Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Designer Bags Discounted 70% on Forziori

Earlier this year, I had to buy a gifts for a couple that are nearly impossible to impress. They have both been all over the world and have the privilege to be able to afford themselves most anything they like. The gift had to be thoughtful and useful. After all, who needs more clutter?


While shopping online, I became intimately acquainted with the website Forziori. The website isn't new  but is has some really great Euro fashion and classics. If that's your thing, we suggest you shop now if you like European design and style coupled with great all-American markdowns. Right now, the site is hosting a summer luxury sale were many designer items are discounted up to 70%. Plus, if you can save an extra 20% by using the code EXTRA20 at checkout.

We couldn't believe how many hard-to-find designer bags are on sale. Here's Valentino Rockstud patent leather bag that comes to $1200 from $3158. The blue Jil Sander market totes are a steal for $400 from $1275 and even a fashion street style fashion blogger can afford to rock this Kenzo bag at fashion week with a price of just over $300 from almost $1000.  Check out this European-feel Leonardo del Fuoco iPad bag that comes to $1020 from $2520. The bright-green, embossed croc, against the hard black leather, is as eye catching as a Celine bag and it's perfect for work-- even if you work at Vogue. This Philipp Plein black studded bag is also a great value for $710 from $2215.

Although it's hard to get past the markdown on handbags without breaking the bank, you should also check out these Loriblu studded biker boots for $310 from $780 and these McQ Alexander McQueen bumble-bee yellow and black heels are $220 from $675. A Valentino leather Rockstud bracelet is $160 from $345 and this Zadig & Voltaire studded belt is a good price too at $150 from $278. Ohhh, ohhh, ohhh--the John Galliano skinny scarf is perfectly on trend for fall 2014 (see Prada's runway) and it's less than $80 from $186.

Although this is European, the VAT has already been removed and shipping is free with a $150 purchase. The site's gift wrapping is expensive at $7 but some times the presentation is as valuable as the gift. In this instance, I would say the extra price is worth it.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

100s of Manolo Shoes Marked 75% Off

It's not rare to see a bunch of tourists lining up for an unseemly amount of time and chuckle to yourself. Today, it was the tourists coming from the MoMa who were laughing as New Yorkers  waited nearly an hour to gain entrance to Manolo Blahnik's final markdown.


At around noon today, the wait to get inside the designer boutique ran up to 45 minutes. If there was ever a fashionable line this was it. Many of the attendees arrived in non-TLC Escalades and one pair of women was escorted by personal security.

Once inside, shoppers were delighted with an assortment of shoes that were all priced according to color coded stickers-- red is $195, yellow is $225, greens are $250 and blues are $295. Croc shoes are all half-off. The retail price for these lovelies is $3000 and up. You can click here to see all the shoes that are available at the sale.

Most of the sale selection is from this past spring and summer collection. We found lots of styles with PVC, classic sling backs, flats, loafers, classic sandals and more daring caged sandals too. What makes this sale great is that most shoes fall within the $195 category. Unlike past seasons, we didn't see a lot of jeweled classic Hangisi-style shoes.

Although some readers companied that the service during the sample sale wasn't ideal, we were wildly surprised. One must remember that a huge sale, such as this, can be difficult for a sales associate to navigate. The days are long and very, very busy. The customers are demanding and, as always, everyone is a rush.

So now, you can rush here to view pictures of all the sale shoes. Afterwards, head out to get your Manolos while they last. The sale ends August 7.

Manolo Blahnik
31 West 54th Street
212-582-3007 (Don't expect anyone to answer)
Monday-Friday 10:30AM-5:30PM
The boutique will close from 2pm to 3pm (but they stop letting new customers in at 1:30pm)

Monday, July 28, 2014

10+ Fall Items Already Sold Out

It's not even August and the hottest pieces of the new collections are already selling out. Of course, some shoppers want to be on top of the game but we still can't believe how quickly fashion can fly.




In order to compile this list of sold out items we spoke to sales people at smaller boutiques, who usually don't order in quantity, and searched through dozens of online luxury stores. We suggest you snatch up anything on this list as nothing is more needed than an item that can't be had.

Fendi 2Jours leather and printed shearling tote $3800
Erdem Aubrey Short-Sleeve Lace Mini Dress $2350
Stella McCartney Fringe-Wavy Cady Minidress $5490
Marni Abstract Floral-Print A-Line Dress $1065
Alaia Vienna laser-cut leather tote (in black) $2980
Jonathan Simkhai Crossover Turtleneck Top $295
Derek Lam Long Denim Trench Coat $1990
Clare V. Supreme Haircalf Fold Over Clutch $220.00
Proenza Schouler Suede Wrap Dress $3750
Altuzarra Walkaloosa Sweater $765
Opening Ceremony Isla Snap-Front Crepe Dress $435

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Best Manolo Sale Ever Starts Now

Our favorite Manolo Blahnik sale is finally here and it could be the best boutique sale ever. These final markdown sales always boast discounts at about 75% off and usually only run for just four days but this year the sale is 10-jam-packed-days of Manolo bargains.

The markdown event will begin this Monday and run through August 7th. Once the sale ends the Blahnik  boutique will close as it undergoes bit of a facelift. The planned renovations will continue until Monday, August 25th, when the store will reopen with the new collection.

We expect that the added sale days mean that that there will be a huge amount of inventory. We might even venture to say, this sale will be better than the sample sale. During final markdown events, shoes are always marked by sticker dots. Prices usually range from $195 for a red dot up to $375 for a green dot. Most shoes and low boots-- even highly ornate styles-- are priced at $225. Last season, Lisa pumps were a budget friendly $225 and high boots were $325.

