Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Inside the Nicholas Kirkwood Sample Sale

This morning, the Nicholas Kirkwood sample sale kicked off for VIPs and LVMH employees. The sale is taking place at the Warwick Hotel, just like Manolo Blahnik's sample sale and offers discounts almost as good.

Prices start at just $90 for flats and range up to $425 for shearling boots with a pearl heel. On most items, the markdown is between 50% to 80% off. In the early hours, there was an abundance of Kirkwood's classic pointy-toe flats and mules priced at $90 from a retail range from $425 to $540. Styles vary in color and come in assortments of suede, leather, and patent leather.

Mid-heel shoes are priced a little more expensively at $160 and high heels are $200. You can click over to see the full price list and pictures. All shoes are organized by size except for the most covetable Kirkwood styles, which are reserved near the entrance to the saleroom. That's where you will find a lot of the most classic pieces including these Derby shoes with a pearl heel come in both silver and black and are priced at $309 from $995. This tall style is priced at $800 from $2760, this biker boot is $450 from nearly $2000 and these sneakers in white are $350. You can click over to see some pictures we grabbed surreptitiously at the sale.

At noon, before the sale opened to the public, there was a line of about 50 people waiting. Take note, there will be no restocking and some of the best styles were disappearing fast. There is a hard limit of only 10 pairs per customer and only credit cards are accepted.

Those out of town shouldn't feel too disappointed, Nicholas Kirkwood often gets heavily discounted in department stores and boutiques. Keep an eye on sales at Fivestory and TheRealReal.

Nicholas Kirkwood
Tuesday, October 30 & Wednesday, October 31
Tues 12pm-8pm, Wed 8am-5pm
Warwick Hotel, 65 West 54th Street, 2nd Fl

Monday, October 29, 2018

Chanel's Newest Price Hike

Since the beginning of Madison Avenue Spy, we have been tracking the prices of Chanel bags. In doing so, we have created a rich archive of pricing history. As Chanel shoppers brace for yet another price increase, which is slated to take place on November 1, we thought we would take a look back at the way things were.

The price of a Maxi Classic Chanel Jumbo bag will be $6700 on November 1, which is almost more than double the price it was in 2010. (You can see a chart of Chanel's price history dating back to 2004 over here.)

This season, most styles are increasing in price by about 6%. In the past, we've seen even steeper price jumps. Depending on the popularity of a particular style, bags have skyrocketed as much as 30% in a single year. Don't fear, we were able to find lots of Chanel bags priced under $2000 browse through our above scroll to see what we found.

Chanel generally evaluates prices in November and May. This year, we've seen upward price movement three times -- May, July and now November. This is a record number of price increases. In between 2010 and 2011, there were two price increases. During that year, the cost of many bags vaulted $1000.

In 2009, we proposed that Chanel was attempting to reach a similar price point of the coveted Hermes Birkin bag and it looks like they are making their way up there. Perhaps Chanel is simply staying ahead of other luxury brands? We have heard reports that handbags sales are starting to stagnate. This might not be the best time for a price jump. What do you think?

NOVEMBER SAMPLE SALES 🍂🍗🌽Montblanc/ Brock/ Jil Sander

The calendar has turned to November, which means sample sale shopping will hit a frenetic peak. It's a good thing because Thanksgiving and holiday parties are right around the corner. There is no better time to start collecting holiday gifts and adding some exciting pieces to your home and wardrobe.

Below is a list of what we believe to be the best bargain bonanzas of the month. You can see a listing of all the sample sales occurring in NYC on Chicmi. Continue to check back here and we will add more sales and commentary. Feel free to ask questions, feedback, and comments below. You can also follow along on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook to get quick and immediate updates.

