Monday, December 29, 2008

More posts coming next week
Sorry for the sparse posts; I have year-end-itis, so I think this will be my last post for this week (and for 2008!), but I will be back in full effect next week. Thanks for reading Cheryl Shops, and please check back soon!
MasstigeWatch: Thakoon for Target
Yesterday I dragged MW to the Atlantic Center Target; it was the first day for the Go International collaboration with Thakoon, and I was so excited about it, I wanted to go to the store instead doing my usual online ordering. Since our neighborhood (and Manhattan, for that matter) had been dead since we got back to the city on Saturday, I was assuming Target would also be deserted; I was wrong. I was, however, glad I went to the store, because not only is this the best collection since Rogan, but the dress I had wanted is already sold out online, so I'm lucky to have grabbed it while in the store. The dress in question is the shibori shirtdress; I initially wanted the navy/white style featured in the ads, but I ended up with the black/white, whose pattern kind of resembles spiderwebs, giving it a kind of goth look. Also sold out online is the cyber floral dress; I think Target only had small and extra-small left by the time I was there, so I didn't bother trying it on. I didn't even see the chevron-stripe dress, but that's okay, because all of the other chiffon pieces in the collection are polyester and incredibly cheap looking (stick with the cottons). I also bought this zip-back floral top, which is nearly sold out online; the fit is kind of voluminous and makes me look pregnant from the side, but belting it or tucking it into a high-waisted skirt or pants seems to resolve the problem. The print is gorgeous, too, and I like the exposed back zipper. There are a lot of floral and striped tops; normally I am sucker for the latter, but the fit of what I tried on was on the boxy side (more on fit later), and since I already own so many stripes, I convinced myself to pass. I tried on the tunic, which was not bad, but the fabric felt kind of crappy to me (I thought it was polyester; I was shocked that it was cotton--it's kind of stiff and janky). The other piece I really liked was the shibori skirt; I thought it was incredibly flattering and well made, but since I was buying the dress in the same print, I figured one piece was enough. I recommend staying away from the tie-waist skirts, however, as they suffer from too-much-fabric syndrome and amplify whatever hippiness you may have tenfold.

So, like previous Go International collections, sizing is a bit wonky, but, if anything, it's on the side of being too large, rather than too small. In previous collections, a size 11 has often been too small on me (I wear a 6 or an 8 in real life), but when I tried on the shibori skirt above, even the size 9 was too big. I ended up with a large in the dress, but that was due more to inventory than anything else, and I think the slightly looser fit will allow me to wear a turtleneck underneath for the time being. I really, really love the dress, and at least for the cotton pieces, the quality and fit seems to be of much higher quality than recent collections (I'm looking at you, Jonathan Saunders). Since many of these pieces are selling out already, I highly suggest ordering now, or hitting your local Target ASAP.

Sadly, the Atlantic Center store did not appear to have any Hayden-Harnett bags; they are available online for pre-order, but early word on the street is that, like previous handbag collections, they're kind of cheap-looking.
The week in shopping
Nearly every store is having a sale at the moment; here are some of note.

Cheryl Shops neighborhood fave Bird is taking up to 75% off Mayle, Alexander Wang, Vena Cava, and more at all three of their Brooklyn locations. 1/2-1/5; visit shopbird.com for hours; 220 Smith St. (at Butler St.), Cobble Hill, 316 5th Ave. (at 2nd St.), Park Slope, and 203 Grand St. (at Bedford Ave.), Williamsburg.

Agent Provocateur, the sexiest lingerie around, can be yours for 50% off. Through 1/10; 11-7, noon-6 Sun.; 133 Mercer St. (Prince & Spring Sts.).

Hawaiian import Aloha Rag has Alexander Wang, Ksubi, and other tempting designers for 70% off. Ongoing; 11-7, noon-6 Sun.; 505 Greenwich St. (at Spring St.).

Cheryl Shops fave Daryl K is taking 75% off both her namesake collection and the lower-priced Kerrigan. Ongoing; 11-7, noon-6 Sun.; 21 Bond St. (Lafayette St. & Bowery).

Did someone say Muse? Yves Saint Laurent clothes, shoes, and bags are up to 60% off. Ongoing; 10-7 weekdays, 10-6 Sat., noon-5 Sun.; 3 E. 57th St. (5th & Madison Aves.).

Leather goods, jewelry, and accessories are up to 50% off at Links of London. Through 1/17; visit website for store hours & locations.

Buy two sale items, receive 50% off at Calypso. Ongoing; 10-7, noon-6 Sun.; 815 Madison Ave. (68th & 69th Sts.).

Get fold skirts for $140 and check out the new Lanvin collaboration at ACNE (sadly, Lanvin is not on sale). Through 1/31; 11-7, noon-7 Sun.; 10 Greene St. (Canal & Grand Sts.).

Catherine Malandrino's fall collection is now 75% off. Ongoing; 11-7 Mon-Wed., 10-8 Thurs.-Sat., noon-7 Sun.; 652 Hudson St. (at 13th St.).

Among the excellent deals at Barneys Co-Op: 7 For All Mankind jeans for a mere $39. Ongoing; visit Barneyscoop.com for store hours & locations.

Take an extra 20% off sale items at Pink Mascara with code 20offsale through 12/30.

Hit the post-holiday sale for new markdowns of 30%-70% at Shopbop.

Enter code NYEAR for 25% off the entire site (including sale) through 12/30 at Cheryl Shops fave Barefoot Tess.

Clearance items are a ridonkulous $1.99 and up at Delia*s.

Save up to 60% at the Bliss post-holiday sale.

Take an extra 30% off all sale apparel at eLuxury through 1/5.

Banana Republic's winter sale features discounts of up to 60% off through 1/1.

Monday, December 15, 2008

The week in shopping
I'm done with my Christmas shopping. Are you?

Jimmy Choo shoes are a mere $150 and up at this sure-to-be-packed sale. 12/17; noon-7; 236 W. 27th St. (7th & 8th Aves.).

Score incredibly stylish workout gear for 75% off at the Y-3 sale (women's pants are $65, bags and sweaters are $55). 12/16-12/18; 10-6; 610 Broadway (at Houston St.), 3rd fl.

If I had a boyfriend who had not yet bought me a Christmas present (ahem, MW), I'd send him to the Slane & Slane sample sale, where their gold & silver jewelry (favored by celebs like Mary-Kate Olsen) is 50%-60% off. 12/17-12/18; 10-7 Wed., 10-6 Thurs.; 48 W. 25th St. (6th Ave. & Broadway), 11th fl.

Betsey Johnson dresses are $50-$75 and separates are $35 at this blowout sale. 12/17-12/19; 10-8; Millennium Broadway Hotel, 145 W. 44th St. (6th Ave. & Broadway), 6th fl.

Tory Burch is hitting Clothingline: pants and shirts are $65-$75, sweaters are $85, dresses are $95-$105, outerwear is $135-$235, and shoes are $99-$250. 12/17-12/21; 10-7 Wed. & Thurs., 10-6 Fri., 11-5 Sat. & Sun.; 261 W. 36th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 2nd fl.

Dress like an intellectual downtown girl for up to 85% off (blouses are $110, jackets are $200, coats are $240) at the United Bamboo sale. 12/17-12/19; 10-7; 217 Centre St. (at Grand St.), 6th fl.

Whoops--forgot to mention Showroom Seven's sample sale last week; find Orla Kiely, Issa London, Charlotte Ronson, and more for at least 50% off. Through 12/19; 10-7; 263 11th Ave. (at 28th St.), 3rd fl.

Pretty silky tops and dresses are just $25-$150 at Miguelina's sale. 12/18-12/19; 10-6; 20 W. 36th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), 6th fl.

In case you missed The News showroom's sale last month (here's my take), you've got a second chance to score Cheap Monday, Clu, and more for 50%-70% off. 12/18-12/20; 10-6, 10-5 Sat.; 495 Broadway (at Broome St.), 5th fl.

Who doesn't love James Perse knits? Find men's & women's tees, sweaters, and more for up to 75% off. 12/18-12/20; 1-8 Thurs., 10-8 Fri. & Sat.; 145 W. 18th St. (6th & 7th Aves.).

Find ladies-who-lunch shopping for Carolina Herrera and Rena Lange for up to 85% off, plus Judith Leiber bags. 12/19-12/22; 9-6:30; 317 W. 33rd St. (8th & 9th Aves.).

80's revival luxury bags and accessories from MCM are up to 80% off. Through 12/18; 9-7; 519 8th Ave. (at 36th St.), 21st fl.

IT Holding has Galliano, Ferre, and Malo for men & women. Through 12/21; 11-8, 11-6 Sun.; 17 Battery Pl. (at West St.), 5th fl.

Stock up on costume jewelry for $5-$90 at the Noir sale. 12/17-12/19; 10-7; 350 W. 38th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 5th fl.

Going somewhere fancy for New Year's Eve? Find a party dress from Marc Bouwer, Lela Rose, Donald Deal, Melinda Eng, or Heidi Weisel for up to 80% off. Through 12/18; 9-7; 519 8th Ave. (at 36th St.), 21st fl.

Pink Tartan has separates, dresses, and coats (not necessarily pink nor tartan) for 60% off. 12/16-12/17; 8-7; 416 W. 13th St. (9th Ave. & Washington St.), ste. 303.

Attention, brides: Don't make your bridesmaids pay retail; they can score dresses from Nicole Miller, Alvina Valenta, and other designers for $165 and up at the Wedding Atelier sale. 12/19-12/30; call 646-638-3263 for an appointment; 103 5th Ave. (at 17th St.), 2nd fl.

Bags, accessories, and belts from Carlos Falchi are 50%-80% off. Through 12/16; 10-7; 260 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 7th fl.

