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As you probably know by now, the Comme des Garçons sale starts today. We stopped by the VIP preview yesterday to see what gems the brand has dug out of the archives for this every-so-often event — but before we get to prices and stock, remember the most important news: Unlike most previews, where the best stuff gets picked over before you even get there, this sale will be restocking throughout each and every day of its four-day run. So your selection may end up being better than what the VIPs got.
Okay, onto the merchandise. It's exactly what we'd guessed — fun, avant-garde pieces at expensive, but not completely untouchable, prices. The discounts are as follows: CDG is 70% off the ticket price, and most other brands that sell at Dover Street Market are 80% off, except for Comme des Garçons Black, which is 50% off. The only exceptions we saw to this pricing structure were some men's accessories, including $50 wallets.
Both women and men will find a really good assortment of clothing. The women's area begins with a shoe section that includes an assortment of whimsical flats, glitter boots, lucite heels, feather trimmed oxfords, and patent Mary Janes. After reductions, prices range from just over $120 to just under $600. Obviously, as they restock, this range could change.
Next to the shoes are a few big boxes of purses, hats, and other accessories. We found a couple of Miu Miu and Christopher Kane purses for just under $400 each, but the pickings in accessories are so slim that we can't imagine you'll spend more than three or four minutes digging through the boxes.
The real wealth of the sale is the clothing. It's divided by garment type (dresses, slacks, jackets, skirts, sweaters) and then in some cases subdivided by color. Sizes are all mixed together, but there really is a variety — you don't have to be a size 2 to find something. As for prices, they are also really all over the map. When we were there, they ranged from $65 for striped CDG T-shirts to $1,059 for Erdem's gorgeous red Cameron dress.
Some standout pieces we spotted included the spring 2015 Blood and Roses collection's gorgeous red and white skirt for $250.50 and its striking red and black blazer for $369. There was also a bright blue faux leather Junya Watanabe motorcycle jacket for $369 and a great flowing red Simone Rocha Red skirt for $488 — check out all of these pieces and more in the gallery above.
In addition to what's above, we've got more examples of the merchandise selection and pricing, most of which comes from 2014 and 2015 collections. From Comme des Garçons, that includes polyester pinafore pants for $199.50, a Girl woven dress for $234, and cowhide shoes for $181.50. From the Dover Street Market labels, you'll find a Christopher Kane skirt for $405, a J.W. Anderson box bag for $183, a Raf Simons knit for $156, and a Giambattista Valli runway dress for $1,297.
Menswear has its own room and an equally good selection of clothing and shoes. Some highlights included a CDG Mickey Mouse shirt for $114, a beautiful CDG men's dinner jacket for $431, and an amazing long white men's vest with an image by artist Roger Ballen on the back for $335. For guys looking for something a bit less flashy, there are some basic shirts — basic by Comme des Garçons standards, that is, not Brooks Brothers — in the $120—$140 range.
In case you haven't already heard, there are no fitting rooms — you'll be trying on your clothing in front of everyone, so dress accordingly! See when and where to go in the Dealfeed below, and keep checking back on the site and on Twitter for more updates from the sale.