Thursday, July 28, 2011

Christian Siriano Sample Sale

By: ManhattanMataHari

Fans of Project Runway winner, Christian Siriano will be thrilled to learn that the reality show designer is hosting his first sample sale. The one-day sale serves up fiercely fashionable pieces at a fraction of the retail price.

We went to the sale early today to preview the merchandise and found the best deals on Christian Siriano’s sample rack. Chiffon tops started at $40 and dresses were $65. On the racks of Siriano’s ready-to-wear, we found wool-cashmere blend coats for $400 and textured silk skirts for $150. There were a number of cute cocktail dresses with ruffles and draping details for $375. The pricing for separates pricing for pants ($150), blouses ($200) and jackets ($275) may be hard to justify since most of the designs aren’t exactly practical for everyday wear.

In addition to Siriano’s closeouts, the sale includes samples and overstock from designers Lyn Devon and Karolina Zmarlak. At the time we previewed the sale, Zmarlak had not set up her fashion but we did find a lot of great deals from Devon.

We spotted a number of Lyn’s pieces from the spring 2011 collection and samples from her current (or not yet in stores) fall 2011 collection. Our picks were a lovely burgundy leather skirt for $125, classic lightweight knits (in black, green, blue, and pink) made of Loro Piana fabric for $75 and the “Ella” dresses in a variety of fabrics for $275. Lyn’s dresses normally run about $1000 at department stores, so we are going to consider $275 a great bargain.

Christian Siriano, Lyn Devon and Karolina Zmarlak Sample Sale
Friday, July 29th
8am to 6pm
463 Broome St near Greene and Mercer Sts, suite 1B (downstairs)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Intermix Extra 40% Off

By: TJKennedy

We may have officially reached the dead of summer, but the sale at Intermix is still alive and well. The back section of the store is dedicated to sale merchandise which is an additional 40% off and includes an array of white flowing dresses and colorful jeans.

Tank tops range from $49 to $120, the most expensive being a pale pink silk top by the new addition to the store, Theyskens Theory. Blouses that were usually $220 were down to $100 and long maxi dressed were down to $108 from $300. Knit tops by Theory were plentiful and range from $78 to $149.

One of our favorite pieces was a printed fringe Z Spoke dress that retails for $450, discounted to $180. Tons of cropped jeans in a plethora of colors filled the racks by J Brand, Rag & Bone, and Current/Elliot, all around $70. There were a few select sizes of high waisted, wide leg jeans by J Brand marked at $80.

There were silk scarves for $99 and about 10 styles of shoes by the likes of Sergio Rossi, Pour La Victoire, and Brian Atwood. The only flats were a couple pair of bedazzled flip flops by Giuseppe Zanotti. The one tray of jewelry was slightly disappointing but pieces ranged from $25 up to $115. Cut off shorts were only around $60-- why do it yourself when you can buy a perfectly symmetrical pair to throw in your weekend beach bag.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Milly Markdown

The Milly boutique is offering customers a modest summer savings off most items. Milly Minis, the brand's adorable children's line is 30% off and women's clothing is 40% off. Jewelry is discounted 30% and the store is also offering an additional 30% off these items for a total discount of about 50% off.

With a bit of searching, you can find many of the same flirty items on sale at Saks for 60% off. For instance, on Saks online we found the combo bustier dress for $150 but it's still $225 at the boutique. A Milly Minis party dress is $97 at Saks but $135 at the store.

Sizes are running low at both stores. That bustier dress is only available in a size 12 at Saks online and the boutique only has a size 0. If you're in between, you may have to do a bit more legwork.

Jen 212-395-9100

Monday, July 25, 2011

Tom Ford Half Off

There were a lot of firsts at Tom Ford this season. The master of sexy launched his first women's collection under his own label. The collection was presented in London to a small group of privleged a-list celebrities, fashion insiders and selected press. Unlike most fashions shows, there were no photographers and no pictures of the collection were circlulated to the media.

