First of all, I'm sure many of you are wondering how strict the sale's door policy is. Although security was noticeably stricter than at the last event, I definitely witnessed a few shoppers getting in without their names being checked. Honestly, if you can head over quickly enough to beat the afternoon/early evening crowd and make sure to look confident/act like you belong, then you might have a chance to get in without an invite (knock on wood!).
Now, let's get on with the review. Just like last autumn's sale, everything was marked down 80% off. Unfortunately, it's with resignation that I report there were hardly any handbags to be seen--a stark contrast to last October. However, the selection of Ready-to-Wear, shoes, and jewelry were significantly better than at the previous event. The womenswear section was largely comprised of fancy evening-appropriate dresses and gorgeous separates. Alber Elbaz's signature silk-satin one-shoulder dress in nude, for instance, was priced $700 while a shimmery evening blazer was $640. I also spotted a silk draped top for $4,350, a sequined cocktail frock for $1,300, a scalloped jersey dress for $680, a lightweight cashmere bolero for $250, and a sleeveless faille dress for $742. As for sizes, the discounted RTW was available in 36~46 while shirts were XS~XL. At a passing glance, I also spotted a small selection of swimwear with colorful items in sizes 1~4.
Neatly stack on the floor and on shelves were Lanvin's iconic ballet flats in several different styles of basic leather, glossy patent, shimmery metallic, and animal skin. Shoes were all 80% off and sizes ranged from 36 to 42. Basic leathers and glossy patents were going for $100. In addition to the flats, I was able to find brocade bow pumps, snakeskin loafers, cap-toe platform pumps, sling-back wedges, and pee-toe pumps.
The jewelry section was definitely the shining and shimmering statement at today's sale--figuratively and literally. There were boxes upon boxes of bib necklaces, embellished cuffs, cocktail rings, oversized drop earrings, and large chain pendant necklaces placed on top of a large center table. Prices on necklaces ranged from $200 to $600 while earrings were $120 to $350.
Menswear was situated on the opposite side of the modestly-sized sale space and there were some bargains to be had on these racks. Lucas Ossendrijver-designed tailored jackets, dress shirts, trousers, lightweight coats, bowties, neckties, cufflinks, and shoes were all 80% off. Dress shirts were available in sizes 36~46, pants in sizes 46~56, jackets in sizes 46~56, and t-shirts in sizes XS~XL. Like the women, footwear were placed in their respective boxes and stacked below the racks of clothes. Sizes ranged from 42~47. And finally, there was a healthy collection of ties and bowties on top of two tables. I spotted neckties and bowties (knitted silk and silk-satin versions) in a range of colors and they were priced $25-$40.
This week's Lanvin sample sale runs until Thursday. If you decide to swing by, feel free to share your experience by dropping a line in the comment section below.