Oscar de la Renta's three-day sample sale kicked off today, and we headed over as soon as it opened to try and get an early look at what's available. Unfortunately, so did about 250 other people, so we waited in line for over three hours. The line died down after we got inside (of course), but be prepared to wait. In a nutshell: if you've got cash to spare, this sale is definitely worth checking out.
Most of the inventory is women's ready-to-wear and accessories, although there is a small section for menswear. Everything is marked down up to 80% off, and prices start at $50 for gloves and cap off at $34,000 for fox-fur overcoats. The sale includes overstock and samples, and sizes range from 0-14. Everything is organized by size, so the space is super easy to navigate.
The entrance of the sale houses special occasion gowns, ranging in price from $500 for unembroidered samples to $1,490 for decked-out styles. We found tiered floor-length gowns for $1,490, velvet sheaths for $1,100, and beaded evening dress samples for $750. There's a great range of sizes in the gowns, and most aren't samples, so they're available in multiple sizes.
Women's ready-to-wear makes up the bulk of the sale. Though we spotted more casual clothes, like cashmere sweaters for $190 and tailored work dresses for $660, we recommend splurging on the special pieces.
Some of our favorite finds include pleated wide-leg trousers for $190, beaded peplum tops, which are $390, and funky embroidered jackets for $490. There's an amazing selection of well-made evening wear, embellished with tassels, beads, feathers, and glitter, so definitely take your time to look through this section.
The shoe selection is equally well-stocked, and sizes range from 4.5 to 12. You'll have to do some digging if you're looking for a certain style, because what's out is all they have. All flats are $190, while heels are $290 and boots are $390 (heels make up the majority of the shoe inventory).
We found caged stilettos ($290), velvet and leather flats with beaded details ($190), and knee-high leather boots ($390). The sizing is a bit wonky, though—our friend, a size 8, fit into a size 10 slip-on flat and a size 7 heel, so definitely try before you buy.
The rest of the accessories are more limited, but you'll find belts, ranging from $110 to $390; handbags, marked $190 for small styles and up to $990 for oversizes exotic skin totes; wallets for $110-$590, and sunglasses for $150.
We noticed that the bags were selling out fairly quickly, but we spotted neon iPad clutches for$590, bowler bags for $290, and raffia totes for $390. The accessories area also holds a small selection of gloves ($50) and swimsuits for $110.
There's a section devoted entirely to furs, which range from $1,225 for a fur-lined sweater vest to $34,000 for a mid thigh-length fox fur coat. Although it's about 80 degrees outside today and wearing fur was the last thing on anyone's minds, the markdowns here are pretty amazing (most of them retail for over $100,000).
Guys are pretty much left out of this sale, save for a single rack of jackets for $290 and pants for $190. Most of the items are wool suit separates in various plaid patterns, but we did find some colorful corduroy pants and matching jackets. There's also a pretty solid selection of children's clothing, which is all priced according to age, starting at $25. Most of the children's clothes is for toddlers, and maxes out at sizes for 5-year olds.
The Soiffer Haskin staff wouldn't give us many details, but we do know there there will most likely be further markdowns as the sale progresses, but they will not be any restocking. There's a fitting room in the back of the sale space. Be prepared to check in your bag at the door and note that cash will not be accepted, so be sure to bring a card (or two) inside.
The sale runs through Wednesday at 317 W. 33rd Street. See the dealfeed below for hours.—Gillian Fuller
· Dealfeed: Oscar de la Renta [Racked NY]
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