Depending on your perspective, this marketing ploy may have backfired. Without images and press hype, customers were never given the chance to explore the collection and become comfotable with spending thousands of dollars on a single piece of fashion. Shopkeepers and boutique managers swore up and down that the "maiden collection" would not be marked down. But we knew better...

Guess what? The collection is now 50% off!

For the first time, the entire Tom Ford women's collection is now 50% off. That includes shoes, bags, jewelry and clothing. Unlike the men's collection there is still a lot of merchandise from which to choose. For those who have not shopped the Madison Avenue boutique, shoes are regularly priced at about $1000, bags at about $3500 and clothes are $1500 plus.

Unfortunatly, we still can't find pictures of some of the best pieces of the collection. For now, we will just have to wait until our shipment arrives and post pictures later. At least we can enjoy the fact that our fashionable purchases haven't been overexposed. Now that's another first we can enjoy!

Diane: 212-359-0300

Sunday, July 24, 2011

End of Season Sales: Meatpacking

By ManhattanMataHari

Despite the heel-peril that can be inflicted by cobblestones, the Meatpacking district is a wonderful alternative to Madison Avenue shopping. Designer boutiques across the far west side of 14th Street are offering generous discounts to lure the end of summer shopper.

We always love to start our Meatpacking district shopping at Jeffrey. The sale rack is full of great markdowns, mostly in size 4 and 6 ladies. We found wardrobe staples like a $1175 Jil Sander black blazer marked down to $470. Jeffery is one of the only boutiques authorized to sell Chanel and it was hard to resist a chic $2610 lightweight black anorak marked down to $1044. There are also a number of designer heels included in the sale for mostly under $300 from labels like Blahnik, Fendi, Gucci, Marni, and Bottega Veneta. With only a week left for the sale, heading downtown may become a higher priority.
Ebone: 212-206-1272

Stella McCartney
The Stella McCartney boutique is currently offering a 60% discount on the spring and summer collection. The children’s clothing line is 50% off, but unfortunately there are no large sizes left to pass off as small womenswear. Seasonal patterned Falabella totes (in citrus or floral designs) a priced at $559 and $579, while an $1845 gray boyfriend blazer is now $739. Some of the better deals were a lovely $595 striped cream silk blouse marked down to $219 and $239 blue satin animal print tulip shorts or matching dress for $359. The sale is also online with additional sizes and selection.
Elizabeth: 212-255-1556

Matthew Williamson
Heading next door to Matthew Williamson, we were surprised to find the discount is still only 60%. Unfortunately, the designer’s signature flowy maxi dresses from the Escape collection are not included in this markdown but will likely go on sale at the end of August. Expect to find loads of bright colors and prints, including cowl neck silk blouses for $330, but the real deals are on $171 bikinis and $235 for one-pieces.
Tommy: 212-255-9881

Moschino is also offering a 60% discount on their spring and summer collections with plenty of styles and sizes to choose from. A black crepe shift dress with gold bobby pin embellished shoulders is now $357 from $895 and a Balenciaga-inspired version adorned with gold thimbles and faux pearls is now $638 from $1595. The sale ends next week so hurry over before items are shipped out.
Niko: 212-243-8600

Alexander McQueen
The nearby Alexander McQueen has their runway collection marked down 60% but we have to say that selection is very limited. A double buckle belt is $339 from $845, skull flip-flops are $199 from $495 and pencil dress is $829 from over $2000. If you’re really interested in great McQueen prices we suggest you shop the boutique as soon as the markdown begins.
Mosell: 212-645-1797

Hugo Boss
Hugo Boss is also advertising a sale. The discount is 40% to 50% off but the discounted merchandise is not delineated in any way and is mixed in with full priced items on the racks. The worst of the Hugo Boss experience was its snooty sales associates. Not necessary.
Don’t Bother

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

UES Welcomes Fairway

As of today, the banana market drastically changed with the opening of Fairway Market on 86th Street between 2nd & 3rd Avenues. Now neighborhood residents, and visitors, can bypass the fruit vendors and overpriced neighborhood convenience stores for their produce and specialty food needs.