Nicholas Kirkwood Sample Sale
We haven't covered a Nicholas Kirkwood sale in almost three years. The last sale was at Century 21 and prices were reduced 80% 0ff. This season, the sale will take place at the Warwick. (Just like the Manolo sale.) We expect the discount to start off at 70% and then get reduced to 80% as the sale continues into its second day. Shoppers should anticipate a bit of a crowd. We don't think it will be as popular as the Manolo sale but girls love their shoes. Full details are now live over here. 
Tuesday, October 30 & Wednesday, October 31
Tues 12pm-8pm, Wed 8am-5pm
Warwick Hotel, 65 West 54th Street, 2nd Fl

3.1 Phillip Lim Sample Sale
This sale is always very popular. Expect bags to fly off the shelves during the first few hours of the sale. At last sale we attended large Pashlis were $300, minis were $200, the 31 Hour tote bag, Soleil bucket bags, and Biancas were $200. All other bag styles were $150. All shoes were $100. Shirts were $120 or $150 for embroidered options, pants, jeans and shorts were $75 and dresses ranged from $175 to $450 and outerwear ran for $175 to $500 for leather and fur options. Click here to see the full report.
Tuesday, October 30 through Sunday, November 4
Tues 1pm-8pm, Wed &Thur 10am-7pm, Fri& Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-5pm
260 Sample Sale: 160 Greene Street

Edie Parker Sample Sale
Who doesn't need another hard sided evening clutch? Well, that is, if they are highly discounted. During prior sales, bags were prices started at $200 but last year shoppers complained that the least expensive bag was $400. We don't know if this sale will offer good discounts or better. Let us know if you're going and we will be sure to share the information.
Friday, November 2 through Saturday, November 3
Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-5pm
Parasol Projects, 2 Rivington Street

Global Fashions Pre-Holiday Sale
Global Fashions is the official luxury distributor for several Italian designer brands including couture designers. The showroom will be opening its doors to the public for a pre-holiday sample sale. Expect to find a variety of Italian designers with the extra bonus of a large assortment from this season's Stuart Weitzman collection. Discounts will range from 70% to 80% off. Shoes, bags, accessories, and jewelry will be reduced by 70% off retail, designer clothing will be discounted 75% and couture will be 80% off. Expect to find full-size ranges of classic shoes and lots of covetable style bags. You can click through here to see pictures from inside a past sample sale.
Monday, November 5 through Thursday, November 8
 9am-6pm daily
49 West 38th Street

Vivian Westwood Sample Sale
The eccentric British designer is hosting a SIX-day sample sale. The merchandise selection should be HUGE. Expect to find a big crowd of FIT students and fashion insiders. Two years ago the designer had a much more discreet sale in the garment district. The assortment included clothing, shoes, bags, small leather accessories, scarves, jewelry, and sunglasses. The more recent collections were discounted 60% and older collections were discounted reduced up to 90%. Expect to find assorted merchandise from the Anglomania, Red Label, and Gold Label lines.
Tuesday, November 6 through Sunday, November 11
Tues 9am-8pm, Wed to Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-5pm

Chloe Sample Sale
One of the big shopping highlights for November will undoubtedly be the Chloe sample sale. Last year's sale was accompanied by lots of excitement and repeated markdowns. By the final days, almost all merchandise was discounted 80% off. Expect long lines and crowds throughout the sale. This is another event you'll want to watch with a close eye. 
Wednesday, November 7 through Sunday, November 11
Wed to Fri 9am-8pm, Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-5pm
260 Sample Sale: 151 Wooster Street

Jil Sander/ BROCK Collection / Jonathan Simkhai / Fleur Du Mal Sample Sale This multi-designer sample sale will have a variety of fashions from each designer's collections. Short dresses from Brock will be $500 and long dresses will be $1200. Dresses from Jonathan Simkhai will be $200, gowns will be $395, and knit tops will be $50. Jil Sander dress will be $225, coats will be $300 and leather goods are priced at $1000.
Monday, November 12 through Saturday, November 17
Mon 10am-8pm, Tues to Sat 10am-7pm
260 Fifth Avenue

Global Fashions Men's Italian Designer Sale
This is Global Fashion's first sale entirely dedicated to men's fashion. Expect to find more than 300 pairs of men's designer sneakers, that's in addition to a terrific selection of dress shoes, loafers, and boots. The two-day sale will also include a gorgeous selection of bags, backpacks, jewelry, winter accessories, sportswear, formalwear, athleisure and more. Shoes and accessories will be discounted 70% and all clothing will be 80% off.
Wednesday, November 14 through Thursday, November 15
9am-7pm daily
49 West 38th Street

Montblanc Sample Sale
The Montblanc sample sale is always one of the highlights of the season. People love to take advantage of this sale to buy holiday gifts. Expect lines throughout the duration of this sale. Discounts are up to 70% off to start. There are usually markdowns but by that time only the very expensive, limited edition pens are left over.
Monday, November 19 through Wednesday, November 25
Mon & Tues 9am-7pm, Wed 9am-2pm

Global Fashions Pre-Holiday Sample Sale

Jingle bells aren't quite ringing but those in the wholesale business are wrapping up the holiday business season. Global Fashions, which is the official luxury distributor for several Italian designer brands including couture items, will be opening its showroom to the public for a pre-holiday sample sale.

