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Good news for Monika Chiang fans: entry into this season's sample sale is surprisingly easy-going. The red velvet rope outside on opening day yesterday wasn't detaining throngs yet, but heavily discounted cable knit sweaters ($65) and leather skinnies ($80) were keeping present shoppers in. Along with up to 85% off retail deals at 225 Fifth Avenue, Monika's ready-to-wear and accessories are 50% off on her website.
The sale features an eclectic mix of wearable separates, including cotton button downs ($50) and structured black blazers ($65), which comingle with ombre jeans ($40) and black leather gauchos ($80). A silver foil puffer vest ($85) caught our eye, but in eager expectation of spring's warmer weather, a black halter with tuxedo detailing caught our heart ($50).
There's plenty of room to browse dual rolling racks of silk and sateen sleeveless blouses ($30). A small selection of shorts ($40) in primary pops of color share a rear corner with weighty, floor-length wool coats.
If you're anything like yesterday's crowd, accessories are the day's bounty. You'll find tables with rows of mini-buckle detailed leather belts ($30) and spiked drop earrings, gold cuffs, and chandelier choker necklaces.
Flats, boots, and pinpoint stiletto heels ($40-$65) share the rear space near a table laden with colorful clutches and leather handbags ($50-$75).
Is this sale worth showing up for? We'd say yes. Will you require assistance to lug your finds to the train? If shoes are what you're after, probably not: shoe sizes are very limited, so if you're within the 7-9 size range, you'll want to swing by way before Sunday afternoon's wrap up.
Stay tuned for more photo from inside after we stop by to check on the stock this afternoon. —Kimberly Colvin
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