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Cheap Basics in Sleepy Colors at the News Showroom Sale

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We don't mean to sound cranky (especially after the anticlimactic Steven Alan sale), but we have to say that The News multi-brand sale didn't totally do it for us. The annual sale, which offers markdowns on womenswear and menswear from hipster favorites such as Cheap Monday, Clu, R13, Shipley & Halmos, and Eternal Child, did offer some rock-bottom price deals starting at just five dollars, though. Maybe it was the overall blah neutral color palette environment or profusion of denim that made us feel drowsy? Let's just get to it. Here's what you'll find inside.

We're feeling traditional, so let's go with ladies first. The sale is largely organized by label starting with the more current Cheap Monday skinny jeans located at the entry hallway priced at $20 or $30 a pair. The $5 and $10 bins of Cheap Mondays (we can never tell if they're for guys or girls, so we'll just go with "unisex") are located inside the sale.

The Clu section is organized by color—or neutral non-color rather—soft oatmeals, slubby heather greys, dark navies, and requisite blacks. A scan of the racks revealed ribbed tanks ($30), tees with layered tulle sleeve detail ($60), embroidered textured skirt ($50), a layered cardie-vest ($60) and a black leather piped pleat-waist frock ($80).

The Cheap Monday section was by far the most economical for basics, featuring slouchy (and pretty much see-through) shorts ($20), languid open back tanks in candy colors ($10), easter egg-hued button front jumper frocks ($5!), faded denim shirts ($25), cropped cut off sweatshirts ($20), and silk-feel cardies ($30).

Also keep an eye out for a rack of designer randoms interloping about on the right side of the Cheap Monday section. The items weren't necessarily cheap, but we did spot a lone Alexander Wang velvet moto-jacket ($150), a Sacai blue two-toned cropped color blocked cardie ($337), and a bunch of lovely, feminine size four Jovovich-Hawk frocks priced at $150 each. We eyed a diaphanous black jewel-beaded short sleeve maxi-dress and an adorable navy-and-white polka-dotted frock with ruffles.

The pricier R13 section (which was also popular with the guys even though they have their own R13 offerings) featured $100 puff-sleeve denim jackets and jeans priced at $100 and up. Shipley & Halmos make an appearance with lots of black and white graphic pieces ($110 for the sleeveless top and $160 for the dress). And thank heavens for Eternal Child for bringing in some colorful prints with a rope pattern maxi-frock ($175) and a Liberté-graphic mini-shift ($140).

For the dudes, there seems to be a glut of Cheap Monday. We spotted plaid light-weight corduroy shorts ($20), solid and printed tees ($20), plaid long- and short-sleeve button downs ($30), basic black blazers ($50), and denim jackets ($40). The B'Sbee racks went up a notch in price with striped tees ($80), nautical striped velour tees ($89), matching shorts ($94), flannels ($140), and cornflower blue trousers ($136).

If guys want to shop their own R13, they'll see striped tees ($89), jeans ($150) and heavy leather moto-jackets (the most expensive in the house at $600).

The men's and women's shoes feature styles from Common Projects. For women, brown platform brogues and grey round-toe pumps are $185. Canvas sneakers are $100 and leather kicks are $160. Men's sneakers are the same and we eyed a pair of perforated leather and suede sneaks for $160.

Let's wrap up with the good news and the awkward nes. There is a communal fitting area—but it's unisex, so dress accordingly. Cash and credit are both accepted. Most stock is out on the floor, but there is a small amount still to be replenished. Now if you'll excuse us, we're going to take a nap.
· Dealfeed: The News [Racked NY]
· This Year's Steven Alan Sale is a Bit of a Let-Down [Racked NY]

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