Today, the Rachel Zoe sample sale opened a day early for press. To preview the offerings, I returned to the 260 Fifth Avenue venue excited and anticipating. Being a vintage fanatic, Rachel Zoe takes a lot of inspiration from vintage styles. That being said, today's sale merchandise consisted of 70s-inspired wardrobe items like black batwing tops, sharply cut tuxedos, faux furs, elongated trouser suits, and craftans. Other past season items--the Kylie tiered ruffle dress, tie-neck plunge blouse, vintage-inspired denims, leather jackets, and many more--that had Rachel Zoe's "I die" approval were available. But what really grabbed my attention was the scandalous mod sequined shift dress from her debut collection that caused quite a stir (photo above). Clothes were well stocked and sizes were available from 0~12. There was also a dedicated petite section. The jeans section was fully loaded as well, with sizes from 24~32.
While inventory was abundant, prices were rather disappointing (expensive!). Tops & sweaters were $100, jackets & coats were $250, leathers were $350, and pants were $125. If you like imitating Rachel Zoe's personal signature style, there were separate racks filled with maxi dresses in lots of varieties like leopard prints, peacock prints, and more.
In the shoe section, I spotted a small selection of pumps, flats, sandals, and wedges. Flats were $120, sandals were $150 & $175, pumps were $150, and boots/booties were $200. Sizes were available from 5 to 8.5. As for accessories, there were no handbags. A communal changing area that was curtained off was available in the back of the showroom with a limit of 10 items permitted for try-ons.
Since it is Rachel Zoe's first-ever sample sale, I suspect the sale ambiance will be "bananas" tomorrow. But to give you my opinion, I was not smitten enough by today's offerings due to the high prices. It's too early to say if there will be any further markdowns, but I'll make sure to update my fellow Mizhattanites via Twitter.
Outerwear coat $250
Long dress $250
Short dress $175
Long skirt $175
Short skirt $90
Ballerina flats $120
Flat sandals $120
Boots & booties $200