Matta's neo-bohemian clothes, accessories, and housewares are on sale; find scarves for $20, dresses for $79, and pillows for 50% off. 12/18-12/19; 11:30-7; 241 Lafayette St. (Prince & Spring Sts.).

Rebecca & Drew's ingeniously sized button-down shirts and dresses are 30%-50% off through the end of the month, but stop by on 12/18 from 6-9 p.m. for free cocktails and an extra 30% off both full-price and sale merch. Through 12/31; 344 W. 13th St. (8th Ave. & Hudson St.).

Chloe + Reese coats are $250 at their sale. Through 12/19; 10-7 through Thurs., 10-4 Fri.; 330 W. 38th St. (8th & 9th Aves.).

Fur coats and accessories are up to 85% off at Adrienne Landau. Through 12/18; 9-7; 519 8th ave. (at 36th St.), 21st fl.

Amanda Uprichard/Cutie Room has dresses for $65. Through 12/24; noon-7 weekdays, noon-8 weekends; 236 Mulberry St. (Prince & Spring Sts.).

Everything from hair accessories and jewelry to bags and scarves is below $25 at the Gabi D accessories sale. Through 12/24; 10-6:30 (closed weekends); 40 W. 37th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), ste. 905.

12/16-12/17 only, take 30% off all regular-priced items at shopbop.com with code HOLIDAYLOVE (note: this code will not work until 12:01 a.m. on 12/16!).

Take 25% off everything at Ravinstyle.com with code twentyfiveoff through 12/19.

Take 33% off everything at revolveclothing.com with code DEC333 through 12/19.

Find even more new markdowns of up to 70% at Saks.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Buy It: Ben Amun coin necklace
The Long Island-based website Singer22.com sends me daily emails, usually about items they carry that C-list Hollywood starlets and celebutantes have been spotted wearing. And usually I delete them. However, recently they sent one announcing the arrival of Ben Amun jewelry, as seen on Kate Moss, and, you know, anything that Kate Moss wears is good enough for me. Fashionologie had actually reported on Kate and her new necklaces back in August, and I'd been keeping an eye out for them ever since. Looking like something she would've picked up whilst on vacation in Morocco, the necklaces fit so easily into that Kate Moss bohemian-rock-chic look that I try to emulate with varying degrees of success. Luckily, since Singer 22 so conveniently uses paparazzi photography as their product shots, it's easy to steal any star's style. Which brings me to the Ben Amun necklaces (before anyone points it out, yes, I know I missed the Ben Amun sample sale this week). I like the 36" silver coin necklace the best; it's $198, and the site is currently running at 20% off promo sitewide with code HOLIDAY20 through 12/25, conveniently bringing the price down to a totally manageable $158. Hey, it's a lot more affordable than Kate's Balenciaga bag.
Object of Desire: Goyard Trunk by Assouline
With all of the heavy "recessionista" reporting going on in the media lately, leave it to the New York Times to write a rather amusing article about the rich shopping on the down-low in today's Style section. Ridiculous premise aside, the takeaway is that there are still a lot of wealthy people in this city, and they've got money to spend. If I were one of them, I'd spend it on this limited-edition Goyard trunk, filled with 100 Assouline books. Revolve Clothing, a Cheryl Shops favorite normally on par with Shopbop and the like, is offering "The List" this holiday season, a series of one-of-a-kind supergifts, kind of like the random million-dollar gifts in the Neiman Marcus catalog. Their first offering is this pristine white trunk, a collaboration between Goyard, the famed French luggage maker, and Assouline, the French publisher of art books. I've sung the praises of Goyard before, and I love Assouline's little biographic fashion books--they're light on words and heavy on photographs, and you can usually find them in used-book stores, so I pick them up whenever I can, because they make wonderful references. So I don't know what's more appealing--the old-school Goyard trunk or the mini Assouline library. Of course, for $20,000, that money could probably be better spent making a donation to an actual library, but I doubt any library houses its books so stylishly.

Monday, December 08, 2008

The week in shopping
It's a jam-packed one. Pace yourselves.

The Most Important Sale of the Week: Recent CFDA winner Alexander Wang is taking up to 80% off fall merchandise; sweaters are a mere $80. Bring cash; you can only charge purchases over $200. 12/11-12/13; 3-7 p.m. Thurs., 10-7 Fri. & Sat.; 386 Broadway (Walker & White Sts.), 6th fl.

Expect a fashionista mob scene at Proenza Schouler; samples and stock are $85-$1,385 (originally $330-$5,525). 12/11-12/12; 9-6; 120 Walker St. (Centre & Baxter Sts.), 6th fl.

Yay, the Mike & Chris sample sale has been rescheduled! Men's & women's clothes (please, leather hoodies, please!) are up to 75% off. 12/11–12/13; 10-6; 80 W. 40th St. (at 6th Ave.), ste. 53.

Prepare for long lines and big crowds at the DVF sale, where party dresses are $200, blouses are $80, and jackets are $150. 12/9-12/13; 9-6:30 Tues., 9-8 Wed., 9-7 Thurs., 9-5:30 Fri., 9-3 Sat.; 260 5th Ave. (28th & 29th Sts.).

Mackage's well-loved coats and jackets are up to 50% off. 12/10-12/12; noon-7:30; 275 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.).

Take 70% off knits of all kinds at Iisli's pop-up shop. 12/11-12/13; 11-8; 25 Bond St. (Bowery & Lafayette Sts.).

Two of my favorite labels, Julie Haus and VPL, have teamed up for a joint sale, where prices are 50%-80% off (or $15 and up). 12/11-12/13; 11-7; 39 W. 38th St. (5th & 6th Aves.).

Stock up on holiday party frocks--plus trendy separates like skinny pants and boyfriend blazers--at the Alice + Olivia sale at Clothingline. Prices are up to 75% off retail; all sizes available. Through 12/11; 10-7, 10-6 Wed.; 261 W. 36th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 2nd fl.

LeSportsac bags of all colors and sizes are 60%-80% off. Through 12/10; 8-7; Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W. 18th St. (6th & 7th Aves.), 4th fl.

Stock up on Tse (and Tsesay) sweaters for men & women at up to 80% off retail. Leave the strollers at home. 12/13-12/17; 9-7; 317 W. 33rd St. (8th & 9th Aves.).

Cheryl Shops fave Satya is having a jewelry sample sale this weekend with prices up to 80% off; you can also shop the sale online through tomorrow. 12/12-12/14; 10-6; 253 Centre St. (Broome & Grand Sts.).

Cashmere sweaters and accessories start at 60% off, then go to 70% off, then end up at 80% off at Cheryl Shops fave Lutz & Patmos. 12/10-12/12; 11-7; 425 W. 13th St. (9th Ave. & Washington St.), ste. 406.

Indie heaven: Tashkent shoes for 80% off, Uluru cashmere for 60% off, and more great deals await. 12/11–12/13; noon-7 Thurs. & Fri., 11-4 Sat.; 939 8th Ave. (at 56th St.), ste 501.

Fragments is taking 70% off their fine and costume jewelry. 12/11-12/13; noon-7 Thurs., 10-7 Fri., 10-4 Sat.; 110 Greene St. (at Prince St.), ste. 1105.

Find Vivienne Westwood dresses for $348, plus Ilaria Nistri, Iodice, Eairth, and Le Full at the Scatola Sartoriale Showroom (try saying that 10 times fast). Through 12/12; 10-8; 544 W. 26th St. (10th & 11th Aves), 6th fl.

Prairie New York has cute tops and dresses for $40, party dresses for $50. Cash only. Through 12/12; 11-7; 250 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), ste. 404.

Eugenia Kim's colorful chapeaux, favored by celebs, plus belts and headbands are 50%-70% off. 12/9-12/12; 10-7; 347 W. 36th St. (8th & 9th Aves.), ste. 502.

Olive & Bette's famed one-day sale has cashmere sweaters for $70, Tibi dresses for $70, Splendid dresses for $35, and other amazign deals at up to 75% off. 12/9; 8-7; 384 Bleecker St. (at Perry St.).

Find under-the-radar clothes and accessories from Your Slip Is Showing, Tagua, and Caroline Hedaya at the Édité Showroom. Through 12/10; 10-7; 134 W. 29th St. (6th & 7th Aves.), ste. 709.

The Globe Showroom has James Coviello, Luba J, Whistle & Flute, and a bunch of other labels I've never heard of, mostly for under $100. 12/10-12/11; noon-7; 263 W. 38th St. (7th & 8th Aves.).

Taking a winter vacation? Lucky for you, Malia Mills's flattering swimsuits are $50 and up at this sale. 12/10-12/12; 10-6; 263 W. 38th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 16th fl.

Score Nanette Lepore's fall and holiday lines for $40-$195. 12/11-12/12; 9-7; 225 W. 35th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 4th fl.

Furla's first-ever sample sale (really?) has handbags for 50% off and shoes for $100. 12/10-12/12; 10-6:30; 552 7th Ave. (39th & 40th Sts.), 5th fl.

Ready-to-wear and select vintage merch is up to 75% off at Catherine Malandrino. 12/10-12/12; 8-8 Wed., 10-8 Thurs. & Fri.; 145 W. 18th St. (6th & 7th Aves).

Bohemian-chic jewelry from Ben-Amun is up to 75% off retail. 12/9-12/11; 9-7; 246 W. 38th St. (7th & 8th Aves.).

By Francine's feminine dresses and separates from spring, fall, and holiday are up to 60% off. 12/10-12/12; 10-6 Wed. & Thurs., 10-7 Fri.; 231 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), rm. 602.

Lauren Merkin handbags are roughly 50% off. 12/9-12/11; 11-7; 231 W. 29th St. (7th & 8th Aves.).

