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The Most Excruciating Lines Of The Year

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With only a few days left in 2010, it's time to look back at a year of dizzying highs and crushing lows, a year when every empty storefront held a pop-up shop and every sidewalk a sample sale line. Folks, it's the annual (four years running!) Racked Recap. All this week, we've been reliving our biggest and brightest (and saddest and darkest) moments, and we'd like to end the old year with an old favorite, Excruciating Lines.

With an amazing sale, comes a line that wraps around corners and down entire blocks. We spent hours and hours hanging out in the hot and the cold, during rain and shine to bring you our live lineblogs. To recap the heights of what dedicated fashionistas will endure, here are the Top Five Most Excruciating Lines of 2010.

5. La Perla: Everyone from the young to the old to the really old stuck out the line for this luxe lingerie sale, and despite the long waits and horribly soggy weather, the crowd was surprisingly quiet and composed.

4. Christian Louboutin: Only the strong survived...and those who had an invite. We endured the line that frequently changed dates, the staffer who struggled to maintain control, and a chatty Cathy who wanted to be our plus one. After three hours, we're thankful that there were only 15-25 people allowed in the studio at a time; it allowed for a more relaxed shopping experience, but yes?crazy long and confused lines.

3. Lanvin x H&M: So intense, we had to name it "H&Mageddon." It may not have been as crazy as in Hong Kong, but the day we lined up for Lanvin a la H&M is a day we won't forget. There were rumors of a stabbing at the 34th Street location that later turned out to be false and, at the Fifth Avenue flagship, camping out began at 4:30am.

2. Hermès: Pretty much the most obvious sale to have a ridiculous line. At both blowouts this year, customers sometimes stood for three hours plus just to check out the 4-digit handbags and 3-digit scarves. The second time around, we kept ourselves entertained in line by pondering the leathery goods we would find inside. Thank goodness for sunshine on both occasions or the long waits may have destroyed us.

1. Alexander Wang: Round one was complete insanity with a two hour wait, but it gave us time to formulate a game plan. The second time a Wang sale came around, the insanity was kept to a minimum, but perhaps that's because shoppers had to brave temperatures below freezing. It was excruciatingly cold, that's for sure, and it was a very sad moment when we had to break it to the person in front of us that no samples were left. We were just trying to do the right thing and tell the truth.
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