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This morning, we stopped by the Vivienne Westwood sample sale a little before it opened at 10am. Around 9:40am, the line was already too much to accommodate the small waiting area, but fortunately for us, wasn't long at all. Once inside, we found that the sale runs the gamut of Vivienne Westwood's kingdom: the collaborations and diffusion lines are here, as well as the Red Label pieces.
The Vivienne Westwood MAN line made an appearance on the other side from the women's sale, and although there wasn't a lot comparatively, what was there could provide a dude with some nice new duds.
For women, you'll find Red Label and Anglomania lines, as well as the Lee and Melissa collaborations. There are lots of smaller sizes, including 40s and 42s, which are small and medium in Westwood sizing. With the Lee collab, you can pick up some cute cutoffs for the summer for under $100, with full-length denim running only a little bit higher in price.
There were silk blouses averaging $250, and casual shirts and dresses are around $150 and $250 respectively. You can also find some evening/cocktail dresses that range between $300 and $600, depending on complexity of the design. If you're looking to stock up for next winter, you're in luck—there are plenty of chunky knits and gorgeous coats. The sweaters are around $200, and the coats are anywhere from $300 to $700.
There are some transitional weather jackets, but they were few and far between compared to the wool coats. Some (pricey) highlights are a black rabbit fur cap for $564 and a grey asymmetrical leather jacket for $448. For accessories, there are plenty of wallets and jewelry, right around $200.
The handbag selection is decent, but mostly composed of cloth bags—although there was a very nice British tan structured leather bag this morning for $533, however, it was only the one, so it's probably gone. The leather bags are around $600, and the fabric bags around $300.
For men, there are mostly tops, ranging from casual cotton t-shirts to dressier button-downs, and even a velvet smoking jacket ($668)! There are a good amount of suits for any season, some cotton, some wool, from $500 to $1,000. The slim fit suits are priced on the higher-end of the spectrum. There's a smaller selection of winter coats, but if you're into structured wool, there are some pieces for you around $600. Finally, the casual bottoms run about $200 to $400. The men's shoe selection is underwhelming.
The prices are done by percentages instead of price-by-style. All RTW is 60% off for both men's and women's, and accessories, shoes, bags are 50% off. There are little stickers on most items to tell you what the original price was and what the markdown price is, so you don't need to bring a calculator. Prices are fair, and you'll definitely find some gems if you look.
The sale ends today at 6pm, picks back up again tomorrow at 10am, and runs through Sunday. For additional info, see the dealfeed below.—Dana Melanz
· Dealfeed: Vivienne Westwood [Racked NY]
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