Find Bensoni, Black Halo, Anne Leman, Matt & Nat, and more newish designers at 50%-75% off wholesale. That's right, wholesale. Prices start at $20. 12/10-12/13; 10-7; Joey Showroom, 263 11th Ave. (at 27th St.), 5th fl.

Find Tracy Reese dresses, shoes, other clothes, and home items for 50% off. 12/9-12/11; 8-7 Tues. & Wed., 8-2 Thurs.; 250 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.).

Lyn Devon's fall collection is 50%-80% off. 12/12-12/14; 10-5; 525 Broadway (Spring & Broome Sts.), ste. 202.

A Vera Wang Bridal sale during a recession: With samples and overstock at 35%-75% off, proceed with caution. 12/13; 9-5; New Yorker Hotel, 481 8th Ave. (at 34th St.).

Floor models and overstock furniture is 10-70% off at Ligne Roset's Gramercy location. 12/11-12/14; 10-6, noon-5 Fri.; 250 Park Avenue South (at 20th St.).

Find cashmere accessories (great gifts!) for up to 80% off retail at Minnie Rose. Through 12/12; 10-6; 264 W. 40th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 15th fl.

Shop for your nieces, nephews, or even your own kids at the Kidini sale, featuring savings of up to 80% on 3,000 designer kids pieces. 12/10-12/12; 9:30-6:45; 620 Broadway (Bleecker & Houston), ste. 2R.

Find all manner of gifts for up to 65% off at the Daniel Levy Porcelain Studio holiday sale. Cash only. 12/11-12/14; 11-7, noon-6 Sun.; 155 W. 29th St. (6th & 7th Aves.).

Find handbags by The Sak, Elliott Lucca, and sakroots for a mere $5-$60. 12/11-12/12; 9-6; 339 5th Ave. (33rd & 34th Sts.), 2nd fl.

Alice & Trixie samples are $10 and up (up to 80% off retail). Through 12/12; 10-7; 265 W. 37th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 11th fl.

Take an additional 25% off sale items for one day only, only at Scoop's Upper East Side store. 12/9; 9-9; 1273 3rd Ave. (73rd & 74th Sts.).

Great gifts and holiday-entertaining home accessories are 50%-90% off at Kim Seybert's sample sale. 12/9-12/10; 9:30-7; 37 W. 37th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), 9th fl.

Find clothes for kids and accessories for moms at Nest's sale; prices are up to 75% off. Cash only. 12/9–12/10; 11-7 Tues., 9-4 Wed.; 325 W. 38th St. (8th & 9th Aves.).

For one day only, find Lia Kes's detailed dresses, coats, and separates for 60% off. 12/10; 11-9; 325 W. 38th St. (8th & 9th Aves), ste. 701.

Classic woolly clothes and coats for men, women, and children are 50%-75% off at Canterbury of New Zealand. 12/11–12/14; noon-7; 2 Great Jones St. (Bowery & Lafayette Sts.).

Find trendy sweaters for $110-$165 and dresses for $175 and up, plus other items for 70% off at Emma & Posh; 12/11–12/12; 10-5; 1400 Broadway (at 38th St.), ste. 305.

Halston ready-to-wear and accessories are up to 75% off. 12/12–12/14; 9-7 Fri., 10-6 Sat., 11-5 Sun.; 96 Spring St. (at Broadway).

Select fall items are 30%-50% off at Cheryl Shops fave (and new Soho arrival) Comptoir des Cotonniers. 12/12-12/21; 11-8, noon-6 Sun.; 155 Spring St. (at Wooster St.).

White + Warren's cashmere accessories are gift=friendly and mostly under $100. 12/11-12/12; 8-6 Thurs., 8-3 Fri.; 80 W. 40th St. (at 6th Ave.), 3rd fl.

Wendy Mink's semiprecious jewelry is $5-$50. 12/11–12/14; 4-8 p.m. Thurs. & Fri., noon-7 Sat. & Sun.; 72 Orchard St. (at Broome St.).

Find mom-friendly gifts like scarves, gloves, and handbags at the Echo sample sale. 12/12-12/15; noon-8 Fri., 10-8 Sat. & Sun., 8-4 Mon.; Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W. 18th St. (6th & 7th Aves.), 4th fl.

Pono's bold jewelry is on sale; get a free gift when you spend $100. Through 12/12; 9-7; 132 W. 36th St. (Broadway & 7th Ave.), 8th fl.

Asmar Group has clothes from Generra, Covet, Case Study, and a bunch of other brands for women, men, and children. Through 12/22; 10-7 weekdays only; 275 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 5th fl.

Don't forget your four-legged friend! Hit Kwigy-bo for a Howl-iday Blowout Bonanza (their words, not mine). Most items are $5; dog carriers are $20-$40. 12/9-12/12; 9:30-6:30; 501 7th Ave. (37th & 38th Sts.), ste. 506-508.

LAI's exotic-skin accessories, normally found at swank department stores, are on major sale. 12/9-12/12; 10-6, 10-4 Fri.; 12 W. 57th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), ste. 403.

Maxx New York handbags are 40%-60% off retail; prices are primarily under $100. 12/9-12/13; 10-6 Tues. & Wed., 10-7:30 Thurs., 10-6 Fri., 10-5 Sat.; 385 5th Ave. (at 36th St.), 10th fl.

Armand Diradourian's cashmere sweaters and accessories are about $200 and under (except cashmere throws--those are $200 and up) at this sale for men and women. 12/10-12/22; noon-6 (closed Sun.); 19 W. 21st St. (5th & 6th Aves.), ste. 1001.

Hit Owl's Lab for a trunk show on Genetic Denim; you'll save 15% on your purchase. 12/13; 1-6; 20 E. 12th St. (5th Ave. & University Pl.). RSVP to amanda@owlslab.com.

Save 40% storewide at nationaljeancompany.com. 12/12-12/14; visit website for store locations.

Take 25% off regular-priced items with code gift25 or 20% off sale items with code 20offsale at Pink Mascara.

Take 20% off all regular-priced items at shopbop.com with code SNOWDAY through 12/9.

Take 30% off orders of $50 or more at Flight001.com through 12/10.

Take $10 off a $75 order at dELiA*s with code XMAS75 through 12/24.

Save 40% off everything at LuckyBrandJeans.com when you enter code 8DFFM through 12/14.

Take 40% off a $125 purchase at Banana Republic with code BRHOLIDAY through 12/15.

Take an extra 25% off sale items with code 5T3V2 at WHotelsTheStore.com through 12/11.

Tops are now 25% off at the quirky-cool site Locher's.

Use promo code DECEMBER8 for a gift card of up to $2,000 with your Saks purchase 12/9-12/11.

Take 30% off reglar-priced items at Tobi.com through 12/25 with code HOLIDAYTIME.

Take $10 off your Alloy.com order of $75 or more with code XMAS10 through 12/24.

Finally, if you can't make it to LeSportsac's sale at the Metropolitan Pavilion this week, you can still take 25% off everything on the website (except Stella McCartney) with code THANKU through 12/24.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Cheryl Shops...Mulberry and LaROK/Elizabeth & James
Encouraged by Racked's glowing report of the Mulberry sample sale, I headed over to the Metropolitan Pavilion after work. The good: The sale is not crowded, there's a ton of merchandise organized neatly on tables, and Mulberry bags are gorgeously made out of buttery leather. But while prices are really good considering what they usually retail for (ballpark: $1,200), they were still way out of my reach. The least expensive purse is $199; most were around $499; but my favorite, the Roxanne, was still a painful $799. But considering how much inventory was left at 7 p.m., I'm guessing prices will be marked way down tomorrow, which is the last day. Hours are 10-7, and it's at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W. 18th St. (6th & 7th Aves.), 5th floor.

After Mulberry, I headed over to the LaROK/Elizabeth & James sale, which is a few doors down the street. The space is large and well organized and labeled by size; all of the E&J is wisely in the front, with the LaROK in the back--I think Elizabeth & James (the Olsen twins' contemporary line) is really great, whereas LaROK is a bit too...Los Angeles for my taste. Anyway, while there was a lot of merchandise, none of it totally rocked my boat, especially in light of the prices: For E&J, tees are $25, shirts are $99, dresses are $125, and jackets are $175. LaROK had already marked down their prices by the time I got there--tops were $49-$69, dresses were $79-$99, and prices topped out at $109 for outerwear. Since the sale has two days left, hopefully more reductions are on the way. Through 12/6; 10-8; 145 W. 18th St. (6th & 7th Aves.).

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Cheryl Shops...Helmut Lang/Rag & Bone and Hanky Panky (sort of)
I love me some Rag & Bone, so I headed over to Clothingline during my lunch hour today for the first day of their sale, which also features Helmut Lang and Gryphon. I was really surprised that there was not a line to get in; thank god this sale wasn't advertised in Daily Candy. The good news is that there was a lot of merchandise, the sale wasn't crowded at all, and you can try on clothes to your heart's desire. The bad news is that while prices are reasonable, especially in light of what Rag & Bone retails for, they're not as cheap as I was expecting. Shirts and jeans are $79, sweaters and pants are $99, skirts are $109, dresses are $149, and blazers are $175. The Helmut Lang prices were a bit lower (there were two racks of even lower-priced samples too), but aside from some great-looking coats and jackets for $249, I wasn't too jazzed by the offerings. Gryphon coats were $179-$299. And, oh, for the men in your life, at least a third of the sale is men's Helmut Lang and Rag & Bone (be forewarned that most of the small sizes are already gone, however). While I contemplated buying a striped boyfriend shirt and some knit jodhpur-type pants, I ended up leaving empty-handed. But if prices get slashed, I will definitely go back.

