Thursday, February 22, 2018

Bogner Sample Sale Up to 75% Off

March is one of the most wonderful months to ski. It's warm, the sun shines on most days, and, in many cases in the western United States, it's the month that brings the most precipitation. It's also when ski crowds cool down and sales for skiwear begin to heat up.

As a matter of fact, our favorite skiwear brand, Bogner will begin a sample sale, on Friday, in their Soho store. Shoppers can expect to find savings of up to 75% off seasonal styles from recent collections. Plus, you can score deals on Bogner’s hood furs, helmets and boots.

During a sneak preview we spotted a black and white jacket that's now $825 from $1650, a fashion ski coat is $900 from $1800 and a silver jacket is just $300 from $750. A hat with a fur pom-pom is $110 from $220. You can click over this way to see pictures.

We suggest you take advantage of these discounts while the assortment is plentiful and the pile is still fluffy. You know if you don't, you will regret it next Winter.

Bogner Sample Sale
Friday, February 23 through Sunday, February 25
11am-7pm daily
468 West Broadway (btwn Prince & W. Houston)

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Supreme Becomes the Chanel of Streetwear

As the fashion glitterati tracks Italian trends from Milan, everyone from 13-year-old kids to their moms and even the Art Basel crowd will be stationed at their computers come 11am-sharp on Thursday. That's when Supreme is scheduled to 'drop' their spring collection online. Wait more than two minutes and it will all be gone.

Supreme isn't just about just skateboard decks anymore. Following its successful collaboration with LVMH, the streetwear brand has captured the attention of those normally clad with Chanel classics and Hermes Birkins. Establishing that you can spend between $5000 and $50,000 on a status bag isn't enough any more. Style arbiters are much more interested in procuring the hard-to-get.

This Spring Supreme release, is poised to be the biggest ever. The collection includes all of Supreme's famous basics from hoodies, hats and tees. The fastest selling items from the in-store release, last week, were a faux fur logo coat, the glow-in-the-dark Pile Skull pieces and the “Illegal Business Controls America” hoodie.

We have our eye on some other items--being as we are a little bit out of the Supreme demographic. Of course, there is the pinball machine, which is a great summer home decor accessory. The logo lighter is a great piece, whether you smoke or not. We love the duffle bag, which is perfect to use for airport travel because it's light and bright. It also feels so much more right-now than LV luggage. The best part is that it's just $150. You can click over this way to see all the pieces in Thursday's drop.

If you're shopping online from Supreme for the first time, don't be surprised if your credit card is flagged. The site, unsurprisingly, encounters lots of fraud. You may want to call your credit card company beforehand so that your purchase ability won't be compromised.

Luxury shoppers who feel too highbrow for this Supreme offering can hold out for the rumored Rolex collaboration. That's sure to catch just about everyone's attention.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Selling Out: Balenciaga Speed Trainers

It's not technically Spring but warmer temperatures have us thinking about the fashion season ahead. Trends usually come and go season-to-season but sometimes a hot item only picks up speed. That seems to be the case with 2017's hot Balenciaga Speed Trainers. This low key, high luxury item shows no sign of letting up on popularity.

Right now, many department stores just got new spring shipments on these knit upper 'sneakers' or have started taking pre-orders. We suggest you grab them while they are available-- especially if you wear a smaller size show and can't fit into a  men's version.

At Barneys you will find only two sizes left of the logomania version, there are still several sizes of the yellow "Power' version and the red 'Europe Collection'. Net-a-Porter only has one size of the metallic option and they are completely sold out of the basic style.

Bergdorf Goodman has a few size option in the basic style of Speed Trainers and is fully stocked in the black and yellow 'Power of Dreams'. We are sure they won't be available for very long.

Saks has a few larger women's sizes in the basic black style but is fully sold out in the white version. Matches Fashion still has a 'coming soon' notice on their Spring styles. It's probably a good idea to add them to your wishlist so that you're updated when they become available.

If this is a look you want to rock for Spring, we suggest you roll up your jeans and speed your clicker over to Bergdorfs now. It's your best bet for this hot kick.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Neiman Marcus Hits Last Call at 80% Off

If you've ever wondered what happens to all that wonderful merchandise at Neiman Marcus that goes un-purchased, we have the answer. In just a matter of weeks, it pops up at the brand's discount store, Last Call.

