Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Ironically, as the weather in NYC has finally started to warm up, I've started thinking about fall. Crazy, I know. But fall's runways were all about the legs, and one item that just kept cropping up everywhere was thigh-high boots. Seriously, if there's one item worth investing in for fall, it's boots, and be prepared to wear them with everything from dresses to boyfriend shirts and blazers (hey, who needs pants anymore?). Over-the-knee boots are slowly starting to trickle into the stores (expect more later in July and August as stores clear out their spring/summer merchandise), and one of the first to arrive is Stella McCartney's over-the-knee boots. Yes, they're faux leather, but being owned by the Gucci Group has its advantages--all of her shoes (and bags) are manufactured in Gucci's Italian factories, so the quality is high, from the balance in the sole to the fit in the leg. While not exactly a bargain, the boots are a fairly good value for the money, and keep in mind that real leather boots will be significantly more expensive. They're also, obviously, animal-friendly, if that's your thing. The boots aren't in stores yet (they're only available for pre-order), but that will hopefully give you enough time to save up for a pair.
It doesn't hit stores for another two months, but Target has released photos of the Gossip Girl-inspired Anna Sui Designer Collaboration, and The Cut has 'em all. I think the Blair outfits are the most true to the character, but, surprisingly, I liked the Jenny outfits the best (the one at the right is my favorite). The collection definitely looks very Anna Sui, and, as Nylon points out, a lot of the looks are recycled from the runway. Hey, no complaints here! The Anna Sui Designer Collaborations line lands in select Target stores September 13th.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Tuesday is the last day for Lyell's sample sale, before Emma Fletcher closes her boutique for all of July. Current- and past-season clothes are up to 70% off. Through 6/30; noon-7; 173 Elizabeth St. (Spring & Kenmare Sts.).
Head to Zachary's Smile this weekend for their Stuff a Bag Sale: Stuff as many vintage items as you want into one bag, all just for $25. Or, pay $5 per piece a la carte. 7/2-7/4; 1-7; 317 Lafayette St. (enter at 303 Mulberry St., btw. Bleecker & Houston Sts.).
Get super-sexy bras, undies, and more for 50% off at Agent Provocateur's sale. Starts 7/2; 11-7, noon-6 Sun.; 133 Mercer St. (Prince & Spring Sts.).
Find Bliss, Remede, and other high-end beauty lines for up to 75% off. Through 7/5; 10-8; 541 Lexington Ave. (at 49th St.).
Find Sophia Eugene silk dresses for $100 and jersey dresses for $80, plus Christopher Deane silk maxi dresses for $150 at this enticing sale. Through 7/7; noon-8; 37 Cornelia St. (Bleecker & W. 4th Sts.).
Clothingline has Repetto shoes, and clothes from Tocca, Milly, and AKA; nearly everything is under $100. 6/30-7/2; 11-7, 11-6 Thurs.; 261 W. 36th St. (7th & 8th Aves.).
The West Village's Sucre has samples and overstock from Current/Elliott, Cheap Monday, and other coveted brands. Through 6/30; 11-7; 357 Bleecker St. (at Charles St.).
Smith Street's Dear Fieldbinder has Lauren Moffatt, Whitley Kros, and other precious labels for 35%-75% off. Through 8/2; 11:30-7:30, noon-6 Sun.; 198 Smith St. (Warren & Baltic Sts.), Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.
While you're in the neighborhood, check out Epaulet's summer sale, where select items are 25%-75% off. Through 8/9; noon-8 Thurs.-Sat., noon-6 Sun., closed Mon.; 231 Smith St. (at Butler St.).
Eberjey lingerie and swimsuits are 50%-70% off at their summer sample sale. 7/1–7/2; 9-7 Wed., 9-5 Thurs.; Shoreham Hotel, 33 W. 55th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), Skylight Conference Room.
Buy a swimsuit at La Perla's East Hampton store and they'll donate 10% of the proceeds to New Yorkers for Children. Through 7/6; 66 Newtown Lane, East Hampton.
Prices are now up to 40% off at Oak's 30-40-50 sale. Click here for store hours and locations.
Take 15% off any dining table, chair, or buffet at Ligne Roset. Through 7/3; visit lignerosetny.com for store hours and locations.
All spring-summer stock is now 50% off at Elizabeth Charles.
Kale bags are $279 and under online at TheSavvy.com. Sale begins at noon 7/1 and ends at midnight on 7/4.
Prices are now up to 75% off at Century 21.
Score spring-summer merch for 60% off at both Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen.
Use code EXTRA10 for an extra 10% off sale items at 80sPurple.com through 6/30.
Use code DREAMS for 30% off all bedding at WHotelstheStore.com through 7/15.
It's your last chance to save 50% at L'Occitane's Summer Sale
Use code JULY4 for 20% off all regular, sale, and clearance items at Lord & Taylor (use code JULY4PLUS for an extra 10% off when you use your L&T card).
Take an extra 20% off clearance items at Express through 6/30, or use code 7267 for $15 off every $60 purchase 7/1-7/5.
Save up to 65% at Bebe 7/2-7/5.
Save 50% on select items at Lucky Brand Jeans' Twice-Yearly Sale.
DVF, Milly, Tibi, Shoshanna, and other cute designers are 30%-70% off at Queen Bee Girls.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
I've been feeling incredulous and bewildered since about 5 p.m. tonight. Having grown up in the '80s, Michael Jackson was a huge, integral part of my childhood. Thriller was one of the first records I bought (and, yes, I still own the actual record), and I taught myself (though videotape and mirror) the dances to "Thriller" and "Bad." I'm at a loss for words as to explain how weird and sad I feel about him passing away, so instead I'll offer a tribute in the best way I can think of: through fashion. Michael is clearly an influence on fashion at the moment--specifically, at Christophe Decarnin's Balmain, and, generally, within the whole '80s revival--but when it comes down to his signature look, iconic is the word that comes to mind. So, I present the fedora, sequined jacket, white V-neck T-shirt, black skinny pants, white socks, and black penny loafers. Rest in peace, MJ.