After work, I headed over to the Hanky Panky sale, thinking that, at 6:30 p.m., I'd breeze right in, stock up on low-rider thongs, and be on my merry way. Wrong! This is what the line looked like when I got there--it wrapped around the corner of 28th Street. And as much as I love waiting outside in 40-degree weather, I decided to head home instead. So...I will try again tomorrow on my lunch hour instead. Check back for an update tomorrow!

Monday, December 01, 2008

The week in shopping
I will be stocking up on my favorite thongs at the Hanky Panky sale; thongs and boy shorts are a mere $10 each. 12/2-12/5; 8:30-8 Tue. & Wed., 8:30-7 Thurs., 9-1 Fri.; 260 5th Ave. (28th & 29th Sts.).

Always a Cheryl Shops favorite, Inhabit has cashmere sweaters for men & women at up to 80% off. 12/4-12/5; 10-6; 1441 Broadway (40th & 41st Sts.), 24th Fl.

Mulberry scarves, gloves, wallets, and, of course, handbags are 75% off. 12/4-12/5; 10-7; Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W. 18th St. (6th & 7th Aves.), 5th fl.

Savvy showroom has LaROK and Elizabeth & James (!) for up to 70% off. 12/4-12/6; 8-8 Thurs., 10-8 Fri. & Sat.; 145 W. 18th St. (6th & 7th Aves.).

Boots, bags, and accessories are up to 75% off at Botkier. 12/4-12/7; 10-7 Thurs. & Fri., 11-6 Sat., noon-6 Sun.; 117 Mercer St. (Prince & Spring Sts.).

I will definitely be hitting Clothingline for Helmut Lang, Gryphon, and Rag & Bone (!) for 60% off. 12/2-12/5; 10-7 Tue. & Thurs., 10-6 Wed. & Fri.; 261 W. 36th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 2nd fl.

In case you missed the last Frette sale, you have another chance to score their famous linens for up to 80% off. Credit cards only; leave the strollers and kids under 12 at home. 12/7-12/11; 9-6:30, 9-5 Thurs.; 317 W. 33rd St. (8th & 9th Aves.).

Select fall items are now 30% off at A.P.C.

Head over to the Eileen Shields Footwear Annual Shooze & Booze Party, where shoes are $150-$300 (that's 50%-75% off) and the cocktails and chocolates are free. 12/5; 5-8 p.m.; O.G. Restaurant, 507 E. 6th St. (Aves. A & B).

Simon Showroom has Paul & Joe, C&C California, and Wren for 50%-70% off. 12/3-12/5; 11-7; 95 5th Ave. (at 17th St.), 3rd fl.

Dress like Posh Spice with a trip to the Giambattista Valli sale, where, even at 50% off, most items are four figures (but worth it). 12/3-12/4; 10-7; 2109 Broadway (at 73rd St.), ste. 9157.

I love Alexis Bittar's big Lucite jewelry; score it for $20-$200 at this cash-only sale. 12/5-12/6; 9:30-7; 153 E. 60th St. (3rd & Lexington Aves.).

Dwell's downtown-cool linens--duvets, sheets, crib sets, and more--are up to 80% off. Through 12/24; 11-8 daily; 54 Greene St. (at Broome St.).

Hanro's supersoft, supersimple loungewear, undies, robes & more for men and women are 75% off. Cash only. 12/2-12/3; 8-6 Tues., 8:30-4 Wed.; 40 E. 34th St. (at Madison Ave.), ste. 207.

Hit Archetype Showroom for men's & women's clothing from super-hip labels like Lorick, Shipley & Halmoss, Fremont, and more. 12/4-12/6; 10-7; 676 Broadway (at Great Jones St.), 2nd fl.

Buy yourself a new swimsuit for your holiday vacation at the Vix Swimwear and Lisa Curran sale; suits are $65-$125, jewelry is $10-$45. Cash only Through 12/12; 9-8; 250 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), ste. 510.

James Jeans has jeans for $50-$90 at this sample and stock sale. 12/2-12/5; 9-7, 9-2 Fri.; 500 Greenwich St. (at Spring St.), ste. 202.

Find swimsuits for $40, chemises for $25, and undies for 3 for $25 at the Eberjey sale. 12/2-12/3; 9-7 Tues., 9-5 Wed.; 180 Madison Ave. (33rd & 34th Sts.) ste. 1101.

Mint Jodi Arnold's sale is still going, and prices are now up to 70% off. Through 12/5; 9-6; 230 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 2nd fl.

Lulu DK's luxe linens are favored by high-end interior decorators; score them here for 50% off (and up). 12/2-12/5; 10-6; 675 Madison Ave. (at 61st St.), 4th fl.

Melissa Shoes makes jelly shoes for Vivienne Westwood and Alexandre Herchcovitch; get them for at least 50% off at this sale. 12/4-12/6; noon-8; 520 W. 27th St. (10th & 11th Aves.), 6th fl.

Made Her Think, the thinking woman's jewelry line, has select items for up to 80% off retail. Cash only. 12/6-12/7; noon-6; 195 Chrystie St. (at Stanton St.), ste. 301-7.

Brian Reyes's fall line is now at sample-sale prices. 12/3-12/4; 9-7; 101 5th Ave. (17th & 18th Sts.).

Men's and women's Autumn Cashmere clothes & accessories are up to 75% off. 12/2-12/5, 12/8-12/12; 9-7 this week, 9:30-6 next week; 231 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), ste. 924.

Find indie labels like Grey Ant, Iro, Spring & Clifton, Richard Ruiz, and more for up to 75% off at eM Productions Showroom. Prices are $5-$100 at this cash-only sale. 12/3-12/5; 10-7; 1 Bond St. (Broadway & Lafayette Sts.), no. 5C.

Ted Rossi's exotic-skinned and leather jewelry is up to 75% off (think bracelets for $20 and bags for $40). 12/3-12/5; 10-6; 15 E. 30th St. (5th & Madison Aves.), ste. 300.

Hawaiian import Aloha Rag is now taking up to 60% off Golden Goose, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Thomas Wylde, and other designers you wouldn't expect Hawaiians to wear. Through 12/26; 505 Greenwich St. (Spring & Canal Sts.).

Maternity wear is up to 70% off at Cadeau Maternity's sample sale. 12/4; 10-7; 254 Elizabeth St. (Houston & Prince Sts.).

Butter by Nadia's wraps and dresses are now up to 80% off. 12/6-12/7; 11-6 Sat., noon-7 Sun.; 405 Van Brunt St. (at Van Dyke St.), Red Hook, Brooklyn.

The Deggie Carma: Weird name, cool stuff (French Connection, Diesel, Free People) for up to 90% off. 12/1-12/9; 10-7 weekdays, 10-5 weekends; 212 W. 35th St. (7th & 8th Aves.).

Jill Platner's earthy silver jewelry is 15%-30% off. 12/3; 11-7; 113 Crosby St. (Houston & Prince Sts.).

Shop for the children in your life at Kit+lili; prices are 40%-80% off. 12/4-12/5; 11-7; 55 Washington St. (at Front St.), ste. 728., Dumbo, Brooklyn.

Good enough for Oprah, good enough for you: Charles Chang-Lima's first-ever sample sale has sizes 0-20 available at 80% off retail. 12/3-12/4; 1-7; 330 W. 38th St. (8th & 9th Aves.), ste. 511.

Stock up on holiday gifts at the Cullen and Whim sample sale, where sweaters for men and women are $20-$125. Through 12/5; 9-7; 231 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), ste. 1016.

Shop Cynthia Rowley's fall collection and take 10% off everything; likewise, 10% of the evening's proceeds will go to benefit Planned Parenthood of America. 12/2; 7-9 p.m.; 376 Bleecker St. (at Elizabeth St.). RSVP to k.maddox.recchia@ppfa.org or call 212-261-4766.

Check out new arrivals at shopjake's sale department; prices are now up to 60% off.

Take 20% off all purchases at Flight001.com with code WINTER08 through 12/2.

Shop Gucci's fall/winter sale here.

Select fall/winter items are 25%-50% off at Shopbird.com.

Select items are now 30% off at Oak.

Sale prices are now up to 85% off at revolveclothing.com.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Happy shopping!
I'm off to Boston for Thanksgiving; have fun shopping this weekend, and I'll be back on Monday with sales, sales, and more sales!
MasstigeWatch!
Last week, Target announced two tasty bits of information. First, since its Go International collection with Rogan Gregory was so successful, they're launching an eco-friendly Loomstate for Target collection [subscription required], featuring organic cotton, linen, and silk pieces. The line will hit stores on April 19th, just in time for Earth Day on April 22nd, and will be available until May 16th. And, buried in WWD's Fashion Scoops [subscription required] last week: a Felix Rey handbag collection, available March 29-June 14 and a shoe collection from Miss Trish of Capri, available April 5-June 14, are also coming soon to a Target near you (and, of course, Target.com).

Spurred on by the success of this month's Comme des Garcons collection--and perhaps realizing that by offering just one designer collection per year, they're probably missing out on a piece of the masstige pie--H&M will launch a collaboration with Matthew Williamson [subscription required], the Brit who until recently designed Pucci (his namesake collection, beloved by Brit It Girls, will open a Meatpacking District store next year). The bonus is that this collaboration comes in two parts: The first, a 20-piece capsule collection, will hit 200 H&M stores worldwide on April 23rd; the second, a 30- to 40-piece men's and women's collection, will drop in all 1,700 H&M stores in mid-May. That means that if you're a fan of Williamson's colorful designs, you might actually get your hands on some of them.

