Monday, March 2, 2015

Manolos, Zanotti & Balmain 70% Off at Saks

Saks Fifth Avenue is blowing out its remanding winter shoe inventory by offering customers an extra 20% off sale shoes. The additional discount brings the total savings on most styles to 70% off (and more).

Here are Reede Krakoff snake print pumps that are $222 from $695, ornate Manolo ankle boots are now $1176 from $3675 and zebra-print pony hair boots from Balmain are $808 from $2525. We even found a pair of eye-catching Sophia Webster suede booties for $272 from $850. There are even some style shoes that will be perfect for spring like these Prada wedge sandals that are $317 from $990.

The sale started today and ends Tuesday. Afterwards prices go up again, which will just prolong this winter sale cat-and-mouse game.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Catching Last Year's Summer at 80% Off

It's so much fun to look at the clothing coming in from the new spring and summer collections but  there is often eye-bulging sticker shock once you get a glance at the tags. The best way to satisfy the impulse to buy is to head to discounters.

TheOutnet has recently started to post their new items for the season. Last year, we had a major crush on this cartoonish print Vionnet silk crape dress. At 78% off, the $5100 dress becomes a lot more affordable. There is a large amount of Balmain, much of which is reduced 70% off. You can save about a grand on these Alaia sandals that are now $640 from $1660. Not exactly summer, but these Christian Louboutin boots are reduced 60% off. Yes, 60%.

While you're shopping for summer. Don't overlook Iris & Ink collection, the Outnet's in-house brand. Among the best basics for summer are ultra-soft and fine cashmere sweaters for $235. (Yes, we felt them in person and the quality and texture is very nice, especially for the price.) Cropped pants are a must-have for spring and this basic pair for $200 is the perfect way to offset your statement top. If you're tired of the silly Mansur Gavriel waiting lists and rising prices just opt for this basic black tote bag with a red lining for $295.

We are told that TheOutnet will continue to add products throughout the month. Be on the lookout. the site also hosts weekly promotions with additional discounts.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Runway: How Much is that Dress Exactly?

Fashion insiders often refer to this time of year as Fashion Month. The international fashion world begins showing collections for the following season in mid-February in New York and continues to London, Milan and culminates in Paris.

As glamourous as it may seem, circuit is often described as a marathon that requires pacing and endurance. As spectators, it's hard not to ogle from our Instagram, Twitter and Facebook feeds. Everything seems too fresh and unique when you're looking into the figure of fashion.

One element that doesn't usually come to mind is the price of the items shown on the runway. We all know that fashion can be expensive but just how expensive can be surprising in both directions. Sites like Moda Operandi allow customers to shop designer trunk shows and secure runway fashion months in advance. The site also allows shoppers access to designer pieces that might never become available in traditional retail stores.

Obviously, you're going to have to pay up when purchasing a one-of-a kind or a small run item. How much you ask? We are about to find out. The above pictures represent some of the most photographed and adored items shown at New York Fashion week along with their "trunk show" prices.

Check out this silk organza Rosie Assoulin halter gown. The almost $12,000 price tag is almost as eye popping as the graphic stripe print and side cutouts. The sky blue Delpozo coat with leather appliques at the front, is a bit more digestible at $6,800. A Cushnie at Ochs pretty pink pantsuit was often used by media as the iconic example of 70s gone 2015, and rings in at $4500 for the coat, sweater and pants ensemble. The cloud print gown that Karlie Kloss wore to close out the Carolina Herrera show is $9000.

Scroll through the above look book to see more of the most talked about fashion of New York fashion week and their prices. Just remember, fashion is art and sometimes there's no price too high when it comes to owning an item that fills your heart with pleasure.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Bogner Sample Sale

We just found out that Bogner is about to host a huge outlet and sample sale at their showroom. The sale begins Friday morning and runs through the weekend.

At the last sale we found lots of ski and golf clothing priced at 70% off retail. (Perhaps if we had the right clothing, golf could be our sport?!) The sale also included women's ready-to-wear, Bogner Sport, Bogner Fire + Ice and Bogner's children's skiwear.

Lets face it, after all this severe cold, we need a new puffer to get us through March. (Or maybe, better yet, a trip to the Caribbean.)

Bogner Factory Outlet & Sample Sale
Friday, February 27th through Sunday, March 1
11am-7pm daily
151 Wooster Street (btwn Houston & Prince)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Dennis Basso Up to 70% Off

There are things we love about sample sales and aspects we loathe. It's no doubt that we always prefer the ease of shopping at our local Madison Avenue boutiques over the chaos of a distant and out of the way sample sale. This weeks Dennis Basso sale is the best of everything.

Right now, the king of fur's Madison Avenue boutique is hosting a sale were fall fashion and furs are discounted from 40% to 70% off. We are told that the sale contains a lot more classic furs than the designer's recent sample sale. The best part is that shoppers will find similar prices. Obviously, the ready-to-wear dresses represent the most discounted merchandise.