As a tribute to the new fall season which is flowing into stores as we speak, the leopard print accessory is on the prowl again. Love 'em or hate 'em leopard print is the trend that seems to return with out fail. If used sparingly leopard print handbags add some graphic interest to your favorite LBD or all black ensemble. The Jimmy Choo Mandah hobo bag is patched with solid leather which diffuses the leopard print to prevent leopard print overload. Look for graphic batik or faded leopard prints which pair rather nicely with denim such as the Lauren Merkin 'Eve' clutch.
Shown here are some picks for leopard print handbags (from top to bottom):
Christian Louboutin Leopard-Print Pony Fur Clutch - Leopard, $940.00 at Saks.com
Yves Saint Laurent Palma Leopard Print Canvas Tote, $599.99, at Overstock.com
Jimmy Choo Mandah hobo bag, $3,495 at Net-a-Porter
Lauren Merkin Eve Leopard Print Fabric Clutch, $165 at Bloomingdales.com
Anya Hindmarch Leopard Print Clutch by, $172.00 at Vivre
Yves Saint Laurent Muse Two bag, $2,295 at Net-a-Porter
Content provided by TheFind in partnership with Cheryl Shops
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Staying on top of all the fashion blogs out there is practically a full-time job. I like to think I'm pretty well-informed, but all of a sudden I'll start hearing about one everywhere, and then I'm shocked (and maybe a little perturbed) that I haven't heard about it before. Kind of like when you're wearing wide-leg jeans and everyone else in the room is wearing skinny jeans--how did I miss the memo? Anyway, after reading about the blog Sea of Shoes twice in two days--it's one of the blogs featured in Holt Renfrew's blogger windows [subscription required], and now its creator, Jane Aldridge, is designing a line of shoes for Urban Outfitters--I decided to check it out. Sea of Shoes is beautifully photographed, à la Garance Doré or the Sartorialist and primarily features its writer-creator, the aforementioned Ms. Aldridge, in creative, thoughtful outfits, à la Fashion Toast, paying particular attention to her shoes. But what's really remarkable about Sea of Shoes is that Jane, its writer, is 17 years old. That's right, she's in high school. While you wrap your head around that one, I can tell you that, from reading this article, Jane comes from good pedigree--her mother, Judy, is a model-turned-designer and the only "fashion person" she knows in real life, as she lives in suburban Dallas. Jane's incredibly precocious tastes tend toward the more avant garde Belgian and Japanese designers, but I find it interesting how she integrates these edgy shoes into her wardrobe, which leans more ladylike. The writing is more mature than you'd expect, but the focus is definitely the photos, and the spectacular styling featured therein. Did I mention she's 17?
As for her shoe collection, it's mini--just three styles--and hits Urban Outfitters July 15th. The most promising pair, in my opinion, is the brown lace-up boot. I can't wait to see how Jane wears them.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Dresses and jackets are $149 at the Alice + Olivia sample sale. 6/23–6/26; 8-8; 80 W. 40th St. (5th & 6th Aves.).
Bulga bags are up to 70% off. 6/24-6/25; 8-8 Wed., 10-8 Thurs.; 145 W. 18th St. (6th & 7th Aves.). Also online 6/24 at noon through 6/27 at midnight.
Oak's 30-40-50 sale started Friday, meaning items are currently 30% off, then go to 40% off after a week, and finally 50% off.
A.P.C.'s spring/summer sale has started; most items are 50% off (some are 30% off). Ongoing; 131 Mercer St. (Prince & Spring Sts.).
Tuesday is the last day of the Brian Reyes Friends & Family sale. Through 6/23; 8-7; 304 Hudson St. (Spring & Vandam Sts.), 5th fl.
Spring 2009 and resort 2008 collections are on sale at Derek Lam's showroom (note: still expensive!). 6/25–6/26; 10-6; 601 W. 26th St. (11th & 12th Aves.), ste. 1750.
Vegan-friendly Brazilian plastic shoes from Melissa are 50%-70% off. 6/24–6/28; noon-7; 520 W. 27th St. (10th & 11th Aves.), ste. 601.
Vivienne Westwood Anglomania is 70%-80% off retail (dresses are $190). Also find Iodice, Ilaria Nistri, and other international labels starting at $29. 6/24-6/26; 10-8; 544 W. 27th St. (10th & 11th Aves.), 6th fl.
Hit the excellent Inven.tory for an 80%20 shoes pop-up shop (you know, the crazy-looking shoes with the hidden wedges). Prices are roughly 50% off. Go Tuesday evening from 6-8 for a party with snacks and drinks. Through 6/28; 237 Lafayette St. (Prince & Spring Sts.)
Bohemian-chic clothes, shoes, and home accessories are on sale at Matta. Cash only. 6/23-6/25; 11:30-7; 286 Lafayette St. (Houston & Prince Sts.).
Clothes and lingerie are on sale at Only Hearts; also find Princesse Tam Tam and Rebecca Minkoff. 6/25–6/28; noon-8, noon-7 Sun.; 230 Mott St. (Prince & Spring Sts.).
Find fun costume jewelry for 50% off at Noir. 6/23–6/25; 10-7; 350 W. 38th St. (8th & 9th Aves.), 5th fl.
The Shoebox has Giuseppe Zanotti, Matt Bernson, Sergio Rossi, and other coveted shoes and handbags for 25%-50% off. Through 6/28; click here for locations.
Find silk dresses for $60, jersey dresses for $45, and bargains for $25 at Amanda Uprichard. 6/24-6/26; 10-6, 10-3 Fri.; 226 W. 37th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 3rd fl.
Elizabeth Gillett's pretty scarves and knitwear are $20-$100 (that's 30%-80% off). 6/23-6/24; 10-5:30; 242 W. 38th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 9th fl.
Kenneth Cole shoes for men and women are $40 or 3 for $99 at Clothingline. Through 6/25; 11-7; 261 W. 36th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 2nd fl.
Roberto Cavalli samples and stock are up to 80% off (now $100-$1950). 6/23-6/25; 11-8; the Altman Building, 135 W. 18th St. (6th & 7th Aves.).
Utilitarian bags are up to 50% off at Jane Marvel. 6/23–6/25; 10-7; 499 7th Ave. (at 37th St.
