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We stopped in at the Barneys Warehouse Sale last evening for a midterm take on the deals and can now tell you with confidence: Wait a few more days. White-tagged casual outerwear and blazers (lightweight rather than heavy) and casual pants (not jeans) are an additional 25% off marked prices. And a co-shopper reported his Burberry Prorsum tie rang up at $49, rather than the $89 it was marked down to. But otherwise, prices were static. And now that many of the newest and most sought after pieces have been snatched up, it's a whole hell of a lot easier to see the reruns.
Obviously, we still did some recon for our end-of-sale revisit. We devoted a nice chunk of time to the twenty million ties on racks in the main room (who doesn't wish they kept the trend/Co-op/designer/fun ones separate from the gross adult jobs measuring six inches across and often feeling like jewel-toned cancer?) Aside from Burberry Prorsum (ice blue with little irregular gray dots), we spotted Lanvin (always with the frayed edges), Paul Smith, Balenciaga, Band of Outsiders, Prada and Armani. Our favorites were Gitman Bros. anchor-spangled skinnies ($29 from $65) and a Co-op–branded job featuring smiling whales ($29 from $55, same price for the honeybees). We also spotted a series of not uncute ties by Ben Sherman and Original Penguin. At $19 (from $49 to $55), they may have been the best deal in ties. The worst deal: More Psycho Bunny. Reruns and first-run, stupid and stupider, and $59 (from the you-must-be-smoking-crack price of $110).
Over in shoes, there are suddenly three huge boxes of flip-flops as well as Lanvin man-mules (they have a slingback) and flesh-hued, hyper-studded man-granny sandals by Bess. Yuck. The only other news is the massive glut of reruns that have emerged or been unpacked: Comme des Garçons, Dries van Noten, Jil Sander. And the prices haven't dropped.
The designer racks are majorly thinned out. A whole slew of crazies bought out that entire massive stretch of Band of Outsiders suits. There's still a lot of Prada, and possibly even more Paul Smith. The Patrik Ervell hasn't moved but the freed-up space revealed some seriously old Helmut Lang (considering they haven't even made menswear for the last season or two) and a snatch of big, black, amorphous Gareth Pugh. Funniest garment: Dark denim wide-leg lounge pants by Dolce & Gabbana. They had zipper cuffs, an almost-three-inch waistband, and only cost $350! Prettiest: A glen plaid trench by Etro ($699 from $1395).
Otherwise: The same PS Paul Smith, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Steven Alan, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Gitman Bros. shirts are all the same price. We also discovered those Opening Ceremony for Levi's cords in about four other colors, and several many-seasons-old bottoms by Marc. Windowpane check jeans are $98 (from $189), star-printed trunks are $79, and all of it's probably already shown up on Gilt Groupe. In the sweater bins there is a stash of not-cute ruched Richard Chai cardigans for $153. No one bought them for that price in February either.
So—we still want like 253 things. But we're waiting.
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