Monday, December 18, 2017

Au Revoir Colette: 1997-2017

It pains me greatly to be writing this post. I remember one of my first trips to Colette while I was in high school. Everything was so 'trés chic' or 'bien cool'-- as the cool kids would say in Paris.

My first purchase was a pair of Karl Lagerfeld platform shoes. Like many of the items at Colette, there was nothing remotely like them in New York. Those shoes were the begging of a long love affair with Karl, Paris and shopping. Up until last year, every trip to Paris required a stop at Colette.

Things have changed. Fashion has become global. The world of shopping is now at your fingertips. Hence, Colette is closing. The famous Parisan store will close it's doors on Wednesday. Throngs of fans waited outside 213 rue Saint-Honoré to experience the last days of shopping.

Unserpisingly, there are many great final collaborations that we couldn't resist shopping Colette one final time either. Some fashion highlights include this Baccarat x Saint Laurent x Colette heart that's 205€, a Club 75 x Colette sweatshirt is 75€ and this KITH x Moncler jacket is 985€.

Unfortunately, all the sale items are already sold out. We suggest you snag a piece of history now. After all: Toutes les bonnes choses ont une fin. (All good things must come to an end.) Au Revior Colette...Merci.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Wearhouse Valentino Clearance Sale: Pictures

It's holiday party season and dressing in another mass retail's designer imposter just isn't the way to kick off the new year. It's time to celebrate and let the real you shine through. Nothing can substitute for being genuine inside and out.

When we are looking for iconic designer pieces without spending all of our future 2018 earnings, we head to Wearhouse, in Great Neck, LI. Wearhouse is a massive retail space that is essentially an designer outlet with all the furnishings of a high-end boutique. There are helpful sales people and even a tailor on premises. This is the place you go to find real couture pieces for elaborate events, a demure cocktail dresses, polished work attire and even some elevated casual wear. (Click for pics.)

What better? Starting Sunday, Wearhouse will be hosting a massive clearance sale where designer clothing and gowns from Valentino, Naeem Khan and Piazza Sempione will all be reduced to 70% off. There will also be assorted shoes, bags and accessories from the same designers, discounted 70% off too. (You can see pictures over here.)

We suggest you take inventory of your 2018 social and travel calendar, and plan accordingly. Who wouldn't rather spend $300 on real Naeem Khan than something Chloe-ish? Keep an eye out for a great selection of coats, which we find nearly irresistible. After all, you can wear anything under a coat and still look New York amazing.

Wearhouse Clearance Sale
Sunday, December 17 through Tuesday, December 19
Sunday 10am-5pm & Monday to Thurs 9:30am-6pm
8 Hicks Lane
Great Neck, NY

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Weekend Shopping: Finding the Best Discount

We only have a few days of shopping before Christmas. Friday is actually the last day of ground shipping for most retailers. Almost all of our favorite stores have taken a second markdown but discounts vary vastly.

One would expect to universally save 60% off women's clothing but Saks is a little tricky this season. There, designer clothing is reduced 30% to 60% off. The more popular the brand, the lower the Saks discount.

Below is a comparison chart of Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue. As usual, Barneys is the clear winner across the board. The next and final markdown usually happens mid-January.

Here is your cheat sheet:

French Connection Clearance Sale, On Sale

When you're so busy shopping for other's, it's hard to indulge yourself. Look no further than French Connection if you're interested in a little self-spoiling without compromising your gift list. Right now, you can save an extra 40% off already reduced merchandise. Just use the code FCE40S to engage the promotion.

Over this way, we found a  a full leather biker jacket that comes to just $250 from $598. We've seen synthetic leather jackets that cost twice as much as the original price. Over here is a long cardigan with luxe faux fur sleeves that comes to $84 from $188 and this checked coat is as stylish as can be and comes to $180 from $428.

Beyond stylish basics, French Connection is a great place to pick up something sparkly and festive for the holiday season. The extra 40% off gives you even more reason to celebrate. Check out this high-neck sequined dress that is $120 from $328, this LBD can be accessorized with almost anything and it's $84 from almost $200 or you can go with a draped jumpsuit that is also $84 from $200.