Bridal and cocktail dresses are up to 65% off at Kelima K. 6/23–6/27; 1-7; call 212-334-6546 for an appointment; 229 mott St. (Prince & Houston Sts.).
Belly Dance Maternity is having a cash-only sale; prices are $10-$70 for brands like Paige Maternity Jeans. 6/27; 9-3; 548 Hudson St. (Perry & Charles Sts.).
Clarabella shoes, jewelry, and bags are at wholesale prices. 6/26–6/27; noon-8; 279 E. Houston St. (at Suffolk St.).
Cheryl Shops fave TG-170 is hosting a trunk show for jewelry designer Erica Weiner. Wine will be served. 6/25; 6-9 p.m.; 170 Ludlow St. (Houston & Stanton Sts.).
Take 25% off purchases at Calypso Home stores on Saturday, 6/27. Click here for locations.
Add Tribeca's Anbar Shoes to the list of store closings; shoes from Biviel, Beverly Feldman, and countless other brands are $15-$85 (up to 80% off) until everything is cleared out. Through 7/11; 9-6:20 weekdays, 11-5:45 Sat., closed Sun.; 60 Reade St. (Broaway & Church Sts.).
Find Sari Gueron, Derek Lam, and other hip designers for 50%-70% off at Satine.
Over 150 products are up to 50% off at L'Occitane's Summer Sale.
Summer items are up to 75% off at Luv Charlie.
Barneys New York has marked down spring/summer items by an extra 25%, and the shoes are going fast.
Find all manner of hip labels (Alexander Wang, Isabel Marant, Rag & Bone) for up to 50% off at La Garçonne's spring/summer sale.
Isabella Oliver maternity is up to 70% off 6/24-8/2.
Find well-tailored shirts for men and women at the Thomas Pink summer sale.
Prices are now up to 60% off at the Saks Designer Sale.
Use code SALE20 for an extra 20% off sale merch at Gap.com through 6/25.
Save 25%-75% on do-goody gift items at Give Simple.
Get 25% off and free shipping with code SPIN25 at SteveMadden.com through 7/5.
Shed a tear for Eluxury.com, and take 50% off everything on the site now through 6/26, when it closes its retail operations.
Find Nina Ricci, Lanvin, and Proenza Schouler for 60% off at Kirna Zabete.
Take an extra 15% off sale merch at UrbanOutfitters.com through 6/30. No code needed.
Lord & Taylor is having a spectacular shoe sale: Buy 1 pair of sandals, save 30%; buy 2 or 3 pairs save 35%; buy 4 or more pairs, save 40%, plus use code TAKE2 for an extra 20% off sale prices. Whew!
Dresses are just $14.99 and up at Delia*s clearance.
Save up to 80% at Alloy's end of season clearance.
Friday, June 19, 2009
A quick and easy way to update summer dresses is the wide belt. Search for those oversized dresses hiding in your closet and wrap them up with a wide belt for an updated look. Search for unique embellishments such as jewels, studs, unusual buckles as well as stretch styles.
Our picks for unique wide belts (from top to bottom):
Roberto Cavalli Wide metallic waist belt, $450 at Net-a-Porter
Lurex Pinstripe Stretch Belt, $19.50 at Arden B.
Peter Som Wide Triple Buckle Belt, $237 at Kirna Zabete
WCM Studded Stretch Belt with Patent Tabs, $68.00 at Nordstrom
Content provided by TheFind in partnership with Cheryl Shops
In case you haven't heard already, Jimmy Choo is designing a line for H&M. Featuring shoes for men and women, plus handbags and eveningwear, the pairing is noteworthy for two major reasons. For one, it marks H&M's first designer accessories collaboration—while previous ventures have been primarily clothes collections that included accessories, this one is primarily accessories, with a few clothes. And, secondly, Jimmy Choo is one of the three major players in the Designer Shoe Trifecta (the other two being Manolo Blahnik and Christian Louboutin), and so this is a major score on H&M's part. The line hits stores November 14th, with prices for shoes at roughly $55-$138 (40-100 Euros) and bags going up to $276 (200E). Considering most Choos retail for $495-$795, this excellent news. This photo, from WWD [subscription required], is the only one available thus far, but as soon as more images turn up, I will of course post them here.
Kind of makes Carlos Falchi's collection for Target seem anti-climactic, doesn't it?
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
When it comes to Hollywood red carpet events like the Oscars and the Golden Globes, celebrities tend to play it painfully safe, knowing that one fashion misstep can result in at least a week's drubbing in the press. Yes, it's nice to see the celebs looking so lovely, but I wish they took more risks. Thankfully, when it comes to the fashion industry's own red carpet events, the attendees take far more risks; the designers are in front of their peers, after all, and if there's ever a time to prance around like a peacock, this is it. While the CFDA awards aren't nearly as dressy as the Costume Institute Gala, there's definitely a lot to comment on. So, on with it.
Best all-around: Michael Kors
No one is more surprised about this than I am, but I must say, I loved every Michael Kors outfit on the red carpet. The chic simplicity of his designs was just perfect for this occasion. From the now-raven-haired Coco Rocha to the super-chic Lauren Santo Domingo to the usually-a-disaster Heidi Klum and the most-improved Blake Lively, color me impressed, Mr. Kors!
Best but not totally creative: Celebrities
I was kind of hoping womenswear winners Rodarte would bring Reese Witherspoon instead, but Kirsten Dunst was a good choice.
Best by default: Bring a hot model
Sure, Diane Kruger looks great in everything, but she definitely brings some sex appeal to her Jason Wu dress. And, I'm wondering if Alexander Wang hopes we're looking at Dree Hemingway instead of at his shorts tuxedo. Works for me.
Best advertising for your brand: You, the designer
Sophie Buhai and and Lisa Mayock (with Erin Fetherston in the middle) always look adorable, and that makes me want to buy their Vena Cava dresses. Also, check out Yeohlee Teng, who remains the minimalist-chic personification of her label.
Worst deja vu: Fabric overload
If it didn't work for Leighton Meester...I'm sorry, Lake Bell, but Vuitton is not working for you either. I feel like these coquette-on-steroids looks were not really meant to be worn in public.
