Aug 22, 2012

*SALE HUNT* Preview Your Weekend at Barneys

Sound the trumpets! New York's iconic sale, Barneys Warehouse, has returned for its end of summer event. The folks at Barneys opened their doors for a tour this afternoon to preview the event before it officially opens tomorrow. So, what kind of bargain goodies did I find? Let's begin the show and find out!

Call me a shoe addict but, after attending numerous Barneys Warehouse sales, it has become a little tradition of mine to start my shopping in the shoe section. Per usual, the shoes were located right smack when you walk onto the sales floor. Each metal rack was filled to the brim with designer styles from Brian Atwood, Azzedine Alaïa, Giuseppe Zanotti, Manolo Blahnik, Phillip Lim, Carven, Prada, and (drumroll...!) Christian Louboutin. That's right, after being absent for a few seasons, Louboutins are back! I spotted a pair of red patent ankle strap Louboutins (8th photo below) for ONLY $75!! Those of you who wear size 36.5, my MizAdvice is to tent out in front of the sale tonight and make a beeline for these knockouts once the doors open. Other selections of Louboutins included a pair of $1,119 Bollywoody peep-toes (originally $2,795 & 7th photo below), $689 Splash Fur slingbacks (originally $1,595 & 9th photo below), and more subdued suede peep-toe pumps for $379 (originally $945 & 10th photo below). There were other items such as lace-up wellies from Barneys Co-Op for $49 (originally $100 & 2nd photo below), $609 Alaïas (originally $1,515 & 1st photo below), $359 Isabel Marant chain strap sandals (originally $890 & 3rd photo below), $399 Brian Atwood neon lace sandals (originally $995 & 5th photo below), and $449 Prada slingbacks from the Spring '12 collection (originally $890 & 6th photo below).

My second stop on this shopping tour was at the handbag section where I was able to find some nice designer goods. I usually skip handbags because I never have any luck there, but I found a few decent pieces this time around. A Nina Ricci Liane lace bag, for instance, was available in soft pink for $659 (15th photo below). I also spotted a small Valextra Boston bag in white exotic for $3829 (16th photo below), and an Alexander Wang Rocco in black pebble was $349 (13th photo below). Phillip Lim's black Pashli satchel was $699 & Proenza Schouler's PS1 satchel in orange calf hair was $2,395 (sadly, these 2 bags had noticeable imperfections).

Moving on, I made my way to RTW. From labels like Marc by Marc Jacobs to Elizabeth & James, I found tons of merchandise in the contemporary section. There were plenty of wardrobe staples like cigarette pants, office blazers, party frocks, and versatile cardigans. Women's denims were located near the contemporary clothes and sizes ranged from 23 to 32. I found coveted brands like Current/Elliott, Isabel Marant, Rag & Bone, James Jeans, J Brand, and Theyskens' Theory.

High-end RTW was comprised of drool-worthy pieces and there were tons of Lavins at this event. A frayed tweed dress from Lanvin's Spring '12 collection was $609 (originally $2,420 & 24th photo below), a simple black top from Céline was $279 (originally $1,100 & 21st photo below), a rose gold glitter top from Chloé was $579 (originally $2,315 & 22nd photo below), a vibrant purple fuchsia print dress from Balenciaga was $249 (originally $995), and there was also a floral print skirt from Givenchy's Fall '11 collection (23rd photo below).

When I was there this afternoon, there were still boxes upon boxes of shoes & clothing that were waiting to be unpacked. So, what I wrote above and the photos below are just an initial sampling of what's to come. Needless to say, the Barneys Warehouse Sale attracts thousands of shoppers, so please plan accordingly. I hope everyone finds something good during the event. I will make sure to update you via Twitter when additional markdowns take effect. Next up, the return of the Hermès sample sale.

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