Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Cheryl Shops Fall Shopping Guide: Boyfriend Blazers
Fashion has been waffling between skinny and wide-leg pants for several seasons now, but based on the fall runways (and the editors attending the shows), skinny pants are here to stay--for now, at least. But considering skinny pants have been around for several years, it's puzzling that jackets have remained fitted and cropped--when put together, the look is both out-of-proportion and unflattering. Thankfully, several designers are starting to shift the silhouette with longer, stronger-shouldered jackets. Yes, they're kind of '80s (for a good laugh, Netflix Less Than Zero and marvel at how many trends are coming back into fashion). But try on a boyfriend jacket, and you'll instantly know that the designers were onto something back in the '80s: the shoulder pads make your waist look smaller, and the longer length skims your hips, disguising a multitude of flaws. It's just that 20 years ago, it was too much of a good thing; these styles are much more streamlined and modern, and, yes, the proportion finally looks right with skinny pants.

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If you want to take "boyfriend blazer" most literally, this Maison Martin Margiela boyfriend blazer looks the most like something you've actually borrowed from your boyfriend. But the armholes are high and the shoulders are narrow (and lightly padded), meaning the fit will be much more flattering for your figure than actually borrowing your man's jacket.


Stella McCartney may not get the editorial exposure that her label-mates Nicolas Ghesquiere or Alexander McQueen get, but she has built a solid business making exactly the kind of clothes women want to wear. Take, for example, this silk shantung boyfriend blazer (it's almost sold out already on pre-order). I like how the notch in the lapel is lower than normal, and the shell-pink color is sure to flatter a range of skin tones.


And then there's this Alexander Wang double-breasted jacket, which, at $625, almost seems like a bargain in comparison to the previous two looks. Wang is one of the leading proponents of the '80s revival, as well as being one of the hottest contemporary designers at the moment, so slipping into his blazer seems like the most logical way to get the trend exactly right.


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Acne Jeans is one of those labels that fashionistas go absolutely nuts over. I am starting to see why. This boyfriend jacket is quiet but cool, and I like that it's 100% wool (even the Margiela jacket above is a wool blend).


If all this wool seems a bit heavy to you, then this Smythe boyfriend blazer will be a welcome alternative--it's linen, which means even when it's in the 80s outside, you can be comfortable in it.


Also lightweight is this DKNY boyfriend jacket. DKNY's spring show was like a revived greatest-hits collection, and since the line got its start in the '80s, you know Donna Karan can do a mean boyfriend jacket. Added bonus: This style is now on sale!


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When it comes to budget options, this Pink Tartan blazer is not bad for $59. Sure, the tailoring isn't as sharp, but if you're unsure about the trend--or if you're on a super-tight budget--it's a low-risk purchase.


I like this Trouvé jacket because it's knit, which makes it more like a sweatshirt, so it's more relaxed and it's not trying to be a sharply tailored style. It's like your weekend boyfriend blazer (and I bet it would be great for traveling).


One of my favorites, however, is this Aqua boyfriend jacket. I feel like Aqua is Bloomingdale's best-kept secret--they do trendy pieces at good prices, and while some things suffer from polyester overload, this jacket is 100% cotton with a cute striped lining--at $88, a pretty good deal, all things considered. I just ordered mine today; fingers are crossed that it's a winner.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Coming this week...
...the long-awaited Cheryl Shops Spring Shopping Guide! Also, Topshop opens on Thursday. So much excitement, you won't know what to do with yourself.
The week in shopping
Party-girl/working-girl clothes are at least 60% off at the Alice + Olivia sale; dresses are $139, pants are $99, blazers are $149, and shorts are $9. 3/31–4/3; 8-7; 80 W. 40th St. (5th & 6th Aves.).

Current- and past-season collections from Brooklynites Hayden-Harnett are 40%-80% off; you can hit their showroom or shop online in your jammies at haydenharnett.com/samplesale. 4/1–4/3 (through 4/5 online); 11-7; 16 W. 36th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), ste. 501.

If you are in better shape than I am, hit Salon 9 Showroom for swimsuits by Red Carter, Zimmermann, and Brette Sandler for $40-$150. 3/30-4/3; 11-7; 241 W. 37th St.

Vera Wang Lavender Label, which, according to an article in today's WWD, might soon be dunzo. is now at below-wholesale prices at Clothingline (dresses are $99-$189, but everything else is well below $100). Through 4/3; 11-8 Tue., 11-7 Wed., 10-7 Thurs., 10-6 Fri.; 261 W. 36th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 2nd fl.