Worst impractical trend: Balmania
I love Balmain as much as the next girl, but I draw the line at dresses that are so short that my ass cheeks hang out and so tight I can't sit down in them. I'm guessing Julia Restoin-Roitfeld isn't wearing tights just because she's cold. Ahem.
Worst Yikes: Turn down the volume
What is going on with Molly Sims' dress? I don't even know where to start. The skirt? The bodice? Wow. Just, wow.
Worst example of how the fashion industry can't dress normal women: Doutzen Kroes
Seriously, this woman is gorgeous. Is it so hard to put her in a flattering dress?
Now through 6/22, take an extra 50% off all sale apparel at the soon-to-be-defunct eLuxury.com. Major deals to be had here.
Take an extra 10% off sale orders of $150 or more at Singer22 with code SUMMER10 through 6/21.
Take an extra 15% off sale merch at Intermix with code HOTPOP through 7/5.
Amitra Singh's exotic jewelry is up to 80% off; take an extra 20% off with code NYTSS through 6/19.
Spend $200 on beauty at Bergdorf Goodman and get a deluxe sample-filled Felix Rey makeup bag, online through 6/29 and in-store through 6/27.
Use code SECRET for 20% off purchases of $175 or more at J.Crew through 6/17.
Sale items are additional 20% off through 6/21 at Net-a-Porter.com.
The Colette sale starts 6/17; spring/summer items are a nice 50% off, which helps make up for the bad exchange rate.
Urban Outfitters stores are having a yard sale; find thousands of home-related items for $10 and $20 through 6/28.
ShopJake.com's spring/summer sale has now gone up to 60% off.
Labels like J Brand, RVCA, Ella Moss, and more are 30%-80% off at Revolve Clothing.
Victoria's Secret Semi-Annual Sale has begun, in stores and online.
Shoes and handbags are up to 50% off at Piperlime's Lime Tag Sale.
Get 20% off and free shipping on Dad-worthy gifts with code DADDY through 6/21 at WHotelsTheStore.com.
All the Rage is moving; take 50% off the entire site through 6/18 with code MOVE50.
Take 30% off at Cheryl Shops fave Le Train Bleu with code SUMMERSTYLE through 6/19.
Use code SUMMER for 0% off regular, sale, and clearance items, with an extra 10% off clearance items at Lord & Taylor through 6/21.
Save up to 80% at Alloy's end-of-season clearance.
Use code SECRETSALE for an additional 20% off sale merch at Austin's BuyDefinition.com through 6/20.
Use code 17170536 for an extra 30% off sale stuff at Martin + Osa through 6/21.
Whoa! Use code SAVE25 for 25% off at MAC Cosmetics (which never go on sale!) through 6/18.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Too many sales this week, too little hours for sleep. Online sales, plus my catty takedown of CFDA awards fashion, coming tomorrow.
If you were underwhelmed by Clothingline's Rag & Bone sale last week, here's your second chance; hit the label's West Village store for jeans under $79 and other great deals. 6/18-6/20; noon-8; 100 & 104 Christopher St. (Bleecker & Hudson Sts.).
Find awesome stuff like leather leggings for $400 and bustier dresses for $250 at the Vena Cava sample sale, a Cheryl Shops fave. 6/18–6/20; 11-7 Thurs. & Fri., noon-6 Sat.; 33 W. 26th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), 5th fl.
The last Diptyque sale was a bit of a mess, but with 40%-90% off their unparalleled candles and skincare, it's to be expected. 6/18-6/19; 9:30-6 Thurs., 9:30-4 Fri.; 11 E. 26th St. (5th & Madison Aves.).
Find coveted contemporary labels like Paul & Joe, C&C California, and Goldsign at Simon Showroom's cash-only sample sale. Through 6/17; 10-7; 95 5th Ave. (at 17th St.), 3rd fl.
Dolce & Gabbana and D&G for men and women are at least 70% off (note: still expensive). 6/16-6/21; 11-7 Tues. & Wed., 11-8 Thurs.-Sat.; Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St. (6th & 7th Aves.).
While you're at the Metropolitan Pavilion, find Catherine Malandrino's spring and vintage items for a whopping 80%-90% off retail. 6/17-6/19; 10-9 Wed., 8-8 Thurs. & Fri.; Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St. (6th & 7th Aves.), 4th fl.
Kate Spade and Jack Spade bags, accessories, footwear, and clothing are on sale at Clothingline. Through 6/18; 11-7 Tues., 10-7 Wed. & Thurs.; 261 W. 36th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 2nd fl.
Shoshanna and Anlo are teaming up for a joint sale; save up to 75% on the former's swimwear and dresses, and up to 70% on the latter's denim. 6/17-6/18; 10-6:30 Wed., 10-5:30 Thurs.; 231 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), ste. 422.
Work- and weekend-friendly pieces from Walter are up to 75% off. 6/16-6/18; 10-7 Tues. & Wed., 10-5 Thurs.; 265 W. 37th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 5th fl.
Feminine clothes from Tracy Reese are at least 50% off. The first 400 shoppers get a gift bag. 6/16-6/18; 8-7 Tues. & Wed., 8-2 Thurs.; Red Bag, 250 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.).
Eugenia Kim's sale is still going strong; hats, belts, and headbands are now 80% off. Through 6/16; 10-7; 347 W. 36th St. (8th & 9th Aves.), ste. 502.
Hugo Boss in all sizes is up to 70% off. 6/20-6/24; 9-6 Sat. & Sun., 9-7 Mon. & Tues., 9-5 Wed.; Soffier Haskin, 317 W. 33rd St. (8th & 9th Aves.).
Fashionista fave James Coviello is opening up 10 years' worth of his archives at sample-sale prices. 6/17-6/19; 10-8; 208 W. 29th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), ste. 603.
Find all manner of knitted basics for men and women at up to 60% off at Generra. 6/17-6/19; 10-7; 275 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), ste. 5A.
Abaeté is opening up its archives--think great dresses and swimsuits, plus true samples--at this sale. 6/18-6/20; 11-7 Thurs. & Fri., noon-6 Sat.; 117 Crosby St. (Houston & Prince Sts.).
