Holy Chyc! Pardon my "French" but this was my exact thought when I saw the behemoth queue today morning. In my many years of sample sale shopping, I have never seen so many shoppers lined up as they did today. It was a record breaker in my book. The queue started in front of the Soiffer Haskin building and snaked all the way down to 9th Ave, wrapped around the corner of 9th Ave & 34th St, and terminated midway down 34th. As of my last venture down 34th St (right before opening), the line showed absolutely no signs of stopping.
Feeling cranky and exhausted from waiting for what seemed like an eternity, I finally made it inside the showroom at around 9:10am as a member of one of the first groups. As soon as I entered, I was suddenly hit with a strong sensation of déjà vu as all the merchandise was a stock from last June's event.
So, let's start with schematics. The left side wall was fully occupied by racks of shoes organized by size. Multiple clothing racks were front and center, while the handbag tables were situated adjacent to the clothes. Accessories could be found on the right side wall.
If you remember my June '12 report, Tribute sandals dominated the shoe racks, and once again, those same Tribute sandals were back for round two. They were available in various colors and were priced $350. I also spotted many summer espadrilles, Tribtoo pumps, satin evening slingbacks, python/suede platforms, and floral print wedges.
With a limit of 3 handbags per person, the bag section was comprised of black patent Downtowns, black Y-Mail totes, YSL logo canvas totes, Muse Twos, Roadys, Muses in raffia, and many more. It seemed pretty obvious that the company was trying to get rid of their old inventory as all the handbags were from old seasons. In case you're wondering about Cabas Chycs, there were only 2 in perforated leather this early morning and were immediately snatched up by a lucky shopper. As for prices, each handbag was color-coded and ranged from $200 to $800.
Many of you were particularly interested in $50 Arty rings last June, and I'm happy to report that there were available at this sale. Other accessories included $75 sunglasses, $50 belts, $100 scarves, and $100 wallets. You can find the full price list is at the end of this article.
Moving to the RTW section, there was an abundance of merchandise. I spotted gorgeous white satin knee-length dresses, floral chiffon dresses, military-inspired jackets, and office-appropriate suits & jackets. As for men, the selection was limited to 6 racks of RTW and a table of shoes--mostly sneakers.
The heart wants what the heart wants, and we all want a piece of YSL--especially now more than ever since the company is taking a dramatic redesign with Hedi Slimane at the helm. Therefore, this week's YSL sample sale is the perfect chance to grab anything from the Pilati era. Just remember that if you're a trendy fashionista concerned with purchasing merchandise that might be considered "vintage" by next year, my MizAdvice is to hunt for Cabas Chycs & Tribute sandals (I was told there will be more restocking tomorrow) as these two best-sellers will stick around after the Saint Laurent switch. Happy Shopping!
Evening Gowns As Marked
Fur/Leather As Marked
Older Stock $50/As Marked
Handbags/Luggage $200-$800 (And exotic skins as marked)
Exceptional Jewelry As Marked
Men's Bags $400
Men's Shoes $200