Hey, working girls! Find spring samples and stock from Elie Tahari for up to 85% off. Dresses are $79-$129, coats are $159, shoes are $69-$79, and bags are $79-$249. There's men's stuff too! 3/31-4/4; 8:30-7:30; 510 5th Ave. (at 43rd St.).

Bags from The Sak, sakroots, and Elliott Lucca are just $5-$60. 4/2–4/3; 9-5 Thurs., 9-4 Fri.; 339 5th Ave. (at 34th St.), 2nd fl.

Alejandro Ingelmo's womenswear is on sale. 4/3–4/4; 9-6 Fri., 10-6 Sat.; 25 Mercer St. (at Howard St.), ste. 2C.

Buy one piece of lingerie at Mixona (think Cosabella, Wolford, and Eberjey), and get another 50% off. 4/4–4/5; 11-7:30; 262 Mott St. (Houston & Prince Sts.).

Find jewelry, housewares, gifts, and accessories by Buccellati, Steuben Glass, and Judith Leiber for 50%-80% off retail. Through 4/2; 9-6:30, 9-5 Thurs.; 317 W. 33rd St. (8th & 9th Aves.).

Maxx New York handbags are 40%-60% off, and take an extra 10% off if you pay cash over $100. 4/1-4/7; 10-6 weekdays, 11-5 Sat., closed Sun.; 385 5th Ave. (at 36th St.), 10th fl.

Tom & Linda Platt's eveningwear is $50-$500 at this sale featuring samples (sizes 4-8) and stock (sizes 4-16). Get an extra 5% off when you pay cash, and 15% off purchases over $250. 4/2-4/3; 9-5; 29 W. 38th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), 6th fl.

It's already sale time at Anbar Shoes; find Corso Como, Biviel, BCBG, and other coveted brands for $33-$161. Through 4/11; 9-6:20 weekdays, 11-5:45 Sat., closed Sun.; 60 Reade St. (Broadway & Church St.).

Through the entire month of April, select lamps are 40% off at high-end Italian lighting store Artemide. See more details here. 4/1-4/30; 46 Greene St. (Broome & Grand Sts.).

It's time for Dempsey & Carroll’s annual note sheet sale; normally $305 for 100, the sets are $195 for the entire month. 4/1-4/30; 11-6 weekdays, 11-5 Sat., closed Sun.; 1049 Lexington Ave. (74th & 75th Sts.). Also available online at www.dempseyandcarroll.com.

All spring/summer merch is 20% off at Oilily, plus take $25 off every $100 you spend. Through 4/12; visit website for store locations.

Because you're my friend, you're also Alexis Hudson's--so take 50% off everything on her website with code AHFRIEND through 4/4.

Take 20% off all sandals with code SANDALS20 at shopbop.com through 4/1 only!

Take an extra 20% off sale items at Tobi.com with code 20TREAT through 4/1.

It's the contemporary event at Saks: Spend $250 on women's contemporary merch and get a Milly necklace with code MILLY9; spend $450 and get the necklace & $50 gift card with code WCONTEMP9 through 4/5.

Take 15% off your Delia*s with code APR15 through 4/9.

Get Free Shipping on Alloy.com orders of $25 or more with code AKEAFF through 4/30.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

TheFind guest post: One Shoulder Dressing with a Modern Edge

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One of our favorite silhouettes for spring is the asymmetric one shoulder dress. Grecian togas were perhaps the first asymmetric fashion, but the one shoulder frock for the modern woman comes in all shapes and sizes. From floor length red-carpet gowns to ultra-minis and everything in between including blouses, jumpsuits and kaftans.

In the realm of the one shoulder dress our favorites include a grey Chloé one shoulder cotton jersey cocktail dress that speaks to us with its minimal simplicity created by voluminous inverted pleats and a seamed yoke. Next the Narciso Rodriguez color block dress makes the bare shouldered look bold and graphic with contrast banding at the neckline and hem. A bold statement to indulge your inner modernist - wear Rodriguez's one shouldered number on a first-date or a sushi uptown at Masa. Marc Jacobs' silk color-block onesie has playful written all over it. You will be the cool girl that everyone notices at this summer's street fairs. Elasticized at the waist framing the exact spot you will want to place a wide (very wide) belt around your waist.