This promotion only runs through TK. We suggest you browse through. Sizes will start to run out quickly.

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Second Markdown Alert: Net A Porter

'Tis the season of markdowns and shopping. Net-A-Porter started their second markdown this morning. The online luxury retailer has reduced prices up to 70% off and many popular style bags and fashion are still in stock.

Among the bag selection, we found lots of popular styles discounted 40% to 50% off. This JW Anderson Pierce bag is reduced to $1200 from $2200. This Mark Cross mini box bag is also discounted 50%, and is $1100 from $2200. One of our favorite bags, the Prada ribbon bag, tat is now discounted 40%. This style style never made it to the sale rack at boutiques, which means it will fly off the racks at this price. We also like the Half-Moon from Victoria Beckham is $860 from $1430.

The discounts on shoes range from 40% to 70% off, with most styles getting the 60% markdown treatment. Among the most heavily reduced shoes are Francesco Russo flared pumps that are $290 from $970 and Alexa Chung embroidered velvet boots are $170 from $555. Other well-discounted shoe options include, Burberry patent and knit ankle boots that are $270 from $800. Those Off-White silver ankle boots we've been watching all season are now $475 from $1200.

The clothing options that are discounted 70% off seem infinite. From an oversized Moschino knit cardigan that's $219 to a Ronald Van Der Kemp's patchwork sweater that's $550 from $1830. A Roksanda blouse is quite striking, and is $300 from nearly $1000. We even found this Proenze jacket that we've been spying and it's now 70% off.

There is nothing warmer than a Prada down jacket and this belted style is reduced 50%. A short version is just $580. We also spotted the hottest coat of the season, Balenciaga's oversized Outerspace jacket (in powder blue). It's reduced 40%.

The new markdowns just launched this morning but we already see items low in stock and selling out. We suggest you pile up that cart and edit before you're done.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

375PopUp: Discounted Chanel, Gucci. Balenciaga, Dior & More

When shopping for discounted designer merchandise, you're almost always looking at items that are several seasons old. This is not the case at our favorite mid-town pop-up store. 375PopUp (rebranded from last year's Luxury 9) has this season's most coveted and rare fashion items at steeply reduced prices.

The store will only be open through Christmas and you're not going to miss this opportunity. During our last visit, we found an assortment of Gucci slides. Leather styles are $550 and fur embellished versions are $650. The sale also has a selection of classic Chanel ballet flats for $550 and Dior J'Adior flats and kitten heels that are 20% off. There are also plenty of Louboutin and Fendi shoes and boots that are 60% off. (You can click here for pictures.)

The bag selection is as impressive as the shoes. Barney's only got eight Balenciaga Graffiti City bags this season. We've been told that the waiting list accumulated to more than 250 people. 375Pop-up has several of these impossible-to-get bags and is discounting them 20% off retail. The store has current season Dior bags, including the Lady Dior, Dioramas, Diorever and J'Adior are all 20% off retail.  Ferragamo bags are 65% to 70% off and Louboutin bags are 70% off retail.

375PopUp also has an insane selection of luxury street wear from brands like Off-White, Palm Angles, Fear of God, Amiri, Marcelo Burlon and Unravel. There are some racks specifically for women but the best selection is unisex. To be honest, if you need a holiday gift for a teenage boy-- this is the place to grab some swag that will send his brain spinning. (We have pictures over here.)

While shopping, we happened upon a small assortment of coats from Mr & Mrs. Italy that are reduced 50% off retail. There are also some specialty limited edition items like Moncler x Off-White. Straight Moncler down jackets and coats are at least 45% off retail.

We are told that 375Pop-up will be closing after Christmas.  Don't hesitate too long.

After you're done shopping, be sure to snag a Diptyque candle on the way out -- they are 35% off. You'll want to remember the sweet smell of a great discount.

