Monday, June 30, 2008

Cheryl Shops IKEA Brooklyn
Perhaps because we consumed unlimited mimosas at brunch, MW and I decided to take a stroll over to the new Brooklyn IKEA yesterday. For those of you in the Cobble Hill-Carroll Gardens-Boerum Hill area, it took us about 35 minutes to walk from Smith Street; for the rest of you, it's a short shuttle-bus ride from the Smith/9th Street F station (and a longer, but not awful, shuttle bus ride from the Borough Hall station). In other words, getting there definitely beats the Port Authority bus to the IKEA in Elizabeth, New Jersey. The IKEA itself is very shiny and new, and its location on the Red Hook waterfront is quite scenic, with views of Downtown Manhattan (again, much better than that of the planes taking off from Newark and the other various industrial Jersey scenery). Inside, the store was definitely crowded, but not as bad as we were expecting for a Sunday afternoon, and I thought it was not nearly as bad as Elizabeth. I actually felt a kind of borough pride--the shoppers were a cross-section of ethnicities and ages, much like Brooklyn itself. The setup is the usual IKEA layout--you start on the top floor, with all of its seductive, functional-looking showrooms and big pieces of furniture; the lower floor has lighting, kitchen stuff, textiles, and so on. We were not at all planning on buying anything (famous last words), but I ended up finding the perfect solution to my space-challenged living room: a wall-mountable desk, which matches my IKEA locker console (which everyone and their mother has, but I still love it). We also got a wall-mountable wine rack and some energy-efficient light bulbs. As an environmentally friendly touch, IKEA is charging five cents per plastic bag; otherwise you can buy one of those big reusable shopping bags for 59 cents. The checkout lines, of course, were not the best, but I think it took us about 15 minutes max. We were able to take everything home on the B61 bus, but in grand NYC tradition, you can also have your items delivered (I think prices start at $39). All in all, it's definitely worth a trip, and I especially recommend it over the IKEA in Jersey. The hard part, of course, is putting everything together when you get home.
The week in shopping
Billion Dollar Babes is hosting a Vivienne Westwood sale; today and tomorrow are for VIPs; general public is welcome Wednesday and Thursday. Prices are up to 70% off. Through 7/3; 10-8; 544 W. 27th St. (10th & 11th Sts.), 6th fl.

Just in time for the summer wedding season, Betsey Johnson's party-friendly dresses are up to 75% off. Through 7/22; 10-7:30; Millennium Broadway Hotel, 145 W. 44th St. (at 6th Ave.), 7th fl.

Helmut Lang for men and women is 60% off. Through 7/6; 11-7, noon-6 Sun.; 819 Washington St. (Gansevoort & 13th Sts.).

Spring/summer 2008 collections from Daryl K and Kerrigan are 35% off (note: this is not the big sample sale). 11-7, noon-6 Sun.; 21 Bond St. (Bowery & Lafayette).

Myla's sexy lingerie is a nice 60% off. Through 8/1; 10-6, 10-5 Sat., noon-5 Sun.; 20 E. 69th St. (5th & Madison Aves.).

Built by Wendy's hipster-friendly spring-summer clothes are 50% off. Through 8/31; noon-7, noon-6 Sun.; 7 Centre Market Pl. (Broome & Grand Sts.), 46 N. 6th St. (at Kent St.), Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Vintage designer pieces and Katy Rodriguez' signature line are up to 70% off at Resurrection. 7/1-7/31; 11-7, noon-7 Sun.; 217 Mott St. (Prince & Spring Sts.).

Curve's selection of designer labels liek Isabel Marant and Vivienne Westwood is up to 50% off. Through 7/14; 11-7, noon-6 Sun.; 83 Mercer St. (Spring & Broome Sts.).

Cantaloup has Zimmermann swimwear, Genetic denim, and other contemporary labels for up to 70% off. Through 7/31; 10-7, 11-6 Sun.; 1036 Lexington Ave. (at 74th St.).

Spring/summer pieces are up to 70% off at British export Reiss. 7/3-mid-August; 11-8, 10-8 Thurs.-Sat., 11-7 Sun.; 387 W. Broadway (Spring & Broome Sts.).

In honor of the upcoming holiday, eDressMe's selection of dresses are now $17.76. Through 7/6; 10-6; 325 W. 38th St. (8th & 9th Aves.).

Save 20% on everything at SkinStore.com when you enter code SUMMER20 at checkout through 7/8.

Sale shoes are up to 80% off at Cheryl Shops fave Barefoot Tess.