Discounts will range from 70% to 80% off. Shoes, bags, accessories, and jewelry will be reduced by 70% off retail, designer clothing will be discounted 75% and couture will be 80% off. Expect to find full-size ranges of classic shoes and lots of covetable style bags, You can click through here to see pictures from inside a past sample sale.

Global Fashions Sample Sale
Monday, November 5 through Thursday, November 8
9am-6pm daily
49 West 38th Street

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

Bergdorf Goodman: First Markdown Contemporary Designers

It's still early in the sale cycle but Bergdorf Goodman is getting a jump on the action. The luxury department store started its first round of discounts. Right now you can begin saving 40% on many contemporary designer pieces.

The sale is perfect timing for those take advantage of stocking up on denim and cozy sweats. Over this way we found this Monrow sweathsirt  with stars that's reduced to $121 from $162 and a sky blue sweathirt from PE Nation is $105 feom $140 We love the high rise black jeans from DL1961, which are $106 from $178 and  these AG bootcut jeans are $168 from $225.

While we were browsing we also found a few great jewelry pieces and home accessories. Kim Seybert napkin rings are $10 from $20, Vita Fede chain earrings are $132 from nearly $300 and the classic Titan bracelet is $200 from $445.

We all know this isn't the real deal. If you're waiting for the real designer deals, write down November 20th on your calender. That's when Bergdof will take it's frist designer markdowns. We will be sure to keep let you know when presale begins and what designers are included in the sale.

We know this is going to be a fun sale season!!

Friday, October 26, 2018

The OutNet: Extra 50% Off Sale

We take a break from sample sale mayhem to bring you a discount promotion this nearly as good and requires no waiting in line. The Outnet is hosting a sale where a large selection of discounted merchandise is reduced an additional 50% off.

The markdown on many items comes to nearly 90%. As you would imagine, the merchandise will start going very fast once word gets out. This Balmain studded cocktail dress comes to $1500 from nearly $12,000, Aerin flats are about $100 from $600, and this Roland Mouret lamé skirt is $250 from $1585. We are wild for this Jil Sander leather trench that's a bit over $1000 from $6700 and Belstaff leather ankle boots, which we happen to really, really like are $100 from $600.

As with those Balstaff boots, there aren't a lot of size options. We suggest you sort by size before falling for something you can't have. There are also some great less expensive items like this Clu sweatshirt that's about $75 from $338.

Just remember, all sales are final. Can you really blame them? Prices like this totally justify a no backsies policy.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Before You Go: The Row's Sample Sale

Everyone seems to be morning the loss of Phoebe Philo at Celine but you can still support female designers and bask in minimalist designed luxury fashion from The Row. You can also save a pretty penny while doing so at The Row's annual sample sale.

This evening, the sale was open for previews to VIPs, the press, celebrity types like Tracy Pollan and lots of Spence moms. This season's sneak peek was a lot more hectic than past years. There was a long line and, even a wait. (Quelle horreur!) There was nobody checking any list, which made matters worse. Could you imagine that the line for The Row was even longer than the Jimmy Choo sale, which happens to be taking place at the same venue?

Everything at The Row's sale is discounted 70% off-- and that includes bag and shoes. This season, there are no exotic items or furs. There are also very few coats, which were all gone within the first hour. There weren't even very many blazers. One style blazer with button details was still pricey at $900 from $3000. We also didn't see any sunglasses. On the bright side, the sale had lots of bags and shoes.

There are plenty of satin Ascot bags in various colors, which are priced under $300 from $990. Hunting bags come to $1080 from $3600, Market bags come to about $1275 from $4250 and this pouch-style bag comes in various colors in suede and is about $330 from $1150. Among the shoe selection, we spotted lots of loafers. This satin style loafer is about $300 from nearly $1000 and is on sale here for $480, these floral print canvas slippers are $360 from nearly $1200 and suede ankle booties are $765 from $1250.