Pair these cheeky one shoulder numbers with caged platform sandals or t-strap platform sandals.



Content provided by TheFind in partnership with Cheryl Shops
MasstigeWatch!
Images of Matthew Williamson for H&M are starting to trickle out, and, well, if you like peacocks, you're going to be happy about this one. According to an article about the line in today's WWD [subscription required], the first part of the collaboration, a limited-edition collection ranging in price from $49.90 for shorts to $349 for the gown pictured here, hits 200 H&M stores on April 23rd. The second part, with styles for men and women, drops in all 1,700 H&Ms worldwide on May 14th. And, yes, both collections are inspired by peacocks. If that's what you're into. For more pictures, check out Nitrolicious.
Buy it: A.L.C.
When celebrities start their own clothing lines, their stylists tend to have a heavy hand in them. Take, for example, Gwen Stefani's successful L.A.M.B. line; Gwen has a very distinct personal style that informs the line, and that style has been honed over the years through a close collaboration with Andrea Lieberman, her longtime stylist. Lieberman has made a name for herself over the years, styling music-industry folk from Faith Hill to Diddy and JLo (Lieberman put her in the infamous green Versace dress); she was also the stylist to whom Nicole Richie ran after her infamous blowup with Rachel Zoe. But whereas Zoe has developed a signature look (wavy hair, big sunglasses & bag, gold jewelry, '70s influence) and a larger-than-life personality ("I die!"), Lieberman has stayed behind the scenes. Until now, that is. Lieberman has a new line of clothing called A.L.C., and I can honestly say that I want every last piece. There is definitely a strong rock-chick inspiration in the collection, with shrunken asymmetrical leather jackets and skinny black pants, but there are also innovative updates of basics that could work for any woman's closet, such as this draped-back striped tee or this pleated black skirt. But I think the true standouts in the line are the dresses, which range from a sexy asymmetrical LBD to my absolute favorite, the jersey chevron stripe dress. While not a bargain per se (the line is carried at Barneys New York, Intermix, and La Garçonne), prices are in line with other contemporary designers--a basic T-shirt is $150, dresses and pants are in the $400-ish range, and that leather jacket tops out at $1100. And since you (probably) can't afford to hire your own stylist, why not get the next best thing?

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Lanvin for less
No, I'm not referring to last week's botched Lanvin sample sale--I was going to write an Object of Desire post about these delicious blue leopard-print Lanvin flats, but while browsing the Kirna Zabete website, I found something even more intriguing: this Lanvin ruched T-shirt dress. While a Lanvin dress can normally run well into the $3,000s, this dress is mysteriously a tenth of the price, at a mere $295. Sure, it's a glorified T-shirt, but it has delicate tulle trim at the neckline and armholes, and the ruched side seams give it an interesting shape. Plus, it's Lanvin--you know it's going to look amazing on. It's versatile too: Throw a jacket over it and wear it to work, or pair it with sandals on the weekend. (Yikes, I just felt like I was at my day job.) The dress was made in black as well as royal blue; sadly, the former is sold out and, at the moment, the latter is available only in size medium (upside: that's my size!), although if you call the store, they might have more there (for such a trendy shop, KZ has lovely, accommodating salespeople). Alber Elbaz remarked in his recent New Yorker profile that he'd never make a secondary Lanvin collection, but as long as he keeps making affordable dresses like this, who cares?
MasstigeWatch!
Nitrolicious has pictures of the upcoming Loomstate by Rogan for Target collaboration, and there is good news and bad news. The good news is that everything is awesome. The bad news is that because everything is so awesome, you're going to go broke. (Ha! See what I did there? I fooled you!) Okay, in all honesty, some of the pieces are very similar to last year's Rogan Go International collection, such as the rolled-sleeve sweater. But the Rogan collection was one of the best to date, and a similar sweater sold out right away, so I will be happy to get one this time. I have my eye on the grayish T-shirt dress and especially this plaid dress, which is totally the type of thing I like to live in all summer long ($39.99, y'all!). I also like the little black jacket, the dip-dyed skirt, and the colorblocked tank. It hits stores and Target.com April 19th. Wahoo!

Monday, March 23, 2009

The week in shopping
Get ready for long lines and Pushy McShoversons: The Hermès sale, featuring clothes, accessories, housewares, and, yes, bags, starts Wednesday. 3/25-3/29; 9-6 Wed., 9-8 Thurs., 9-6 Fri & Sat., 1-5 Sun.; Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W. 18th St. (6th & 7th Aves.).

