The BCBG Max Azria group sample sale kicked off an hour early yesterday at Clothingline, after they had already pushed the opening date up a day. The sale includes BCBG Max Azria, Max Azria and Hervé Léger. Since the early opening was unannounced, only a few early-bird shoppers trickled in, including us.
Everything at the sale was marked down at 70% off retail, and price lists corresponding to each label were posted for easy pricing reference—no calculators needed! The Hervé Léger section got the most attention, even though that label occupied only nine racks, while BCBG and Max Ariza took up the rest of the space. Note that there are no shoes and accessories here.
Let's start with the Hervé Léger offerings. There were more than 35 different styles of dresses, including A-line, one shoulder, strapless, mini, and sleeveless dresses. There were also some high-waisted mini skirts, but only a few pair of pants and leather vests. Most shoppers took off with a bunch of bandage dresses to the dressing room. Having a friend to help you fit into and zip up these tight styles would be helpful.
Sizing here was spotty—only a few styles were well stocked with a full range of sizes from XXS to L. Most were dominated by XXS to S sizes, and we only found a handful of medium and large dresses. And with these bandage dresses, it might be better to size up. We overheard that there are more sizes in the back and they will be replenishing throughout the sale, but all available styles are already out.
We spotted a couple of items which are currently on TheOutnet.com but were cheaper at the sale, including this printed bandage number and this cut-out sleeve white bandage mini dress, both at 70% off. Other styles we spotted included the Billie bandage dress in gold for $345, the Sierra wool-twill trousers for $195, and the well-stocked Amalli sequined A-line bandage dress for $507.
Beyond the Hervé section, you'll find racks filled with pieces from the Max Azria collection, where everything is organized by size and style. Same with the BCBG stock, with sizes ranging from 00/XXS up to 12/XL. The selection is solid and packed with skirts, outerwear, silk tops, long silky cami dresses, silk blouses, blazers, and tons of work-appropriate bottoms like trousers and suit pants.
Prices start as low as $12 for simple tops and topped off at $300. Here, we found a jacket with fake leather trimming for $141, wool coats for $180, and beige open-back blazers for $132.
The BCBG Max Azria section occupies half of the venue, and prices range from $12 to just $180. We were told that everything was out and there was no back stock, except for maybe the sweaters. Upon entering the sale, you will find most of the BCBG sweaters hanging on the wall and two staff members will help fetch your size. Prices range from $30 to $174. Here, we found wool/cashmere blend tops for $38, sweaters for $60, and a thick cardigan wrap for $135.
As for the rest of the BCBG stuff, you'll find work-appropriate gear as well as party attire. We spotted belted, silky, cocktail, wrap and jersey dresses. For gowns, there are not many styles available, though there were some decent jersey ones under $150 and a bridal-appropriate Lexie white jersey gown for $120. For elegant affairs, a black Aubrey strapless long pipe dress goes for $150.
If you're still on the market for something warm, you can browse through lots of outerwear, including belted wool coats, quilted Aden faux fur collar jackets, and tons of sleeveless puffer jackets, jam-packed in the back of the room in sizes XXS and S.
Currently, BCBG is offering an extra 40% off sale items online, which could set most of the items at a lower price point than what the sample sale is offering. We also heard of amazing deals going on in the outlet stores, so we suggest you do some research before purchasing. But some of the styles here may no longer be available online, and you can try on clothes in the spacious changing rooms and purchase without having to make a trip to Woodbury.
Additional markdowns are also almost always expected at Clothingline towards the end of the sale, so it might be worth the wait. But we'd suggest to go sooner rather than later if you're trying to snag a Hervé Léger piece.
You must check in your bag and coats at the door, and both cash and credit cards are accepted. The sale runs through Thursday. See the Dealfeed below for more details.—Hsini
· Dealfeed [Racked NY]
· The January Sample Sale Calendar: Hervé Léger, Fivestory, Saks, More! [Racked NY]