Spring Sample Shopping From Nanette Lepore, Maiyet, Gilt City, Loro Piana & More

It's turning out to be a varied and busy week in Sample Sale shopping as we get closer and closer to the peak season. Here are the latest highlights:

An old favorite for luxury bedding fanatics, SFERRA started its seasonal sale yesterday at Soiffer Haskin. Look for the Italian brand's famously lavish bed linens in the spotlight along with high quality bath linens, pillows, home furnishings and table linens starting at 70% off. Even with a deep discount, the sumptuous bedding can still be pricey, but there is typically a selection of basic sheet sets at more approachable prices. Shop through Thursday.

Starting today, the popular fashion rental website RENT THE RUNWAY is clearing out of "gently used" designer dresses and accessories at 260 Fifth Avenue. Typically, the selection can range from affordable contemporary labels to luxury Prêt-à-Porter designers now at 90% Off for anyone who doesn't mind a party dress that has been around the block a few times. Shop through Sunday

Tomorrow, NANETTE LEPORE will once again open her Garment District showroom for her seasonal Sample Sale. This one is billed as a Spring sale featuring her New York made contemporary sportswear and accessories through Friday.

On Thursday, Up and coming women's designer MAIYET will share 150 Greene Street in SoHo with home fragrance brand D.L. & CO, known for its elegant candle containers. Look for Maiyet's globally sources, sustainable luxury collection including apparel, handbags and shoes through Sunday.

If you are lucky, you managed to snag a ticket for Friday's opening evening shopping sessions at the GILT CITY WAREHOUSE SALE at the Altman Building. If not, then tickets are still available as we type this for times on Saturday and Sunday. Look for discounts above and beyond the already reduced prices of items from Gilt's vast warehouses of designer apparel for men, women and children. Extra treats and beverages are also offered depending on which session you attend. If you don't already have a Gilt membership, then sign up HERE.

Finally, on Sunday, Soiffer Haskin will continue with the Italian Luxury theme when it opens the seasonal LORO PIANA sale. Famous for its unparalleled cashmere knits, the legendary Italian brand will also have apparel, accessories and bolts of raw wool and cashmere fabrics for custom tailoring. Even at a discount, Loro Piana can be pricey, but it is always a classic investment. Shop through Thursday the 14th

Keep an eye on our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for location and time details as well as more sales from CINZIA ROCCASATYA TWENATUSKRACHEL ZOE and the inevitable late-breaking sales. Next week, look for Thakoon, Oscar de la Renta, Yigal Azrouël and more as the schedule heats up even more.


Anthony Vacarello To Take Charge At Saint Laurent Starting Now

Looks from Anthony Vaccarello's Spring 2016 Collection. Image: Michael Marson via

As has been widely expected, Italian-Belgian designer Anthony Vaccarello was officially named to replace Hedi Slimane today as creative director of Saint Laurent starting immediately. The rumors were essentially confirmed when, hours earlier, it was announced that he had left his position as the designer for the Versus Versace label. His first collection will be shown in October for the Spring 2017 season. As was also expected, Vaccarello will suspend his own signature label to focus all of his attention on Saint Laurent. It is not known whether or not he will be continuing the invitation-only haute couture line that Hedi Slimane launched last year under the original Yves Saint Laurent label, though parent company Kering has invested in new couture workrooms and a lavishly restored maison which was shown off at Slimane's final prêt-à-porter show in February.
Vaccarello is known for a sexy, sharply tailored aesthetic which should easily follow dovetail with the style that Slimane established during his four years at Saint Laurent. While Slimane spearheaded a top-to-bottom revamping of the company including extensive renovation boutiques and other points of sale, it is unlikely that Vaccarello will be instituting a new retail format or drastically changing things in a similar manner anytime soon. Unlike his colleague at Gucci, Alessandro Michele, whose new retail concept is slowly being rolled out to boutiques and in-store-shops, Vaccarello is not being brought in to inject new excitement into a fading brand. In fact, like Bouchra Jarrar who is soon to begin design duties at Lanvin, he is tasked with keeping things humming after the departure of a designer for whom things had been otherwise going extremely well. A new direction is not exactly what Kering is looking for at Saint Laurent, so Vaccarello will be closely watched this Fall to see if he can continue the momentum that Slimane has created at Saint Laurent while establishing his own identity as a designer.