The store can get crowded but at least there isn't usually a long line to get in. Although this sale runs longer than usual, we would suggest trying to attend towards the beginning days. We doubt there will be a lot of restocking. Styles and sizes always run low quickly.

Manolo Blahnik
31 West 54th Street
212-582-3007 (Don't expect anyone to answer)
Monday-Friday 10:30AM-5:30PM
The boutique will close from 2pm to 3pm to restock

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Outnet Summer Sale 80% Off

When it's time for The Outnet's bi-annual sale you have two choices: Hide the credit card or give in and max it out. Today we are choosing for the max-out option. We'll show you why.
Check out this Jill Stuart strapless dress that comes to $150 from about $750. That's 80% off. Pre-owned doesn't even get priced this low. These Stella McCartney white wide-leg pants are more than 80% off, $325 from $1855.

Even if our top picks, you have to appreciate the quality and value. At 80% off you can afford to admire them up close. These Nicholas Kirkwood shoes are an outfit maker and, dare we say, inexpensive at $225 from $1240.

Normally, this sale seems to have a lot more merchandise but there are still some great items zest up the August blues. (Is there such a thing?) We especially love The Row sunnies that ring in under $100 from $422 and a Nina Ricci bag is $160 from $675.

The sale runs through Monday. We only wish The Outnet would allow us to delight in these types of discounts more often.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Spying on Amuze

There are so many places to shop online but it's not easy to find a destination that offers a great selection, affordable prices and top customer service. That is precisely why we love Amuze so much. The site has everything we could imagine--great fashion, great discounts and wonderful service.
Amuze offers up to 80% off on fabulous designers like Tom Ford, Balenciaga, Fendi, Valentino and more. Everything on the site is always brand new and authentic. Not to be overlooked, is the quick shipping, which means near instant gratification from your purchases.

This week, Madison Avenue Spy teamed up with Amuze to pick our favorite items from the site. The carefully curated selection includes great finds from Reede Krakoff, Miu Miu, Saint Laurent and Marni. This selection is all about great designers, beautiful items and plenty of luxe at affordable prices.

Vera Wang 75% Off

One would think that shopping for discounts at this time of year would be an easy task. Today we scoured Soho looking for wonderful end-of-season sales and practically came up empty handed. That is, until we ventured into Vera Wang.
The designer's Soho store, which is comprised of her ready-to-wear runway collection, is enticing customers with 75% off summer clothing. We found a brushstroke cocktail dress for $460 from $1595, a brocade dress is about $300 from $1195 and cobalt blue palazzo pants are $187 from $750. You can check out more pictures from our Vera Wang finds here.

Sharif 212-382-2184

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Chanel's 2nd Markdown

Despite naysayers, Chanel has started a second markdown. Beginning Wednesday, the discount on clothing, shoes, jewelry and bags (if you can find one) is 60% off.
We did some Chanel hunting and found that Bergdorf Goodman still has quite a nice selection of merchandise. A hot pink tweed dress (above) comes to $4480 from $11K, a cream colored cropped tweed jacket is $3700 from $9300 and lace blouse is $1640 from $4100. You would be hard pressed to find anyone who would say any of these items are a steal but 60% off will save you a huge amount of money.

Around the store we also found enamel flower earrings for $164 from $410, pink ballet flats for $290, slingback pumps for $395, booties for $582 from $1295 and leather flower sandals for $318. You can referring pictures after the jump.

We suggest scouting your local Neiman Marcus or Bergdorf Goodman if you're looking for excess Chanel inventory. There is still a small selection at Saks Fifth Avenue but their final sale policy is not comforting when spending large sums of money.

Bergdorf Chanel: Trayvion 347-986-9473

Monday, July 21, 2014

DSW $199 Shoe Sale

DSW has clearly shifted away from carrying a large inventory of designer shoes but there are still some great items on which to feast. Right now company's site has a couple of dozen designer shoes that are all marked $150 and below.



The famous shoe retailer has an assortment of deeply discounted shoes from Giuseppe Zanotti, Sergio Rossi and Ralph Lauren. Check out these Zanotti nailed flats that are now $199 from over $500 and these suede booties are just $150 from about $700. Outside the rock bottom clearance section, there are other attractively priced shoes. These Sergio Rossi nude pumps are $200 from $570 and these Ralph Lauren collection sky-high sandals are $200 from almost $1000.

Although this sale doesn't include the depth and range of inventory and designers, there are still a few good pieces. Unfortunately, the day of finding great deals in at big discounters is getting increasingly more difficult.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Agent Provocateur Reduced to Seduce

Agent Provocateur is hosting an end-of-season sale where sexy little things are discounted  80% off. Besides for the expected underpinnings, the sale includes bikinis, nightwear, "playsuits" and more.


Take a peek inside and you'll find this Jet Corset reduced to $170 from $700, a french lace bra is $70 from $250 and the matching thong is $40 from $170. The coordinating suspenders and robe are deeply discounted too. We also found interesting pieces, like this Thora Dress $350 from $1050. It's sure to turn heads in the boardroom and was supposedly inspired by Dior in the 40s.

The sale is also in Agent Provocatuer stores, including the Madison Avenue location. Even though most of the merchandise isn't what most of us would consider functional, it's always nice to celebrate your sexy-- especially when it's 80% off.