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- Store photo by Brian Harkin
- Padded bra, $70 (was $350)
- Chiffon babydoll, $75 (was $475)
- Silk top, $75 (was $225)
- Lace shirt, $120 (was $925)
- Satin slip, $140 (was $1,450)
- Padded bra, $70 (was $385)
- Satin shorts, $60 (were $425)
- Demi bra, $50 (was $285)
- Caged panty, $40 (was $265)
- Ruffled briefs, $25 (were $95)
- Lace bra, $50 (was $330)
- Satin boyshorts, $60 (were $450)
- Satin panties, $25 (were $95)
We hit up the opening day of the Kiki de Montparnasse sample sale this morning, and found steep markdowns on the brand's luxury lingerie and loungewear. Most underwear is just $40, and while that's a little more than we'd like to spend on everyday underthings, the original prices (for underwear alone!) range from $95-$500.
The lingerie here is the epitome of boudoir-chic, and it's all beautiful. However, the sizing is best suited for smaller figures: though bras range from 32A-36D, most of the ones we found were soft-cup styles that offer little support. Underwear, loungewear, and ready to wear range in size from extra small to extra large, but looked to run small. If you're looking for larger sizes or lower prices, we'd say skip this sale and go to the Natori sample sale, where most prices cap off at $30 (as opposed to $300 here).
About half of the sale is made up of standard undergarments, like bras and panties. As we mentioned above, many of the bras we found are soft-cup styles: we spotted lace demi bras, satin triangle bras, and sheer balconette bras, all for $50. The padded bras are limited, but include lace-lined full-coverage styles for $70 and satin demi bras with lace-up corset-style backs for $40.
A small rack in the front of the sale space holds specially-priced items; bras on this rack (again, mostly soft cup) are marked $30-$40.
We found underwear in every cut, including satin boyshorts, lace briefs, and silk high-waisted styles for $40. There's also a table of ruffled chiffon briefs and satin thongs, that are $25 each. We also found some decidedly sexier special-occasion pieces, including leather string bikini-cut underwear and caged styles (which you can see in the gallery) for $40 each.
Aside from that, the sale offers an impressive selection of vintage-inspired lingerie, such as silk garterbelts ($40), satin corsets ($85), and bra-top slips for $140. The sizing for these range between extra small and large, with a good distribution in each size range.
There's a small selection of ready-to-wear clothing among the lingerie, including bodycon skirts for $125 and chiffon evening gowns for $300. These are grouped with high-end loungewear, like floor-length satin robes ($200) and lace-trimmed rompers for $125.
Oddly enough, our favorite part of this sale was the selection of casual brushed-cotton loungewear, which are toward the back. Expect to find soft, oversized tees for $50, tie-waist shorts for $60, and cropped muscle tanks for $30, There is also a rack of leggings, which range in price from $50-$125 (the pricier ones are super-soft cashmere).
The bottom line: the discounts are unbelievably good, relatively speaking, but because the original prices are so high, you'll still be paying a premium—and mostly for things that aren't fit for everyday. There's a communal fitting room, and the staff notified us that they'll be restocking what they can, but there will likely be no further discounts. Check out the dealfeed for location and time info.—Gillian Fuller
· Dealfeed: Kiki de Montparnasse [Racked NY]
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