First things first. Initially, I was under the impression this week's Lanvin private sale would be a tightly organized invite-only affair. Well, it turns out the door policy isn't as strict as I had dreamed up in my head. So, if you're interested in attending this sale, just mention that you received an email from Wendy and abracadabra a treasure trove of Lanvin goodies will be presented to you.
The tiny 9th floor showroom on 57th Street was filled to the brim with Mr. Elbaz's past season collections. On the onset, the space with all the merchandise and shoppers had me feeling overwhelmed and claustrophobic. But after a few minutes getting an overview of the merch and seeing the 80% off signs placed throughout the premise, I was good and ready to dig right in. The RTW section consisted of coats, skirts, blouses, jackets, dresses, evening gowns, and cocktail frocks. As I mentioned just a second ago, everything was discounted 80%. A butterfly print sleeveless dress was $725 (originally $3,625 & 1st photo), a floral print fuchsia/black dress was $589 (originally $2,945 & 2nd photo), a shimmery white cardigan was $614 (originally $3,070 & 9th photo below), a chestnut jersey blouse was $168 (originally $840 & 10th photo below), a blushed pink side zip dress was $742 (originally $3,710 & 3rd photo below), a leopard print bow neck blouse was $490 (originally $2,450 & 11th photo below), and a lipstick red draped blouse was $393 (originally $1,965 & 12th photo below).
As for footwear, I spotted several different styles of Lanvin ballet flats in cap-toe, bow embellished, leopard print ($166), and classic nude ($110). I also found pumps, oxfords, sneakers, booties, and boots at today's sale. On par with RTW, women's shoes were also discounted 80%. A pair of green ankle strap platform pumps were $310 (originally $1,550 & 17th photo below), black smoking slippers with bow were $174 (originally $870 & 20th photo below), black satin pumps with bow were $190 (originally $950 & 18th photo below), and snakeskin zipped booties were $590 (originally $2,950 & 19th photo below).
Lanvin's Happy bags in leopard and zebra prints were also available at 80% off. Unfortunately, there were only 4~5 Happy bags that were quickly grabbed up by lucky shoppers during the morning blitz. By the time I left the sale, only one zebra remained on the table.
Displayed adjacent to the bags were jewelry and belts. There were insect cuffs and brooches from the brand's Spring '11 collection as well as many statement gems.
This week's Lanvin sample sale will run through Saturday. If you're a fan of Alber Elbaz and his outstanding designs, make haste and head over to 37 W. 57th Street.