Got a formal event coming up? Hit the Marchesa sale for gorgeous gowns, in sizes 0-12, for 50%-80% off. 3/25-3/26; 8-7 Wed., 8-6 Thurs.; Warwick Hotel, 65 W. 54th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), 2nd fl.

Anna Sheffield's awesome Bing Bang jewelry line is on sale. I'm there! 3/26-3/27; noon-7; 153 Lafayette St. (at Grand St.).

Wink's warehouse sale promises clothes and accessories from contemporary labels like Gryphon and Sam Edelman for up to 80% off. 3/26-3/28; 11-7; 188 Columbus Ave. (68th & 69th Sts.).

Sari Gueron's dresses from fall and resort 2008 are up to 90% off; cocktail dresses are $200 and tops are $80. 3/24–3/27; 11-7; 133 W. 25th St. (6th & 7th Aves.).

Amarcord is closing its East Village store; find men's and women's clothes and accessories for a mere $5-$20. Cash only. 3/27–3/29; noon-6; 84 E. 7th St. (1st & 2nd Aves.).

Shop excellent deals at Kirna Zabete without leaving your chair: Find Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler, Lanvin, and other top-tier designers for up to 75% off on their website. 3/27–4/3 at KirnaZabete.com.

Raid your pantry and head over to Sigerson Morrison. 10 cans of food gets you 10% off, 15 cans gets 15% off, and 20 cans gets 20% off. The food donated goes to New York Food Bank. Through 4/5; 11-7, noon-6 Sun.; 28 Prince St. (Mott & Elizabeth Sts.).

DDCLab clothes for men & women are 80%-90% off: Men's shirts are $50, women's tops are $60, and pants and jeans for both sexes are $40. Through 4/5; 10-7, noon-6 Sun.; 7 Mercer St. (Canal & Howard Sts.).

Sweet Tater's vintage-inspired separates are a mere $20-$50 at their sample sale. Through 3/24; noon-7; 280 Mulberry St. (Houston & Prince Sts.).

Alvin Valley's famous pants are $129 at his sale. 3/26-3/29; noon-6; 632 Broadway (Bleecker & Houston Sts.).

Cynthia Rowley's clothes and accessories are up to 80% off at her sale, including 20% off current-season items. 3/26-3/28; 10-9; 376 Bleecker St. (Perry & Charles Sts.).

Shelley & Renee are hosting a final evening-gown sale, with designers such as Blumarine, Valentino, Lela Rose, Tuleh, and more for 75%-90% off. Through 3/29; 10-6 (closed Sat.); 50 W. 57th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), 8th fl.

Items from Donna Karan's closet are up to 90% off at her Urban Zen store. 3/27-3/29; 10-8 Fri., 11-6 Sat. & Sun.; 711 Greenwich St. (W. 10th & Charles Sts.).

Clothingline has a bunch of children's clothes on sale this week, including Jacadi and Best & Co. Prices max out at about $35 for Marie Chantal dresses. Leave the strollers at home, Moms! Through 3/24; 10-7 Tues., 10-6 Wed.; 261 W. 36th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 2nd fl.

Say thank you in person to the woman responsible for your smooth bottom: I'm talking about Sara Blakely, the founder of Spanx, who'll be appearing at Saks on Thursday. 3/26; 5-7 p.m.; Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 5th Ave. (49th & 50th Sts.), 10th floor.

Or if you'd prefer, meet Vena Cava designers Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai at Barneys for their trunk show. 3/26; 10-6 (Lisa & Sophie will be there from 2-4 p.m.); Barneys New York, 660 Madison Ave. (60th & 61st Sts.), 7th fl.

Revolve Clothing is having a Spring Cleaning sale, with savings of 30%-80% off some 2,500 styles. Yikes!

Shopbop has a cool new feature called Look du Jour: It's an entire outfit for under $500, plus order any of the items featured in the look and get 10% off.

It's time for yet another gift card promotion at Saks.com: Earn up to $450 with code SPRGIFT9 online 3/24-3/25 and in stores 3/25.

Receive a free full sized blood orange+white pepper body butter ($35.00 value) with your order of $75 or more at BlissWorld.com through 3/31.

Get a free Immortelle gift with any $60 purchase at L'Occitane with code ALMOND.

Use code DOR193A for $30 off a $150 order at Bluefly.com through 4/4.