Prices are 30% off and up at Vivre's summer sale event, featuring Ports 1961, Michael Kors, Vera Wang, and more.

Spring-summer items are 25%-40% off at my neighborhood fave, Bird.

Take 20% off new arrivals at Active Endeavors through 7/1 when you enter code independence20 at checkout. Take an extra 10% off sale items reduced 70% when you enter code summersale.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Also...
Since I was able to make it through the day without getting sick, I think tomorrow I might attempt to hit the Alexander Wang sale. It got a yay from Racked and an eh from eep!. Has anyone else been? Is it worth it? I figured since I have to go to Chinatown to pick up some herbs, I might as well swing by. You know, since I'll be in the neighborhood and all.
Warning: Do not try this at work!
I already spend enough time shopping online at work (technically I can get away with this, as it can be classified as "checking out our competitors"), but thanks to Fashionista, I've discovered a new site that will ensure I get absolutely no work done whatsoever. It's called Polyvore, and it's quite possibly the coolest website I've seen in years. Basically, you use it to create fashion collages. You can pick tops, bottoms, accessories, jewelry, bags, and shoes, then you can resize them, flip them around, and arrange them however you see fit. You can do all of one thing, you can create outfits, you can make art...basically, whatever you can dream up, you can create. This is my first set of items; the outfit on the left is casual and very "me", while the outfit on the right is something kind of trashy-trendy that I'd wear if my girlfriends dragged me out to the Meatpacking District. Kind of awesome, right? The images with which you can make your sets come from an array of both retailers and editorial sites (and even some blogs); they range from Forever 21 and Wet Seal to Barneys and Net-A-Porter. Since there are thousands upon thousands of images to choose from, you can then sort by color. I have two minor criticisms--one, is that it would nice to be able to sort the categories further (flats, heels, boots, etc. in shoes, or earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and rings in jewelry, and so on). The other is that while you can click on the items in your set and it will tell you where they're from, the link takes you to the site's homepage, not to the individual product page (and if they figure out how to do this, I think Polyvore could make a fortune). Regardless, I now have a new favorite website, and until my IT department catches on and blocks it, I have a feeling I will be creating many, many more outfits. All in the name of "competitive analysis," of course.
The stuff blogger dreams are made of
When it comes to fashion bloggers, there are two kinds of people: those who post pictures of themselves, and those who don't. Preferring to go about my business in relative anonymity, I obviously fall into the latter of the two categories, and while a lot of post-pictures-of-myself blogs make me cringe a little, there's one that I love for being so incredibly over the top: Bryanboy. If you've never heard of him, Bryanboy is a 19-year-old gay Filipino with an epic collection of handbags and an unparalleled enthusiasm for women's ready-to-wear. And he has quite the following in the fashion world; after being photographed with an "I heart Bryanboy" sign back in February, Marc Jacobs apparently promised Bryanboy, via email, to name a handbag after him. Four months later, MJ made good on his promise; not only did he christen one of his fall 2008 bags "the BB," but he sent Bryanboy the prototype, along with a handwritten note. Bryanboy was so overjoyed, his new namesake bag inspired a weekend's worth of posts, including a faux MJ ad campaign and a night out clubbing. The story was even picked up in Women's Wear Daily [subscription required]. All I have to say is wow. Wow. And: awesome. Also, can I maybe get a bag named after me, Marc Jacobs? I think "the Cheryl" has a nice ring to it, don't you?

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

I have food poisoning.
And that explains the lack of posts. Hopefully by tomorrow I will be able to function without having to run to the bathroom every 15 minutes. But in the meantime, I advise everyone to stay away from Benny's Burritos on Greenwich Ave. Stay far, far away.

Monday, June 23, 2008

The week in shopping
If you missed his collection for Uniqlo, don't despair--score the real-deal Alexander Wang for up to 80% off retail. 6/25-6/28; 3-7 Wed., 10-7 Thurs. & Sat.; 386 Broadway (Walker & White Sts.), 3rd St.

La Perla lingerie, swimwear, and clothing for women and men is 75% off retail. Through 6/27; 9-6, 9-8 Thurs.; 260 5th Ave. (28th & 29th Sts.).

Williamson Showroom has Nili Lotan, Rodnik, and other supercool downtown labels for up to 70% off. 6/26-6/28; 119 Mercer St. (Prince & Spring Sts.), loft 2S.

Generra's easygoing basics and work-friendly pieces are 50% off. Through 6/27; 9:30-7; 275 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.)., 5th fl.

