Department Stores First Markdown, and more

May 10, 2012 by Lila Delilah

By ManhattanMataHari

A thoughtful gift of flowers is always a go-to for treating Mom on her big day, but this year why not treat her to a day of shopping. That’s at markdown-style, of course. Gifting procrastinators will be happy to know there are several sales going on throughout the weekend. Take mom along and impress her with your shopping prowess.

D&G One Day Final Sale
Whenever we are reminded that D&G is coming to a close we get a bit sad. It’s an end of an era! The So-hos would not have been anything without D&G. Our inside sources tell is this weekend will be the final D&G sale. Going forward, the diffusion line from Dolce & Gabbana will no longer exist. This sale is one of your last chances to scoop up D&G apparel and accessories at the boutique for 40% off retail. Real die-hards will be happy to know that the D&G will still be available at outlets– while supplies last.
D&G One Day Final Sale
Saturday, May 12th
Soho Store: 212-965 – 8000

Bloomingdale’s Private Designer Sale
Bloomie’s is quietly hosting an  “unadvertised” private designer sale. (I know, unheard of!) This is their first markdown on resort and spring designers like Yigal Azroel, Burberry London, Zac Posen, Vera Wang and Jean Paul Gaultier. For 40% off retail and loads of loyalist points, a brown bagged gift for Mom is like a gift for you too.
Bloomingdale’s Private Designer Sale
May 9th through May 10th
59th St: 212-705 – 2000

Barney’s Spring Sale
Barney’s spring 40% off sale has officially begun. The online sale selection is plentiful, but historically we always suggest going to their Madison Avenue brick and mortar. There you will find the best selection of apparel and accessories. Not to mention the Barney’s website is notorious for overselling sales items and disappointing customers with orders canceled e-mails. Hit up the shoe salon first since popular shoe styles and sizes tend to go first. Also Saks and Bergdorf shoe markdowns normally start at a 30% cut, so this is the best discount in town.
Barneys Frist Markdown
Madison Avenue: 212-826 – 8900

Saks Fifth Avenue
Saks has just announced a “sneak preview” of their first markdown. The discount is 40% and an assortment of designer cloths and shoes are included.  It seems, however, if the higher-end designer duds are not yet included. We suggest waiting a little longer before shopping or speaking to a sales associate about future purchases.
Fifth Avenue: 212-753-4000

POSH Fashion Sale at The Pierre
Even if your Mom isn’t a big fan of shopping, play to her philanthropic side by taking her to shop for a cause. The POSH sale has setup shop in the Wedgewood room at the elegant Pierre hotel. While the sale normally costs $10 for admission per person, in honor of Mother’s Day they are doing a two-for-one admission deal. (Seniors and students are always half price). Once inside you can expect to find over 10,000 new and gently used designer items with the proceeds to benefit Lighthouse International’s charity for the blind and visually impaired. Celebrities, socialites, and designers like Diane von Furstenberg, Badgley and Mischka, Joan Rivers, and Ivanka Trump have all donated items for the event. There is a great selection of vintage and designer furs, mostly ranging from $400 to $4000. (If you can find Suzette or Kay they may negotiate on the price). Since the seemingly endless racks of ready-to-wear were a bit overwhelming, the accessories will likely be the first to go. $195 Hermes scarves and unique $100 Oscar de la Renta snakeskin corset belts caught our eye, as well as the $195 to $250 Judith Leiber belts in the glass display next to a plentiful selection of fashion and costume jewelry. The shoe department was dominated by $150 Manolo Blahniks, and many boxes of new Krizia wedges for $100, with some Christian Louboutins in the mix as well.
The Pierre Hotel
2 East 63rd Street
Friday and Saturday, May 11th and 12th: 11am to 7pm
Sunday and Monday, May 13th and 14th: 11am to


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