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We walked into Trunkapalooza on the Co-op floor of the Barneys flagship about ten minutes after it officially started—so early that employees were still moving things around. Not surprisingly, the event wasn't yet crowded, giving us plenty of space to browse fall/winter selections from 3.1 Phillip Lim, Vena Cava, Alexander Wang, Rag & Bone, Richard Chai Love and others. Each designer has a table where you can reserve your favorite pieces from the collection. This is handy, but it helps to have thousands of dollars budgeted for your fall wardrobe—the point here is early access, not deals.
Despite the Upper East Side prices, though, the trunk show has a very downtown feel. Alexander Wang's section encourages lounging on bean bag chairs; Rag & Bone brought out all their best military boots. At 5pm, the designers themselves will arrive, along with drinks, food, and a DJ. So while it might be quiet now, we expect it to be total chaos by the time the after-work crowd makes it to Madison Avenue.
· Not Your Typical Trunk Show at Barneys Co-op [Racked NY]