Jimmy Choo's stilettos and flats are 30% off. That means still expensive. Through 7/20; 10-6, 10-7 Thurs., noon-5 Sun.; 716 Madison Ave. (63rd & 64th Sts.), 645 5th Ave. (at 51st St.).

This week, Clothingline has Gryphon coats, Gustto bags, and a whole lot of other stuff. 6/24-6/26; 10-6; 263 W. 36th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 2nd fl.

15,000 shoes from Blay, BCBG, Beverly Feldman, and more are $15-$66 at Anbar Shoes' big blowout sale. Sizes 5-12 are available. Through 6/28; 9-6:20 weekdays, 11-5:45 Sat., closed Sun.; 60 Reade St. (Broadway & Church Sts.).

Hollywould's mega sale starts Tuesday online and Wednesday in stores. Spring-summer shoes are up to 80% off, and the sale goes through 6/30; 198 Elizabeth St. (Prince & Spring Sts.).

If you have a car, drive it out to Danbury for the Waterworks sale, where all manner of faucets, sinks, and other bath-related fixtures and accessories are up to 80% off. 6/28; 9-4; Danbury Fair Mall, 7 Backus Ave., Danbury, Connecticut.

Fancy some Missoni linens? Head over to Auto for a Missoni Home trunk show, and take 10% off all orders placed that day (online too). 6/26; 11-7; 805 Washington St. (Horatio & Gansevoort Sts.).

Save 20% on non-sale items at National Jean Co. when you enter code SUMMER20 at checkout.

Use code STYLENOTES20 for 20% off at Sway & Cake through 6/25.

Spring items are now up to 60% off at Cheryl Shops fave ShopJake.com.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Buy It: studded shoes
Maybe it's the fact that I used to live in the East Village, but I love studs. Specifically, the faceted rock-and-roll kind of studs that punks wear on wide leather bands around their necks, wrists, and/or waists. I have a studded Giles & Brother bracelet that I totally dig, as well as a studded Maria Bonita Extra belt that just automatically makes every outfit I wear look that much cooler. Or maybe it's Carrie's studded belt from Sex & the City that I can't get off the brain. Regardless, lately I've noticed that shoes are getting in on the studded action; we can thank Burberry for starting the trend with this to-die-for shoe at right. If this (sold-out) style is a bit too punk-rock for you, however, here are two of my favorite alternatives.

I've written about my love of Loeffler Randall shoes before, but the Eppy pumps reaffirm it all for me. They're all ladylike, with a peep toe and slingback, but the studs make them just edgy enough. As an added bonus, you can take 25% off this (and all Loeffler Randall shoes) at Cheryl Shops fave Barefoot Tess when you enter code LOE25 at checkout through Tuesday.


If the Eppy's three-figure price tag is still a bit daunting to you, my under-$100 recommendation is the Jeffrey Campbell Athena sandals. True, they're a trendier gladiator style, but they look like something Kate Moss would wear, so that makes them A-Ok in my book. And: not bad for a mere $65.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Guilty Pleasure: People Style Watch
Remember how exciting it was when Lucky magazine debuted? Well, I thought it was exciting; countless others (mostly journalists) decried the arrival of the "magalog" and thus the end of magazines as we know them. Of course, yesterday's revolutionary concept is today's eight-year-old, slightly predictable rag that I read whilst my toenail polish dries and then I throw into the recycling bin. Sorry if that sounds a bit harsh. I do still enjoy Lucky, but some of its quirks annoy me: its adjectives, the fact that the "real people" featured in the magazine are obviously not always "real," and the fact that, like most fashion magazines, the prices of the items featured in its pages seems to have risen in proportion to its high-end advertisers. I am all for escapism in magazines--this is why W is one of my favorites--but when it comes to a magazine about shopping, I want to be able to actually shop it.