Neiman Marcus Last Call stores have received new arrivals direct from Neiman Marcus. The discount usually starts at about 65% off original retail but extra promotions often bring the total savings to over 80% off.

Keep your eyes open, we have heard recent reports of Moncler coats and in past years we've spotted Chanel clothing discounted almost 90% off retail. We've also heard that the discounter receives Chanel bags from time to time but doesn't display them. We suggest asking a sales manager if you're on the hunt.

Last Call online also has plenty of good finds. A Tom Ford dress is about $1000 from $5000, a Mary Katrantzou romper is $360 from $1700, a Milly off-the-shoulder blouse is $70 from over $300 and a Saint Laurent metallic minidress is $870 from $5000.

Friday, February 16, 2018

The Best President's Day Sales

Hurray! It's a happy long weekend. That means there is more time to rest, stalk the London fashion shows and, of course, shop. Taking the warmer temperatures into account, it's the perfect time to get out and enjoy actual shopping. Otherwise, you can shop online and spend your days enjoying elongated boozy brunch.

Here are some of our favorite online sales for post-Valentines Day and past Presidents:

TheOutnet- Save an extra 40% off select pieces
Code: Discount applied at checkout
Favorite item: Ellery shirt dress $240 from $870
Note: Promotion ends Tuesday, February 20th 1pm GMT

Intermix- Extra 40% off cold-weather items
Favorite item: Michelle Mason grey shearling jacket $1200 from $2000
Note: Look out for coats and winter accessories that haven't been on deep discount

Moda Operandi- Private sale; 25% off new season
Favorite item:">Cult Gaia bag $210 from $280
Note: Ends Midnight on February 19

J. Crew- Extra 30% off everything including sale
Favorite item:">Drake pajama top $110 from $228
Note: Sale in stores too

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

NYFW: Inside Rosie Assoulin

Rosie Assoulin has been showing at fashion week for five years and each of her collections has taken a different turn while still maintaining a focus on her unique aesthetic. As an art form, Rosie has mastered the skill of creating finally crafted clothing that is both playful and stylish.

For fall 2018, Rosie was able to find the perfect balance between her magical statement pieces and false offer a flattering options of silhouettes. In addition, the designer added outerwear and expanded her daywear options. Two of the major pattern themes were colorful patchwork marbling and Jackson Pollock-like splatter prints.

Some of our favorite pieces from this season was a sparkle wrap dress with pink piping, which was shown with a long pink duster. We also loved the 'tweed' ensemble with rainbow ribbon. The bustier was sculpted perfectly with a belt belted and shown with matching pants and jacket. For daytime, we love the simplicity of a zip-up hoodie layered under a bushy faux fur coat and we would be  remiss to ignore the high wasted ball-skirt and halter top that is layered with rainbow crystals. It's a Rosie classic. (See pictures in the jump.)

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

NYFW: Inside J. Mendel FW18

Breakfast tea, coffee, macaroons and treats were served in the Ladureé garden by Gilles Mendel with a side of Hollywood glamour. The collection, which showcased the designer's expert execution of fur craftsmanship, paced itself perfectly with the upcoming trends and today's elegant woman.

Gilles Mendel, adroitly pieced together patchwork coats that resulted in a lush effect. Less expert hands often turn out this type of design looking like incorrect puzzle pieces forced together. Coats were also shown with a corduroy effect and in another instance Mandel constructed the skins to look like tapestries. Our favorite piece was a heather grey, short haired mink coat that hit just above the ankle. (Seen on the model above. More pictures from the show are in the jump.)

Gowns and dressed-up pant separates played a worthy supporting roll. Mendel says he was inspired by the glamour of Katharine Hepburn and Louise Brooks. We loved how many pieces played well for day. After all, not all occasions are scheduled after dark and often times, wearing pants feels a lot more modern and chic.

The autumnal color palate played nicely into the winter collection with the rich crimsons, burnt oranges, dusty blues and elegant purples that were bright enough not to seem dismal and forbidding. We just know the two evening gowns made of tulle with layers of plates will be seen on the red carpet.