Hit theSavvy.com's online sample sale for Bensoni, a clothing line favored by stars like Rachel Bilson and Charlize Theron; prices are under $100 (up to 80% off retail). Noon on 3/25 through noon on 3/28.

Take 15% off your order at Hayden-Harnett with code LOYAL through 6/1.

Use code MARCH for 30% off any regular-priced item at Hable Construction's website through 4/1.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

TheFind guest post: Garden Party Dressing

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Celebrate spring English garden style. Each this time of year blossoms begin to emerge from their winter sleep and you have an urge to trade in your long pants and boots for something more carefree and pretty. This season's trend encompasses gardening abound, think floral Liberty ditzy prints and oversized bold blossom inspired graphics. A fitted silhouette and lady-like details such as a princess collar or romantic ruffles make a floral dress perfect for weddings, showers and even Sunday brunch.

From bold and graphic to delicate and demure floral dresses can be layered with a bright colored cardigan and awe inspiring but delicate sandals. The key to garden party dressing is to up ante with bold accessories.

We've got our eye on ditzy print dresses, bold graphic sundresses, floral inspired jewelry, pretty light blouses, and floral emblazoned bags.



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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

MasstigeWatch!
Chalk one (or, like a million) up for Uniqlo: uber-iconic designer Jil Sander will oversee the men's and women's lines, as well as design a special collection for fall [subscription required]. All I have to say about that is: wow. And, also: I will be shopping at Uniqlo a lot more.

Speaking of which, Uniqlo's latest designer collaborations--from Steven Alan and Opening Ceremony--hit the store on Thursday. I will try to make it there on my lunch break and report back. If I don't have time for a full post, however, there's always my Twitter feed, so please stay tuned!
Cheryl Shops...new stores in the Meatpacking District and West Village
One of the best things about getting my hair done at Sally Hershberger Downtown--well, except for my hair itself--is that afterward, I get to go shopping in the Meatpacking District. I always make a trip to Jeffrey, which has some of the most lovely salespeople in the city. Sometimes I go into Alexander McQueen (although not this time). But this time, I had a bunch of new boutiques to check out and plenty of time in which to do it, while I waited for MW to shower and subway over to join me for brunch.

Washington Street is home to several new stores; Cintra Wilson pretty much said anything you'd need to know about Vince in her Critical Shopper column last week, so I didn't even bother. I also didn't go into the fairly new Paige Premium Denim store, partly out of reverence for its former tenant, the awesome Dernier Cri, and partly because Paige jeans don't fit me well anyway. It seems Scoop has reconfigured its stores; there's now a "Scoop It Up" outlet, and while I was tempted by a brocade 3.1 Phillip Lim skirt for $129, that was about all that caught my eye. A few doors down is the Helmut Lang boutique, which I thought I had heard was having an awesome sale, but that must have been at least a month ago, because everything that's in there now is from the spring collection, and full price, including this amazing featherweight leather and knit jacket, which, from what I can remember, was $1300. (Wasn't Helmut Lang supposed to be selling at a contemporary price point?) I do like what Michael and Nicole Colovos have done with the label, however the line turns up fairly frequently on Gilt Groupe and RueLaLa (as well as at Clothingline's sample sales), so I will wait for those.

I was most excited about Zadig & Voltaire, a French chain that was one of my favorites from my Paris trip; as I reported last summer, they already have a store in L.A., and while the New York store was supposed to open last fall, well, a few months late is better than never. Z&V has a very rock-chic vibe, with lots of tissue-weight knits, skinny yet slouchy pants, excellent leather bags, and subtle tattoo motifs that are more tasteful than tacky. I loved this butterfly sweater so much, I had to walk away quickly, lest I be unable to leave the store without it. I didn't buy anything at Z&V while in Paris (the exchange rate was atrocious when I was there), nor did I this time, but the prices weren't as bad as I had expected: Simple tanks were $90-ish; layered-look tunics veered into the high $200s. The aforementioned leather bags were so great, I was afraid to look at the price tags. The store is vast (unlike Helmut Lang, it appears to have the entire spring/summer line in stock), and the salespeople are friendly. My only complaint, however, is like most of the stores in the Meatpacking District, you have to ask a salesperson for your size--a concept I can understand when we're dealing with $2,000 dresses but not really with clothes at this price point.

