The Helmut Lang/Theory sample sale kicked off this morning at 11am at Clothingline. The crowd was pretty heavy in the beginning, with most people going straight for the selection of Helmut Lang blazers, jackets, and basics. Women's merchandise is available from Theory and Helmut Lang, and a small selection of men's is available from Theory. There are no shoes and accessories at the sale, but sizes for clothes range from 00/XS to 12/L.
For women's clothing, prices are the same for both brands; tees, shorts, and skirts are $45, pants are $50, dresses are $65, blazers/vests are $85, and outerwear is $125. In the Helmut Lang section, there are more blazers and jackets than any other article of clothing, with lots of black and neutral tones (as expected).
Sadly, it might be months before you can actually wear one of the few thin, asymmetrical, drapey summer dresses that were on sale, including some in bright orange and yellow. The selection of thin knit sweaters, though, is much larger than the selection of dresses.
As usual, Theory offered plenty of work-appropriate black and white blazers, as well as denim jackets and bomber jackets. There's also a huge selection of shorts, skirts, basic pants, denim, and corduroy jeans. Most of the Theory dresses are black, and there are some leather dresses in the mix. Last but not least, the back wall of the sale is dedicated to Theory knits, which was easily the most interesting section of the Theory merchandise.
There's a very small selection of men's Theory, with shirts and shorts for $45, sweaters and pants $50, blazers/vests for $100, and outwear for $135. The highlight of the men's section might be the rack of puffer coats and black peacoats, which are all perfect for right now.
If you're shopping for Helmut, we recommend going earlier, since the selection there is smaller. As for Theory, there's plenty to go around. The sale runs through Thursday at 261 West 36th Street. See the dealfeed below for hours.—Gemma Kim
Update: Markdowns have arrived! Everything's now an extra 50% off. See the new prices here.
· Dealfeed: Theory, Helmut Lang [Racked NY]
· What to Do, Where to Shop, and What to Buy This Week [Racked NY]
· All Sample Sale Coverage [Racked NY]