. The sale includes lots of items that can easily fit into your wear-now wardrobe.






We found these RtA leather plants with gold stars that come to $400 from almost $1145, a Caroline Constas cable knit sweater is $200 from $500 and Aquazzura thigh-high velvet boots are $250 from $1000. (As a matter of fact, a lot of shoes is reduced 80%. Not bad!) A Cinq å Sept mini-dress ($190 from about $500) or a Caravan silver sequined dress ($185 from $490) are to spice up your Valentines evening wardrobe.

The sale is online and in stores through Saturday. The Madison Avenue boutique has some of the sale items listed on the site but we always find that we have better luck Downtown. Overall, shopping online is the easiest but, take note, all sale items aren't returnable.