The Dolce & Gabanna sample sale started this morning at the Metropolitan Pavilion, and we headed in as soon as it opened to scope it out. We had to wait for a bit, but the line moved surprisingly fast and we were inside in 30 minutes.
The sale space is massive, and packed to the brim with womenswear and menswear from the label's past few seasons. Everything from 2011 and earlier is a full 80% off, the 2012 collections are marked down to 70% off, and everything from 2013 is half off.
Everything is marked with a colored sticker that indicates the percentage. Some prices remain pretty high, and there's an almost overwhelming amount of inventory to choose from.
Womenswear makes up about half of the sale. We found clothes in every size, but were a bit disappointed to find that a lot of the items (dresses in particular) looked a bit matronly. The standout pieces we did find, though, were good, like a sheer chiffon midi dresses ($1,072), polka-dotted trumpet skirts ($218), and sequined trousers ($502). We were surprised to find a good deal of casual clothes, including wide-leg jeans for $95 and silk shell tanks for $142.
The women's section has a good deal of really luxe jackets, like heavily discounted fur vests $1,219 (from $6,095) and velvet-lined blazers for $516 (from $2,580).
There are four massive racks of shoes in the back of the women's area, and—while a bit messy—it's one of the better parts of the sale. You may have to dig a bit to find your size. There are fur booties for $1,018, raffia wedge espadrilles for $97, and patent leather Mary Jane pumps for $328. Near the shoe section are the bags, including slouchy leather totes for $703 and mini quilted bags with long chain straps for $422.
There's also a small rack of lingerie and swimwear, belts, and small accessories, like leather iPhone cases for $43 and embellished velvet headbands for $382.
The men's section is slightly less varied than the women's; a lot of what we found were either work clothes and suit separates. Cotton oxford shirts are $103, wool suit jackets are $325, and pinstripe trousers are $347. We did find a large selection of straight-legged jeans in every size and wash ($187), and a bunch of graphic tees for $73.
There isn't much outerwear in the men's area, but we did see a few cool pieces, like a perforated suede track jacket ($478) and linen blazers ($175).
In the men's accessories area, there are ties and clip-on bow ties, both $67, and a handful of leather briefcases. Shoes include a mix of dressy and casual styles; expect to find everything from velvet oxfords for $247 to leather high-top sneakers for just $75.
There will be no markdowns and no restocking, though we doubt anything will sell out because there's so much merch. The sale runs all weekend and warps up on Monday. See the dealfeed for hours.—Gillian Fuller
· Dealfeed: Dolce & Gabbana [Racked NY]
· The June Sample Sale Calendar: 72 More and Counting! [Racked NY]