Cashmere for everyone in the family is up to 80% off at Christopher Fischer. 6/18-6/21; 10-8, 11-5 Sun.; 80 Wooster (Spring & Broome Sts.).
Luxe linens are 30%-80% off at D. Porthault. Through 6/30; 10-7 Mon.-Wed., 10-6 Thurs.-Sat., closed Sun.; 470 Park Ave. (at 58th St.).
Oscar de la Renta suits, dresses, separates, and gowns are 70% off and up. Bags and accessories too. 6/17-6/18; 9-7 Wed., 9-6 Thurs.; Flatotel, 137 W. 52nd St. (6th & 7th Aves.)., 5th fl.
Find some snazzy duds for dad at the Isaia menswear sale--sport coats, shirts, ties, sweaters, leather, and more are up to 80% off. 6/16–6/18; 10-7 Tues., 10-6 Wed. & Thurs.; 730 5th Ave. (at 56th St.), ste. 1004.
Paul Stuart shirts are $90 and suits are under $1,000. Through 7/5; 8-6:30 Mon.-Wed., 8-7 Thurs., 8-6:30 Fri., 9-6 Sat., noon-5 Sun.; 10 E. 45th St. (5th & Madison Aves.).
No. 6 has Coven, Bodkin, and other indie labels for 30% off. Through 6/28; noon-7, noon-6 Sun., closed Mon.; 6 Centre Market Pl. (Broome & Grand Sts.).
Carolina Herrera & Rena Lange clothing and bridal are up to 85% off. No strollers or kids under 12. Through 6/18; 9-6:30, 9-5 Thurs.; 317 W. 33rd St. (8th & 9th Aves.).
Echo of the Dreamer and Mars & Valentine jewelry is 50%-75% off retail (that's $10-$520). 6/16-6/20; 10-6, 11-4 Sat.; 242 W. 30th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 14th fl.
Wedding Atelier has gowns from Nicole Miller, Priscilla of Boston, and more for 25-60% off. Through 6/21; 10-8 Tues.-Thurs., 10-6 Fri. & Sat., 10-5 Sun.; 103 5th Ave. (at 18th St.), 2nd fl.
Fresh Ink tees are $20 or less. 6/16–6/18; 9-7; 264 W. 40th St. (7th & 8th Aves.). .
Kisan has women's and children's clothing and accessories from Orla Kiely, Sonia Rykiel, and others for 30%-50% off. Through 7/31; 11-7, noon-6 Sun.; 125 Greene St. (at Prince St.).
Find Qi Cashmere for $100 or less at TheSavvy.com's online sale. 6/17–6/20; sale begins at noon on the 17th and ends at midnight on the 20th.
Spring/summer clothes are already 30% off at Derek Lam's new store. Through 8/1; 11-7, noon-6 Sun.; 12 Crosby St. (Grand & Howard Sts.).
Men's and women's spring and pre-spring clothes are up to 50% off at Calvin Klein. Through 8/1; 10-6 Mon.-Wed., 10-7 Thurs., 10-6 Fri. & Sat., closed Sun.; 654 Madison Ave. (at 60th St.).
Find A.P.C., Rachel Comey, Isabel Marant, and other labels to make a fashionista drool for up to 40% off at the lovely Jumelle. Through 8/15; 1-7:30 Mon., noon-7:30 Tues.-Sat., noon-7 Sun.; 148 Bedford Ave. (at N. 9th St.), Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Stuart & Wright is taking 25%-40% off men's and women's clothing from Acne, A.P.C., Vanessa Bruno, and other drool-worthy labels. Through 8/31; noon-7, noon-6 Sun.; 85 Lafayette St. (at S. Portland Ave.), Fort Greene, Brooklyn.
Clothes, jewelry, and shoes are 70% off at Marc Jacobs' Soho location. Ongoing; 11-7, noon-6 Sun.; 163 Mercer St. (Houston & Prince Sts.).
Avant-garde designers like Comme des Garcons and Ann Demeulemeester are 30% off at IF. Ongoing; 11-7, noon-6:30 Sun.; 94 Grand St. (at Mercer St.).
Friday, June 12, 2009
What's not to love about Phillip Lim? The designer has consistently brought elegance with a whimsical twist back to the runway. Lim's creativity and vision has been awarded the 'Rising Star' award from Fashion Group International as well as two nominations for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award. The namesake collection, 3.1 Phillip Lim features jumpsuits bringing all-in-one dressing back into the limelight. The 3.1 Phillip Lim jumpsuit is no longer the awkward step-sister but a must-have modern addition to your summer wardrobe. Again the 3.1 Phillip Lim Resort 2010 collection featured a noteworthy jumpsuit as cute as can be. We are love the adorable cinched ankles and oversized patch pockets.
Jumpsuits shown left to right:
3.1 Phillip Lim midnight blue linen jumpsuit, $315 at Net-a-Porter
Phillip Lim Jumpsuit - Navy Tencel v-neck jumpsuit with front slash, $525.00 at Barneys
Faded denim jumpsuit, Resort 2010. Image source: Style.com
Content provided by TheFind in partnership with Cheryl Shops
Thursday, June 11, 2009
I will admit that when I think of Tory Burch, the first thing that comes to mind is those ubiquitous flats. You know, the elastic ballet flats with the round gold logo, the ones I've spotted on the feet of everyone from Upper East Side 12-year-olds to suburban housewives; the ones that have become a Gossip Girl punchline. There is no denying that Burch is a coveted label: Women waited for four hours to get into the opening day of her sample sale--a scene so bananas, the cops were called. So when I was invited for morning coffee at her Meatpacking District store, I decided to go, if only to investigate what, exactly, makes Tory Burch so damn popular. I expected to peruse the racks, chit-chat with the PR girls, have a cup of coffee, and be on my merry way after 20 minutes or so. I did not expect Tory Burch to show up. But she did.