The sale runs through the rest of the week. Don't be surprised to be enticed by the designer himself. His simile alone can you make you feel like a minx. If you want him to sweeten the deal, offer him a piece of cheese cake...

Dennis Basso
825 Madison Avenue @ 69th Street
(212) 794-4500

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Neiman Marcus Online Consolidation Sale

Just when you thought that sale season was over, Neiman Marcus has posted thousands of some of the most titillating looks from winter 2014 at discounts up to 65% off. It seems as if Neiman Marcus has consolidated their designer merchandise from all over the country and uploaded it to the online store.

The hot dot and stripe Valentino pattern was a big sellout this year but this leather trench still remains. The original retail price was $16,500 but it's now reduced to $5775. This Alexander McQueen vest makes quite a statement with the stripped neck and waist. The original price was about $8200 and it's now $2868. The sale also includes a great selection of merchandise from The Row, which is discounted pretty close to the sample sale markdowns. Our favorite piece is this two-tone canvas and fur coat for $1300 from about $3900.

Take note that some of these items were reduced up to 75% in stores. I wouldn't be surprised if there were additional discounts intermittently. Keep in mind however, there isn't a big inventory of these items and once they are gone...

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Fashion Week: Drapey Pants

Fashion week is officially over. Now is the best time to take a step back and review everything we've seen over the last week. We are serving up all smoking hot trends so that you know what to expect on the street and in the pages of your favorite fashion magazines come next winter.
Tia Cibani, Bibhu Mohapatra, Donna Karan
Drapey and slouchy pants have a reputation for being difficult to wear and the rumors are true. Even though getting the right fit and proportions can be difficult, there is a big payoff when you hit it right. Coming this fall, expect to see a lot more flowey pants.

Make no mistake, these aren't the drawstring pants we've been seeing for the past several seasons. The pants shown on the runway were made of luxe fabrics, like wool, velvet and cashmere. The one aspect that changes is the length of the pants. Donna Karan showed her version cropped while Tia Cibani's were extra long.

This style is usually easier to pull off if you're petite and have narrow legs and hips. If that isn't the case try layering a jacket or bulky sweater over your midsection is another option.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Fashion Week: That 70s Show

Fashion week is already starting to wind down. We are serving up all smoking hot trends while we get through the last days of shows. These top trends are what you can expect to see on the street and in the pages of your favorite fashion magazines, next winter.

 Jason Wu, Rebecca Minkoff, Cushnie et Ochs

Watching old 70s television shows and movies are always fashion inspiring. The hair, the suede, the fringe-- it's all so Charlie's Angles sexy. Fashion designers collectively feel the same way. For winter 2015, pants with wide legs and high waists and color ways including teal, pink and camel have been dominating many collections. Rebecca Minkoff channelled her groove with lots of fringe.

The newest resurgence of the 70s is the fur stole, which was shown worn over one shoulder and across the body like a beauty pageant sash.  Creatures of the Wind, Jason Wu and Thakoon are just a few designers that stole the show.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Fashion Week: Head Popping Turtlenecks

Fashion week is already starting to wind down. We are serving up all smoking hot trends while we get through the last days of shows. These top trends are what you can expect to see on the street and in the pages of your favorite fashion magazines, next winter.
Tanya Taylor, Jill Stuart, Victoria Beckham
In the race to be cool the turtleneck is wining by much more than a hare. The cozy and body slimming favorite is popping up all over the runway. You can find the oldie-but-goodie tucked under fall dresses, as shown by Tanya Taylor and Jill Stuart. Victoria Beckham and various other designers showed oversized knits with a extra thick necks.

Diane Keaton and the late Steve Jobs are long time champions of the neck-warming basic. Now, you can bet they will be gobbling up your head soon too.

Limited Engagement: Dee Ocleppo (Hilfiger's) Pop-Up

Tommy isn't the only Hilfiger snagging the Fashion Week spotlight. This week, Dee Ocleppo Hilfiger is showcasing her accessory and handbag line in a pop-up shop-- hosted at Beautique. For your shopping convenience, the store is located between the Plaza Hotel and Bergdorf Goodman.

The Dee Oclepoo Spring 2015 bag collection offers customers interchangeable covers in exotic skins and leathers. Bright Rattan and fringed basket weave detailing give each bag a sense of playful, jet-set glamour. A favorite piece is the indispensable Roma Tote with its black weave and playful fringe offset by sleek white. The collection retails for between $995 and $3595.

The pop-up store will only be open through February 20th. So you're really not going to want to hesitate if you want to get a jump on St. Tropez chic.

Dee Oclepoo
through February 20th
11am to 8pm
8 West 58th Street