Despite the remnants of the passing storm slushing up the sidewalks, my morning started just fine thanks to Jason Wu. When I first stepped inside the Madison Sq. Park sale venue, I was immediately greeted by Wu's signature looks. Aside from creating scene-stealing gowns, the designer is best known for adding a luxurious twist to American classics. At today's event, I would have to say that there were enough drool-worthy pieces to woo the crowds right off the street.
The RTW section was organized by size and category. I'll first start off will the five decent-sized racks of PRICE AS MARKED items. In this "let's peek at the prices tag first" section, I spotted pieces from his Fall '13 collection such as this lace-covered peplum dress, this polka-dot chiffon blouse, this curve-defining tweed dress, this pair of tweed shorts, and this feather-embellished sateen dress. Although most items were well above the $300 mark, I considered the prices reasonable as the select merchandise was still discounted far more than at department stores and online retailers. Case in point, the feather-embellished frock I mentioned above was $1,485 but it's currently priced $2,475 at Net-a-Porter. The polka-dot chiffon blouse was $356 at today's sale but the exact same one retails for $711 at Net-A-Porter.
Now, moving onto the regular racks. Unsurprisingly, prices were lower than the PAM section. Comprised of $300 leather tops, $125 T-shirts, and $200 knits (full prices list at the end of this article) I found around 25 racks of goods beckoning shoppers to come hither. On a side note, I'm sure many of you are shocked by these relatively costly price points but please do try to remember Jason Wu's designs cater to high spenders and upscale masses.
If glamorous outfits aren't your main concern, there were plenty of shoes, handbags, and accessories available. Fortunately, the shoe section was reasonably priced and well stocked with many different styles. Everything from embellished booties to satin pumps to strappy sandals were priced at $150. The handbag section was also abundant. I spotted Miss Wu mini shoulder bags in python & metallic, Miss Wu shoulder bag in multi-colors, Daphne crossbody bags in various hues, and Ming clutches. Handbags were $200 for small leathers, $250 for mediums, $300 for large totes, and $150 for clutches.
On my way out, I found a nice variety of sunglasses and optical frames priced at only $25. Since this is the brand's first sample sale, it is uncertain if markdowns will taken on the last day. As always, I will keep you updated via Twitter and with a comment below.
Leather and embroidered tops $300
Cocktail dresses $900
Accessories and Handbags
Large leather handbags $300
Medium leather handbags $250
Small leather handbags $200
Embroidered clutches $300
Exotic skin handbags $350