Not only did Tory show up--apologizing for being late (she wasn't) and bemoaning the bags under her eyes (there were none)--but she shook my hand, took my business card, and promised to check out my blog. She then proceeded to give the crowd of bloggers an informal but enthusiastic presentation of her favorite items in the store, including handbags (a new focus for the brand), costume jewelry, the summer collection, and the pre-fall collection (inspired by Venice). She started pulling stuff from the racks, she answered everyone's questions, she made self-deprecating jokes...in other words, she was completely lovely. She also--in case you were wondering--stressed that the brand was trying to move away from That Logo, which is definitely welcome news.
This is a new logo that will start popping up this summer; it's based on her father's monogram.
But if you like the circle-T logo, fear not. It still turns up--albeit on a smaller scale--in bags like this one, a convertible tote with an adjustable strap (Tory said it's a bestseller this season).
The genius of Tory Burch is that she finds a way to adapt fashion-forward trends into a totally wearable manner. Take these shoes--they're a neutral camel color with fun silver trim and a shock of bright neon pink. They're somehow trendy and conservative at the same time, and I totally want them.
Or, take these belts. I know I personally have a weakness for faceted studs, but these are so much more refined. They're "I live west of Park Avenue," not "I live in a fifth-floor walkup on the Lower East Side."
Tory obviously loves to travel, and I like that she incorporates it into her collections. This scarf, for example, was made in India (where she'll be going this summer with her design team, to do research for next spring's collection).
So, what makes Tory Burch so popular? As I said earlier, she takes trendy elements and adapts them to fit her style, which is smart--sometimes we as New Yorkers forget that we live in a hyper-trendy fashion bubble; fashion trends can be severe and scary, but she manages to make them accessible by blending them in well with her signature aesthetic, which I think is actually neo-preppy. It's not traditionally preppy as in whale patterns and Madras, but it's a natural outgrowth of it, with the prints, tunics, canvas bags, and gold accents. Her clothes are colorful and happy, and we forget that most women want to look feminine and classic, not moody and subversive (again, New York fashion bubble). The other thing that makes Tory so appealing is that she is the perfect representative of her brand. She seems to Have It All: She's a successful businesswoman and she balances that with family (she mentioned her sons several times during the presentation), not to mention, she's totally adorable and utterly stylish (I was drooling over her green velvet and bamboo platform sandals, which are part of the fall collection). And isn't that what women nowadays want?
Having worked with Adidas, H&M, and Target (in Australia), Stella McCartney is no stranger to mass-market collaborations. So it makes sense for her to partner with Gap to create a children's line [subscription required]. It hits select Gap stores in the U.S., U.K., France, Ireland, and Japan later this year.
Speaking of the Gap, Racked reports that the Design Editions will be hitting the 5th Avenue flagship (at 54th St.) at 10:30 next Tuesday, 6/16. As a bonus, the designers--Patrick Robinson, Alexander Wang, Albertus Swanepoel and Vena Cava's Lisa Maycock and Sophie Buhai--will be there to celebrate (and maybe offer tips!). But if you can't make it to Midtown, don't despair; it hits other Gap stores the following day, 6/17.
Finally, if you missed Uniqlo's masstige extravaganza earlier this spring, they still have multiple racks of Shipley & Halmos dresses on sale for $39.99 (the jersey dresses are still regular price, at $39.50). The sale dresses are polyester, but they were rather cute, and I am a firm believer that a girl can never have too many little black dresses.
If you've been following my Twitter feed, you know that today I went to Save Fashion, Refinery 29's month-long sample sale at Port Authority. I had been once before, but since the sale was extended an extra two weeks, with additional discounts, I went back for more today...and let's just say good things come to those who wait. There's still a lot of Rogan, Acne Jeans, Cardigan by Lynn Hiriak, Filippa K, Earnest Sewn, and VPL left, among other designers. The racks are kind of a mess, and you'll definitely have to dig, but there are definitely treasures to be unearthed. Case in point: I got a jacket, top, and skirt all by Rick Owens (yes, Rick Owens), for $66. Tomorrow, 6/12 is the last day of the sale, so hurry! It's open 10-8 at 641 8th Ave. (at 41st St.).
If department stores are more your style, it's Friends & Family time at Lord & Taylor. Coupon is at right; you get 25% off everything except for makeup and fragrance, which is 10% off (still a good deal!). You can also use the code FRIENDS online.
Finally, if high-street stores are your thing, H&M is having a summer sale, with prices starting at $5.
Happy weekend shopping!
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Contrary to what the Fed says, the economy is still not in the best shape. Restaurants, bars, and stores (Racked reports the LES's Shop is the latest casualty) continue to close, and businesses continue to fold. LVMH announced back in January that eLuxury would cease its retail operations [subscription required], a move that surprised many. eLuxury launched way back in 2000 and had been a pioneering--and long-lasting--online retailer. Profits in 2007 and 2008 had also reportedly been very good, which made the decision all the more puzzling--although the current state of the economy most likely was a strong factor. What's really weird is that instead of shuttering the site completely, LVMH will continue to operate eLuxury as an editorial site, most likely extolling the virtues of LVMH brands (like Vuitton and Dior). But until that happens--June 26, to be exact--eLuxury is having a fantastic sale. Currently, select sale accessories are an additional 40% off, with free shipping on orders over $100; I suggest following eLuxury's Twitter feed for advance notice on sales (as well as the most up-to-date info). Of course, all sales are final.
UPDATE: Okay, so the discount doesn't apply to handbags, but it does apply to jewelry, watches, sunglasses, belts, scarves, and hats. Also, beauty items are now 60% off. Handbag sale, I'm waiting.
Monday, June 08, 2009
Men's and women's jeans from my denim label of choice, Earnest Sewn, are $70 at their sale. Shirts are $20-$20. through 6/14; 10-8 Tues.-Fri., 10-7 Sat., 10-3 Sun.; 260 5th Ave. (28th & 29th Sts.).
Find dresses for $129 or less, blazers for $200, and tees for $39 or less at Clothingline, which is hosting a joint Helmut Lang and Rag & Bone sample sale. 6/9–6/11; 10-7; 261 W. 36th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 2nd fl.
Brian Atwood and Miguelina a teaming up for a one-day-only sample sale. 6/10; 8-8; 20 W. 36th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), 6th fl.
