Sunday, May 28, 2017

Holiday Weekend Shopping: The Best of Sale

It's sale season-cum-Summer and just because everyone has headed out of town, doesn't mean the discount hunt comes to an end. So while you're sipping your rosé, you can browse the hottest sale items on the internet.

You can scroll through the slideshow below to see some of the most wanted sale items and find a full list of available holiday weekend discounts. As always, shoes and handbags are a hot commodity but uptown girls will never underestimate the value of a great dress.

extra 20% off
Code: LIT20
Ends: May 30
Favorite Item: Track pants with a rainbow sports stripe

20% off a selection of Summer items
Ends: May 30
Favorite Item: Something Nave x Monrow sweats

Take an extra 20% off select sale & clearance items
Ends: May 29
Favorite Item: Mackage pink leather jacket

Century 21
$30 Off Any Order Over $140, $40 off Orders of $200
Code: C21MDW
Ends: May 29
Favorite Item: JW Anderson Pierce Bag

30% Off Select Styles
Code: SUMMER20
Ends: May 30
Favorite Item: Striped cardigan

Savings up to 50% Off
Favorite Item: Haider Ackermann oversized tee

Five Story
Extra 20% Off
Code: EXTRA20
Favorite Item: Rosie Assouline ruffled one-shoulder top

Extra 20% Off
Code: SITE20
Favorite Item: Lashes

J. Crew
30% Off Your Purchase
Ends: May 29
Favorite Item: Striped Pajamas

Moda Operandi
Extra 20% off Sale items
Code: EXTRA 20
Ends: May 29
Favorite Item: Dolce & Gabbana rose dress

Rebecca Taylor
Extra 25% Off Sale Styles
Code: MAY17
Ends: MAY 30
Favorite Item: White lace dress

The Real Real
Up to 60% Off
Favorite Item: Off-White embroidered cargo jacket

Extra 10% off order of $300 or more
Favorite Item: Off-White Bag

Friday, May 26, 2017

Holiday Weekend Discount Cheat Sheet

Much of the seasonal merchandise in department stores and online retailers are on sale now. At most of our local shopping destinations, spring and summer clothing is discounted 40% off but the prices of shoes and handbags vary.

Some boutiques are offering even lower discounts than the department stores. For instance, Lanvin and Prada are both offering customers a 50% savings. Below is a comparison chart of Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Take note some designers have still haven't gone on markdown and others, like Louboutin and Valentino, are still on presale. We expect a sale to break on these brands on June 1 but we'll keep you posted. Saks seems to have the best shoe selection and best discount. Bloomingdales still has an assortment of Gucci shoes discounted 50%. You can click here to see the available styles.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Louboutin Presale Starting Now

Most stores have already started their first markdowns on contemporary and luxury lines but there are always a few brands that hold off on discounts. Starting Thursday, you will be able to presale seasonal merchandise from Christian Louboutin.

The discount from Saks Fifth Avenue and Barneys is 30% off. We haven't received details from the Louboutin boutique but will update the post when we do.

Some of the sale highlights include colored crystal and suede Pigalle Follies that come to $1625 from $2345, mesh/lace Follies that are $556 from $795, espadrille platform wedges that are also about $556 from $795, Mia Heart Pumps are $590 from $845 and color block sandals are $700 from nearly $1000.

The sale officially goes public on May 26. Purchases from most stores will be held until then. A selection of much of what's on sale is in the scroll above.

Saks: Personal Shopping 212-810-9988
Barneys: Artie text: 702-526-0668

Valentino Now on PreSale

It took a few days but Valentino has finally hit the sale racks. The discounts range from 30% to 40% off depending on the item and the season it was released. (Some stores are still showing past season merchandise.) As we suspected, the bag variety is focused on the very expensive embroidered and embellished styles.

📸 Louise Red Knapp 

Among the discounted shoes are several Rockstud styles. We find that Saks Fifth Avenue has the best selection and best discount at 40% off. Presale is already underway. The sale officially becomes public on June 1. Among the styles on sale are these classic style Rockstuds in blue (Denim), taupe and blush. The point-toe pumps are available in 'Stone' and a burgundy and a variety of d'Orsay styles have also been marked down, including the basic black.

The bags at Saks are discounted 40%. Among the included styles are a butterfly denim tote, a medium size Lock shoulder bag in ivory and the Rockstud bucket bag. Our favorite is this My Rockstud, which is sure to sell out as soon as the sale goes live.

MatchesFashion is likely to take it's Valentino markdown soon and also has a large assortment. NetaPorter is likely to put the merchandise online after June 1. Neiman Marcus will begin at the same time and the discount will also be 40%.