Which leads me to People Style Watch. People is the most successful weekly magazine of all time; back in the '90s, it spawned the also mega-successful In Style magazine. While you wouldn't think that People would have amazing fashion coverage, its Style Watch section has expanded into its own magazine of the same name, which comes out 10 times a year. While Lucky tends to have only one celebrity-related feature per issue (its cover story), Style Watch is unabashedly all about the celebrities, from "who wore it better" stories to "how to get her look" features à la Who Wear What Daily. Maybe I've been reading too much Us Weekly, but considering the influence celebrities have on the way we dress (I'm not saying it's right), I think it's silly to ignore it. Cousin In Style pioneered the fashion-through-the-celebrity-lens concept, but if you're like me and don't want to read through all of the cliché celebrity profiles and "how to buy a watch" features, Style Watch should be right up your alley. It also deserves points for truly presenting a wide range of price points and, as can be appreciated in these recession-bound times, cover lines promising "127 Fab Finds Under $50" and "231 Cute (& Cheap!) Summer Looks." Yes, you'll read it just as quickly as Lucky. But the difference is that afterward, you'll have a shopping list of things you can actually afford.
Recommended Reading: Madison Avenue Spy
When I write The Week in Shopping every week, I tend to focus on sample sales. You come here to read about them because, well, it's hard to keep track of all of them, and because there's something oddly comforting--and exciting--in the ritual of sample sales. Hell, I've lived here more than eight years and I'm not yet tired of them. But sample sales aren't for everyone, and while I'll shop almost anywhere, I admit that after trekking up multiple flights of stairs into a hot, dusty showroom in order to dig through boxes of clothing and battle it out with other women over this season's overstock, sometimes even I need a break. Shopping the rarefied environment of the city's department stores and designer boutiques is often just the thing you need. To help you navigate through all of those polished terrazzo floors and glass cabinets, I highly suggest checking out Madison Avenue Spy. This new blog is written by one "Lila Delilah," an avid shopper who appreciates a good bargain but just doesn't do sample sales. Lila covers everything from markdowns (the department stores are entering their second round as we speak) to friends & family coupons, but the thing I find most interesting is that she drops names and phone numbers of her favorite salespeople--which leads me to believe that she definitely knows what she's talking about. Well, that and the fact that she appears to know about markdowns before they happen (generally, only the best customers are let in on pre-sales). A warm welcome to Lila and her wealth of shopping info; before heading uptown, Madison Avenue Spy is a must-read.

Monday, June 16, 2008

The week in shopping
Get psyched: spring and summer A.P.C. for men & women is 40%-50% off. 6/19-7/22; 11-7, noon-6 Sun.; 131 Mercer St. (Prince & Spring Sts.).

Why wait for her janky Target collaboration? Score a bag, wallet, or shoes by Monica Botkier for up to 70% off. 6/19-6/22; 10-7 Thurs., 10-6 Fri. & Sat., 10-5 Sun.; 172 Mercer St. (Prince & Houston Sts.).

Score Shoshanna's awesome-fitting bikinis for $65, tops for $100, and dresses for $150 at this sale. 6/17-6/18; 10-6:30; 231 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.).

Alice + Olivia's coveted dresses are up to 70% off. 6/17-6/21; 10-7; 80 W. 40th St. (at 6th Ave.).

Save up to 70% on handbags from Jill Stuart and Gwen Stefani's L.A.M.B. and Harajuku Lovers lines. 6/18-6/19; 8-8 Wed., 10-8 Thurs.; 145 W. 18th St. (6th & 7th Aves.).

Castle Starr's spring/summer line is 40%-65% off. 6/18-6/20; 9-9; 494 8th Ave. (at 35th St.).

Rafe New York's handbags, shoes and accessories are up to 80% off. 6/18-6/20; 10-7, 10-5 Fri.; 85 5th Ave. (at 16th St.), 12th fl.

Frette's fine Italian linens are 70% off. Through 6/19; 10-6; 4 W. 58th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), 4th fl.

Spring/summer shoes from Robert Clergerie are up to 30% off. 10-6, 10-7 Thurs., 10-5 Sun.; 19 E. 62nd St. (5th & Madison Aves.).

Current-collection Bill Blass in sizes 0-16 is up to 90% off; dresses and separates are $19-$89. Through 6/20; 10-7; 207 W. 38th St. (7th & 8th Aves.).

Jill Stuart's spring-summer collection is 50% off. 6/21-7/5; 11-7, noon-6 Sun.; 100 Greene St. (Prince & Spring Sts.).

Carolina Herrera, Nina Ricci, Rena Lange, & Judith Leiber are up to 85% off. Leave strollers and children under 12 at home. 6/22-6/24; 9-6:30; 317 W. 33rd St. (8th & 9th Aves.).

Echo Of The Dreamer's bohemian semiprecious jewelry is $15-$320. 6/17-6/21; 10-6, 11-4 Sat.; 242 W. 30th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 14th fl.

By Francine's spring-summer collection (B-list celebs love it) is 30%-50% off. 6/18-6/20; 10-6, 10-3 Fri.; 231 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), ste. 602.

Clothingline has AKA New York, Lewis Cho, Iisli, Tocca, and a bunch of independent designers this week. 6/17-6/18; 10-7 Tue., 10-6 Wed. & Thurs.; 261 W. 36th St. (7th & 8th Aves.).