I was also eager to visit the Ports 1961 boutique, which, after over a year of construction delays, finally opened during Fashion Week. Like the clothes, the store is a mix of textures, influences, and styles--a little quirky, but cool. In addition to the spring/summer line of clothes and accessories, they also have artsy books, knickknacks, and fragrances for sale; if the clothes are not your cup of tea, there are definitely some gift possibilities here.

After quick stops in Zero + Maria Cornejo (where I fell in love with this dress) and Maison Martin Margiela (where I ogled the gorgeous peak-sleeve jackets), I headed over to Bleecker Street. First, I popped into Bond No. 9 quickly to test the new Brooklyn fragrance; it's a fresh-woody scent, which is normally right up my alley, and from what I smelled of it, I liked it. Unlike most of the other Bond scents, however, it was gone from my arm is less than two hours. Love the bottle though. I also stopped into Mulberry quickly to check out the Mitzy Messenger bag in person; at $495, I found it pretty reasonably priced, considering the good reputation Mulberry bags carry (pun intended). I was really excited, however, about the new Diptyque boutique; ever since their location on Newbury Street in Boston had closed, there'd been a void in my life. Diptyque is best known for its candles, however I am a big fan of their personal-fragrance line--I wear Philosykos (a fig scent) in the summer. While I was almost seduced by the $72 body cream, I decided to spring for a small set of four fragrances, which was conveniently 50% off. (I even got samples too!) The store is very chic with its black walls and white displays, and the salesperson was very gracious and knowledgable. Funny how after a day of looking at $1500 leather jackets and even $300 cotton sweaters, an $88 perfume seems like a bargain.

Monday, March 16, 2009

The week in shopping
There has been conflicting info about this sale (see Refinery29 or Racked), but supposedly Lanvin is 70% off--think coats for $560 and dresses for $325. Lanvin claims the sale is not officially affiliated with the house; this could either be awesome, or a disaster. 3/18; 10-5; 230 5th Ave. (26th & 27th Sts.).

Samples and accessories from J.Crew and Madewell are making a return trip to Clothingline this week. 3/17-3/19; 11-8; 261 W. 36th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 2nd fl.

Built by Wendy is having a sample sale this weekend at her two remaining stores, in Manhattan and Williamsburg. 3/20-3/22; 11-8, noon-6 Sun.; 7 Centre Market Pl. (Broome & Grand Sts.), 46 N. 6th St. (at Kent Ave.), Williamsburg.

Feminine dresses, swimwear, and separates by Abaeté are up to 80% off. 3/19-3/21; 11-7, 11-6 Sat.; 560 Broadway (at Prince St.), ste. 509.

While everyone else is out getting drunk, hit Lauren Merkin for a new bag; accessories are $15-$25, bags are $40-$225. 3/17-3/21; 11-7, 11-5 Sat.; 231 W. 29th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), ste. 201.

Wasp-ify your pad with furniture, lamps, home accessories, antiques, and more from Ralph Lauren Home. Credits cards only. Leave the strollers at home. An on-site shipping service will be available. 3/17-3/20; 9-7 Wed. & Thurs., 9-5 Fri.; the Altman Building, 135 W. 18th St. (6th & 7th Aves.).

New Agey silver and gold jewelry from Me&Ro is up to 75% off. 3/19-3/21; noon-7 Thurs., 10-7 Fri., 10-4 Sat.; 13 Crosby St. (Howard & Grand Sts.), 2nd fl.

If you only know Libertine from their collection for Target, you can now get acquainted with the full-priced line for less than $100 at their sample sale. 3/19-3/22; 11-7 Thurs. & Fri., 11-6 Sat. & Sun.; 187 Lafayette St. (at Broome St.), 7th fl.

Score some ridiculous bargains from Roberto Cavalli--samples are up to 80% off. 3/22-3/29; 10-6 daily (closed Sat.); 50 W. 58th St. (6th & 7th Aves.), 8th fl.

Saja's dresses and knits are at least 75% off. 3/19-3/20; 10-8; 250 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), ste. 1601.

Resurrection is celebrating its 13th anniversary by putting 13 designers on sale for up to 70% off. Through 3/19; 11-7; 217 Mott St. (Prince & Spring Sts.).

Clothing and lingerie is up to 80% off at Only Hearts. 3/19-3/21; noon-8, noon-7 Sun.; 230 Mott St. (Prince & Spring Sts.).

Find Issey Miyake's runway line, plus Pleats Please, Fete, Cauliflower, and HaaT for up to 80% off. 3/19; 8-8; 145 W. 18th St. (6th & 7th Aves.).

