Friday, July 31, 2015

Kirna Zabete 80% Off

The sale at Kirna Zabete, Soho's swankiest multi-brand boutique, just got a whole lot better. The site says is offering an extra 20% off summer merchandise that's already been discounted 60% to 70% off. Use the code SODAMNHOT at checkout. Discounts aside, the best part is that KZ has a great assortment of inventory that may not be available at your local department store.

For the unfamiliar, a quick browse of the Kirna Zabete site will have you falling in love with this downtown gem. Take a look at these Gianvito Rossi leopard mules that are now under $200 from $835. This Dolce & Gabbanna dot dress is $530 from almost $2000 and a Roland Mouret gown is $1000 from over $3700. (The dress fits even better than it looks.)

There isn't a huge amount left in this sale section but at least it's all good. Take note, that all sales are final.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Rebecca Taylor Extra 40% Off

Rebecca Taylor is moving the last of summer merchandise by offering shoppers an additional 40% off already discounted merchandise. The final markdown on many items is 70% off. Just use the code SUMMER40 at checkout.

Although we aren't normally a big fan of contemporary brands, Rebecca Taylor always offers sophisticated pieces. This season they are a little slacking on the styling online. You might get a better sense of the collection by actually going to the store. Some standouts include this dip dye maxi dress $180 from $525, a star print dress is $130 from $375, and this floral print top is $70 from $275.

Last year, the prices dropped to 75% off as the sale ran through Labor Day. For now, there are still lots of size options available for most items. We anticipate this wont be the case for long.

Sophia Webster Final Sale Markdown 70% Off

Looking to feed your fancy for whimsical shoes at playful prices? Look no further than Sophia Webster's final markdown. Some styles from spring and summer are now reduced 70% off and there are still some great styles in a range of sizes.
This Brandy cage sandal is reduced to $240 from almost $800, suede ankle strap shoes are about $200 from $680 and these bright flamingo shoes are also $200 from $675. The best deal is this Riko mule that's white with neon red and mint green woven throughout for just $200 from $670.

We aren't surprised that the more popular style shoes are still only 50% to 60% off. Comparably speaking, the prices at Saks Fifth Avenue are a bit better but most all sizes are already gone. On the other hand, the Dionne vinyl and embroidered sandal is $70 more at Bergdorf Goodman and $125 more at Nordstrom.

The discounts are high but the sale is short. Sophia Webster's final markdown will end Friday.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Last Chance: Neimen Marcus 80% Off

We wouldn't have expected Bergdorf Goodman to be ahead of their parent company for markdown season but they were. Just for a short while, Neiman Marcus is offering an extra 25% off sale items for a discount that steps above 80%.

While you may have already sorted through the Bergdorf sale section frontward and backwards we were excited to see lots of different items from NM. Take a look at this Valentino painted feather jacket that was originally $5200. The price is now $1170 and is perfect for Fall. We love this python print Proenza dress with a drop waist that's just $312 from nearly $1200.

The shoes online are still a bit pricey. You can probably find more favorable discounts in the store. There is, however, a lot of Tom Ford shoes here. You might just want to take a look.

We think this really could be the end of the end. We suggest you sort and check out now-- or forever hold your peace.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Urban Zen in a Concrete Jungle

Donna Karan may have closed her doors on Madison Avenue but she will always remain one of the most respected women in fashion. It is absolutely an end of a Donna Karan era.

Even though Donna Karan won't be continuing her namesake collection, it doesn't mean she will be forsaking fashion. Karan is turning her attention toward her organization, Urban Zen. After all, it's only natural that one would want to follow up work this urban jungle with a bit of urban zen.

The boutique (and website) is a lifestyle brand that offers a curated collection of artisanal items. The products range from furniture from Bali to necklaces from Haiti. Some of our favorite Urban Zen products include, the slinky fitted dresses and the braided collar necklace. The light-weight cashmere scarves are just begging for a cuddle.

A percentage of the proceeds from Urban Zen profit the Urban Zen Foundation, which supports eduction, healthcare and culture in under-served corners of the world. What a nice way to bring some extra meaning to fashion after to a blazing hot career.

Urban Zen - New York 
705 Greenwich Street

Sunday, July 26, 2015

J. Crew 90% Off

There are sales and then there are the practically giveaways. J. Crew is essentially giving it away. Through Monday, you can save an extra 75% off final sale items. The final discounts ring in at about 90% off. Just use the code SUMMERSALE at checkout to activate the additional discounts.

When the promotion started-- before the weekend-- there was a lot more merchandise but there are still enough $9 tees. Here is a gold (or blue) metallic bathing suit that comes to $13 from $118, a $12 beaded tee from $65 and $19 white matchstick jeans. The sale also includes lots of bathing suits and shoes but sizing is patchy. Be sure to check out the kid's and men's clothing too.