Past and present LeSportsac bags are a very nice 60%-90% off. 6/10–6/11; 8-9; Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W. 18th St. (6th & 7th Aves.), 4th fl.
Brazilian bikinis from Rosa Cha are a mere $69. 6/10-6/15; noon-7; 2 Great Jones St. (Broadway & Lafayette).
Vera Wang ready-to-wear, dresses, and, yes, bridal gowns are up to 80% off. 6/9-6/11; 10-6; 225 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 9th fl.
Treat your kids to fancy stuff rom Marie Chantal, Splendid, and more for up to 25% off at the Citibabes pop-up shop. Through 6/12; 10-6; 971 Madison Ave. (at 75th St.).
Find hats, headbands, and scarves of all kinds for 50%-70% off at Eugenia Kim's showroom sale. 6/9–6/12; 10-7; 347 W. 36th St. (8th & 9th Aves.), ste. 502.
Hit the Rebecca Taylor sample sale for her pretty signature stuff. 6/10-6/11; 8-8; 145 W. 18th St. (6th & 7th Aves.).
Find a promising-sounding collection of clothes and accessories from American Retro, Antik Batik, Malene Birger, and more for 25-40% off at Stella Filante. Through 8/31; noon-8; 156 Ludlow St. (at Stanton St.).
Convertible dresses from Butter by Nadia are up to 75% off. 6/13-6/14; 11-7 Sat., noon-5 Sun.; 405 Van Brunt St. (at Van Dyke St.), Red Hook, Brooklyn.
The spring/summer line is up to 40% off at Lyell. Ongong; 173 Elizabeth St. (Spring & Kenmare Sts.).
Angel Sanchez evening and bridal gowns are 60% off at this one-day sample sale. 6/11; 10-6; 148 W. 37th St. (6th & 7th Aves.), 7th fl.
Mint's spring collection is up to 60% off. 6/11-6/13; 2-8 Thurs., 11-8 Fri., 11-6 Sat.; 286 Lafayette St. (Houston & Prince Sts.).
Edon Manor has shoes by Derek Lam, Proenza Schouler, Chloé, and more for 40% off. Ongoing; noon-7, noon-6 Sun.; 391 Greenwich St., (at N. Moore St.).
Woodley & Bunny is getting rid of the Clothier section of its boutique; lucky you, you can find The Row, Elise Overland, and other uber-hip designers for up to 90% off. Through 7/3; 490 Driggs Ave. (N. 9th & N. 10th Sts.), Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Broadway Panhandler's yard sale, boasts fancy stuff like All-Clad cookware at half price. 6/10-6/14; 11-7, 11-6 Sun.; 65 E. 8th (at Broadway).
Hit Calypso on Wednesday night for free cocktails and 20% off your purchase. Click here for the RSVP email address for a store near you. 6/10; 6-8 p.m.
If you like high-end plumbing fixtures, hit the Waterworks warehouse sale, where you'll find everything from lighting to faucets for up to 80% off. 6/13; 9-4:30; 60 Backus Ave. and the Danbury Fair Mall, Danbury, Connecticut.
Use code Y3CA74 for 50% off at Hayden Harnett's summer sale through 6/13.
Save 40% at Stella McCartney's spring-summer sale.
Use code STYLEHOUSE for 20% off at PlanetThreads.com through 6/15.
Take 20% off your purchase at ShopJake.com with code SUMMER20 through 6/9.
Shop YSL's spring-summer sale here.
Take $10 off your Alloy.com order of $75 or more with code FREE10 through 6/18.
Buy one pair of pants, get one half off at Delia*s.
Thursday, June 04, 2009
Can you find your latest shoe obsession faster with images than with words? TheFind.com is testing out a new visual search site and wants your feedback! As a thank you for completing the survey, you will be treated to some fab coupons from Bluefly, Shoebuy, and Naturals of Ashland. Here’s how it works:
1. Go go visual.thefind.com
2. Type in a shoe search (eg. gladiator sandals) or click on a "Top Shoe Searches" link
3. Some products will show buttons for “find similar” and “compare” upon mouseover. Click on one of these buttons
4. You should see products similar in shape and color
5. When you’re done, click the “take our survey” link at the top of the results
6. Tell us what you think!
7. Collect your coupon codes at the end of the survey.
Tunics are a staple for warm weather dressing. Maintain an air of classic cool even when the humidity is taking a toll. Simply pair a tunic blouse with white capris or shorts and you are ready to face the sweltering hot weather in style. Designer Tory Burch does tunics with a keen sense of grown up style. Tory Burch's tunics feature luxurious touches such as beaded necklines, embroidery and stone embellishments all inspired by chic warm weather destinations around the globe including Morocco, Dubai and the South of France. Tory Burch's tunics are perfect for escaping for a day of touring the gardens of Shangri La. Shown here clockwise from upper left: Tory Burch purple "Ksenia" silk tunic, Tory Burch Linen embroidered tunic, Tory Burch Booker Henley tunic with beaded metallic neckline and Tory Burch "Majorca" silk tunic. Tory Burch tunics available at Net-a-Porter.
Content provided by TheFind in partnership with Cheryl Shops
When it comes to my appearance, the best compliment you can pay me is, "You look skinny." Which probably offers a deeper-than-expected view into my psyche, but whatever, this is my blog. I've heard "You look skinny" several times from several different people in the last few months, and I can only come to two conclusions: One, my body has become leaner due to Core Fusion classes at Exhale (I don't normally cover fitness on Cheryl Shops, but if anyone wants to hear about my experience with Core Fusion, I will gladly write about it--leave a comment or email me). The other is that whenever people have recently told me I looked skinny, I've been wearing a T-shirt from T by Alexander Wang. I know I have sung the praises of Wang before. And you may argue that any old T-shirt is just as good, but I genuinely believe that Wang's muscle tee is worth the price. Yes, any factory in China can reproduce a similar shape, in a similarly slinky jersey, for $20 or so. But Wang's tee is cut precisely to flatter: The neckline lays perfectly at the top of your décolletage, the sleeves cut across the upper arm at just the right angle, and the fluid, draped fit skims your body without being clingy. And I can't think of anything else in my wardrobe that makes me feel sexier. So, in the vein of Master Card's commercials: Alexander Wang's muscle tee: $78. Everyone telling you that you look skinny: priceless.