Resort, vintage, and limited edition pieces are $50 and up at Tucker by Gaby Basora. 3/19-3/22; 9-6 Thurs. & Fri., 10-7 Sat. & Sun.; 13 Essex (Hester & Canal Sts.).

Hit Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier for a special-occasion or bridal dress for up to 80% off (prices are originally $3,200-$8,000). 3/17; 10-6 (call 212-319-6778 for an appointment); 110 E. 55th St. (at Park Ave.), 8th fl.

Select pre-spring clothes are now on sale at Cheryl shops fave ShopJake.com.

Take $100 off a $300 order with code SPRING09 at BCBG.com through 3/25.

Lisa K Design's celeb-favorite jewelry is $45-$165 online at TheSavvy.com through noon on 3/18.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Fashion blog gossip!
When it comes to street fashion, my two favorite blogs are The Sartorialist, of course, and a fairly recent discovery, Garance Doré, who's often referred to as "the French Sartorialist". Lately, I've noticed pictures of Garance showing up on The Sartorialist--which is understandable, since Garance is very chic, and she and Scott Schuman are probably often running in the same fashionable circles--but I didn't give it much thought until I read this post on Fashionologie: Apparently Scott and Garance are a couple! Scandal! As far as I knew, Scott was married with children; until The Sartorialist took off, he was a stay-at-home dad and his wife was a retail executive (at The Limited, I think). But judging by the comments on this post (Garance is in the second photo), looks like G & S's relationship is public knowledge at this point. Personally, I think it sounds like a match made in fashion heaven--both have an incredibly perceptive eye for style, and I can only imagine what beautiful things they can create together.

On a sadder note, The Cut reports that the Wall Street Journal's fashion blog, Heard on the Runway, may be dunzo. HotR is a great blog, because it often focuses on the business side of the fashion industry--while anyone can swoon over the artistry of, say, a Rodarte gown, not everyone can analyze how any store is actually going to sell the thing. It was announced last month that of fashion positions were being cut at the Journal; the incredibly talented Teri Agins was definitely one of the layoffs, as, possibly, was my fellow Northwestern alum Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan. I know times are tough and newspapers still haven't quite figured out how to make money on the Internet (although they should get to it, since newspapers seem to be dying accelerated deaths across the country), but this is a really depressing rumor. For the time being, I'm going to hope it's not true.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

MasstigeWatch!
Lots of news in the world of masstige since I've been gone! As you probably already know, Alexander McQueen for Target is now available in stores and online. I actually scored my lusted-after jumpsuit (and the ankle-zip leggings) at the pop-up shop that was open during Fashion Week; the asymmetrical gray dress was already sold out by the time I got there, so I was hoping to find it online, but no such luck. The cropped leather vest--which was one of the most expensive items--is also sold out. I think I might actually order the gray skinny jeans, which I gave up on at the pop-up shop since the fitting-room line was so long. Then again, I probably don't need another pair of jeans. As for the jumpsuit, it's everything I wanted and more, but I recommend ditching the crappy thin belt that comes with it and using your own instead. Also live at Target: Erickson Beamon costume jewelry, which is getting bad reviews for cheapness but otherwise looks fun, and Orla Kiely housewares, which look kitchy-cute and are getting good reviews.

One more Target note: Fab Sugar has photos of the upcoming Tracy Feith Go International collection, several of which are modeled by Allie from The City, coincidentally. Tracy Feith is one of those designers where, when I see his clothes, I first think, "Hmm...interesting," but then they really begin to grow on me, and that's pretty much how I feel about this collection. The prints are offbeat, the silhouettes are quirky, but somehow it all works. I particularly like the cropped motorcycle jacket, and I am in love with this ruffled bikini, and, luckily, the collection hits stores May 17th, just in time for summer.

I will admit, I love Urban Outfitters' catalogues. They are always so stylized and cool-looking, I turn down the corner of every other page to mark the stuff I want. (However, then I go to the store and realize the persuasive power of good photography, because the stuff looks like crap in person.) In the latest catalogue, I noticed a new line, Cool, Casual by Slow and Steady Wins the Race. Turns out this is a designer collaboration; while not super-expensive, Slow and Steady Wins the Race is a fashiony, high-concept line of basics that's normally found at stores like Oak and Opening Ceremony. So far, there are five Cool, Casual pieces available; I have a feeling the leather tee will get all the attention, but I have my eye on the silk tunic, which looks just about perfect to me.