The clothing selection isn't as plentiful as past years. There are some leather pants but mainly two styles of classic black pants, one of which has a boot cut leg. There are also lots of black jeans and a whole rack of long gowns, which are basically slips. There are some sweaters but we preferred the selection last Winter.

We suggest you head over to Bergdorf Goodman online if you can't make it to the sample sale, don't want to deal with lines or we haven't mentioned what you are looking for. There is a large selection of clothing, shoes, and bags that are discounted 50% to 70% off.

If you're a big fan of The Row, you know what to expect when it comes to prices and styling. We would suggest you go. Not every shopper loads up $3000 fashion items that don't have a single logo-- even when they are 70% off. For those types, we suggest taking a pass.

The Row Sample Sale
Thursday, October 25 through Sunday, October 28
Thurs 9am-7pm, Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 9am-7pm, Sun 9am-3pm
Metropolitan Pavilion: 123 West 18th Street
Only Credit Cards Accepted

Inside: The Jimmy Choo Sample Sale Higher Prices

This morning, the Jimmy Choo sample sale kicked off for press and VIPs. By 10am the cue for general RSVP admission reached Sixth Avenue, nearly a full city avenue. An hour later, when we left the sale, the line was getting a little bit better. You can bet that it is still a substantial wait before any of those customers get their hands on any Choos. (While waiting in line, head over to can see Instagram Stories to see the extent of the wait.)

Inside, shoes are organized by color on racks and bags are on tables. (Jimmy Choo has come a far way from the days of throwing shoes on the floor and tables.) The best deals are the men's shoes, which are all $150. Women's shoes start at $250 but most styles fall into the $325 category. That's a significant increase from last season when women's shoes were priced at $200 and $250 respectively. Boots, this season, are priced at $375.

Handbags prices have held steady from last season except from evening bags that will cost you $100 more than last year at $350. Small handbags are still $250. Most of the most attractive styles are the larger category bags ($450) and then there is a $200 supplement for exotics, like pony hair. (If only there were a truffle supplement, too!) You can see the full pricing list and pictures of shoe and bags from the Jimmy Choo sample sale over here.

So, what will you find? There is a better selection than last season but really nothing worth waiting for hours-- especially at these prices. The best buys are the basic metallic Abel shoes that come in silver, gold, holographic and more. We find that a metallic Choo is a great investment because they are so wearable. Retail prices are normally about $700 from the Abel but they often come on TheRealReal for between $150 and $250. Many times they are even brand new.

Personally, we find the platform peep-toe sparkle shoe a little dated. Most of the styles found in the sale are recycled old style shoes. Jimmy Choo has a really great collection this season but we didn't spot anything that comes close to being remotely lustful. You can click this way to see pictures of what we think are the best styles from the Jimmy Choo sample sale.

The sale runs through Friday. Even though the weather is beautiful, we would avoid waiting in line for hours with the early rush. Prices are usually reduced on the last day. That's when the fun begins!

Jimmy Choo Sample Sale
Wednesday, October 24 through Friday, October 26th
Wed 11am-8pm, Thurs & Fri 8am-8pm
Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 West 18th Street, 2nd Floor

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Shopbop's First Official Markdown

Online retailers don't quite run sale season the same way traditional store calendars negotiate markdowns. Shopbop, for example, just started its first full markdown on Fall clothing, shoes and accessories. Meanwhile, most retailers won't start markdowns for at least a few more weeks.

The discount seems to run from 30% to 40% off retail. A Red Valentino blouse in Grey with exaggerated shoulders is $276 from $395, a Paper London sweater with pink and white racing stripes down the arm is $174 from $290 and a Champion sweatshirt is $55 from $110. Heading to the designer options, we found a Kenzo sweatshirt for $200 from $300, a silver Ashish dress with a drop front is $315 from $450, and a mini Sonia Rykiel bag is $220 from $550.

Of course, there are items even reduced more from prior seasons. A Baja East silver mini-dress is $373 from $1500, Correges hooded coat is $561 from $1900 and a Jonathan Simkhai bustier dress is $900 from $3000.

If the item you're watching isn't included in this markdown it is likely to be added in the next sale drop. Usually, the site adds batches of merchandise every few weeks.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Inside the Oscar de la Renta Sample Sale

This afternoon, the Oscar de La Renta sample sale kicked off in Soho to VIPs and Gilt ticket holders. The sale includes a great assortment of almost all designer's categories including dresses, gowns, coats, day-wear, skirts, furs, jewelry, belts, bags, shoes, kids clothing, and bridal gowns.