375PopUp: Luxury Designer Boutique
Monday-Thursday: 11am-8pm
Friday: 11am-3pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday: 11am-8pm
150 East 42nd Street @ Lex

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Bergdorf Goodman's Discount Hits 60% Off

Bergdrof Goodman started their second markdown today. The discounts range up to 60% off. Many handbag styles and shoes are now discounted 50% and most designer clothing is 60% off.

This sale is coming much earlier than usual and we are particularly pleased with the assortment that's still available. Over this way, we found this Valentino small chevron suede Demilune that is reduced to $2500 from about $5000, an Anya Hindmarch convertible bag is about $1000 from $2000 and a Balenciage striped bazar shopper is $925 from over $1800.

The shoe department is still stocked with great options. We love these velvet Miu Miu heels with the oversized jeweled buckle. They are now about $500 from $990. Prada short velvet boots are $440 from $875, Saint Laurent smoking slippers are $400 from $800, Stuart Weitzman rabbit slides are $390 from $775 and metallic Off-White ankle boots are $640 from $1280.

We will be sure to follow up this post with pictures from within the store. For now, we'll continue sorting and browsing to find the best online markdowns.

Manolo Blahnik's First Markdown

For as long as we can remember, we have celebrated the New Year with Manolo Blahnik's first markdown. This week, the luxury footwear brand broke with tradition and started its seasonal boutique markdown, on Monday.

Currently, shoes and boots from the winter collection are discounted to 40% off. This markdown should not cause too much excitement considering that department stores are discounted 50% to 60% off.

Usually, the next price drop happens just a few weeks later. This year, we can't really say what will happen. We will be sure to keep you posted and updated as the boutique's markdowns climb to 75%. That's when we go running. You can click here to see our Manolo closeout coverage from last year were we found lots of ornate and iconic styles for just $250.

For now, you can head to Bergdorf Goodman where a large selection of shoes are discounted 50%. The assortment at Barneys is smaller but the discount is 60%. Alternatively, you can click above to see what we found around the web.

Manolo Blahnik
31 West 54th Street (b/w 5th and 6th)
Mon-Fri 10:30 to 6:00, Sat 10:30 to 3:30

Monday, December 11, 2017

Valentino's Rockstud Sample Sale: Pictures Added

Today kicked off Global Fashions multi-brand fashion event, which features their biggest variety of Valentino Rockstud shoes bags and clothing. The sale also includes a variety of Valentino Red, Anya Hindmarch and Marchesa. Discounts are 70% off accessories, shoes and bags, 75% off ready-to-wear and 80% couture gowns. Click here to see some pictures from inside the sale.

Global Fashions Rockstud Warehouse Sale
Monday, December 11 though Thursday, December 14
Monday to Thurs 9am-6pm, Fri 9am-2pm
49 West 38th Street

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Barneys Second Markdown Begins

Barneys has been boasting the best markdowns in town on clothing, shoes and handbags. To maintain its competitive edge the store started it's second markdown today.

At this point in sale season, we tend to prefer shopping online for serious shopping. It's just too frustrating to go to a store and find that your size is sold out. We found this Alaia tote that comes to $1400 from over $3300. That's pretty close to 60% off! A Fendi pom-pom style bag is about $1000 from $2150, an Anya Hindmarch bag is $550 from $1345.

The online shoe selection is even better. We are in love with these Alchimia di Ballin high boots that now comes to under $550 from $1300. The heel hight makes them NYC wearable and the architectural detail makes them visually interesting. Ditto goes for these Margiela fold-over boots that are $700 from about $1700. Mules from The Row are about $500 from $1200, which is similar to sample sale pricing! Oh, and these Dries Van Norten velvet boots are my absolute favorites. (Ohhh, yes, I did!)

The clothing discounts are just as good. Here is an oversized Acne brushed cashmere belted coat for $550 from $1300 and a Prada jacket with a fur collar is $1100 from from $2700.

We don't know how long this promotion will last but the official second markdown should happen next week. We expend that the next markdown will be 50% off shoe sand 60% off clothing. The difference is marginal.