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This Year's Steven Alan Sale Is a Bit of a Let-Down

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There were no pricing shockers for women at this spring's Steven Alan sale—just the vague sense that the selection was less exciting than in previous seasons. It pains us to say this, since we love Alan's aesthetic and seriously admire his commitment to promoting up-and-coming designers, but if you're feeling overwhelmed by the deluge of sales this week, you might want to skip this one.

Upstairs in the non-Alan section, highlights included the No.6 dresses, which were mostly priced around $150 and came in a range of prints, shapes, and sizes, from a body-con floral sheath in crazy early-90s colors to more understated silk pieces. Cardigans from Cardigan were $50 and practical, while dressy shorts from Chen's Studio were less useful but abundant at $45. There's no dressing room, but if you know your body really well, you might score just by eyeballing the swimwear from the Sirene Collection—$25 a piece in cheerful neon shades. In general, the brands represented weren't quite as expensive as in recent years, but you'll find many of the usual suspects: Lewis Cho, Lemlem, Spring & Clifton.

Downstairs was packed with dresses, tops, and bottoms from the Steven Alan brand. Fall dresses go for $85—not a bad deal for cashmere, if you don't mind waiting six months to wear it—while spring dresses are $115. A table displays spring cardigans for $65, but you could also layer with $75 blazers if you get there soon enough (the selection wasn't particularly large, so we're assuming it'll disappear fast.) A gray winter coat with subtle stripes was unusual but not too wacky at $225. Pants are $75, skirts are $55, and specialty tops are $58. We saw a surprisingly large amount of loungewear, including $65 sweatpants, a range of pajamas and nightgowns, and $5 undies in a cardboard box.

Here's where things get tricky. We visited the sale before the preview opened, which means we were treading untouched virgin territory. As such, our list of highlights from the downstairs section might be completely outdated by now. That said, we feel duty-bound to report that we found a very cool knit Rag & Bone dress on a rack in the back of the room for $99, along with some summery APC Madras pieces for the same price and $75 striped dresses from Le Mont St. Michel. Other standouts included a rack of delicate little Steven Alan cross-body bags for $65—we bet at least some of those are still there.
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