When I first arrived at the sale preview, the merchandise was neatly organized on tables and racks ready for shoppers to grab in just 24 hours time. Everything was discounted up to 70% off and I found each item individually priced.
Starting with Costume National, I was able to find the brand's signature avant-garde styles. The fact that there were only four racks of the brand's RTW disappointed me a little but, nonetheless, the selection was impressive. The outerwear section, especially, grabbed my attention. There were motorcycle jackets, tuxedo blazers, gorgeous navy trenches (6th photo below), fur-trimmed down parkas (7th photo below), and tailored wool coats. Prices on outerwear ranged from $359~$999. I also enjoyed browsing the two racks of dresses and tops as Costume National's iconic deconstruct/reconstruct designs are unique and eye-catching. As for prices, a metal embellished V-neck dress was $557 (2nd photo below), a sleeveless round neck dress was $273 (3rd photo below), a white shirt dress was $270, a black silk dress was $409, a bright orange shirt was $257 (4th photo below), and a black & beige layered cardigan was $257 (5th photo below). In the pants section, prices ranged from $178~$260 and I spotted everything from slouchy silks to tailored trousers (8th photo below).
If you like things a bit more rock & roll, there were tons of items from Pierre Balmain. In fact, the majority of today's merchandise was the French brand. To give you an idea on pricing, I spotted a striped metal mesh top for $255 (13th photo below), a studded collar shirt for $214 (12th photo below), an open-back brocade dress for $162 (15th photo below), a black & white leopard print jacket for $428 (14th photo below), and a black lace pencil skirt for $153.
As for accessories, there were belts, wallets, leather pouches, and handbags from both labels. Prices on belts seemed steep as I found them priced $99~$528. Wallets and pouches were average with tags between $83 to $189. There was an abundant amount of handbags which included oversized totes, travel carryalls, and evening clutches. A studded Pierre Balmain shopper tote was priced $486 (20th photo below) and a Costume National black python clutch was priced $657 (last photo).
There were no Costume National shoes when I was there but I was told a shipment would arrive later tonight and they would be out on the showroom just in time for tomorrow's opening. As for Pierre Balmain footwear, I noticed a few different styles such as studded flat sandals ($234 & 18th photo below), sneakers ($214 & 19th photo below), and pointed toe pumps.
Though I only glimpsed at the men's section, I spotted stylish suits, tees, dress shirts, knits, motorcycle jackets, and shoes. This week's Costume National and Pierre Balmain sample sales start tomorrow and runs through Sunday.