Select items are up to 50% off at L'Occitane's sale.

Save 15% on the entire line of MAC cosmetics at their Friends & Family event. enter code MACFF8 at checkout through 6/17.

Famous Fashions Found is "changing management" and to clear out old inventory, you can take 30% off all inventory when you enter code FINALSALE30 at checkout through 6/18.

It's final-markdown time at Elizabeth Charles; save up to 50% on designers from the land down under on the website and at the West Village store. 639 1/2 Hudson St. (Horatio & Gansevoort Sts.).

Take 30% off anything you wish at Cheryl Shops fave Ravinstyle.com; enter code INSIDER at checkout through 6/17.

Spring-summer items for guys and girls are 30%-80% off at Portland's excellent Le Train Bleu.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Buy It: Carrie's Studded Belt
It's become de rigeur in certain circles to hate on Sex and the City, but I saw the movie last weekend, and, let me tell you, I loved every last minute of it. It was like seeing your old friends again. And I was particularly delighted by the clothes, specifically the studded black belt that Sarah Jessica Parker wears in several scenes. I vowed to track it down and buy it no matter what the cost, but I quickly discovered, sadly, that the belt was vintage. Thankfully, however, we live in a fast-fashion culture, and thus it was only a matter of time until someone knocked it off. And, lo and behold, today I got an email from Intuition, which is now selling this lovely studded Streets Ahead belt. Not bad, eh? Yes, $250 is a bit steep for a belt, but Carrie wears it over everything from a pink sheath dress to a '50s-style floral frock, so just think how many outfits with which you could wear it.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

More online sample sales
Since I last wrote about online sample sales, a ton of new sites have been popping up. And much like sample sales in the real world, more sites mean more variety. So whether you're looking for designer accessories, contemporary fashion, or streetwear tees and jeans, there's bound to be something for you. Of course, in this new world of online sample sales, there's usually a catch: Nearly all of the sites below require a member to refer you, but that's what I'm here for--read below to see how to join each one.

The Top Secret is an online sample sale site from Top Button, the sample-sale-listings website. It has yet to launch its first sale, but its promising-sounding lineup includes Ferre handbags, starting Thursday, followed by Alexander McQueen and Moschino. Since the first sale has yet to go live, I can't comment on prices or selection, but word is that everything will be up to 75% off retail, and sales will last 1-3 days, based on availability. If you want to become a member, email me.

Editors' Closet, which I recently joined, so far has had only one sale live, for Monies US jewelry, which is on sale for up to 70% off. Their next sale, Colette Malouf, is also accessories, and starts Thursday. To join, click on this link, then type in my email address, which is cherylshopsblog [at] yahoo [dot] com.

Rue La La is the most mainstream of the online sample sales, and I mean that in a good way--visiting the site is kind of like going to an out-of-the-way TJ Maxx and finding a cache of treasures on clearance. Recent sales have included heavy hitters like Calvin Klein swimwear, Sferra linens, and Ghurka luggage; Hickey Freeman starts tomorrow, and Dior sunglasses and Elie Tahari are coming later this week. In other words, they cover everything from clothing and accessories to items for the home. Prices are on par with major discounters, but think of it as saving yourself a trip to the crowded, messy, fluorescent-lighted store in favor of a well-organized at-home shopping experience. To join, go to the homepage, and click on "invited by a member." When the box pops up, type in my email address, which is, again, cherylshopsblog [at] yahoo [dot] com.

Regent's Secret sounds and looks British, but it's based on the West Coast, so it thusly has a large selection of L.A. denim and T-shirt brands, which is fortunate for us New Yorkers, since L.A.-based labels tend to have their sample sales in their own city. Regent's Secret currently hosts about one sample sale a week, but next month they're stepping up to two a week, and they hope to be up to three a week by September. Currently, menswear label Kings of Glory is on sale for up to 80% off; retro Rebel Yell T-shirts start tomorrow, and Ed Hardy/Christian Audigier, Hudson Jeans, Frankie B, and Cavalli sunglasses are all on the roster. Regent's Secret gets extra points for being blog friendly and for setting up a special URL through which you can join: Click here to get started.