Most items are priced between 70% and 90% off retail. Samples, which can be identified by an internal sample tag, are priced according to a master list. (You can see the price sample lists in the jump.) All other items are priced as marked. The best part of this sale is that a lot of the merchandise is current to this season-- Fall 2018.

Some of the standouts include this jacquard dress with a full skirt in a sleeveless version and it was priced at $575 from $2650.  A strapless gown with colorful splatter embroidery is $1650 from nearly $12,000 and we spotted a tulle dress like this one but with embroidery for $575 from over $7000. Clearly, the savings on dresses and gowns are substantial. (You can see pictures here.)

Over towards the checkout counter, you'll see an assortment of jewelry and belts. Most are priced at about 80% off retail. These flower drop earrings in assorted colors are $69 from $350, an oversized belt like this one was $120 from $650 and broaches were $50. (We have pictures and prices over here.) Downstairs, you'll find a great assortment of shoes, which we are sure won't last very long. All shoes are $89. These sparkling ruby heels are normally almost $900. They are just $89 at the sample sale but can also be found on TheOutNet for $330.

Downstairs there are also plenty of bridal gowns. We didn't catch the prices -- the gowns are too big and heavy to fish for price tags-- but one was more stunning than the next. Near those gowns, you'll also find children's shoes that are all just $20. Some have original price stickers of more than $250. You really can't beat that. The children's clothing assortment isn't very exciting. There is one style of a classic ODLR dress that is perfect for a little girl between age two and six. Beyond that, the classic style dresses don't always look right.

On your way out, you might notice a roped off section of ODLR furs. Don't worry, you're not missing too much. The markdown isn't very good at about 50% off and prices are still very high.  (Jump for pics.)

The ODLR sale is one of those popular events that tend to attract lots of shoppers, which tend to accumulate into a steady line throughout the days of the sale. It's not usually too bad of a wait but you should clock in some extra time if you're thinking of taking a quick pass through the sale.

Oscar de la Renta Sample Sale
Tuesday, October 23 through Friday, October 28
Tues 10am-8pm, Wed & Thurs 11am-7pm, Fri 11am-4pm
151 Wooster Street between Houston & Prince

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Neiman Marcus Offers Extra 25% Off Fall Clearance

Just as the weather is taking a sharp turn towards Fall, we found a sale to motivate us into the new work week. Today, Neiman Marcus started a Fall clearance sale where discount merchandise is reduced an extra 25% off. That brings the total markdown to 80% off on some items. The sale even includes lots of items that can easily fit into your wear-now wardrobe.

 These bi-color Calvin Klein wool pants are just $185 from $990, an Isabel Marant black mini-skirt is $125 from $670,  a pink Off White dress with drawstrings is $320 from $1700 and Armani wide-legged pants are $170 from $900. As you can see, there are some very good designer pieces in the mix. Just be careful sorting from most expensive, you'll find really great Valentino, Balmain, Bottega and more. Even at 80% off many of these pieces are still over $1000.

This extra 25% off clearance sale only runs through Monday. The next big clearance promotion will be in early November and then the current season begins the first markdown before Thanksgiving.

You should also take note that Neiman Marcus is also running a beauty promotion where fragrances, cosmetics, and other beautifying items are 20% off. This promo runs through Thursday. It's not so often that we see a straight beauty discount at a department store and even the high-end brands are included.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Obsessed: Carolina Bucci's Limited Edition Royal Oak

A friend and colleague from FrontRowEdit, recently posted about the most gorgeous limited edition, Audemars Puget, Frosted Gold Royal Oak. It was love at first sight and that love has evolved into an outright obsession.

The 37mm timepiece features a remarkable Frosted gold finish and a mirrored dial. The watch was conceived by Italian jewelry designer Carolina Bucci and limited to just 300. The retail price is $52,000. The designer explains that the focal point of the new design is the mirrored dial, which has been crafted with painstaking precision.

"The mirror is always interacting with its environment, ever-changing according to what clothes you're wearing, the décor of the room, the lighting, the time of day, the weather," she says. "I know women with a great eye for keynote accessories who are going to love this." Caroline must have been reading out mind.

