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Womenswear Returns to the Ground Floor at the Barneys Sale

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Ladies, the Barneys Warehouse Sale is back to normal this year. The womenswear and shoes have thankfully reunited on the ground floor. There is a slight change though: The designer section is toward the left of the sale—near the registers—and the ready-to-wear section is to the immediate left of the shoes and bags. The staffers were still setting up when we dropped in, so the designer racks weren't yet labeled and organized by designer and the ready-to-wear was partially unpacked. Still, we got a general idea of what's in store.

Let's dish on the designer pieces first. Without the usual alphabetically-designated labels (and the racks not fully stocked), we went for what caught our eyes in the mix. Altuzarra would have come first anyway. We loved a wine-hued velvet cut-out blazer ($1024) and matching ruched-ankle trousers ($939), the python and silver detail jacket ($1489), and a more basic black felt-y feeling buckled number ($539). There were a couple coral cocktail frocks: A slinky Giambattista Valli ($459 from $1840) and a Balenciaga ($559 from $2235). We also loved an Erdem pleated and embroidered frock ($799 from $3240), and adorable silk diamond print Marni shorts ($299 from $450). A couple relative bargains: A Rick Owens metallic-green slouchy leather jacket for $579 and a Proenza Schouler black pointelle tank for $129 (from $325). We also noticed that nude and black strapless Lanvin frock photographed on Jennifer Aniston in 2010—now priced at $1589.

The ready-to-wear was also in mid-stocking and it seemed like the 3.1 Phillip Lim boxes were the first to be unpacked. We loved the ribbon-piped cape ($345 from $793), a creamy crushed rosette covered and studded-shoulder coat ($849 from $1948), the rosette vest and long sleeve tee combo ($228 from $524) and a two-toned purple sequined mini-frock ($478 from $1099). Perhaps the second stash to be unloaded: The Étoile Isabel Marant. You can't miss seeing the maroon-and-cream striped bustier dresses ($249 from $420) and the pretty gold and red ruffle tops ($169 from $430) peeking out from the rest of the clothes on the racks. We also saw a Carven boxy silk dress in taupe ($490), an Alexander Wang sweatshirt-sleeved khaki jacket ($259 from $835), Evisu fuzzy knits ($160), and Acne skinny khakis ($79).

A sampling of the denim includes Current/Elliot straight legs ($89 from $219), J Brand for Co-Op dark skinnies ($99), Seven boot cuts ($109), and Superfine distressed and slashed army green skinnies ($309). As staffers were still wheeling out new racks of womenswear, there could be even more of a change-up on Thursday. But hey, there's no need to travel down a flight of stairs to find out.
· Barneys First Look: Lots of Shoes and One Lone Lanvin Purse [Racked NY]
· All Barneys Warehouse Sale Coverage [Racked NY]
· Barneys New York [Official Site]

Proenza Schouler

822 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10065 212-585-3200 Visit Website

Barneys New York, Madison

660 Madison Avenue, Manhattan, NY 10065 (212) 826-8900 Visit Website

Lanvin

815 Madison Avenue, New York, New York 10065 646-439-0380 Visit Website

Alexander Wang

103 Grand Street, New York, NY 10013 212-977-9683 Visit Website