Finally, there's Haute Look, which has been around so long (six months), I am embarrassed to have not written about it earlier. Nevertheless, Haute Look must have well-connected buyers, because they have an incredibly desirable lineup of sample sales: Thomas Wylde, Diane von Furstenberg, and Joie have all been featured recently; Splendid is live for the next two and a half hours; and upcoming sales include Tocca, LnA, Tracy Reese, and Smashbox Cosmetics. Prices are incredibly reasonable (Splendid, for example, is 50% off current-season collection), items don't all sell out at once (I'm looking at you, Gilt Groupe), and, best of all, you don't need a referral to join. That's right--click here to get started. (If you're feeling charitable, however, you can enter my email address to let them know I referred you. Once again, it's cherylshopsblog [at] yahoo [dot] com.) But, um, don't tell too many people--for once, it's nice to go to a sample sale (online or elsewhere) that's not too crowded.
MasstigeWatch!
Target is proving to be the masstige power to be reckoned with: They've got bags by Monica Botkier in the pipeline, and now they've announced they're rolling out a one-two punch of Anya Hindmarch bags and Sigerson Morrison shoes, dropping October 12th. All of these names are very impressive, of course (Sigerson Morrison is, hands down, my favorite shoe brand), however, I've said it several times and I'll say it again: It's hard to reproduce designer bags and shoes at Target prices. In other words, I'm nervous. Case in point, the Cut also has photos of the upcoming Botkier collection, and all I have to say is: meh. I think these two, at right, are the best of the bunch, but that's not saying a whole lot. Botkier hits stores July 21st; maybe it'll look better in person?

Monday, June 09, 2008

The week in shopping
Prices start at $22 for Earnest Sewn's amazing-fitting denim, shirts, skirts, and more for men and women; jeans are $75-$100. 6/11-6/14; 8-8; 71 Gansevoort St. (Greenwich & Washington Sts.).

Cheryl Shops fave Tibi's spring-summer line is on mega-sale: dresses are $95, pants are $66, and shorts are $50 at this blowout sale. 6/11-6/13; 1-6:30 Wed., 9:30-6:30 Thurs., 9:30-5:30 Fri.; Penthouse 15, 336 W. 37th St. (8th & 9th Aves.), 11th fl.

Clothingline is hosting the Tory Burch sale; her signature-printed pieces (clothes, bags, and, yes, shoes) are $40 and up. Sorry, leave children under 12 at home. 6/11-6/14; 10-7 Tue. & Thurs., 10-7 Wed. & Fri., 11-5 Sat.; 261 W. 36th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 2nd fl.

Always in style, Delman's flats, heels, and sandals are $75 and up at their warehouse sale. 6/11-6/13; 10-7; Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W. 18th St. (6th & 7th Aves.), 4th fl.

I prefer D. Porthault to Frette or Pratesi, and so does Samantha--her blue-and-white tiger sheets from the "Sex & the City" movie were from this famed French linen company. Score some for 30%-50% off at this sale. Through 6/14; 10-6; 470 Park Ave. (at 58th St.).

Colorful printed jersey dresses and tops from Mara Hoffman are 50%-70% off, plus find past-collection items for up to 85% off. 6/12-6/15; 10-7, 11-7 Sat., noon-6 Sun.; 70 Greene St. (Spring & Broome Sts.).

Castor & Pollux has a promising-sounding selection of 3.1 Phillip Lim, Sonia by Sonia Rykiel, Acne, and more for 70% off. Cash only, unfortunately. 6/11-6/12; 10-7; K Space Studio, 265 W. 37th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), ste. 703.

Thread Social's feminine dresses from resort and spring/summer collections are up to 75% off. 6/11-6/13; 5-9 Wed., 9-9 Thurs. & Fri.; 26 W. 17th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), ste. 301.

Lauren Moffatt's feminine pieces are on mega-sale: tops are $90, dresses are $120, and coats are $160. Cash only for purchases under $200. 6/10-6/12; 8-7:30; 214 W. 29th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), ste. 1503.

Eugenia Kim's stylish, celeb-favorite hats are 50%-70% off. 610-6/13; 10-7; 347 W. 36th St. (8th & 9th Aves.), ste. 502.

Meet fellow sneaker freaks at Classic Kicks' sale, featuring Nike Dunks and Adidas EQTs for up to 70% off. 6/12-6/14; 11-7; 298 Elizabeth St. (Houston & Bleecker Sts.).

Fashion-forward Yorkville boutique Edit has Sari Gueron, Derek Lam, and more for 50%-70% off. 6/12-6/20; 10:30-6:30; 1368 Lexington Ave. (at 91st St.).

Quietly luxurious work-friendly clothing from Max Mara is on sale; be aware, that still means mid-to-high three figures. Through 6/9; 9-6:30, 9-5 Thurs.; 317 W. 33rd St. (8th & 9th Aves.).