Monday, November 24, 2008

The week in shopping
It's the calm before the storm...and since it's a holiday week, the actual sample sale listings are on the light side. But, fear not, the following three weeks are going to be out of control.

Head over to a DKNY store near you for several reasons. First, fall fashion is up to 70% off. On Friday, 11/28, when you buy two sale items, you can get a third for $1. Finally, if you raise $500 or more for City Harvest by 12/24, you'll receive a $100 DKNY gift card, redeemable at DKNY stores (that $500 will provide 1,700 meals for hungry New Yorkers).

Vivienne Westwood, plus Iodice, Bliss Lau, and several other designers are on sale, with sizes 38-46 available. Through 11/26; 9:30-8; 544 W. 27th St. (10th & 11th Aves.), 6th fl.

Opening Ceremony. Sale. Need I say more? 11/28-12/11; 11-8, noon-7 Sun.; 35 Howard St. (Broadway & Crosby Sts.).

Samples, overstock, and one-of-a-kind items are up to 75% off at Cheryl Shops faves Rogan and Loomstate. 11/29-12/7; 11-7 daily; 91 Franklin St. (at Church St.).

Word on the street is that it's already cleaned out, but Den, the pop-up shop from Odin and Pas de Deux, has serious deals on super-hip men's and women's designers (think Rag & Bone, Karen Walker, and the like). While supplies last; noon-9 daily; 330 E. 11th St. (1st Ave. & Ave. A).

La Perla's fancy Italian lingerie is 75% off. Through 11/28; 9-6 Tue-Wed, 9-3 Thurs., 9-7 Fri.; 260 5th Ave. (28th & 29th Sts.).

DDCLAB has knits for $30-$35 and other merch for 75%-90% off. 11/26-12/2; 10:30-7; Chelsea Market, 75 9th Ave. (15th & 16th Sts.).

Party-friendly frocks and coats are on sale at Jill Stuart. Through 12/6; 11-7, noon-6 Sun.; 100 Greene St. (Prince & Spring Sts.).

The Meatpacking District's other shoe oasis, Iris, has Marc Jacobs, Viktor & Rolf, John Galliano, and other coveted designer shoes for 40%-60% off, while supplies last. 11-7, noon-6 Sun.; 827 Washington St. (Gansevoort & Little W. 12th Sts.).

MINT Jodi Arnold's sample sale has been extended; fall items are up to 60% off (think under $200). Through 11/26; 9-6; 230 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.).

Score a coat from every label from Cole Haan and Andrew Marc on down to Sean John and Dereon at G-III's outerwear sale. Through 12/19; 10-7 weekdays (closed Thanksgiving and weekends); 241 W. 37th St. (7th & 8th Aves.).

Men's and women's Ted Baker coats, suits, separates, and more ar eup to 60% off. Through 12/6; 11-7 Tue. & Fri., 11-4 Wed., 11-6 Sat. (closed Thurs. & Sun.), 11-7 next week; 250 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.).

Leelush has Erin Templeton, Twinkle, and other coveted designers for 25%-75% off. 11/26-11/30; noon-7 Wed.-Fri., noon-8 Sat. & Sun.; 29 Ludlow St. (at Hester St.).

Head over to Fort Greene for Trovata, Geren Ford, Rachel Comey, and more for 20%-40% off at Thistle & Clover. 11/28-12/5; 10-8 Fri., 11-7 weekends, noon-8 Mon.-Fri.; 221 Dekalb Ave. (at Clermont St.), Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

Take 30% off hip labels like Hyden Yoo, Corpus, and more at First Among Equals. Through 12/4; 1-9 weekdays, noon-8 weekends; 177 Orchard St. (Houston & Stanton Sts.).

Wowza! Use coupon code THANKS2U at Shopbop.com through 12/1 for $50 off a $250 order, $100 off $500 order, $250 off $1,000 order, or $500 off $1,500 order.

Save up to 40% on select styles at Banana Republic through 12/1.

New sale items and additional markdowns: Sale items are now up to 60% off at Cheryl Shops fave Jake.

Take an additional 15% off sale merchandise at IntermixOnline.com with code SAVE15 through 12/7.

Take 25% off the entire site at working-gal website SeeJaneWork.com with code TURKEY through 11/27.

The entire fall collection is 50% off at Cheryl Shops fave Lutz & Patmos' new website.

Even Burberry is having a sale; treat yourself to a new coat.

Take 25% off your order at Prismera Design with code FRIENDS25 through 12/31.

Use code thankyou for 25% off everything this week at Chicago's Luv Charlie.

Take 30% off everything at Tobi.com through 12/1 with code WEGOBBLE.

Fancy designer clothes & accessories are up to 50% off at Net-a-porter's sale.

Starting 11/25 markdowns are up to a ridiculous 70% off at Saks, through 12/7.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Buy It: Tom Ford Private Blend Rollerball Set
I love Christmas for myriad reasons, but I take particular joy in paging through all of the gift catalogs I receive. I especially like the department-store catalogs, which are of thick paper stock and filled with gorgeous photographs of totally useless, often rhinestone-encrusted or fur-trimmed gift items. I wonder about the people who actually give most of these items, as well as the poor people who receive them; do the gifts get returned to the store, then marked down in after-Christmas clearance sales, or do they sit unused and unloved in the recipient's closet? One gift I'm always happy to receive, however, is fragrance; in recent years, I've become quite a perfume junkie, and I am always happy to sample a random collection of scents, or to receive a lotion-and-shower-gel set of my one of my favorites, since those are things I tend not to buy for myself. And every once in awhile, a gift set comes along that totally knocks my socks off. This year, that set is the Tom Ford Private Blend Rollerball Set, a collection of all twelve of Ford's pricey, hard-to-find Private Collection scents. You'll find all of them here, from Oud Wood to Tobacco Vanille (which, it should be noted, retail for $180 for the 1.7 ounce size), and while the fragrances tend to be pretty potent, I think mixing them would create even more unique, luxurious scents. The set is $225, which is not entirely unreasonable, especially for a holiday gift. I'm hoping Santa brings one for me.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

MasstigeWatch!
Just two weeks ago, Alexander McQueen's collection for Target was confirmed; now, today, we have an article in WWD [subscription required], complete with pictures and interviews! Since you likely can't read the article, here's the pertinent info: The McQ Alexander McQueen Designer Collaboration will hit only 250 select Target stores starting March 1st, as well as target.com, and nothing will cost more than $129.99. Here's muse Lelia Moss modeling one look from the collection. Get excited!





In the meantime, we have Michelle Obama fave Thakoon's Go International collection hitting Target in November; Nylon has a sneak preview. I love the batik prints, and it looks like many of the pieces are cotton, which is a plus, since so many of the previous Go Internationals have suffered from Cheap Fabric Syndrome. More details as soon as they're available...
The week in shopping
Battle the hipsters at Steven Alan's always-excellent sale; expect Geren Ford, Rag & Bone, The Lake and Stars, and more at prices of up to 75% off. 11/20-11/23; 8:30-8 Thurs. & Fri., noon-7 Sat., noon-5 Sun.; 87 Franklin St. (Church & Broadway).

Theory addicts, get ready: current fall merchandise is available in sizes 00-12. Know your size, get ready to check your coat and bag, and leave children under 12 at home. 11/19-11/25; 10-6:45, 10-5:45 Fri. & Mon, 10-4:45 Sat. & Sun.; 261 W. 36th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 2nd fl.

Current- and past-season merch from Cheryl Shops fave Yigal Azrouël is 60%-80% off. 11/19-11/21; 9-7 Wed. & Thurs., 9-4 Fri.; 225 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 7th fl.

Spring 2009 and cruise shoes and clothing are under $100 (size 7 samples are a mere $19!) at the Hollywould sample sale. 11/19-11/20; 10-7; 12 W. 57th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), ste. 806.

Take 30% off the entire store at Auto's Friends & Family event. Shop in store, or use code FF2008 online. 11/20-11/21; 11-7; 803-805 Washington St. (Gansevoort & Horatio Sts.).

Find sizes 0-14 and prices of up to 80% off retail at the Ports 1961 by Tia Cibani sale. 11/19-11/20; 11-5 Wed., 10-5 Thurs.; 601 W. 26th St. (11th & 12th Aves.), ste. 875.

Find Karen Walker, Grey Ant, and other cool designers at LES fave TG-170, where for one week only, the entire store is 40% off. Through 11/23; noon-8; 170 Ludlow St. (Houston & Stanton Sts.).

Bohemian-chic accessories and tunics are 65% off at Bindya New York, plus get a free gift when you shell out $50. 11/19-11/21; 10:30-5:30; 49 W. 38th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), 9th fl.

Noir's ultra-glam costume jewelry is $20-$60 for rings and $5-$45 for bracelets. 11/19-11/21; 10-7; 350 W. 38th St. (8th & 9th Aves.).

Cardigan by Lynne Hiriak makes--you got it--cardigans, which are $88; non-cardigans are 50% off. 11/20-11/21; 11-7; 594 Broadway (Houston & Prince Sts.), ste. 305.

Bulgari jewelry, handbags, perfume and watches are up to 75% off. 11/22-11/25; 9-6:30; 317 W. 33rd St. (8th & 9th Aves.).

Filippa K's Swedish coats for men and women are $250-$300 at this cash-only sale. 11/19-11/20; 11-7; 33 W. 26th St. (Broadway & 6th Ave.), 5th fl.

Dresses are $140-$150, Skirts, are $100, and Jackets are $190 at Nanette Lepore's sample sale. Through 11/21; 9-7; 225 W. 35th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 4th fl.

Delman boots are $219, pumps are $149, and other merch is 60%-70% off at their warehouse sale. 11/19-11/21; 10-7 Wed. & Thurs., 10-6 Fri.; 123 W. 18th St. (6th & 7th Aves.), 4th fl.

