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There are two Helmut Lang sample sales this week: one at Clothingline and one at Chelsea Market, and they both kick off tomorrow morning. At the Clothingline sale, which we attended a preview of this evening, prices start at $39 for tees and cap off at $399 for leather jackets.
The short version: the sale is blazer heaven. From relaxed white linen styles with contrast leather details to fall 2013 graphic print blazers, there's no shortage of styles to choose from. They're all $199, but three printed styles labeled "Promo Blazers," which are repeats from the last sale, are marked down to $99.
A wall of sweaters is priced at $79, and includes chunky turtleneck styles fit for winter weather and lightweight basics for layering. Knit tees and tanks are $39.
A vast assortment of dresses is available, like signature draped silhouettes with longsleeves and a few stand-out chiffon styles from the spring 2013 collection priced from $119 to $179. A diverse selection of blouses for $89 features simple chiffon tops, silk draped tees, and utilitarian button-down shirts.
We were disappointed with the small selection of pants. Black leather pants in sizes 0 and 2 are $299, while the lightweight twill trousers in sizes four and six are $129. Two racks full of skinny corduroys and red waxed jeans are available in most sizes and priced at $79.
The only selection more limited than pants is the outerwear. We only saw one piece we would consider outerwear: a grey felt coat for $299. However, we were told there might be a new shipment arriving with denim and new outerwear styles on day two.
Everything is organized by size, making for an orderly shopping experience (for now, at least) and there's a large dressing room full of clothing racks and mirrors. If you spend $150 or more (which won't be hard), you'll get a free gift with purchase; spend $500 or more and get two free gifts. Choose from racer back tanks, triangle bras, or a camisole in the sizes of your choice. The sale opens at 11am tomorrow.—Christina DeSmet
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