The price tag might be a little bit much for a weekend shopping outing but while snooping around we felt satisfied settling for Caroline Bucci's other jewelry designs. We love this heart-shape ring ($3480) that utilizes the same Florentine-technique hammered gold finish as the Royal Oak. These hoop earrings are equally as beautiful and just $720. If you're still yearning for some arm adornments, go for this coil 'Caro' bracelet ($550).

If you're really looking for a great deal on something Caroline Cucci we suggest you click to TheRealReal,. We found the Italian jewelry designer's inventory heavily discounted. This version of the Caro bracelet can be found for as little as $144, chain hoop earrings are just $925, gold bangles with charms are $500 and a twisted colored rope bangle is $145.

The Caro bracelet is an okay temporary diversion for our Royal Oak obsession but it's not a cure. After all, the combination of a mirrored dial and a watch could make our iPhone obsolete, right?

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

Sunday, October 7, 2018

TJ Maxx Runway: Valentino, Fendi, Gucci, Balenciaga

We have to be honest, we don't spend enough time shopping in TJ Maxx. The discount store somehow has slid out of focus. It's lucky that we have friends who aren't so distracted. (Thank you 530or630 for keeping us on our toes.)

It appears as if TJ Maxx stores, which specialize in carrying the 'Runway' collection, have received hefty shipments of designer shoes and bags. At the Wall Street TJ Maxx we spotted, Balenciaga Graffiti bags, Valentino Rockstuds Spikes, Saint Laurent totes, and Stella McCartney classics and so much more. You can browse our shopping pictures here and shop a great assortment of the designer bags on the TJ Maxx website.

Before you get too excited, just not that the discounts aren't exactly stellar. We found this Valentino Rockstud Spike in white marked $2000 from $2745, a medium Loewe puzzle bag is $2000 from $2850 and a small Fendi raffia crossbody is $2200 from $2800. Be on the lookout, some of the retail prices (before prices) arn't always accurate. We found a Balenciaga Graffiti Bb bag and it was marked $2000 but here it is for just $1775 and even the newer style --which we don't even like as much -- is $1800 on MatchesFashion.

There are no designer shoes on Wall Street TJ Maxx but a keened eye Spy found a great variety at the 59th Street Bridge location. There are Manolo Hangisi mules like these for $600. Roger Vivier heels are $349, Celine boots for $600, Gucci mules with a classic green and red ribbon like these are $200, and a large assortment of Valentino Rockstud heels for $850. The best find is a Celine luggage tote for $2000. (How long until Hedi messes those up too?) You can see shopping pictures in the jump here.

We highly suggest you browse the TJ Maxx website before running around the city. We were very surprised that they even listed some Christian Louboutin sneakers and Moncler boots. After you've exhausted your online shopping, hit your local TJ Maxx and share what you find in the comment section. We'll also be sure to keep you updated if we see markdowns on any of this designer merchandise.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Hermes Sale: What Went Down & What You Can Expect

The Hermes sale kicked off today at Americana Manhasset, on Long Island. It was an exhilarating and exhausting day for those who attended the sale and for even those who watched it all unfold on social media.

The first shoppers to get their line numbers arrived Tuesday night and even those who arrived at 1am were over #50 in line. By the time the sale opened at 10am, tickets were well over #300. The sale space is smaller than prior years and only 40 people were allowed in at a time. There are no shopping time limits and no purchasing limits, which means that early shoppers took huge hauls.

Everything at the Hermes sale is reduced 50% off retail. We are told that before you could shop, you need to cover your phone camera with a sticker. An alarm would alert if the sticker was removed. We're not sure if the alarm is a scare tactic but those who finally got into the sale weren't willing to take the risk. (Can you blame them?)

Since there were no purchase limits, early shoppers left with $70,000 to $80,000 worth of merchandise. No doubt they will be reselling their hauls. There are only three registers and the line to check out is almost as bad as the line to get into the sale. It didn't help that the credit card machines continuously overheated and needed to be rebooted. (LOL. Seriously, LOL!)

The sale doesn't contain any scarves, ties, or bags. The biggest buzz is about the bangles and bracelets. Many of our Mad-Spy friends and family report that there were a variety of Clic-Clac bracelets, enamels, and exotic Collier de Chien and Kelly cuffs. Many people walked out with 10 or more bracelets each.

