The sale organizers of this spring's Vivienne Westwood sample sale gave me a sneak peek inside the sale space this morning. I know many of my fellow Mizhattanites are feeling upset about yesterday's Lanvin private sale but this review might help cheer you up because there are many good details I want to share with all of you.
When I dropped by the venue, all of the merchandise was neatly organized and ready to go for tomorrow's opening. Women's RTW was divided into two discount percentage groups: 60% off and 90% off. The space housed racks upon racks of Dame Westwood's main label as well as her diffusion lines. Anglomania, Gold Label, and Red Label were well represented. The 60% off marked items were from her recent collections while the 90% off inventory was from a few seasons back.
To give you some nitty gritty pricing details, here are some mentionable items from the 60% off section. A brown orchid print dress was $768 (1st photo below), a red plaid jacket from the Red Label was $560 (2nd photo below), a pair of floral-print sweatshorts were $58 (3rd photo below), a brocade corset top was $222 (4th photo below), a draped iridescent dress was $198 (5th photo below), and a gold/black cocktail frock was $1,512 (7th photo below).
The 90% off apparel section was incredible. A casual denim jacket was $32.50 (10th photo below), a green metallic blazer was $86.90 (11th photo below), a sleeveless knit dress was $49.50 (12th photo below), a purple dotted blouse was $147.50 (13th photo below), a red heart-printed dress was $148 (14th photo below), and an ivory leather jacket was $184.50 (16th photo below). Also, I think it's worth mentioning that prices on jeans started at just $20!
Women's shoes were mostly comprised of Vivienne Westwood's jelly designs for Melissa. In addition, a small selection of multi-strap sandals, pumps, and children's were on offer. All women's footwear products were $49.99 while children's were $29.99. Please note, though, sizes were very limited.
Handbags were abundant and markdowns fit in either the 50% off or 80% off category. While browsing, I saw a Victoria top handle bag for $515 (25th photo below), a plaid Conduit tote for $555 (27th photo below), and a large black bow tote for $260 (26th photo below). Wallets and sunglasses were also available. Wallets were priced $70~$150 while sunnies were $120.
After searching through the women's goods, I took a brief moment to check out the men's offerings. Just like women's clothing, menswear was reduced to 60% off or 90% off. The discounted inventory included everything from clean white button-down shirts to tailored suits and something a bit more eccentric like plaid blazers and colorful paisley print shirts.
The Vivienne Westwood sample sale doesn't usually draw a huge crowd which means you can discount shop in relative peace. If you're looking to grab a deal on this Brit brand, I'll end this article by saying that prices were very impressive--especially in the apparel section. There won't be much restocking (if at all) so don't dilly dally if Westwood is your thing.