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Spend Enough at Catherine Malandrino and You'll Get Your Own Stylist

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We always look forward to Catherine Malandrino's sample sales—not just because we like getting deals on her beautiful clothing, but also because we love seeing what creative new promotions she'll have for her customers. This week's sale definitely lives up to our expectations in both categories.

At yesterday's press preview, we found a lot of clothing from the more expensive Malandrino Runway Collection line, all at 75% off. Normally the designer's sales only include a few Malandrino racks, but this time around, the line makes up about half the stock. Striking dresses from the recent Resort and pre-spring collections, which retail between $660 and $1650, are now just $165 to $415. Favorites include a form-fitting dress, in beige or black, with back cutaways and lace and leather shoulder trim, which is just $165, and a stunning black leather beaded and lace leather skirt, which listed for $990, but which is selling here for just $247.50.

Clothing from the designer's relatively lower-priced Catherine Malandrino line is priced even better, and although there isn't quite as broad a selection, it includes an abundance of current stock from both the pre-spring and spring collections. All of Catherine Malandrino's short dresses, including a lot of knits, are just $155. Amongst these are pieces from the designer's "Favorites" group including a draped style, slightly reminiscent of Kate Middleton's engagement dress, which comes in both blue and black, and which seems to flatter everyone who wears it.

Blouses are $125 and include a lot of embroidered pieces, and knit tops are just $110. Skirts run $65 and a rack of slacks are priced at just $55. When we were there, there were still a fair number of leather skirts for $195, but there weren't many leather jackets. The few there were, were priced at $295. While there were no samples on the floor when we checked out the preview, they were due to get a large number of them before the sale's official start time this morning.

Some of the best deals can be found within footwear. All shoes just $95 a pair, and that includes some striking beaded heels which normally list for over $600. We saw sizes ranging from 38 up to 40 ½.

While some designers are just glad to sell off their excess merchandise at sample sales, Catherine Malandrino and the folks at The Savvy always try to entice their buyers with some fun and creative promotions. Here are some surprise updates rumored to be in the works. For everyone: If you check in on Foursquare from the sale, we hear you'll get 10% off purchases later at the designer's boutiques. For those of you whose wallets are deep: If you spend $2000 dollars or more at the sale, you'll get a ticket to the Spring/Summer Malandrino presentation in September—always one of Fashion Week's most creative shows. Then there is our favorite aspirational promotion: The three purchasers who spend the most at the sale will each get a two-hour styling session with the in-house Malandrino stylist in the designer's Meatpacking district boutique. Obviously, most of us already know that we aren't going to come close to the top three, but fortunately for us, the stylist is also tentatively scheduled to make an appearance at the sale on May 6th at 3pm to help guide less obsessive shoppers with their purchases.

Sale incidentals: Cash or credit accepted. The fitting room is large. Only wallets are allowed. You'll have to check your coat and all bags and purses, so plan accordingly.
· Dealfeed: Catherine Malandrino [Racked NY]
· Catherine Malandrino [Official Site]
· The Savvy [Official Site]