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
You know the vacant Brooks Brothers store at 53rd St. and Fifth Avenue? The Post reports that Topshop, Uniqlo, Century 21, Forever 21, and Zara are all duking it out over the space. Zara already has a smaller store across the street (Mango would reportedly take over that space if Zara wins the lease), and Forever 21 is opening a new location not too far away in Times Square; I'm puzzled by Century 21's interest in the space (it seems far too small); and while I love Uniqlo, I feel like it would do better on Lower Fifth Avenue, in the Flatiron area. My money is on Topshop; their Soho store is already incredibly successful, and Sir Philip Green has said before that he wants to have a Topshop wherever there's an H&M. Regardless, whoever ends up with the lease, let's hope they can afford the annual rent-—which is reportedly a cool $30 million. That's a lot of T-shirts and skinny jeans.
There's an interesting story in Crain's New York about how retailers are cutting plus size lines left and right. Industry stigmas aside, this decision appears to be purely economic: Plus-size sales are down 12% (as opposed to 2% for standard sizes), and plus-size clothes cost an estimated 10% more to produce. What doesn't make sense, however, is that, as Jezebel explains, 56% of American women are plus-sized; you'd think this would be a growing segment of the business. The Crain's article infers that plus-size customers in general appear to be more closely affected by the recession and are thus being more conservative about their clothing spending. Which, while not great for the fashion and retail industries, is actually pretty wise.
Finally, I am a bit behind on my fashion-blog reading, but the fashion blogosphere is all in a tizzy over Susie Bubble's post on Style Bubble. Apparently the super-awesome Bubble posted pictures of herself trying on a jumpsuit by UK designer Pam Hogg (Racked has the photos, which are adorable); Hogg's people didn't approve of the photography and asked her to take it down; Bubble did, but felt stung and hurt. In a way, the situation is not surprising, as designers like to control their brand image with an iron fist, and thus are liable to freak out about any "unauthorized" photography. Then again, Bubble genuinely loves fashion and enthusiastically champions young and independent designers--not to mention the fact that her blog, which has a large, loyal audience, is great exposure for any designer. The takeaway: Fitting-room photography is a no-no.
Monday, June 01, 2009
The DVF sale opens to the public tomorrow; expect long lines but awesome deals (Racked has the scoop here). 6/2–6/6; 9-6:30 Tues., 10-8 Wed., 10-7 Thurs., 9-5:30 Fri., 9-3 Sat.; 260 5th Ave. (28th & 29th Sts.).
You don't need to be able to pronounce Cesare Paciotti to save up to 80% on his men's and women's shoes and accessories. Cash only. 6/2–6/4; 10-6; 12 W. 57th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), ste. 901.
Apparently the Tory Burch sale was so nuts over the weekend, the cops were called. Yeah. But if it's your thing, head over to Clothingline. Clothes, bags, and, yes, shoes, at sample-sale prices. Through 6/5; 11-7, 10-6 Fri.; 261 W. 36th St. (7th & 8th Aves.).
Usually an awesome sale, Savvy has handbags from L.A.M.B., Jill Stuart, Harajuku lovers, and Kidrobot; L.A.M.B. bags are $75-$195, Kidrobot bags are $30, and Harajuku bags are $40. 6/2–6/4; 10-8; 145 W. 18th St. (6th & 7th Aves.).
Head over to Zero + Maria Cornejo for First Lady—approved fashion at 40% off. Through 7/24; noon-7, noon-6 Sun.; 33 Bleecker St. (Lafayette & Bowery).
Fashionista-favorite milliner Patricia Underwood is selling her works of art at below-wholesale prices for one day only. 6/3; 8:30-6; 499 7th Ave. (at 37th St.), 13th fl.
Lauren Moffatt's clothes and accessories are on sale. Cash only if you're spending less than $200. 6/2–6/4; 9-7; 214 W. 29th St. (6th & 7th Aves.), ste. 1503.
Bring in a boarding pass (or plane ticket) and take $20 off your purchase of $75 or more at Olive and Bette's all summer long. Through 9/30; click here for store hours & locations.
Cashmere in June? Why not? Head over to Autumn Cashmere to save up to 75%. Through 6/5; 9-7, 9-6 Fri.; 231 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.).
Celeb-fave jeweler Stephen Dweck has bracelets, earrings, rings, and necklaces for 50%-80% off retail. 6/2-6/3; 10-5; 21 W. 38th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), 17th fl.
Kara Ross' sample sale features exotic-skin handbags and jewelry for 30%-40% off. 6/2–6/4; 9-5; 41 E. 60th St. (5th & Madison Aves.), 5th fl.
The Michael Atchison Showroom has designers Gustavo Cadile, Michel Klein, Monique Lhuillier, and more at sample-sale prices. 6/3–6/5; 10-6; 39 W. 38th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), 4th fl.
Find Versace and other Euro designers at this randomly located sample sale. 6/4–6/5; 9:30-7 Thurs., 9:30-5:30 Fri.; Precision Photo, 260 W. 36th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 3rd fl.
Jen Kao's couture-like designs are still pretty pricey, but shoes and swimwear are pretty much $250 and under. 6/2-6/5; 10:30-7:30; 250 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), ste. 1802.
Save up to 40% for men and women at Saks' Designer Sale.
Take 25% off anything at Queen Bee with code QBVIP through 6/3.
Get a sample-filled tote bag at Neiman Marcus with an $85 beauty purchase through 6/9 (through 6/6 in stores).
Purchase two full-size Bond No. 9 items and get a refill of your favorite scent through 6/6, online and in Bond No. 9 stores.
The Gucci summer sale is now happening online and in stores.
Save up to 75% on lingerie and other kinky stuff at L.A.'s Coco de Mer, online and in store.
Elizabeth Charles' spring-summer collections are 30% off now with presale (enter code PRESALE at checkout). The sale goes public 6/4.
L.A. sister stores (and Cheryl Shops faves) Madison and Diavolina are now 30%-50% off.