In addition, the supermarket will open the first "Fairway to Go" café with coffee, bagels, sandwiches, chopped salad and more next store in the old Circuit City space. That's another huge undeserved market.

We sent out in spies this evening, specifically Dr. Five Hats and her first response was that the store was "f*cking awesome." If you're looking for cheap groceries you might need to shop elsewhere. "It's not badly priced but not great either," she says. "The quality is just amazing and variety can't be beat anywhere in the neighborhood."

Dr. Five Hats was specifically impressed with the variety of kosher foods, which includes meat and a vast amount of baked goods. In addition, there is a large organic department, dried fruits section, three cheese areas and the coffee and tea selection.

Most impressively, the store is open until midnight. (Most other stores in the neighborhood confuse the area for the suburbs and close at 9pm). Delivery between 81st and 91st streets costs $4.95 or $5.95 for anywhere in the city.

Fairway Market
240 East 86th Street
(between 2nd and 3rd Aves)
7:00AM – Midnight Daily

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Robert Marc Sale

The high-end optical store, Robert Marc is starting their summer sale. Handmade corrective glasses and sunglasses for men and women will be 40% to 50% off.

Robert Marc glasses are both fashionable and high quality. The best part is that there are no obnoxious logos. Faithful customers include, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Julianne Moore, Uma Thurman and Matt Damon. Prices start at about $400 and work their way up to very expensive. In addition to the house imprint, Robert Marc stores carry hard-to-find brands like Lunor and Retrospecs.

In our case, it's always when the sale ends that we realize we need new glasses. So if you're optically challenged, this is truly a good opportunity for eyewear rebanding.

190 Columbus Avenue (between 68 & 69), 212-799-4600
400 Madison Avenue (between 47 & 48), 212-319-2900
551 Madison Avenue (between 55 & 56), 212-319-2000
782 Madison Avenue (between 66 & 67), 212-737-6000
1046 Madison Avenue (between 79 & 80), 212-988-9600
1300 Madison Avenue (between 92 & 93), 212-722-1600
386 Bleecker Street (at Perry), 212-242-6668
436 West Broadway (between Spring & Prince), 212-343-8300

Monday, July 18, 2011

White + Warren Sample Sale

It might be hard to think of cashmere in 90-degree heat but chilly August nights are not too far away. We couldn't think of a better way to prepare than shopping at the White + Warren sample sale.

The one day sale will feature spring and summer production pieces as well as samples. All items included in the sale will be priced between $20 to $100. That's even less money than the average bikini!

White + Warren was founded in 1997 with a simple mission--to bring quality cashmere to fashion-savvy women. The collection has expanded to include top-to-toe fashion items. Although there will be no men's clothing at the sample sale, they can shop online at White + Warren.

White + Warren Sample sale
Thursday, July 21st
9am to 7pm
80 West 40th Street, 3rd floor

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Saks Consolidation Sale

By ManhattanMataHari

It’s that time of year again! All of the designer leftovers from Saks Fifth Avenue stores on the east coast have migrated to the 9th floor of the Fifth Avenue flagship store. The discount is now a steep 70% discount. Internet shoppers can find similar deals online but just don’t expect the same variety of high-end designers.

Currently, the most plentiful racks include Ralph Lauren Black Label, Piazza Sempione, St. John’s, Escada, Carolina Herrera, Reed Krakoff, MaxMara, and TSE. Other designers with dedicated sale racks include Stella McCartney, Brunello Cucinello, Donna Karen and Oscar de la Renta. Designers mixed in among other racks include limited sizes of Dolce & Gabbana, Chloe, Jason Wu, Yves Saint Laurent and Alexander McQueen.

During a quick browse we found an Oscar dress for $337, a McQueen dress for $418 and a Dolce & Gabbana tweed pencil skirt for just $188. In addition, we found lots of exquisite evening wear including, a tailored black Valentino cocktail dress that is now $777 and a unique embellished Monique Lhuillier number for $641.