Alex text: 347-882-0621

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Net-a-Porter Sale Begins Up to 50% Off

Net-a-Porter just went live with their Spring season markdowns. Like many other multi-brand stores, the luxury fashion site instituting a designer phase-in program.

The designers that are currently on sale include Balmain, Alexander McQueen, Tom Ford, Lanvin and Stella McCartney. Later this week, you'll see the sale selections from Off-White, Givenchy, Fendi,  older season Gucci and many more. The full designer sale  calendar is below.

Some of the current sale highlights include  a Balmain tank that comes in a variety of colors and is reduced to $105 from $210, a pretty pink Lanvin shoulder bag is $688 from $1375 and Stella McCartney cat-eye mirrored frame glasses are $231 from $330. There is also a slew of items from Leandra Madine's Man Repeller collection reduced 50% off and we love this top from Dodo Bar Or that comes to just $145 from $290.

Net-A-Porter usually doesn't wait too long for their second markdown. We suspect the next price cut to come on June 7 and prices will drop to up to 60%. We advise that you don't wait until then if you're shopping some of the hotter items of the season. We know for sure that items like these Off-White jeans or these miss matched Chloe mules will not make it to the second markdown.

The sale calendar looks something like this... We'll keep you posted as we see more designers added to the sale.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Where to Find Gucci 50% Off

The current rumors are that Gucci boutiques and certain department stores are going to bypass this season's markdowns. We can't say we are very surprised. Last year's VIP lists upset customers and was a hardship on sales associates. Although it's a bit harder to find Gucci markdowns we know exactly where to look.

Right now, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdales are offering discounts of 50% off on select Gucci items. The available selection is not the most desirable pieces but some are okay and look rather attractive when on sale. There are about six bag styles in the available sale selections. There is this Lady Web that's $1540 from $2200, which is still available online. There is this GG Supreme top handle bag, which is no longer available online. An Animalier top handle bag is $1788 from $2980 and is still available. Our favorite of the bunch is the Bamboo Shopper bag with the cherry blossom blooms is still available for $1314 from $2190. The GG Continental Wallet is also part of the sale but the discounted version isn't available online.

The shoe selections at Saks are similar. The discount is 50% but most styles seem old. The best of the bunch are the Marmont suede boots that are $625 from $1250, the t-strap pumps with lips that are nearly $450 from about $900 and the cherry blossom rain boots that are $285 from $570. At Bloomingdales it's much of the same plus a few outliers. There is the Marmont boot with a pearl heel that's about $800 from $159, the Querelle high heel sandals that has a buckle for $425 from $850 and clogs that range from $425 to about $500. There are also pumps with a bow for $425 from $850, similar booties for $625 and one of our favorite sale items are the classic pumps with a lip toe that's about $400 from $800.

The presale becomes official at Bloomingdales on Thursday. We are hoping that's when the online selection will reflect the discounts too. We'll keep you posted in the case we hear news about boutique markdowns but we tend to doubt that will happen.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Bergdorf Goodman Presale Begins

As you're finalizing your Memorial weekend plans, retailers are beginning to start their seasonal markdowns. The past couple of sale seasons have been peculiar. Frankly speaking, the retail business has been difficult and retailers are trying to figure out how to markdown 'wisely'.

A honcho at Bergdorf Goodman told us that the store has decided that it will no longer be discounting any Gucci. We hear that this is also the newest policy at Gucci boutiques. We'll see for how long that policy lasts. After all, old merchandise needs to go somewhere.

Among the items on presale are lots and lots of bags and shoes. This season, Bergdorf Goodman is implementing a phase in system. Over the course of the next few weeks more designer brands will be added to the sale. For now, you can choose from Tom Ford and Saint Laurent, which are both discounted 40%. Most other designer shoes and bags are marked down 30%. The sale officially goes public on Tuesday.

Some of the sale highlights include the Tom Ford Sienna bag in various colors is discounted to $1470 from $2450. The grey is $1350 from $2250 and is quite lovely. The Saint Laurent bag collection isn't really very good but we have an affinity for this rainbow envelope bag and the Monogram shoulder bag is $1390 from nearly $2000. Here is a Sac Ju Jour in basic black for about $2000n from nearly $2900. The presale also includes Alaia, Alexander McQueen, Anya Hindmarch, Balenciaga, Givenchy and more. (All the sale bags except Givenchy are already discounted online.)

Valentino, The Row and Fendi are part of the next phase. We are expecting to see lots of the seasonal bags included in the markdown like the tribal patterns or ultra-expensive embellished bags. The Fendi bags should run along the same lines with the studded flower bags and some Dotcom bags hitting the sale tables.

