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The Catherine Malandrino sale kicked off at 8am this morning with an early preview and a VIP line almost reaching 6th avenue. As we walked in, we were greeted by Finn and Rachel belting out "No Air" (all Glee soundtracks were playing on shuffle) and racks upon racks of up to 75% off eye-catching colors, patterns, fabrics and styles.
The sale is organized by type of clothing and the size. Before we start with the dresses (clearly the hot item of the sale), there are (hopefully the operative word isn't "were") a handful of silky rompers that are priced as pants, which means $55 each (this isn't posted, so you heard it here first). They're located on the far left, middle racks. Look for a few size four Tiffany-blue draped wrap front ones and a couple size 12 bold orchid belted numbers. Run there first if you're in the market for a sick deal, but run fast.
OK, now onto the dresses which run $155 for cocktail-length, $255 for long and $495 for a few black leather cut-out frocks. The racks are on the right of the entrance of the sale and are organized by size 0 to 12. There were countless styles—sexy strapless pleated-bodice minis, asymmetrical chain strap shoulder frocks, structured shoulder ruffles, Impressionist pattern prints, cross-front day dresses and so much more. Walking toward the back (wait, is "Everything's Coming Up Kurt" making us want to shop more?), we came across a few racks of coats and jackets—leather styles ($295) in bold colors and metallics and some colorful trenches ($195).
Around the corner on the left half of the sale is where shoppers will find the tops and bottoms. Tops are $95 to $145 for floral embroidered We perused tons of pleats, lace, embroidered necklines, pleated cap sleeve, ruffles, python patterns, abstract prints, mosaic tile embellishments, stone designs, chain metal mixed with grommets and so much more. There are also cardigans and knit wraps in various styles and colors are $145. Bottoms are also on the left and are priced at $55 for shorts and pants, $65 for skirts and $275 for black leather cut out skirts. We didn't spot any $175 leather shorts this morning, but maybe they're still making their way out.
There is a bag check in the front and also a communal dressing room in the back. There wasn't a long dressing room line this morning, but we have our money on one during the general sale. Speaking of money, only credit is accepted. They might replenish, depending on "how things go" and same goes with the potential for lower prices. If you can't make it today, consolation is that on Tuesday, there will be a tote bag gift with any purchase over $200. We had to stick around just a little bit longer to listen to Jonathan Groff (a.k.a. Jesse St. James) finish "Bohemian Rhapsody." Good news for Glee fans: Staffers promise that the soundtracks will be playing all day today.
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