Innovative cashmere from Kier + J--think lightweight dresses, sweaters, and tanks--is up to 75% off. Through 6/13; 10-6; 231 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 2nd fl.

Chanel, Blumarine, Dolce & Gabbana, and Gucci - oh my! Find these designers and more in sizes 2-10, plus shoes, bags, and jewelry. Prices start around $125 and escalate sharply. 6/12-6/13; 10-7; Regency Hotel, 540 Park Ave. (at 61st St.), penthouse suite.

Spring/summer Feraud is up to 80% off; prices are in the low three figures. 6/15-6/18; 9-6:30; 317 W. 33rd St. (8th & 9th Aves.).

Wedding Atelier has bridal gowns from Elie Saab, Melissa Sweet, and others for 25%-60% off. 6/15-6/22; call 646-638-3263 for an appointment; 103 5th Ave. (at 18th St.), 2nd fl.

M+J Savitt costume and fine jewelry is up to 60% off. 6/10-6/11; 9-7; Jolly Hotel/Madison Towers, 22 E. 38th St. (5th & Madison), Raffaello suite.

New York Dog has dog sweaters for $10, beds for $25, raincoats for $15, and a ton of other pooch accessories at up to 80% off retail. Through 6/13; 9-8; 133 W. 25th St. (6th & 7th Aves.), ste. 9 East.

Bloomingdale's is having a three-day private sale, starting Tuesday, in stores and online.

Use code friends&family for 20% off at Queen Bee through 6/15.

W Hotels the Store is having a summer white sale; take 40% off your order of linens and bedding (including mattresses!) when you enter code T4K7P at checkout through 6/30.

Save up to 50% at Semi-Annual The Body Shop's semi-annual sale. Plus, free shipping on orders over $60.

Nordstrom
and Bergdorf Goodman both have beauty gifts-with-purchase this week; spend $100 for the former and $200 for the latter.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Coming next week...
My reviews of three new online sample-sale websites (and invitations for you). I am off to Miami, because, hey, a girl can never have too many vacations. Please check back next week!

Monday, June 02, 2008

In memoriam
I'm sure you've heard by now, but in case you haven't, Yves Saint Laurent died from brain cancer on Sunday. This is incredibly sad news. Monsieur Saint Laurent had battled depression and drug addiction for much of his life, and while his health had been poor for several years, his death came as a surprise for many. Saint Laurent is one of the most influential and important designers of the 20th centry; we can thank him for safari jackets, tie-neck blouses, leopard print, and, most importantly, pants. He was also one of the first designers to operate his business in the modern way by opening a ready-to-wear house and licensing his name in order to drum up capital. The Times' coverage is the most extensive; I particularly suggest checking out this collection of YSL YouTube clips, from The Moment Blog. I highly recommend Alicia Drake's thoroughly researched and beautifully written book The Beautiful Fall (which also has a lot of juicy Karl Lagerfeld dish). I also recommend the book Yves Saint Laurent, 5 Avenue Marceau and its accompanying documentary, which, if you're lucky, you can sometimes catch late at night on the Sundance channel. It's a bit dry, but it's the rare chance to see the master at work.

The silver lining in this cloud is that the very capable Stefano Pilati is continuing Saint Laurent's legacy with chic clothing that remains true to his vision. Nevertheless, stock up on vintage YSL while you can...
MasstigeWatch!
New York Magazine's excellent The Cut blog reports today that Steven Alan is doing a lower-priced line for Urban Outfitters, and it will hit stores as soon as July 4th. This is excellent news for those of us who love Steven Alan's neo-preppy rumpled shirts but not their three-digit price tags, as the line, called Lark & Wolff, will retail for a mere $50-$128. Urban Outfitters has stepped up their game recently with Geren Ford's lower-priced line, Hawks; coming up, the retailer will be debuting special collections from Paul & Joe Sister, Bing Bang jewelry, and Charlotte Ronson. So yay for all of that.

