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If you think getting into today's Alexander Wang sample sale is the real battle you're dead wrong. Last night's friends and family preview alerted us to the other obstacles, and that this might as well be the fashion set's version of the Hunger Games. Once you've made it into the sale, you need to navigate a dimly lit sales floor, sort through boxes of messy knits, push your way towards the shoes and handbags, and oh yeah, stand on a mile long line to pay (while also watching for line cutters).
If you're up for the challenge, we commend you and direct you to hit up the far left of the sales floor first, where you'll find a long table of shoes on display (which are organized by size) and a small kiosk for handbags. Of course, this is also super close to the cash register area and where the line to pay snakes around, which makes getting to the shoes and bags basically impossible.
If you get through, you'll find all kinds of textured pumps, edgy ankle boots and woven sandals priced at $250, and exotic skins priced at $300. Know your size and know what you're looking for in advance, because there won't be any place to attempt try ons.
As for the handbags, we spied all of Wang's covetable hues: mustard, cobalt, grays and beiges, and a couple of black bags in classic Wang styles. Think Emiles, Ingrids, and Liners. We didn't spot any Brendas, Diegos, or Rocco, but we had heard that the latter two were there at the start of the sale. Pricing for handbags starts at $200 for clutches and caps off at $350. We don't expect any of these to last long.
The ready-to-wear racks were a far calmer scene, and you can probably take your time navigating the heavy puffer coats (some priced as high as $600) and long sleeve slouchy sweaters priced for $160. A few highlights include pleated shorts for $150, and the colorful knit jackets, leggings, and sweaters. Mediums are easiest to find on the racks, but there was a full spread of sizes.
Don't ignore $50 racks at the back of the sales floor. We loved the slouchy space-dyed sweaters and the wool miniskirts in this section. There was also a massive selection of wide leg black pants. If you have the patience for it, this is where to find some serious gems.
The boxes of T by Alexander Wang are in the center of the sales floor and are priced to move. While they were once organized by size, they are now a complete free for all. A guy's military inspired jacket is $50 and womens' slouchy sweatpants are $70. Knit bras and tees (for guys and girls) are $35 and are going fast.
The bottom line: Handbags are in seriously limited supply and we didn't even spot our favorite styles. There's loads of clothing in stock, but be patient to get through the mess. It's too early to tell if there will be markdowns, but as always, we'll keep you posted. There's a dimly lit communal try on area with a massive mirror in a back corner, but it's not private. And expect to wait on a long queue to pay.—Kiran
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