Sunday, September 14, 2014

Reed Krakoff 80% Off

Most people love Reed Krakoff for his bags. We agree, they are nice but it's always been the shoes that really cause a heart thump.

Reed Krakoff shoes are stylish, yet restrained. They have just the right amount of personality but maintain a strong sense of sophistication. The one problem is always the price tag.

Consider the following information the solution to all your Reed Krakoff worries. Online luxury discounter, Amuze, just posted a flash sale of amazing Krakoff shoes, bags and clothing. The discounts range from 60% to 80% off.

Look at these python sandals are just $200 from $995 and nude booties are $145 from $725. The sale includes a great variety of Boxer bags too. A color block boxer tote is $595 from $1290 and a print micro bag is $425 from $990. Before you click away don't miss this beyond flawless trench that's now $395 from almost $2000.

Besides for this great Krakoff sale, Amuze is also running a pretty amazing Jimmy Choo discounts. Leather booties are about $300 from $900 and Cosmic Glitter pumps are $275 from $695.

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Altuzarra Hits Target

The Altuzarra's collection hit Target today and shoppers pounced. We knew that the designer collaboration would be a big hit among New Yorkers but we didn't think outer fashion sanctums would receive the luxury merchandise wholeheartedly. We were wrong.

Today we traveled to Target stores more than 50 miles outside of Manhattan and found the new collection to be almost sold out by the afternoon. In Marlboro, NJ all that was left were two crane sweaters, four python blouses, about 20 pairs of booties and individual pieces of this and that. The scene wasn't much better in Neptune, NJ were the only items left were some shoes, blouses and a lone pencil skirt. (See photos from our shopping trip after the jump.)

Store managers said that this collection didn't draw people at the crack of dawn but there was a steady stream of shoppers throughout the day. One store manager said that the inventory was a lot smaller for this collaboration than many past fashion promotions.

Target has also instituted a new 14 day return policy. This means that you can expect the merchandise to boomerang back much more quickly than usual. We found that many shoppers would hold on to the designer collab items waiting for a markdown. This time, that won't work.

Altuzarra shoppers will have the best luck shopping online, where most of the merchandise is still available. The kelly green trench is sold out and the faux fur jacket is no longer available online. (Word to the wise, cheap fake fur looks like a bid toupee, just bad.)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Finding Missoni in the Most Unexpected Place

Shopping is a lot like treasure hunting: You tend to find the most extraordinary items in the most unexpected places. Today we struck gold in an old side-street thrift shop.

The NCJW Council Thrift Shop, located on East 84th Street, is one of the last places you would expect to find brand new Missoni shoes and clothing. The inventory includes several pairs of shoes that were in the Madison Avenue boutique just last winter. (You can see that story right here.) There's also shoes for men and a very small selection of clothing.

A pair of architectural pumps is priced at $175 from a retail price of $600 and platform booties are $225 from $900. The men's shoe assortment includes moccasins, driving shoes and a few pieces of clothing. We are told that the Missoni merchandise was donated by the boutique and it isn't the first time that such a generous charitable contribution has come from the Italian company.

We applaud Missoni for their kind contribution that equates to two gifts: money for a worthy charity and a treasure for a keen shopper. Click here to see more pics.

NCJW Council Thrift Shop
246 East 84th Street @ 2nd Ave

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Fashion Week Spring '15 Trends: Layered Skirts

Fashion week already starting to wind down. We serving up all that’s smoking hot while we get through the last shows of the week. These top trends are what you can expect to see on the street and in pages of your favorite fashion magazines, next spring.
A skirt is just a skirt unless it's two or more skirts at once. This season designers are layering skirts. We've seen layers of tulle over mini skirts, slips under high slits and short skirts over long dresses. Delpozo, Chadwick Bell and DKNY. Head this way to see the highs and lows of this layering trend.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Fashion Week Spring '15 Trends: Hemline Flourish

Fashion week has now half over. We serving up all that’s smoking hot while we chug over this hump day. These top trends are what you can expect to see on the street and in pages of your favorite fashion magazines, next spring.
Sometimes a new trend can look rather outlandish. Perhaps this peculiarity is due to the sheer newness of a trend or a sudden tide change. This season, we are noticing a curious pattern of vests and skirts worn over poplin shirt-dresses. MM6 Maison Martin Margiela, Peter Som and Ostwald Helgason are some of the trailblazers of this emerging style. You can click here to see more about what’s going on over the shirt.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Fashion Week Spring '15 Trends: Maxi Coat

Fashion week has officially taken over New York and if you haven't caught the fever, we are here to bring you everything that's hot. We are rounding out the top trends that you can expect to see on the street and in pages of your favorite fashion magazines next spring.