We are told that the shoe selection is very slim. Even early shoppers complained that there were only very small and very large sized shoes. Some of the shoe highlights include Oran sandals in exotic skins (that means they are very expensive) and others with rhinestones. There are no basic styles. One shopper said there were some men's swim trunks, blazers, and pants but not much else.

Purchases made at the Hermes sample sale do not come with boxes. All items are marked with the letter "s" symbolizing that they were purchased at a sale.

Shoppers who were given the tickets #218 and above didn't make it into the sale today -- that's after waiting several hours. The good news is that those shoppers can return tomorrow with their tickets and continue to ... wait!  By today's end, organizers were handing out tickets surpassing #600. We are told that no more tickets will be issued for the remainder of the sale.

Many Hermes sale shoppers left with their numbers and don't plan on returning.  On the bright side, we are told that the sale will be fully restocked. Feel free to a message in the comment box below if you have a number that you're not using or if you are looking to attend the sale and need a number. Also, check our Instagram account to comment get live reports on the sale.

Hermes Sample Sale
Through Saturday, October 6
10am-7pm daily
Americana Manhasset Mall: 2060 Northern Blvd (Next to Tory Burch)

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Saks Friends & Family Early Access

The Saks Fifth Avenue Friends & Family sale started early access online today and will begin in stores on Wednesday. Despite the attractive 25% off discount clothing, shoes and accessories, there aren't many designer options included in the promotion.

Far gone are the days of a friendly Prada discount but there are still some designer-y items from which to choose. The friends and family sale is bundled in one link but Saks was extra tricky and added sale merchandise that's not eligible for the additional discount. Look closely before clicking.

For example, here is a Gucci dress reduced to $2250 from $4500 but it's not an additional 25% off even though its included in the friends and family section. The same goes for this Gucci blazer that's also discounted 50% off and this Valentino leather trapeze jacket. We also happened to stumble upon a bunch for Saint Laurent and Vetements reduced 70% off.

Within the special link, shoppers can apply the discount to Alice & Oliva. We love this leather moto jacket with rainbow fringe. Speaking of fringe, here is an MSGM denim jacket with fringe that is perfect to pair with your new cowboy boots. (We would take a hard pass on the coordinating jeans.)

We aren't too surprised by this sly Saks friends & family sale but think it would be more fitting to change the name to the Saks Trick or Treat sale. For what it's worth, the promotion runs through Tuesday, October 9  but we wouldn't be surprised if there was an extension. Tick or treat...

Monday, October 1, 2018

Bloomingdales Friends & Family Finds 80% Off

Bloomingdale's friends and family sale kicked off this week. In case you missed our pre-sale post, you can now use the code FRIENDS to save 25% off many brands. Purchases not eligible for the friends and family discount can be applied towards a gift card promotion where you can receive a $25 gift card for every $100 you spend.

Now that it's offically Fall, we figured we would scope out the actual store and see what we could find to enhance our chillier-weather wardrobe. Our first stop was the redesigned shoe floor, which is still a little disorienting. We instantly fell in love with these Alexander Wang cage booties. We weren't totally horrified by these Marc Jacobs combat boots but if you have a bigger budget you might want to consider the Gucci version. The Mac Daddy of all combat boots is the Louis Vuitton version, obvi.

After moving off the shoe floor we traveled to the desginer clothing level. Unfortunatly, without any shoes, the entire floor seems a bit drab and lifeless. We did, however, get excited when we found several racks of designer clothing steeply discounted and then reduced an additional 50% off. We spotted a Palmer Harding stripped dress reduced to $210 from $700, a David Koma sweater is $110 from $700,  a David Koma dress with a mirrored trimmed ruffle is now $330 from $2550. Other stand out items were this Mochino dress that's just $225 from $750 and a Jil Sander knit sweater for $80 from over $400.

We have pictures of the designer finds we saw over this way. The best part is that these items are elegiable for the gift card promotion and many sales associates will let you apply them at checkout, which means you essentially recieve another 25% off.

Other sale highlights include these Gucci loafers that are 50% off, Monrow sweatpants that are $100 from $153 and lots of Missoni bedding is 40% off. The friends and family sale runs through October 8th. The next big Bloomingdales promotion will be in November where you can save $25 off every $100 you spend.