Unfortunately, cloths from Missoni, Pucci, Herve Leger, Dior, Fendi and Chanel were either all sold out or excluded from the additional markdown. If you don’t see anything you like this week, we suggest you keep checking back. Shipments from other stores are still en route.

Before heading out you may want to take a spin through the 8th floor shoe department. Shoes aren’t technically included in the consolidation sale, but the markdown is currently 60% and includes Christian Louboutin and Chanel. We found it hard to resist a pair of brown suede Brian Atwood Maniac-esque Power platform pumps for $229 and Gucci Sigourney studded sandals for $318.

This is an ideal time to stock up on summer clothing to get you through the rest of the season. If you're already well stocked you you can always save your new buys for cruise.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Manolo Blahnik Summer Sale

The Manolo Blahnik sale is starting Monday. The savings will be 50% off the spring and summer collection and will include some alligator styles.

As far as markdowns go, the department stores are serving up better discounts. Just dont expect to find any of the more interesting styles in Bergodorf or Saks.

Although the boutique summer sale doesn't go to 75% off like in February, it is still a big crowd pleaser. The first days of the sale are usually pretty sane but by Friday shoppers can expect lines to get into the boutique.

Manolo Blahnik
31 West 54th Street
Abby: 212-582-3007
Monday-Friday 10:30AM-6PM, Sat 10:30- 6PM, Sun 12pm-5pm
The boutique will close from 2pm to 3pm to restock

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Bergdorf’s Second Cut

Bergdorf Goodman has taken another round of markdowns and we couldn’t wait to shop our way though all the discounted merchandise. Discounts throughout the entire store range from 40% to 60% off, with the best deals being found in the ready-to-wear department.

We spotted a Dior print dress for $960 reduced from $2600, a bright yellow Jil Sander tunic is $338 from $845, a classic Prada dress is now $318 from $795 and a Proenza Schouler dress was reduced to $390 from $975. The only exceptions to the 60% discount rule were Chanel and The Row which remained 40% off.

Heading over to a store highlight—shoes—we were encouraged to see that a second markdown had been taken, bringing the discount to about 60% off. Christian Louboutin and Chanel are the lone holdouts by only offering 40% off. Best to go to Bloomingdales for discount Chanels.

You might be out of luck if your plan was to hold out for the perfect first floor bag. Unfortunately the majority of the sale handbags are sold out. We did, however, find Stella McCartney’s beloved Falabella totes in a cream or black crochet knit marked down 55% to $969.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Mauboussin Celebrates Bastille Day

We usually don't need a reason to shop for jewelry but when handed a reason on a silver--sorry, diamond-- platter we just can't resist. Mauboussin is making jewelry shopping virtually irresistible buy giving us a celebratory excuse and a discount.

In honor of Bastille Day, Mauboussin is serving guests macaroons and champagne and offering shoppers a symbolic 17.89% discount, at the Madison Avenue boutique. The discount is only available through Bastille Day (Thursday, July 14th) and includes the store's entire inventory excluding the Le Premier Jour, Petite Rose D'Amour and ALJSL collection watches.

And yes, we are absolutely sure that your croissant will taste better when wearing a Ma Princesse d'amour Ring. A'avez-vous pas d'accord?

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Michael Kors Mega Sale

By TJKennedy

There's something about being in the Michael Kors boutique that makes you want to be laying on a beach alongside the shirtless, all-American muse, Noah Mills. Maybe it's all the life size portraits of him, maybe it's the heat, or maybe... it's all the spring and summer clothing marked down 70%. Almost the entire second floor of the Madison Ave boutique is included in the sale, except a few unfortunate handbags. Otherwise all shoes, belts, jewelry, clothing, and swimwear are included.

The shoes may be one of the most exciting aspects of the sale, considering that there are some year-round wearable black and nude pumps marked down around $160. All the sandals are also discounted and available in several styles, while most shoes were black, brown, and neutral leather: classic Michael Kors. Not to mention a ton of bright colored cocktail dresses, tops, and light colored pants on the other side. Even a few floor length strapless gowns were in the mix!

