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The fall to winter season is filled with daily sales, and while each is special in its own way, we have our darlings. This is one of them. A couple reasons for the unabashed favoritism: 1) Beautiful clothes (sort of a given). 2) Incredibly helpful staff. 3) Straight-from-the-runway Yigal Azrouël looks at 70% off makes us feel pretty OK about splurging just this once. 4) cut25 = quality + reasonable price points.
The sale is in its second-to-last day at the designer's showroom, a large space with ample room to browse (and hole up in semi-hidden corners to strip to your skivvies—no fitting rooms here). But well-divvied up space doesn't mean a lack of goods: There's still tons of current and past season Yigal Azrouël gems in mostly 4s and 6s, plus plenty of cut25 in smaller sizes. They've moved the latter from back to front as well as knocked $10-$25 off the already discounted prices, so if you were waiting for just the right time to drop by, that'd be now.
The leather outerwear remains cut25's best. We found a distressed brown leather moto jacket, a black bomber that mixes knits and leather, and a single coat that one-ups them both with knit, leather, and a good dose of fur (each $275 instead of $795). The only thing that could make it toastier would be a hot chocolate dispenser in the pocket.
Heading on down the line, jersey dresses of the draped, shortish, and slim fitted ilk fill several racks ($120, down from $138-$385). They would do nicely at holiday parties, but are a little too naughty for, say, meeting the parents. That's what the large selection of pants is for. At $75 (down from $275), the crisp black, grey, and white skinnies are a great find. You can also find a small selection of shirts and a couple pieces that either are athletic wear or are just inspired by athletic wear. For $80, however, we found the t-shirt tops a little too steep for what you get.
Like we said before, archived Yigal Azrouel are your best bet for scoring the designer's still-relevant pieces. Dresses are priced at $125, skirts at $50, outerwear at $150, leather at $200, and super cozy knits and blouses at $75. There's one beautifully delicate gold gown for $2002—a past-season find that's well worth a visit. As for the current stuff, his bread and butter, the jersey dress, is $275, and the gowns (of which there are a few different kinds left and, yes, they are gorgeous) are $550. There's also a damaged rack for the current season that goes at sample sale price, but there's always room for bargaining (wink).
The men's section was predictably small and getting smaller, but there are plenty of insanely comfy and sturdy-looking shearling/leather coats for $525. One lone soldier cardigan remains but a good number of shirts for $60 at sample sale price and $100 for current items. Men might try their luck in the shoe bin where there's a number of sneakers piled up. Those go for $50.
Final notes: Cash and credit are accepted and, again, there are no dressing rooms—undergarment yourself appropriately.
· Dealfeed: Yigal Azrouël, Cut25 [Racked NY]
· Blasts from the Past Are Your Best Bet at the Yigal Azrouël Sale [Racked NY]