Finally, Racked reports that Adam Lippes for Mango is in stores now...however, prices are more prestige than mass: The cheapest item is a $49 tank top; two dresses top out at $260. They're silk, but still. The outfit at right, which was my favorite of the bunch, will cost you $310 before tax. Yikes! Let's hope those prices are due to wonky exchange rates and not the utter cluelessness of Mango.

Monday, March 09, 2009

The week in shopping
Find women's clothing and accessories for Adam Lippes' ADAM line for 60%-80% off. 3/11-3/15; 10-7; 75 9th Ave. (at 15th St.).

This week, Clothingline has Rogan and Loomstate; Rogan T-shirts are $25, sweatshirts are $68, dresses are $88, denim is $68, and blazers are $108 (prices are slightly lower for Loomstate). They also have overstock from the Kansas City boutique Soho 119, and more Gustto bags will be arriving Wednesday. 3/10-3/13; 10-7 Tues., 10-6 Wed.-Fri.; 261 W. 36th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 2nd fl.

Rachel Roy's fall 2008 and pre-spring 2009 collections are up to 75% off. 3/15-3/19; 10-5; 230 5th Ave. (at 27th St.).

Cheryl Shops fave Amarcord is taking 30% off its vintage clothes & accessories at the Soho store, and 40% off at the Williamsburg store. Ongoing; visit amarcordvintagefashion.com for hours; 252 Lafayette St. (Prince & Spring Sts.), 223 Bedford Ave. (N. 4th & N. 5th Sts.), Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

It's still cashmere weather, unfortunately, but you can stock up on transitional pieces at White + Warren: Cashmere sweaters are $85, wraps are $125, and cotton sweaters are $50. 3/12-3/14; noon-7 Thurs., 8-7 Fri., 9-3 Sat.; 80 W. 40th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), 3rd fl.

Take $20 off a $150 purchase at Msg, a Nolita boutique featuring local and international indie designers. Through 3/31; noon-7; 66 Kenmare St. (at Mott St.).

Dress like President Obama with a men's suit from Hart Schaffner Marx; prices are up to 70% off retail. 3/12-3/15; 8-7 Thurs., 9-7 Fri., 9-6 Sat., 9-5 Sun.; 317 W. 33rd St. (8th & 9th Aves.).

Hit Tusk for Italian leather accessories for 50%-70% off; take an extra 5% off $200 purchases, and an extra 10% off $300 purchases. 3/13-3/21; 11-7; 242 W. 26th St. (7th & 8th Aves.).

It's winter sale time at MoMA Design Store; save up to 50% on the store's art-inspired items. Visit momastore.org for hours and locations.

Skunkfunk sounds like a strain of pot, but is actually a Spanish brand of organic, Euro clothes, which are now 50% off. Through 3/31; 10-8 Tues.-Thurs., 10-9 Fri. & Sat., 10-8 Sun., closed Mon.; 181 Orchard St. (Houston & Stanton Sts.).

Roberta Freymann's exotic-inspired wares are up to 70% off. 3/12-3/14; 10:30-midnight Thurs., 10:30-6:30 Fri. & Sat.; 153 E. 70th St. (3rd & Lex.).

SOS Sample Sales promises "Designer Madness" with everything from jeans by William Rast and J Brand to Italian designers and bridge lines like OSCAR by Oscar de la Renta. Um, ok. Men's and women's items in all sizes are available; prices are 40%-90% below retail. Through 3/16; 11-7; 207 W. 38th St. (7th & 8th Aves.).

Tomorrow is the last day to score Pratesi linens, now at further reductions. Through 3/10; 9-6:30; 317 W. 33rd St. (8th & 9th Aves.).

Echo of the Dreamer jewelry and Mars & Valentine scarves/pillows are teaming up for a joint sample sale. Jewelry runs $10-$520. 3/10-3/20; 10-6 weekdays, 11-4 Sat., closed Sun.; 242 W. 30th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 14th fl.

TheSavvy.com has two online sample sales this week: Now through Wednesday at noon, Dorothy Lee's celeb-friendly clothes, and starting Thursday at noon, Lisa K jewelry.

Take 15% off your Alloy.com order with code EXTRA15 through 3/19.

Thursday is Saks' one-day gift card event--do your spring shopping and earn a gift certificate for up to $450. Details here.