If you're not seeing anything you like you can also look at the normal sale merchandise that's an extra 40% off. The only thing is that everything seems expensive even at 60% off after you look at the prices from the final sale section.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Last Chance: Bergdorf Goodman Discounts 80%

If you're a fan of Bergdorf Goodman then we suggest you head to 57th Street right away. Through Saturday, the Lavender Lady is offering customers an extra 20% off sale items for a total discount of 80% off.

Head this way to see a Cushnie et Ochs crepe top with side cutouts that comes to $138 from $695, a Helmut Lang fitted dress is just $84 and Gucci skinny pants are just $138 from almost $700. There is also a flared version of the Gucci pants that are about the same price and look amazing. Unfortunately, shoes are only about 60% off and the selection isn't great. The handbag selection isn't stellar either.

There are literally thousands of items discounted to mere pennies on the dollar. It's hard not to fill up a full cart of goodies. The best part is that all shipping and returns are free. Even ultra-discounted merchandise can be returned up to 30-days. Now, those are some policies we can get behind.

The IT-It: Elena Ghisellini

All roads leading to quality and couture start in Florence. After all, it is the birthplace of handmade everything and even today remains the gold standard of fashion. It's really no wonder why the Florence-born designer, Elena Ghisellini, has had such an amazing track record in accessories design.

You may have never heard her name but Elena Ghisellini is currently the head accessories designer for Pucci and is credited for the incredible success of Givenchy's and Ferragamo's leather goods. It's her own label-- which has already been available for a few seasons--that's really capturing our hearts.

The Felina collection is inspired by the face of a cat and is both playful but mysterious. The shape is immediately recognizable and the color combinations are enchanting. If you fell subject to Valentino's rainbow collection, than you will also love the rainbow Fatale clutch. This version with stars and strips is the chicest bit of patriotism we've ever seen. The more classic black-and-white Felina Mignon crossbody bag could be more versatile than the more whimsical styles but it's no less haute.

The bags range in price from $600 to $1300. Like Celine, we wouldn't be surprised if prices jumped as popularity gained momentum. We have a feeling that Elena won't be working under the Pucci label for many more years.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Amazon's $12,000 Dress and More Incredible Finds

There is a new Queen of Fashion.

Today we heard news that retail analysts expect that Amazon will exceed Macy's as the nation's largest apparel retailer in less than two years.

Amazon's gross merchandise value in apparel and accessories are expected to grow from an anticipated $16 billion in 2015 to more than $27 billion in 2017, according to financial analysts Cowen and Company. To compare, Macy's anticipated sales for 2017 are $24.69 billion in apparel alone.

Even if you haven't been to a Macy's in decades (present company included) you can assume the type of merchandise you would find. Think lots of MICHAEL by Michael Kors, Lauren Ralph Lauren, North Face and Calvin Klein. Even as a 'Prime' Amazon shopper we couldn't even guess the types of brands available on Amazon. So, we did a bit of digging.

Not surprising, there are a lot of familiar brands like Kate Spade, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Nine West. What was surprising, however, are the more expensive items. We found this Miranda Women's Sweetheart prom gown for almost $12,000! Sure we can imagine an Oscar de la Renta dress for that price but who has ever heard of Miranda? To add insult to injury, the dress is made of polyester.

There were more unexpected finds. We wouldn't even know how to categorize this $3800 getup from Matija Vuica . If you think that's strange, you haven't seen this sheer gown from Eleanor Fashion House for $3600 from $5800. (Hat not included.) What's even funnier is that these pricey dresses can't even be expedited through 'Prime'.

Perhaps, something for everyone is how Amazon is making it's mark. There is no doubt they are doing something right-- even if some of the style options are a bit off.

Monday, July 20, 2015

TheOutnet Clearance 80%

TheOutnet is hosting a huge sale on Tuesday morning where everything will be discounted 80%. In addition to clothing, the sale will include shoes, bags and jewelry.

We got a sneak peak into what will be in the sale and fell in love with these Alaia studded suede sandals, which will be $332 from $1500 and Maiyet flat sandals will be $130 from almost $600. Among the clothing is a Roland Mouret crepe dress for $707 and a Jil Sander cotton pleated dress for $210. There is a great Phillip Lim biker jacket reduced to just $339 from $1700. There are also lots of jeans for about $40.

If you don't see what you like on Tuesday, you can check back on Thursday when we are told even more merchandise will be added. We have a feeling that will have done enough damage by Thursday. Just be warned, all sales are final.