Also, sorry for not having written about Alexander Wang for Uniqlo sooner, but my parents were in town last weekend and so I got a little sidetracked. Anyway, I hightailed it to Uniqlo after work on Friday (I have summer Fridays, thank god) and was happy to find all five dresses in my size (they had plenty of all sizes at the time). The funny thing was, though, that the dresses I thought I'd like the most--the vest babydoll dress and the pleated drop-waist dress--were the ones that looked the worst on me. The colorblocked dress was not terribly flattering either. In order to pull off Wang's slouchy, boyish silhouette, it helps to not have boobs, and, well, yeah. I ended up with the shirtdress and the sleeveless black dress, both of which are cut incredibly well. The shirtdress is a cotton blend and the sleeveless dress (as well as all the other dresses) is polyester, but it's actually a pretty nice poly, and it at least fooled me into thinking it was silk. I have no idea if anything is left (rumor was that Uniqlo was restocking today), but this is one of the best masstige collections I've seen in awhile, so I highly suggest checking it out (or surfing eBay, where there are already multiple pieces listed). Here's where I could make a joke about getting so much Wang for so little, but I'll refrain.
The week in shopping
Score holiday '07 and spring '08 DVF at this always-great sample sale. Dresses are $150, gowns are $300, blouses are $80, samples are $50, and shoes are $100. 6/3-6/7; 9-6 Tue. & Fri., 10-8 Wed., 10-7 Thurs., 10-3 Sat.; 260 5th Ave. (28th & 29th Aves.).

CFDA award-winning jewelry designer Philip Crangi's main line plus Giles & Brother and Academie are at sample-sale prices. 6/5-6/6; noon-7; 147 W. 29th St. (6th & 7th Aves., (2nd fl.).

Rebecca Taylor's ultrafeminine dresses and separates are at wholesale prices and below. 6/3-6/5; 1-8 Tues., 10-8 Wed. & Thurs.; 145 W. 18th St. (6th & 7th Aves.).

Because it's never a bad time to stock up on cashmere, overstock and samples are up to 75% off at Autumn Cashmere. 6/3-6/6; 9-7; 231 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), ste. 924.

The Theory menswear sale started today; their sleek basics are up to 70% off. Through 6/6; 9-8; 520 5th Ave. (at 43rd St.), 3rd fl.

And don't forget the Theory womenswear sale at Clothingline, with prices 50%-75% off. Through 6/5; 10-7 Tue. & Thurs., 10-6 Wed.; 261 W. 36th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 2nd fl.

Perfect for summer, Yaya Aflalo's bohemian basics are up to 75% off. Through 6/9; 10-6; 80 W. 40th St. (at 6th Ave.).

Angel Sanchez evening and bridal gowns are 50%-75% off retail, now $200-$2,500. Sizes 2-12 are available. 6/5-6/6; 10-7; 526 7th Ave. (38th & 39th Sts.), 9th fl.

Secrets of Charm's cute dresses and tops are up to 70% off. 6/3-6/5; 10-6; 95 Horatio St. (at Washington St.), ste. 706.

Score Fred Perry's British streetwear for men and women at sample sale prices. Cash only. 6/5-6/8; 10-7, noon-6 Sat. & Sun.; 547 W. 27th St. (10th & 11th Aves.), 3rd fl.

Cadeau Maternity's chic pieces for expectant moms are at least 50% off. 6/4-6/5; 10-7; 254 Elizabeth St. (Houston & Prince Sts.).

Saja's dresses, gowns, skirts, and more are 75% off. 6/5-6/6; 10-6 Thurs., 10-5 Fri.; 250 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), ste. 1601.

Jennifer Alfano's exotic handbags and clutches are up to 75% off. 6/4-6/6; 9-7 Wed., 10-6 Thurs. & Fri.: 257 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 10th fl., ste. 8.

Maxx New York's already-affordable handbags are now up to 60% off. Through 6/7; 10-5, 10-4 Sat.; 385 5th Ave. (at 36th St.), 10th fl.

Handbags are $150 and Dresses are $50 at Lolli by Reincarnation. 6/5-6/8; 1-9, 1-6 Sun.; 85 Stanton St. (Allen & Orchard Sts.).

Wedding gowns (plus bridesmaid and formal dresses) from Amsale, Kenneth Pool, and Christos are 30%-70% off at this two-day sale (prices start at $750). 6/7-6/8; 9:30-5:30 Sat., 9:30-4:30 Sun.; call 212-583-1700 for an appointment; 625 Madison Ave. (58th & 59th Sts.), 2nd fl.

Shop Gucci's sale here.

Scoop's sale starts 6/4; prices are 40%-70% off for men, women, and children. See scoopnyc.com for hours & locations.

Elizabeth Charles' spring/summer merchandise is now 30%-50% off online and in stores. Through 7/16; 619 1/2 Hudson St. (Gansevoort & Horatio Sts.).

Rebecca & Drew's well-made, work-friendly (and boobs-friendly) basics are 30%-50% off starting today. Prices go lower as time goes on. 344 W. 13th St. (Gansevoort & Hudson Sts.).

Select spring styles from Vena Cava, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and A.P.C. are 25% off at Cheryl Shops fave Bird.