Overall, this collection felt modern and luxurious. It was wearable and elegant. We consider that a huge success, especially in the fur segment of the fashion industry that's has been caught in a decade-long downward spiral.

NYFW: Inside Anna Sui

Nostalgia played heavily into Anna Sui's most recent fall-winter 2018 collection. Bella & Gigi Hadid opened the show and channeled the days when collections were shown intimately in showrooms. In the early days of fashion, models brought attitude and lots of drama to the preview of each collection and that's what the long line-up of today's supermodels carried over to Monday's runway.

Anna Sui's rich history was celebrated appropriately with rich hues in lush fabrics like corduroy, brocades, sequins and embroidery. There was also plenty of Victorian lace, ruffles and mod denim. Prints and textures were piled on together, which resulted in a depth of layering which can only be successfully executed by a skilled professional. Click here to see more pictures.

Always keeping her main customer in mind, the collection spanned full ensembles that can glam-up a 9-to-5 cubicle or a dance floor. After all, it takes true focus for a designer to understand the drama of fashion's past and how it relates to today's attention starved girls of social media.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Valentino's Rockstud Sample Sale: Pictures Added

Today kicked off Global Fashions multi-brand fashion event, which features a large variety of Valentino Rockstud shoes, bags and clothing. The sale also includes an assortment of Valentino Red, Anya Hindmarch and M Missoni. Discounts are 70% off accessories, shoes and bags and 80% off ready-to-wear couture gowns. Click here to see lots of pictures from inside the sale. Don't forget to mention Madison Avenue Spy and save an additional 10% off your total purchase. 

Global Fashions V-Day Sale 
Monday, February 12 though Thursday, February 15
Monday to Thurs 9am-6pm
49 West 38th Street

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NYFW: Five Minutes With Dennis Basso

By Cameron Tewson of 

Congratulations on the show you just previewed. Tell me more about your autumn- winter 2018 collection.

This collection’s inspiration was based on the Dennis Basso woman of the past 35 years translating some of the iconic looks for the modern woman of 2018.

Talk me through your design process and how do you source inspiration, particularly your autumn-winter 2018 collection?

Inspiration for me comes from everywhere I look, whether it's the beautiful city streets or architecture. Anywhere that there is something visual to take in. All of this slowly sends you in a direction and at that point you run with it.

Describe your autumn winter 2018 girl in three words?

Modern, International, Flirtatious

Why did you choose St. Bartholomew’s Church as your show venue?

The architecture is magnificent. It is just a beautiful way to see these gorgeous models go up and down the aisle. It’s really an iconic building in New York and I like the idea of being a piece of history.

With so many memories made, what would you say one of your career highlights has been to date?

My career highlight was when I first moved my show to be part of official NYFW.

What celebrity would you like to see if your collection and why?

I wouldn’t mind designing something for Sofía Vergara. I think she is exciting, gorgeous and embodies the feel of the Dennis Basso international woman.

You have been in the industry over 35 years, what do you think about American fashion?

American fashion is a very important part of fashion worldwide. Many years ago when I first started everyone looked to shows in Paris and Milan as setting the benchmark, but today all eyes are on American fashion. America has some of the most important designers in the world.

What do you think has happened to the design culture over the past 20 years?

More of the rules are being broken about what people wear, what time of day they are wearing and what season they are wearing. Everything has changed. It’s very modern and people are interpreting fashion in their own way.

How do you make your QVC line different to your main-line?

At QVC the price point is completely different ranging from $50-200, whereas my Madison Avenue store collection ranges from $5,000 to $300,000. I think that we’re making faux fur for television and popular place clothing which is great because it allows so many people access to the Dennis Basso look at a reasonable price point.

In 2011, you launched your first exclusive collection of bridal designs, what made you decide to enter the bridal

Bridal is a very fun area because you’re really dealing with probably a woman’s happiest moment. There are trends in bridal, but at the same time it gives you the liberty to design many different looks and for many different style brides from the princess bride – to the sexy bride – to the sophisticated bride. The list goes on and on, and what you’re really doing when a woman is getting married her wedding dress really is her red carpet.