Italian-made Frette linens are 70% off (plus maybe more). Through 11/20; 10-6; 4 W. 58th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), 4th fl.

Because you shouldn't expect anything ordinary from Three as Four, denim pieces are $4.44-$44.44 and archive pieces are $77-$666. 11/20-11/24; noon-8; 77 Delancey St. (at Allen St.).

Candles, fragrance, and more are 45% off at Tocca. 11/19-11/21; 11-7; 542 W. 22nd St. (10th & 11th Aves.).

Gucci watches are a ridiculous 90% off; Bedat & Co. are 70% off. 11/20-11/21; 8-8; 125 W. 18th St. (6th & 7th Aves.).

Prairie New York's silky dresses and tops are up to 80% off at their cash-only sample sale. Through 11/21; 11-7; 250 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), ste. 406.

Elizabeth Gillett's awesome knits--accessories, sweaters, dresses and more--are $20-$100. 11/19-11/21; 10-5:30; 242 W. 38th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 9th fl.

Lambertson Truex handbags, shoes, and accessories are up to 80% off. Through 11/20; 9-6:30; 317 W. 33rd St. (8th & 9th Aves.).

You don't have to be able to pronounce Heikejarick to know their luxe alpaca and cashmere coats are on sale for 30% off wholesale. 11/19-11/26; 10-7 weekdays, 10-6 Sat. (closed Sun.); 262 W. 38th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 5th fl.

Score Isabella Fiore wallets for $50-$100, clutches for $100, and bags for $150-$300 at her first-ever NYC sample sale. 11/19-11/20; 10-5; 80 W. 40th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), 8th fl.

Decorator fave John Robshaw Textiles--linens, curtains, caftans, and throw pillows--are 60% off and up. 11/20-11/22; 10-8 Thurs., 10-7 Fri., 10-3 Sat.; 245 W. 29th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 11th fl.

Qi cashmere is up to 75% off; hats are a reasonable $15 and up, and coats are $100 and up. 11/19-11/21; 11-7; 260 W. 39th St. (8th & 9th Aves.), ste. 200.

Hipster fave Obedient Sons & Daughters has fall/winter items at sample sale prices. 11/22-11/23; 10-6; 237 Lafayette St. (Prince & Spring Sts.).

Rebecca Minkoff and Nicholas K bags and clothes are 50% off. 11/20-11/23; 9:30-8 Thurs. & Fri., 11-6 Sat. & Sun.; 33 W. 17th St. (5th & 6th Aves.).

Sari Gueron's pricey dresses are still expensive but relatively more affordable (think high three figures). 11/19-11/20; 11-7; 133 W. 25th St. (6th & 7th Aves.), 4th fl.

Té Casan flats are $75, pumps are $95, booties are $125, and boots are $175 at this sale. Through 11/22; 9-7, 9-6 Sat.; 260 5th Ave. (28th & 29th Sts.).

Sexy men's & women's merchandise from Alessandro dell'Acqua is up to 75% off (still mid-to-high three figures). 11/19-11/21; 4-8 Wed., 10-8 Thurs. & Fri.; 30 W. 57th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), 4th fl.

Hit Max & Chloe's one-day sale, featuring jewelry from Kenneth Jay Lane, Pade Vavra, and others. 11/20; 4-8:30; 122 W. 26th St. (6th & 7th Aves.), ste. 306.

What Comes Around Goes Around
has dresses for $75, vintage boots for $30, and men's shirts for $35. 11/20-11/23; 11-8; 351 W. Broadway (at Broome St.).

Handbags from L.A.M.B, Jill Stuart, Harajuku Lovers, and Kidrobot are 70% off. Through 11/20; 8-8; 145 W. 18th St. (6th & 7th Aves.).

Be & D's well-made handbags are 30%-75% off. 11/19-11/20; 9-7; 35 W. 36th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), 10th fl.

Cantaloup is taking 35%-70% off all its stock--think Hanii Y, Karen Zambos, etc. 11/20-11/30; 1036 Lexington Ave., 1217 3rd Ave., 514 Kings Highway, Brooklyn.

Aussie and New Zealand designers are 30%-60% off at Elizabeth Charles online and in store while supplies last. 639 1/2 Hudson St. (Horatio & Gansevoort Sts.).

Staff USA has an enticing selection of Dsquared2, Maison Martin Margiela, and Sophia Kokosalaki. Jackets are $200-$800, pants are $100-$300, and tops and skirts are $100-$200. 11/19-11/20; 220 W. 19th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 10th fl.

Echo Of The Dreamer is apparently always having a sale; in case you've never been there, semiprecious jewelry is roughly $15-$320 (prices normally up to $1,200). Through 11/25; 10-6 weekdays, 11-4 Sat.; 242 W. 30th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 14th fl.

Stock up on holiday presents at Portolano's sample sale: hats, gloves, scarves, and more are wholesale prices and below. Through 11/21; 10-6; 15 W. 37th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), 11th fl.

Save 60% on Anya Hindmarch stock--she's having a one-day moving sale. You must RSVP to
anya-hindmarch@billiondollarbabes.com to attend. 11/19; 9-5:30; 416 W. 13th St. (9th Ave. & Washington St.), ste. 317.

Iridesse pearl jewelry is 50%-60% off (now $40-$5,000). 11/19-11/20; 8-7 Wed., 8-6 Thurs.; Warwick Hotel, 65 W. 54th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), Oxford room, 2nd fl.

Shop new markdowns (up to 70% off!) at shopbop.com.

Get a free Rachel Roy case loaded with deluxe and full-sized products with a $100 Beauty.com purchase while supplies last.

Select men's and women's apparel is 40% off at Saks through 11/23.

Sale items are 30% off at cool L.A. boutique Satine.

New sale items are 40% off at Cheryl Shops fave Jake.

Shop Karmaloop's sample sale plus take 15% off your order with code PRIMO through 11/30.

Use promo code DWRSAVE for $10 off a $75 order at
Delia*s through 11/25.

Save up to 75% at Alloy's clearance and get free shipping on orders over $75.

Take 30% off all full-priced items at
Queen Bee with code QB30.

Take 30% off any purchase (excluding handbags) at Revolve Clothing with code GIVEGOODGIFT through 11/19.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Friday, November 14, 2008

Cheryl Shops...Araks & The News
After yesterday's Comme des Garcons debacle (and the fact that my boss called in sick today), I figured I deserved a lunchtime shopping trip, so I headed down to Soho. My first stop was the Araks sample sale, which is very well organized and populated with friendly, helpful workers. There are big bins of cotton undies and bras, all of which were $15; it's somewhat slim pickings in the Medium bin, but Small and Large particularly seemed to have more of a selection (the grass is always greener...). There are also matching bras, but only for sizes 36C and under. Fancier samples of silk and mesh undies, bras, camisoles, and slips are hanging on racks and were marked roughly $30 and up. There is also a small rack of clothing; I recognized a some of the looks from last spring's Araks runway show. There is a separate, private room off to the side if you want to try anything on; I ended up with two pairs of printed boy shorts ($15 each), which are cut generously and made of supersoft cotton that only gets better with age. The sale runs through 6:30 p.m. today, at 137 Grand St. (Lafayette & Crosby Sts.).

I then headed over to The News, a showroom which has on its roster a smattering of cool downtown labels. I was really excited about Boy by Band of Outsiders (or, as I like to call it, Boy Band of Outsiders), which makes my favorite button-down shirts, but the selection was a bit slim and the prices were not so great ($100 and up). However, everything else in the sale is cheapity-cheap, the location is huge, and the selection is vast--for women, at least (guys, unfortunately there are a scant two racks of clothes for you). Cheap Monday jeans are $10-$40, and most styles looked to be about $20. Clu tops and skirts are $30; dresses are $60 (I got a sweatshirt-type top and a super-awesome tulip skirt). There's quite a bit of Shipley & Halmos, but I didn't check prices (sorry); Walter dresses appeared to be mostly under $100. The best deals, however, are on Vena Cava: I could not find anything over $100, and we're talking $700 silk dresses here, some of which I swear I've seen on Blake Lively (or her alter ego, Serena van der Woodsen). There are several tables of accessories and jewelry that I didn't have time to peruse, as I was starting to feel guilty about taking a two-hour lunch, but I'm sure prices are reasonable. Another plus is that I saw a range of sizes in everything--this is clearly a sample and stock sale, which is nice for those of us who aren't exactly size 0 (but, hey, size 0s, there's plenty for you too!). Also, be warned: There is a fitting room that has a skinny mirror that makes you look absolutely fantastic in everything you put on; I had to talk myself out of several dresses that I didn't really need. The sale runs through tomorrow; hours are 10-6 today, 10-5 tomorrow; 495 Broadway (at Broome St.), 5th floor.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

I went to H&M and all I got was this lousy Comme des Garcons T-shirt
Okay, first of all, let me apologize for saying the stores were opening today at 10 a.m.--that is what the press release I received from H&M said. But, lo and behold, as I rolled up to the Penn Station store at 9:30 this morning and discovered there was no line, I realized the stores had actually opened at 9 a.m., and all that was left at that store was a rack of solid-colored button-down shirts. Bo-ring. So I hightailed it over to the 34th Street store, which still had a rack of the corset dresses, a rack of trench coats, more solid button-downs, solid T-shirts, and, thankfully, the deconstructed colorblocked tee, which was one of the things I had wanted. I snapped up the last medium, then I joined the crowd of 15 or so people hovering around, waiting for sales associates to bring back unwanted items from the fitting rooms. (I also spent this time glaring at the people who were hoarding about 16 or so items that they clearly could not buy all of, since there was a two-item limit.) No such luck. But, I did see a tiny Asian woman (seriously, she must've weighed 85 pounds soaking wet) try on my coveted inside-out jacket, and it was snug on her, so that made me feel better. I also saw another woman buying the drop-crotch pants, and they looked comically huge, so that made me feel better too. I didn't even see the deconstructed pencil skirt or the jodhpurs, but, you know, I have enough black skirts and pants, so I can live without them. That said, I am quite happy with my T-shirt--it's a nice wool, and it doesn't look as crazy as it does in the photos.

