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Changes Are Afoot at the Decadestwo Pop-Up at Kiki de Montparnasse

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It feels like alterna-shopping-world today. First, we experienced a Manolo sale devoid of the esteemed Andre Leon Talley and then we stopped by a slightly modified Decadestwo pre-preview. Now, twice a year we look forward to a visit from the LA-based designer consignment boutique that offers up to 80% off of high-end labels like Chanel, Lanvin, Louboutin, you name it. Not to worry—this time around, it's still fabulous. They say that change is always good for the soul, so let's get down to business.

First, the coveted and headlining shoe boutique has been moved downstairs to the ground floor "Boudoir" section of Kiki de Montparnasse. The über-hot heels sure do look delicious mixed in with all the sexy come-hither lingerie, but we were kind of wondering if it was an attempt to distract us from noticing that there are less of them. Hold the phone, though: A senior staffer assured us that there are tons more in the back (although we reluctantly suspect not as many as last year) and the pairs on display for tonight's VIP event and preview is just a sampling. (In other words, don't be alarmed by the modest but fab selection in the photos.) Decadestwo will slowly release more styles throughout the sale, but—and we hate, hate to bring the bad news—there will not be a last-day blowout-shoe sale this time around. So if you see something, buy it and don't show up early on Saturday because it ain't gonna happen.

Now that we got that out of the way, let's talk the good stuff. The Jimmy Choos, Loubies, Manolos and friends starting from $200-ish are on the floor and in the back. We saw Yves Saint Laurent two-tone grey Mary Jane platforms ($340 in size 36.5), Loubie peep-toe python platforms ($450 in size 41), Alaia camel leather platform sandals ($450 in size 36), Miu Miu gold and black satin platform dancer heels ($270 in size 36), Lanvin python taupe ballet flats ($250 in size 38), Nicholas Kirkwood chunky lace-up satin water color print booties ($380 in size 38.5), Prada gold lucite peep toe bejeweled slingbacks ($220 in size 36), Louboutin cherry red pointy-toe platform stilettos ($250 in size 6), Chanel black grommet heels ($340 in size 36.5) and Givenchy wide strapped black wedge sandals ($390 in size 36). Also look out for never-worn Velvet Angels label platforms (yeah, we don't know either) in size 36/6 for a relative bargain of $150 to $170.

The next most coveted items are the handbags, which are plentiful and displayed on three tables at the back of the second level. And yes, there is a Chanel table. The Chanel pieces range from small quilted bags to slouchy silver totes to white shoulder bags (thankfully preserved and protected in plastic.) Here's a random sampling of the pricing: A small brown suede quilted pouch with chain strap is $1390, large black leather tote with a chunky abbreviated chain is $1950, and a beige patent 2.55 classic flap is $2350.

Other pieces we peeked at include a brand-spanking-new and never-worn black patent YSL handbag with gold hardware and a toggle clasp ($600), a black canvas logo Gucci purse with bamboo handle and shoulder strap ($300-something), a bronze medium sized Christian Dior saddle bag ($550), a pristine condition Louis Vuitton monogrammed messenger bag ($450), a current season fuchsia Lanvin leather tote ($1100), and an LV long epi yellow bag ($660). For those bargain hunters with generous bank accounts, there's a matte croc Kelly-esque Valentino handbag that is a never-produced runway sample, reportedly worth $30,000 and on sale for $7400. Bargain! Sort of.

As for the apparel, the Decadestwo folks have organized the items into themed sections, like Chanel bouclé jackets ($1200 for a navy and white gold button boucle jacket—ouch), color block frocks, springtime florals, furs, black and white, etc. On the whole, the labels are covetable and the price tags high, but we did come across a Catherine Malandrino crochet LBD for just $190. Other slightly less painfully-priced finds: A Miu Miu grey body-con and puff-shoulder knit frock ($300), a Dior blush-hued and textured leather blazer ($500), an Herve Leger baby pink and zip front bandage dress ($550) and a Balenciaga T's silk jersey blend chartreuse and black blocked shift ($340).

A vintage designer rack is marked at 50% off, but is still pretty pricey. We did discover a Norma Kamali fire engine red flapper-maxi marked to $325 (from $650), which was a whole lot more palatable than the Thierry Mugler bold orange one-shoulder cocktail frock for $800 (from $1600).

The pop-up shop kicks off tonight with a VIP preview and auction of gorgeous designer ball gowns (think Cavalli and McQueen) to benefit the Art of Elysium, a non-profit that pairs working artists and musicians with children who are suffering from major health problems. The shop opens to the public starting tomorrow, so fingers crossed for a deluge of designer shoes to be unleashed upon us eager shoppers.
· Get Access to Decadestwo VIP-Only Designer Auction! [Racked NY]
· Scenes From Inside the Manolo Blahnik Sale [Racked NY]
· Decadestwo.1 [Official Site]

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