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    June 3, 2011

    Lindsay Lohan’s Famous Dress $200

    By ManhattanMataHari

    Many of us may know designer Kimberly Ovitz for her infamous white knit “Glavis” dress worn by Lindsay Lohan to her very public court date. The infamous dress was $575 and was completely sold out the following day.

    Forget about the five finger discount, it's obviously way too much trouble especially when you can get the same dress on sale. This week, Kimberly's designs are available to the public at her New York showroom. The sale will include ready-to-wear from the current spring and summer collection as well as past collections. Prices will be up to 75% off.



    The legendary “Glavis” dress will be available for just $200 and a white sleeveless version is just $100. Quantities of both these items are extremely limited, so we suggest you get to the sale early. Shoppers can also expect to find the “Hankock” dress that was featured in Marie Claire and the “Wesley” dress that was recently worn by Khloe Kardashian for $200. Most of the dresses included in the sale range from $100 to $200 and separates go for as low as $25.

    To sweeten the deal the designer will be donating a portion of the proceeds to the ASPCA.

    Kimberly Ovitz Sale
    401 Broadway, Suite 503
    Friday, June 3rd from 12pm to 7pm
    Saturday, June 4th from 10am to 5pm
    Cash and credit...
    June 2, 2011

    Markdown Roundup Soho

    By ManhattanMataHari

    After reporting on our favorite Madison Avenue markdowns we headed to Soho to which downtown designers were wooing customers with discounts. After surviving the disent below Houston Street, we found some great items already at attractive prices. Here's the full rundown:

    Alexander Wang
    Discuonts are coming but not for a few weeks. This is the first season that the designer has his own boutique but if his past online discounts are any indication the first markdown should be 30%. A few weeks later that should by a 50% cut.
    212-977-9683

    Catherine Malandrino
    If you missed their sample sale (or just prefer a more relaxed shopping experience) you can save 40% on a variety of items on the large center rack . Keep an eye out for their leather jackets which have been marked down to about $400.
    212-925-6765



    Derek Lam
    The Derek Lam boutique will be taking reductions of 40% off their resort, spring, and summer collections. Remember, the designer opened a Madison Avenue boutique. So our uptown girls don't even need to switch out of their heels to get Derick's Lam's seeth dresses.
    Leah or Robb: 212-966-1616

    IF
    IF has a number of hard-to-find international designers and high-end mainstays like Dries Van Noten, Ann Demeulemeester, Comme de Garcons and Rick Owens. While their markdowns are only 35%, this will likely go up to 50% next month and then up to 75% off during the second week of August during their much anticipated basement sale.
    212-334-4964

    Jil Sander
    Nearly everything on the showroom floor from their spring collection will be marked down 40% starting June 3. The discount will include ready-to-wear and accessories. Our favorite pick is the curved duffle bag in summer white ostrich leather, which originally retailed for $3645.
    Kendra: 212-925-2345



    Milan Luxury
    Strolling past this boutique we immediately noticed their marked down Missoni Home items on display. The savings are about 50%. We found beach towels marked to $149, signature design bath robes for $255 and the mini children's versins are $170. A few Missoni rugs are also available ranging in price from $1722 to $5541, originally $2049 to $9135. The real deals are on their ottomans for $250 as well as colorful throw pillows for $89 to $129. They also had some lovely gold and silver metallic signature tablecloths, but at $799 the price is still a bit steep.
    Myra 212-228-6651

    Nannette Lepore
    This designer’s flirty frocks and separates have been marked down 40% at the back of the store. Don’t let the rack’s “one of each” style fool you, there are more sales sizes available iin the back. Fun print swimsuits are included in the markdowns. Since their bikinis are sold as separates (about $75 each), it's almost like a BOGO!
    212-219-8265

    Runway Couture
    For truly one of a kind designs, Runway offers made to measure ready-to-wear and same day on-site alterations. They currently have their leatherwear marked down 50%. Discounted prices range from $250 for a basic short jackets a to $1450 for a long glazed snakeskin embossed lambskin number.
    Lynn 212-925-9817

    Vivienne Tam
    Ready-to-wear from Vivienne's spring 2010 collection is currently marked down 50%. Considering the clothing is from last summer, we were surprised the the discount wasn't more. Nontheless we found a number of fashionable summer dresses that originally retailed for around $495. This years spring collection is only 30% off, so we suggest sticking to the 2010 rack to get the best prices.
    212-966-2398...
    June 1, 2011

    Madison Avenue Markdowns- Round II

    Last week we started our roundup of luxury boutique markdowns. Today we are updating the list with the latest additions, and will continue to do so throughout the markdown season. New entries are in bold.