The maxi skirt and the maxi dress have been on the runway and hanging in your closet for several seasons. For Spring 2015 the maxi coat goes into full bloom. The ankle-sweeping coat hasn't been seen on the runway for nearly a decade but started to emerge on the runways last season. The long and lean coat makes for a dramatic and fresh silhouette. For spring, add blasts of bright colors and prints to make a top-to-bottom statement.

Above are examples from The Row, Creatures of Comfort and Libertine. You can read more details about the maxi coat craze, right this way.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Fashion Week Spring 2015 Trends: Black & White

We are just a few days into fashion week and it doesn't take long for trends to emerge. We are rounding out the top trends. Expect to see these looks on the street and in pages of your favorite fashion magazines next spring.
Black and white is huge trend that will continue into next spring. Almost every designer devoted a segment of their collection to a yin-yang combo. Going into next spring expect to see your black and whites in parallel lines in all types of variations. Click here to see more black and white analysis from the runway.

Friday, September 5, 2014

7 of the Most Tired Trends

Hot trends can become as easily tired as a song overplayed on the radio. At some point nobody is happy hearing Pharrell’s Happy. The same holds true with styles that bombard you in every store. 

Right this way we've listed 7 trends that have exceeded their expiration date. Not all of these fashions are faux pas but the peplum tops and snarky designer sweatshirts should take a stroll to the bottom of the charts. Ahem, I mean, the back of the closet. Click here to see the entire list items that should be taken out of rotation.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Hervé Léger 70% off

The online discounter, The Outnet, just started an Hervé Léger where the discounts exceed 70%. The sale includes lots of iconic bondage dresses and variety of mini a-lines.

Check out this one shoulder ombre bondage mini-dress that's $636 from $1590. Even during the boutique's final markdown this dress didn't make it under $900. This color block mini-dress is quite affordable at $469 from $1340 and this sequined stunner is $805 from $2300.

Right now, full size ranges are still available. Can't say that will be the truth for long. Also, keep in mind, The Outnet offers same day delivery in Manhattan. That type of service can be quite valuable --especially during fashion week.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Best of September Sales

Fashion week is just about to begin, which means we will be turning our attention to fashionable parties and runway trends. In the meantime, you might want to mark your calendar for the following upcoming shopping events:

Alexander McQueen
Monday, September 8th through Thursday, September 11th
Mon 10am -7pm, Tues & Wed 9am - 6:30am, Thurs 9am to 5pm
Soiffer Haskin, 317 W. 33rd Street (off 8th Ave)
For the first time Alexander McQueen is opening their sample sale to the public. The four day sale will start September 8th at Soiffer Haskin. During the last sale shoppers found sample shoes for $100 and open stock shoes of McQ line started at $150. Belts were about $80 and scarves were $100. Expect to also find lots of men's merchandise too.

Altuzarra for Target
September 14
Get ready for high slits coming to a Target near you. Altuzarra's collection for Target drops in two weeks. The French fashion luxury brand is known for merging femininity, sophistication and practicality. Although the designer isn't well known throughout the country, we bet that luxury shoppers will be excited to grab one of the many high-slit designs. You can click here to see the entire lookbook. Remember, the farther away you get from Manhattan the better luck you'll have at snagging the most coveted items. Our favorite local Target location is Jersey City.

Hermes Sample Sale
The Hermes sample sale [formerly the mother of all sales] usually runs in mid-September. (Last year, it started on September 17.) Press, friend's and top clients of the brand with invitations will are always scheduled to begin shopping a day early.