Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to Vox.com, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.
Now that the feeling has returned to our fingertips, let's consider Prada's offerings in more depth. The markdowns on the whole aren't miraculous—this sale isn't going to solve anyone's recession-era wardrobe problems—but they're certainly not bad Prada: Trenches were $442, down from $1770, and we found a rack of waifish, summery cotton dresses in peach and white for $761 down from $3040. After a thorough survey, the cheapest clothing we found was a selection of soft wool pants and stiff wool shorts for $80, all of which ranged from boring to ridiculous.
Also ridiculous, though kind of lovable in their absurdity: Checked elephant bellbottoms for $175 down from $1860. That ruched ombre material, which starts out flannely and turns into a mountain range of crinkles in bronze, green, or blue, was everywhere in the form of dresses, coats and even pants, all between around $700 and $1000. If you absolutely had to buy something and couldn't spend over $100, you could come away with a $30 headband and a scarf (ugly and knit or lovely and silk) for $50, but in general this is a sale that rewards slightly bigger budgets. The clothing is in much better shape than it was last year, but be warned: They're not going to refresh the selections much over the course of the week, so by Friday it might be picked clean.
· Above The Fray: Prada's Going Fast [Racked]
· Epic Lineblog: Waiting on Prada [Racked]