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Update: As of Friday morning, all merchandise is 90% off. The sale’s closing time has also been pushed up to 6pm. Our original report appears below.
If you’re looking to grab a piece of Lanvin from the Alber Elbaz era, head to C21 Edition. The fancy offshoot of the downtown discount department store is holding a sale of the brand’s merchandise right now with markdowns that start at 80% off.
The sale was previously listed as "private," but security at the entrances weren’t stopping anyone from coming in today.
Even though that’s a pretty high percentage, you’ll still be paying a lot for almost anything you pick up here. The ready-to-wear selection — which, for women, includes blouses, pants, cocktail and long dresses, fur coats, and even one dress that could pass as a wedding gown — is originally priced in the low thousands, which keeps the sale prices above $300 (and well above it, in some cases).
If you're not trying to drop that much money, check out sunglasses on the first floor (you’ll find some for under $100) and shoes on the second floor. Original prices for footwear typically hovered between $450 and $750. The handbag selection is sparse, despite being the most expensive of all — a crocodile skin sac pochette in aubergine would still be $2,800 after the discount.
You can shop this sale tonight through 9pm and tomorrow between 8am and
9pm 6pm at 21 Dey Street in the Financial District; you can walk right into C21 Edition from this address without having to navigate through the regular store’s crowds.