So, if you're interested in the dress, the trench, the shirts, or the tees, head over to Herald Square. If not, I'm sure stuff will start popping up on eBay later today...

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

MasstigeWatch: All you need to know about Comme des Garcons at H&M
So. Thursday, November 13th is the big day: The launch of Comme des Garcons at H&M. You can preview the entire line (plus prices) on the H&M website; I suggest using it to create a plan of action (I, for one, want the inside-out jacket, the asymmetrical T-shirt, the asymmetrical pencil skirt, and maybe the jodhpurs). Racked has photos from the store's Japan debut on Saturday, for another perspective. Now, stores open at 10 a.m. on Thursday; depending on how big a fan you are, plan on getting there early and waiting in line. The rumor, as reported by Fashionista, is that H&M is imposing a two-item per garment limit--if true, this will hopefully foil those who plan on buying in bulk and reselling on eBay (then again, it's bad news if you were one of those people hoping to buy on eBay). The collection is available only in eight stores in the U.S. (four in NYC); here's the list:

New York:
H&M Fifth Avenue at 51st Street
H&M Penn Station
H&M 34th Street at 6th Avenue
H&M Lexington at 59th Street

Chicago:
H&M North Michigan Avenue

Los Angeles:
H&M Sunset Boulevard
H&M Beverly Center

San Francisco:
H&M Powell Street

I'll post an update as soon as I get to work on Thursday (I'll be at one of the 34th Street locations, but I haven't decided which one yet). Good luck and godspeed.
Not so much: model sponsorship
I subscribe to Urban Daddy, even though I suspect it's geared more toward men (the name is a dead giveaway, for one). They usually write about the new hot restaurants and bars, and sometimes they even have sample sale listings, but every once in awhile, they have me scratching my head. Case in point, yesterday's email, about Beauty Holding, a website where you can "invest in" models. What? Yes. Basically, you can invest as much money as you want; once a model reaches $10,000, Beauty Holding promises to send her off to Paris and London for photo shoots and to introduce her to European agencies. The model then splits her earnings 50-50 with the site; for every $100 you invest, you get 1% of her earnings. Of course, this is a bum deal for both models and investors. For the latter, I know the economy is bad, but even an interest checking account has a better rate of return. For the former, 50% is a ridiculous commission for a model; agencies normally take 20% max. Yes, we're in the Web 2.0 age of social networking and MySpace and all that, but is this really the future of the modeling industry? The agencies are exploitative enough as it is; this is taking it a bit too far, if you ask me. But still, I don't know what's more sad--the women who are posting their photos (chiefly of the swimsuit-model type) here, or the skeevy men who are investing in them.

Monday, November 10, 2008

The week in shopping
And now, the madness starts...

Samples are $50-$300 at fashion-editorial favorite PHI (that's up to 90% off). 11/14-11/15; 11-7; 71 Greene St. (Spring & Broome Sts.).

For one day only, everything--Lanvin, Rick Owens, Balenciaga, you name it--is a whopping 40% off at Kirna Zabete. Yes, the economy is that bad. 11/11; 11-9; 96 Greene St. (Prince & Spring Sts.), and online at Kirnazabete.com.

Aeffe USA has fall clothing, shoes, and accessories from Alberta Ferretti, Gaultier, Moschino, and more. 11/12-11/15; 10-6, 11-5 Sat.; 30 W. 56th St. (5th & 6th Aves.).

Get excited for Mike & Chris' first-ever NYC sample sale; leather, fleece, and more is up to 75% off. 11/13-11/15; 10-7, 10-3 Sat.; 447 W. 36th St. (9th & 10th Aves.), 5th fl.

There's a private Vivienne Westwood sample sale this week; email rsvp@industrypublicity.com or call 212-571-2166 to make a reservation and find out the location.

Get your downtown-girl (and guy) fix at the News showroom: Band of Outsiders, Cheap Monday, Shipley & Halmos, Wayne, and more are 50%-75% off. 11/13-11/15; 10-6, 10-5 Sat. 495 Broadway (at Broome St.), 5th fl.

Twinkle by Wenlan's knits (and coats, dresses, and the like) are up to 70% off. 11/13; 10-8; 545 8th Ave. (37th & 38th Sts.), 17th fl.

Lilla P's awesome knits are just $10 and up at this cash-only sample sale. 11/11-11/12; 9-7; 420 W. 14th St. (9th Ave. & Washington Sts.), ste. 3NW.

Jeans are $30, tops are $20, and jackets are $50 at the Miss Sixty and Energie sample sale. Not bad! 11/12-11/14; noon-3 Wed., 9-3 Thurs. & Fri.; 435 Hudson St. (at Morton St.), ste. 400.

Rebecca Taylor's fall collection is up to 65% off. 11/12-11/14; 1-8 Wed., 10-8 Thurs. & Fri.; 145 W. 18th St. (6th & 7th Aves.). .

One of my favorite lingerie lines, Araks, has undies, loungewear, and swimwear for up to 90% off. 11/13-11/14; 8:30-7:30, 9-6:30 Fri.; 137 Grand St. (Crosby & Lafayette Sts.), 5th fl.

Kidrobot toys and clothes are 60%-70% off at Clothingline (plus Iisli, Free People, and Mara Hoffman too). 11/11-11/14; 10-7 Tue. & Thurs., 10-6 Wed. & Fri.; 261 W. 36th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 2nd fl.

Lauren Moffatt's girly tops are $80, dresses are $120, and coats are $200. 11/11-11/13; 9-7:30; 214 W. 29th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), ste. 1503.

Stock up on fall and holiday cashmere at below-retail prices at White + Warren. 11/12-11/13; 8-4; 80 W. 40th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), 3rd fl.

Bohemian-chic looks from Secrets of Charm are 50%-75% off. 11/12-11/13; 11-7; 95 Horatio St. (Washington & West Sts.).

Tailored-but-funky pieces for men and women are roughly half-price at Ted Baker. Cash and checks only. 11/12-11/14; 11-7, 9:30-2 Fri.; 215 Park Avenue South (17th & 18th Sts.), 20th fl.

Pfiff Lingerie, normally found at fancy stores like Journelle, has undies for $9, bras for $15, and sleepwear for $20. 11/12-11/14; 11-6 Wed. & Fri., 11-7 Thurs.; 152 Madison Ave. (at 32nd St.), ste. 805.

Me&Ro's gold and silver jewelry is up to 75% off. 11/13-11/14; noon-7 Thurs., 10-7 Fri.; 13 Crosby St. (Howard & Grand Sts.), 2nd fl.

Valentino clothing, shoes, accessories, and home items are on sale. 11/13-11/16; 9-6:30, 9-5 Sun.; 317 W. 33rd St. (8th & 9th Aves.).

Stock up on holiday party frocks at Lela Rose. 11/13-11/14; 9-6; 224 W. 30th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 13th fl.

Classic items are 25% off (except jewelry) at Kate Spade. Through 11/18; 454 Broome St. (at Mercer St.), 135 5th Ave. (at 20th St.).

Vintage and brand-new glasses (Gucci, Prada, Blinde, and more) are just $20 and up at Selima Optique. 11/14-11/16; 11-7; 7 Bond St. (Broadway & Lafayette Sts.).

Kill multiple birds with one stone: Goldenbleu, Lewis Cho, Christopher Deane, and The ProportionofBlu are 50%-80% off. 11/14-11/15; 10-8 Fri., 11-5 Sat.; 200 Park Ave. South (at 17th St.), ste. 1608.

Swimsuits and cover-ups from Zimmermann, Brette Sandler, Birdiie Joe, and Red Carter are 50%-70% off. 11/11-11/13; 11-7; 241 W. 37th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), ste. 923.

Jackets, dresses, tops, and more are mid-to-low three figures at the Strenesse sale. Also find evening gowns from a bunch of designers. Through 11/13; 10-6; 50 W. 57th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), 8th fl.

Hit the Knoll warehouse sale for iconic midcentury modern furniture at up to 85% off. 11/13-11/15; 10-6, 11-6 Sat.; 900 Broadway (at 20th St.).

Design snobs, unite: Morso and Moss are having a joint sale, where fancy-pants home items are up to 90% off. 11/15-11/16; 11-6; 54 Greene St. (at Broome St.).

Philippe Audibert Paris has glam accessories at sample-sale prices. Through 11/11; 11-6; 183 Madison Ave. (at 34th St.), ste. 1419.

Shop at Links of London's Soho location Tuesday night for free cocktails and food, plus 10% of proceeds benefit ONEXONE, a children's relief organization. 11/11; 6:30-8:30 p.m.; 402 W. Broadway (at Spring St.).

Donate five nonperishable items and save 15% (even on furniture!) at CB2 through 11/23.

The First Call sale has begun at Neiman Marcus; save up to 40%.

In stores only, shop the cosmetics department at Barneys and get a gift card for roughly 10% of your purchase through 11/15.

Prices on fall merch are 50% off at BCBG, online and in stores.

Save 40%-60% on select fall merch at Scoop.

Prices are now up to 40% off on select fall merchandise at Intermix, online and in stores. Or, take $50 off any regularly-priced purchase of $300 or more through 11/16 with promo code 50GIFT.

