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Above the Fray: Proenza Schouler a Bit of a Buzzkill

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Proenza Schouler's sample sale opened to the public today with a whimper. Because of a lack of signage, it was hard to even find the sale. We had to study the building directory figure out to hit buzzer 8 for entry. Maybe the hardcore fans raided all the good stuff at a private sale yesterday, but we're left with what seems overpriced ($70 for tissue tees or $1,450 for a black chiffon and purple velvet dress) or not versatile (stretchy bandage shrugs for $110) or just odd ($30 drawstring twill karate pants).

Since it's the holiday season, we'll start with the positives. The studio was beautifully lit, the staffers helpful and friendly (if not bored) and shoppers sparse, so the shopping was super pleasant. The racks are organized by type of item and sizes are varied. We spotted a soft merino wool double layer cardie discounted to $135, a slouchy v-neck cotton rib tunic with chevron knit pattern for $110 and dress pants in various cuts for $150 and up. On the higher end, there were a slick asymmetrical zip front cropped jacket for $490, a velvet black and fuschia asymmetrical draped halter dress for $740 (discounted from $2950) and a black, yellow and white braided bustier jumpsuit for $460.

Most shoes were priced at around $220 (sandals, pumps and platforms in different earthy dark color combinations) and up and as of this morning, only one pair of brown zip front boots remained for $320.

There are no fitting rooms available. Cash, credit and personal check (with valid ID) are accepted. Unless you're a diehard fan, we say skip this one. There are plenty of deals out there, especially this week. There is, however, the possibility that they may lower prices tomorrow for the final day of the sale.
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Proenza Schouler

822 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10065 212-585-3200 Visit Website

Proenza Schouler

495 Broadway, New York, NY