Unfortunately, the swimwear and jewelry is the most disappointing with only one style strapless swimsuit in large sizes; however, there were several color options to choose from. Similarly, the jewelry only consisted of a few select gold and silver chain necklaces and signature watches were downstairs in a covetable case. Even still, with so many items discounted, you're sure to find something Hamptons-worthy to help you hook a hunk like Noah.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Lanvin's 2nd Markdown

Lanvin has started their second markdown. The discount is now 50% off and everything from the spring and summer collections are included except for snake skin bags.

The first floor of the Madison Avenue Lanvin boutique is now filled with the newest fall collection but the entire second floor is dedicated to sale items. There is still an abundance of merchandise from which to choose. It's just hard to pick one place to concentrate your energy and money.

We suggest purchasing an item that cannot be found in other boutiques or department stores. Perhaps an interesting necklace or ready-to-wear. We especially like a brass necklace with oversized rings, which was originally $1855 or a lame t-shirt with an embroidered heart is now $1290.

As you can see, most items are still very pricey. It is Lanvin, after all. Bargain shoppers can still snag items from the H&M collaboration on eBay.

Michael 646-439-0381

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Brooks Brother's Clearance

Brooks Brother's may not have the same cashe as it had 50 years ago but that doesn't mean the brand should be entirely dismissed. We've been meaning to stop by since new store opened in Carnegie Hill. The clearance time was the perfect excuse.

The store has been clearly assembled to cater to families. The girls and boys department still has a handsome amount of clearance items that are mostly 50% off. We found, a girl's shirt dress for $32 from an original price of $65, a fleece hooded sweatshirt is $30 from $60 and a bright yellow boys nylon jacket is $50 from $100.

Men's "Golden Fleece" suits are mainly $950 from a starting price of $1900 and almost all the dress shirts are 30% off one and 50% off two or more. In the shoe department, we found many styles reduced even more than 50% off. One pair of deerskin loafers were $187 from $468 and Peel & Co. loafers were $195 from $488.

This sale is perfect to get in touch with your more preppy side. For some, however, an argyle button-up vest might be way too much.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

VPL: A Vintage Affair

By ManhattanMataHari

Calling all vintage couture lovers – for the next couple days you have the opportunity to raid the closets of socialites, stylists, models and designers. Soho vintage store, VPL has filled their back showroom with racks of designer clothing and it's all priced attractively.

Fashionable pieces from Vivienne Westwood, Prada, Helmut Lang and Miu Miu are some of the highlights. Dresses start at $50 and go up to about $400. The real deal here though are the accessories. There are several tables spilling over with designer purses, cool jewelry and hats (including one worn by Madonna in a music video). There are three Chanel classic small 2.55 flap bags (ivory, red, and black). Prices for the Chanel pieces start at $1200. At the Chanel boutique you can pay a $150 for a complete refurbishing and almost every bag comes back looking as good as new.

In addition, we found a large Louis Vuitton carryall luggage for $1200 and a graffiti pochette in white for about $400. A vintage Hermes bucket bag still runs about $2000, but the event organizer did mention on the last day there will be price reductions.

While there are a large number of vintage shoes including Manolos, YSL, Alaia, Miu Miu, Prada, Alessandra Dell’Acqua and others, most were not contemporary enough for our liking, but vintage lovers will rejoice at the prices starting from $35 to $200.

5 Mercer St
July 7th and 8th, 11am-7pm

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Oscar de la Renta Sale

Oscar de la Renta's summer sale has begun. The discount is currently 40% but we expect another cut to come at any moment. We suggest scouting out your favorite pieces now and asking a sales person to stay in contact.

Amid all the colorful gowns and dresses is an amazing collection of shoes. One pair combines cork, grosgrain and beads. They were originally $595 but are now reduced to $357. Of course, the shoes are just a side note to the dresses. One embroidered silk cocktail dress is $2034 from $3390. Our favorite, is a one shouldered gown is $4470 from $7450.

Although all these items are still pricey, It's much better to buy your "event wardrobe" when you re not under the gun. When shopping for a particular event, you always end up overpaying for a questionable dress.