Upstairs the shoe presale selection is enormous. There are dozens of Prada styles, rows and rows of Aquazzura.(All the sale shoes are already available online too.) We particularly like these Fendi sandals with studs that are $630 from $900, ruffle suede sandals from Alexandre Birman that are $437 from $625 and Gianvitto Rossi's block heels are starting to prove to be timeless.

We highly suggest that online shoppers start browsing online now. Most of the products we saw at the store are already discounted online. Once news gets out the best items will be gone very, very, very quickly. Those who prefer to shop at the store can begin by browsing pictures from our shopping trip right here.
Contact BG: Jose 646-689-5601

Friday, May 19, 2017

FarFetch Private Sale 50% Off

Farfetch is known for bringing the world's most popular fashion boutiques, local and emerging designers, and brands to a single website. Usually sales start a bit later on Farfetch because many of the origin boutiques are European, Excitingly enough, this week Farfetch has started a private sale for VIPs. You must use this link to access the discounts.

The sale includes items for men, women and children with discounts ranging up to 50% off. Some of the sale's highlights include this Chiara Ferragni lightweight sweater that's $150 from $300, these Tod's sandals are actually reduced 60%, this Balmain, #doyouspeakbalmain tee, is kinda amazing and is $136 from $340 and here is a Missoni dress for $320 from $800. We found these Chloe ballerina flats for just $200 and this Anya Hindmarch clutch is 50% off and a great steal.

The private sale ends on Monday night and then the sale opens to the public. If there are items you want, we suggest you snag them before the weekend. Merchandise tends to sell out quickly once the sale goes public.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Ruffling It Up at the Caroline Constas Sample Sale

Caroline Constas's ruffled blouses and dresses are the must-have item of the season. Almost every store has interpreted her designs. But why settle for a designer imposter when you can get the real version for less?

📸Dela Fard

The Caroline Constas sample sale officially starts Thursday morning but we were able to get a little taste of the goodies this afternoon. As a matter of fact there were so many amazing options that it was hard to pick our favorites. There are two full racks of samples, which are all priced at $100. Open stock is a bit more pricey. Blouses are $175, dresses are $295, skirts are $200 and shorts are $75. The best part of the sale is that a lot of the merchandise is from this season, which is currently in stores now. You can see pictures from inside the sale right here.

Among the samples and open stock we found lots of off-the-shoulder tops including this patterned style, a gingham bustier top, a longer ruffled variation and several more conservative, but playful, pieces like this. Then there are lots of dresses and skirts. There's the off-the-shoulder bustier shift dress in various prints, high-low ruffled skirts and playful high-low ruffled dresses.

Be forewarned it's very hard to choose which items to take home. They essentially all look great and are very pretty. Our only worry might be the crowds that this sale will draw. Caroline Constas is highly in demand and the discounts, even for the open stock, are quite attractive considering how retailers have sold out of many size options.

This is one sale we wouldn't want to put off attending. We just hope there is enough ruffles and bows to keep sample shoppers happy. Take note, there are mirrors but no fitting rooms, so be ready to see and be seen.

Caroline Constas Sample Sale
Thursday, May 18 and Friday, May 19
10am-7pm daily
584 Broadway @ Prince St, Suite 609

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Trends: Blazers and Oversized Earrings

Blazers are the must-have item of the season. They are especially functional when the weather is coolish but you refuse to open your coat closet. Blazers can be worn as a mini-dress, over wide pants or slim jeans. The effect is always the same-- a polished and chic look that's also functional. Well, most of the time.

Our favorite look for spring, which isn't necessarily a realistic look, is pairing thigh-high Balenciaga boots with a short jacket or a relaxed blazer that's belted. We especially love the offerings from Nordstrom, like this chain trim blazer from Alexander Wang and this boyfriend style from ATM Anthony Thomas. (Covering your butt is completely overrated.) If you absolutely insist on more coverage, layer your blazer over an extra long button down shirt.

Moving on to the accessory element -- oversized earrings-- is the best way to complete this1980s look. The statement earring was seen all over the runway and is primed for streetwear. We are in love with the variety of beaded options available through Bauble Bar via Nordstrom. These oversized earrings from Kandra Scott could also do the job and these rose gold fill statement hoops will complete that standout 80s look.

Nordstrom is the perfect destination to shop these trends and everything you need for Summer. The store has all the most cutting edge designer pieces and inexpensive options too. The best part is Nordstrom's first-rate customer service, which includes free shipping both ways.

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