Take 25% off online with code FA08 at Built By Wendy through 11/12.

Clearance is up to 80% off at Delia*s.

Hit Saks' Private Sale and save up to 40% through 11/12.

Take 15% off your order at Alloy.com with promo code NOV15 through 11/14.

Take an extra 25% off sale merch at the Gap with code EXTRA25 through 11/11.

Through 11/13, take 20% off your order of $125 or more with code CELEBRATE at Banana Republic.

Ravinstyle has started a rewards program. Click here for details.

Bath and body products are 30% off at The Body Shop now through 11/24.

Take 30% off at W Hotels the Store's White Sale with code V34EW through 11/30.

Save at least 40% at Nordstrom's half-yearly sale for women and children.

Revolve Clothing has taken a new round of markdowns on more than 1300 items (think Rag & Bone, Rachel Pally, and more).

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Object of Desire: Boucheron Delilah necklace
A few weeks ago, I dragged TiltzyBeauty with me to see the Desir show at Spiegelworld down at Pier 17. The show just closed on Sunday, but, in case you were wondering, it was a Cirque du Soleil-esque cabaret show featuring nearly every socially acceptable sexual fetish (whipped cream, cross-dressing, bi-curiosity, etc.), presented in an artsy, Moulin Rougey, 1890s Paris kind of way. The more important part is that Boucheron was one of the sponsors of the show, and in fact they had a tiny pop-up store set up within the Spiegelworld sprawl. (Boucheron, in case you haven't heard of them, is a 150-year-old French jeweler known for outfitting Maharajahs and movie stars, and is now owned by PPR, making it a cousin of Gucci, Balenciaga, YSL, et al.) Whether anyone actually purchased anything there, I am not so sure, but Tiltzy and I definitely ogled all of the goods--jeweled animals, geometric pieces, and even bejeweled sunglasses. But the piece that I couldn't take my eyes off was the deceptively simple Delilah necklace. Designed to look like a scarf, it's a long woven gold necklace with gold chain fringe at the ends, designed to be wrapped or tied around the neck. It's absolutely stunning. It's also $17,000, but a nice little feature of Boucheron's new e-commerce site is that you can hide the prices--and, hey, what you don't know won't hurt you.
MasstigeWatch!
There are not many sure things in the fashion industry, but a pretty safe bet is when any rumor about Target's designer collaborations is leaked to Women's Wear Daily, it's likely to be true. They reported back in August that Alexander McQueen was in talks to design a Go International collection for the retailer; that rumor has now been confirmed, somewhat. The line, McQ Alexander McQueen for Target, will be based on McQueen's lower-priced McQ contemporary line, and it won't be part of Go International, which has traditionally showcased up-and-coming designers. Instead, the line will be the first installment of Designer Collaborations, an ongoing initiative to bring established high-end designers to Target shoppers (and, presumably, to help fill the void left by the departure of the Isaac Mizrahi line). Inspired by Leila Moss, the smokin'-hot singer of The Duke Spirit (pictured above), McQueen's collection will have a rock-and-roll edge, with lots of skinny jeans, bubble dresses, studded trim, and graphic tees. It arrives in stores March 1st--just in time for my birthday--and stays for six weeks. Mark your calendars!

Monday, November 03, 2008

The week in shopping
Tibi's fall collection is on sale; think prices mostly under $200. 11/5-11/7; 1-7 Wed., 9:30-7 Thurs., 9:30-5:30 Fri.; Penthouse 15, 336 W. 37th St. (8th & 9th Aves.), 15th fl.

Abaete's feminine, celeb-favorite dresses, swimsuits, and separates are on sale. 11/6-11/8; 11-7; 560 Broadway (Houston & Prince Sts.), ste 509.

How can you resist this? Prices start at just $15 at the Anna Sui sample sale; everything else is 70%-80% off. Through 11/7; 8-7 (closed 9-11:30 and 2:30-4:30 daily); 250 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 18th fl.

Shoshanna and Anlo swimwear, dresses, and denim is 75% off. 11/5-11/6; 10-6:30 Wed., 10-5:30 Thurs.; 231 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), ste. 422.

Fred Perry's preppy shoes and accessories for blokes & birds are on sale. Cash only. 11/4-11/9; 10-7, noon-6 weekends; 547 W. 27th St. (10th & 11th Aves.).

Vivienne Tam's Asian-influenced collection is up to 75% off; dresses are $120-$150-ish. 11/5-11/7; 9-8 Wed., 9-7 Thurs., 10-6 Fri.; 260 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 3rd fl.

Brooklynites' favorite handbags and accessories line, Hayden-Harnett, is taking 40%-70% off its fall 2008 collection. 11/5-11/8; noon-6; Edge Noho, 65 Bleecker St. (Broadway & Lafayette St.). The sale can also be found online here.

Iisli's pop-up shop has fall/winter merch for up to 65% off; plus, score Emily & Ashley jewelry, also for up to 65% off. 11/5-11/6; 11-8; 25 Bond St. (Bowery & Lafayette St.).

Getting hitched? Hitch on over to the Lara Helene Bridal Atelier, where wedding dresses are up to 70% off. 11/6-11/7; call 212-452-3273 for an appointment; 13 E. 69th St. (5th & Madison Aves.).

Shoes from Butter, Tibi, and Something Bleu are $80-$250 at this cash-only sample sale. 11/7-11/13; 10-7; 307 7th Ave. (at 28th St.), ste. 2307.

Venture out to Red Hook for Butter by Nadia's to-die-for wrap dresses (normally found at Calypso). 11/7-11/8; 405 Van Brunt St. (at Van Dyke St.), Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Ultra-fabulous fall shoes from Walter Steiger are 50% off, while supplies last. 10-6 (closed Sun.); 417 Park Ave. (at 55th St.).

Chilewich mats, placemats, totes, and more on on sale at Clothingline; see website for pictures and prices. 11/4-11/6; 10-7 (10-6 Wed.); 261 W. 36th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 2nd fl.

Bring in your voting sticker and take 20% off everything in the store at Owl's Lab. 11/4; 11-8; 20 E. 12th St. (5th Ave. & University Pl.).

Current- and past-season shoes are up to 75% off at Fornarina. 11/4-11/6; 10-7; 134 Spring St. (Greene & Wooster St.), #301.

Bring your credit cards to the Hugo Boss sale (no cash accepted)! Expect mostly menswear, but some women's merch too. 11/7-11/11; 8-7 Fri., 9-6 Sat. & Sun., 9-7 Mon., 9-5 Tues.; 317 W. 33rd St. (8th & 9th Aves.).

Bags, suitcases, wallets, and more from Mandarina Duck and BREE are 50%-70% off retail at this cash-only sale. Through 11/7; 10-6; 38 W. 21st St. (5th & 6th Aves.), 7th fl.

Score fur, fur, and more fur at the Adrienne Landau sale; prices are up to 75% off retail. 11/4-11/6; 10-6; 519 8th Ave. (35th & 36th Sts.), 21st fl.

Take 25% off everything at Flight001.com when you use code PRIVATE through 11/4.

Take 20% off your $125 order at Banana Republic with code CELEBRATE through 11/13.

Take 20% off all handbags at Cheryl Shops fave Auto with code BAG08 through 11/5.

Take $15 off your $80 purchase at C&C California with code LS1130 through 11/30.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Fall Shopping Guide: Flat Black Patent Leather Boots
I have a major weakness for boots. I have a lot of them. I justify owning so many pairs, because in winter, they're pretty much all I wear. And while I probably don't need to buy another pair per se, there's always room for more. I don't own any patent leather boots, which is a shame, because if you think about it, they're perfect for inclement weather--patent leather is waterproof and much easier to care for than regular leather. So here are several great options for a flat black patent-leather boot. Think of it as the fashionista's snow boot.

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My dream boots are these delicious Lanvin ones (they're sold out on the Barneys website, but still available at Kirna Zabete!). I like that the zip is in the back, and the detailing at the toe will prevent your feet from looking like weird, shiny flippers (it will also make your feet look smaller, counteracting the shiny, reflective nature of the leather).


These Burberry boots are a bit shorter in height, but if you ask me, 14 inches is the optimal length for tucking in pants, or for wearing with longer, knee-length skirts. Also, for $650, not too awful price-wise.


These Miu Miu boots are very similar to the Lanvin ones, in that they have detailing at the toe, but this pair has a more ornate wingtippy look to them. They also get bonus points for covering the knee--not a look that everyone can pull off, but easier than true thigh-high boots.


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I like the petal-like detail at the top of Pelle Moda's Hansel boots. And for those of you who freak out about wearing totally flat boots, these have a tiny little wedge heel, for just a bit of a lift.


These Bless boots from BCBG are totally clean in their styling, and the shorter, half-length zipper gives them the look of a pull-on, but if you're wearing these over pants, allows you to adjust the hem without getting all bunchy.


Do you ever see a pair of shoes and think, "Where have you been all my life?" That's how I felt when I came across 8020's Jackie boots. The ingenious thing about them is that they look flat, but actually the three-inch wedge heel is concealed. So, yes, these are technically not flat boots, but when they look this hot, do you really care? Best of all, they're only $200, which I feel is an exceptionally good deal.


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At a mere $110, the Chinese Laundry Tabb boots are the least-expensive boot featured here. They're simple, but they can hold their own against the above boots, and on a practical note, they have a rubber sole.


I guess these London Fog Wales boots are technically rain boots, but as far as rain boots go, they're quite chic. They're also totally waterproof, which is reassuring.


Another one of my favorite styles is Steve Madden's Swoop boots. I have somewhat of an aversion to zippers on boots, so I like that these are a pull-on style. True, the leather does not look like the highest quality, but for $150, I think they're a good deal.