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.