    Chanel
    Chanel sales always take place during the second week of June. Prices on clothing, shoes and accessories will be discounted 40%. Leather bags are almost never marked down, but keep your eyes open for seasonal styles, which are occasionally discounted.
    Amy: 212-535-5505

    Chloe
    The sale has not "officially" started but customers can take their discounted merchandise anyway. The markdown is 40% on ready-to-wear, shoes and select bags.
    Incus: 212-717-8220

    Dior
    Sales persons and their assistants insist that Dior no longer has any markdowns, but we hear through the Internet grapevine that there is indeed a private sale. Either way we're not too worried. There hasn't been anything good to buy at Dior in years.
    Jenny: 212-249-5822


    Dolce & Gabbana
    Almost all of the boutique's marchandise is discounted 40%. Presale is already taking place, and the sale officially starts on Thursday.
    Rodney: 212-249-4100


    Giuseppe Zanotti
    Most summer styles are 30% off. Some classic style shoes, like the $495 flat thong with toe crystals are full price at their store but we found them for $299 at DSW.
    George: 212-650-0455


    Lanvin
    The sale started today and spring and summer merchandise have been marked down 30%. We hear there is a great variety of sizes and styles, but prices may still be expensive even with the discount. That is why we usually wait to make our purchases later in the season when the discount gets steeper.
    Christopher: 646-439-0381

    Marni
    The sale starts VERY soon, right after Memorial Day. It hasn't officially begun BUT the main collection is (oops, will be) 40% off and the Addition Collection and Resort are 30%
    Dana: 212-257-6907

    Miu Miu
    Prada may have stopped their presale practices but thankfully the trend hasn't spread to Miu Miu. Presale has already begun at the boutique. Unfortunately, the markdown is just 30% on clothing, seasonal shoes and a few select handbags. The sale officially starts Thursday.
    Judith: 212-249-9660


    Prada
    Presale usually begins right about now with the sale officially starting the first week of June. Last season, however, Prada cut out their presales and became a lot less generous with their markdowns. You can expect a 30% discount in the next two weeks, but just don't expect a sales associate to secure your purchases before then.
    Betty: 212-327-4200

    Yves Saint Laurent
    The "private sale" has already started. The discount ranges from 20% to 40% on accessories but shoes and clothing are almost all 40% off. If you're looking to save a bit on a classic style bag, we suggest opting for a seasonal color. The Roady, which is a simple hobo, is discounted to $999 from $1495 but is only available in white, baby blue, silver, olive green, bronze and gold.
    Pablo: 212-980-2970
    ...
    May 31, 2011

    Net-A-Porter Summer Sale

    Net-A-Porter has started their summer sale and there are lots of great items discounted 30% to 50% off. We suggest browsing quickly and checking out faster because sizes seem to be flying off the virtual shelves.

    We found a dozen or so Christian Louboutin shoes for 50% off including the Mrs Propre, which is now $948 from just under $1000. The YSL Totem wedge is also 50% off and about the same price.

    The bag section is less impressive but we found this adorable Milly tote for just $125 from $250 and a Bottega woven bag is 30% off at $1855.

    On sale for $3000, we vote these shorts to be the most overpriced item of the season.

    This Matthew Williamson butterfly looking gown is 40% off at $1175, a Chloe sequined top is 50% off at $1000 and the entire DRKSHDW by Rick Owens collection is half off.

    These Balmian shorts win our award for most overpriced item of the season. At 50% off these horrors are still over $3000. We're not sure if we would pay $30 for them. What do you think?...
    May 31, 2011

    Bottega Veneta Private Sale

    Bottega Veneta is hosting a two day private sale that will run on June 1 and June 2nd. Shoes and ready-to-wear will be 50% off while select bags will be discounted 30%. The sale opens to the pubic on June 3 but bags will not be included.



    This private sale is only available to prior customers of the boutique. So don't be surprised if sales associates plays coy when you inquire about the markdown. As a rule of thumb, it always helps to establish a relathionship with a sales person.

    As an alternitive, we suggest contacting the Bottega Veneta outlet at Woodbury Common. Bags there are usually discounted 30% to 50% off and the sales people are always helpful and accomidating.

    Angeline: 212-371-5511
    Woodbury Common845-928-4563
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    May 26, 2011

    Gucci Presale Begins

    The Gucci presale is already underway. Many bag styles are discounted by 30% and shoes and ready-to-wear are 40% off. The sale officially goes public on June 3rd.



    If you can't make it to a Gucci store you can shop the online private sale using this link. Items ordered during the presale will ship when the sale officially begins. Last season, a second markdown occurred just weeks later and the discount went to 50% to 60% off shoes and clothing.

    Contact: Nora 212-717-2619...
    May 26, 2011

    Hot Designer Duds for Cool Charity Prices

    By ManhattanMataHari

    Sometimes shopping opens the door to lots of spending money guilt but that all seems to go to the wayside when you know you’re shopping for a good cause. The POSH Pop Up Shop charity sale is a great example of guilt free designer shopping. The sale is filled with wonderful designer merchandise and all the money raised benefits the Jewish Community Project Downtown. We just couldn’t resist.

    Both new and used designer items ranges from 50% to 95% off retail prices. Some items are still pricey but sale organizers have already started to take additional markdowns. Highlights include a number of brand new heels still in their boxes. We spied Alexander Wang Tasha boots for $437.50, black leather lace-up Givenchy booties for $562.50, Chanel black suede slingback pumps for $100 and Chanel linen wedges with a cream camellia flower for $225. In addition, there is an assortment of gently loved to designer shoes. Fans of Manolos will be pleasantly surprised to find a great selection in the $150 and under price range.There was even a pair of Manolo “Timberland” style boots for just $20. We also spotted gently used Christian Louboutin wedges, Lanvin flats and Hermes slides for all under $200.



    The sale's notable accessories were a Chanel pearl belt (or necklace) for $450, a metallic brown Fendi Spy bag for $550, a small green Goyard tote for $500 and a new Alaia black patent corset belt still in its box for $500. A Christian Louboutin raffia clutch was $100, a well worn Marc Jacobs black quilted purse is $500 and a vintage Hermes classic belt kit in gold was priced at $525.

    There were some great ready to wear towards the left of the shop. A cream silk Balenciaga dress is just $265, while a red chiffon Valentino number is $450. There was one lone Herve Leger bandage dress currently marked at $495 and a brand new (with the $3050 retail tag still attached) Dolce & Gabbana jewel wasted black evening dress is $1000. There are lots of Marni, assorted Stella McCartney, Prada and Miu Miu clothing in addtion to good amount of contemporary brands. T

    Overall the new designer stock is dwindling fast but further markdowns are on the horizon. We suggest browsing the sale Thursday afternoon or Friday. After all, who doesn’t love shopping for a good cause and getting a great deal?

    POSH Pop Up Shop
    64 N Moore St (Between Hudson and Greenwich)
    Thursday, May 26 9am -9pm
    Friday, May 27 9am – 4pm...
    May 25, 2011

    Searching for Barney’s Castoffs

    By ManhattanMataHari

    Ever wonder about the destiny of the unsold merchandise from the Barney’s warehouse sale? Well, we did a little digging and found the final resting place for the department store's castoffs. Filene’s Basement, in Union square and the Upper West Side, are the main beneficiaries while many shoes are diverted to the Park Avenue Syms. One way to quickly spot the Barney’s merchandise is to look for tags with red stars.

    With this knowledge, we set out looking for great deals on Barney’s less than window worthy wares. For the best selection and shopping environment we suggest the Union Square Filene’s Basement where they have an entire area dedicated to designer apparel. Here, you will find racks full of colorful Missoni knits that range in price from $99.99 for t-shirts to $199.99 for dresses. In addition, there are several racks dedicated to Piazza Sempione, Marina Rinaldi and Dolce and Gabbana.



    White D&G linen blazers are currently $219.99, while a cute blue fabric bustier style dress is a steal at $139.99. We also spotted, dresses by Marni, Lanvin, and Balenciaga for $299.99, $399.99 and $599.99, respectively. Vena Cava, Tocca, and Marc Jacobs dresses were also substantially discounted and range in price from $59.9 to $99.99. If you are looking for slacks and shorts, brands include Miu Miu, Balenciaga, Marni, Jil Sander, Lanvin, The Row, and Celine range in price from $39.99 for Marni white capris to $179.99 for Lanvin tuxedo pants.

    Whatever you do, don’t overlook the glass display cases. We found Tom Ford belts for $199.99 and Ferragamo scarves for $99.99. The highlight, however, Yves Saint Laurent leather satchel for $599.99.

    At the Upper West Filene’s Basement we found most of the merchandise to be similar to Union Square, although the assortment was smaller. Some standout items that were a Chanel black and white tweed camellia flower for $249.99, black dresses by Balenciaga priced under $400, black Proenza Schouler jeans for $69.99 and $100 Ports 1961 dresses.



    Fellow shoe-addicts will want to check out Syms on Park Avenue. Here you will find a great selection of Dolce & Gabbana shoes for $199.99 to $219.99. While browsing the shoe department we also found Marc Jacobs pumps ($149.99), Chloe flats ($99.99) and Pierre Hardy heels ($159.99).

    While the shoe department here is quite organized, you are going to have to do some digging to find worthwhile clothing. Downstairs is where you will find the best selection of designer clothing and accessories. We spied Prada and D&G belts for $99.99 to $129.99, Vena Cava dresses for $59.99 to $79.99, a Bottega Veneta dress for $479.99 and black chiffon Givenchy gown for $799.99.

    Obviously the atmosphere of these stores are a world away from Barney’s but if you don’t mind sorting through a few racks you might find some amazing deals...