Saint Laurent Confirms Anthony Vaccarello Hire (WWD)



Dolce & Gabbana, Stella McCartney, Versace, Mara Hoffmann, Illesteva, Valentino, Timberland, Max Mara, Etro, The Kooples & More

Here is your weekly sampling of some of the brands you can expect to find on the bigger online Flash Sale Sites this week. You should click over to the sites themselves for a full schedule of events, and be sure to check for the correct start time for each sale. Shop well!

Dolce & Gabbana, The Kooples, Alex + Alex, L'Agence, Seychelles, Jason Wu, Banjanan,  For Love And Lemons, Stella McCartney, Elizabeth Arden, Heritor Watches, Façonnable, Engineered for Motion, Gordon Rush, Life After Denim, Prada, Etro, Rawlings Leather Goods, Steiner Sports, Unsimply Stitched  —join HERE
Bruno Magli, Velvet by Graham & Spencer, Versace, Lilla P, Ciao Bella, Vince, Freckles & Kitty Girls, Taylor/Alexia Admor, Issey Miyake, David Yurman Eyewear, Sulu Collection, BRIO Toys,    —join HERE
Michele Watches, Level 99, Alexia Admor, Mara Hoffman Swim, CHARLES by Charles David, Robert Graham, Dooney & Bourke, Max Mara, Oliver Peoples, Meghan LA, L.K.Bennett, Kappa Active, We Are Massiv, Mossmann Australia, Adolfo, Calypso St. Barth, Laura Geller NY, Donald J Pliner, McGuire Denim, The Kooples, RonTomson, Stuhrling Watches, King Baby, Børn —join HERE
Illesteva, Prada, Balenciaga Handbags, Johnny Was, Dittos, Steve Madden, Valentino, Just Cavalli, Timberland, MARC by Marc Jacobs, Natori Sleepwear, Guerlain, Vivienne Westwood, Hugo Boss, Ben Sherman, John Varvatos, Original Penguin, Frye, Alara  —join HERE


Hedi Slimane Officially Flies The Saint Laurent Coop

Courtesy Photo

As has been widely rumored since the beginning of the year, Hedi Slimane has officially exited his position as creative director of Yves Saint Laurent.
He ends a four-year tenure characterized by anticipation and controversy as he was given rare authority to rebuild the renowned couture house from the bottom up starting with the feather ruffling rebranding of the ready-to wear as "Saint Laurent" and ending with a restoration of the dormant haute couture collection as an invitation-only venture under the original "Yves Saint Laurent" label. Though he never actually showed a full haute couture show, his final runway collection for Fall 2016, shown in Paris in February, was presented as if it were one, in silence with each look's number announced by Bénédicte de Ginestous who served the same role at Yves Saint Laurent's own haute couture shows. The collection was actually made in the house's couture workrooms, though it is in fact ready-to-wear, and its ad campaign, starring Cara Delevingne photographed by Slimane, was revealed by the designer himself only a few days ago.
Executives from Kering, which owns the business, have been open about the fact that Slimane's contract would end on March 31st, and that they would be negotiating until that point. It is difficult to understand how they couldn't come to terms with the designer to continue, since it appears that they bent over backwards to get him to come to the job in the first place, and the collaboration has been mutually beneficial to say the least. He was allowed to move the design studio to Los Angeles where he lives, and was given the authority to change just about everything about the brand from renaming the prêt-à-porter collections to redesigning the boutiques and in-store shops which were renovated at great expense. The amount of attention and funds lavished on Slimane was so notable that it reportedly rankled Kering's other star designer at Balenciaga, Nicolas Ghesquiere, enough for him to walk away from the brand he had already reconceived to great acclaim.
Ghesquiere is now comfortably ensconced at the Kering arch-rival LVMH-owned Louis Vuitton, while Balenciaga has just debuted the first collection by his second successor in four years. Now Kering is faced with replacing Slimane. Though not beloved by critics due to both his high-handed treatment of the press and collections that many of them found derivative and repetitive, he is adored by celebrity acolytes, and he managed to catapult Saint Laurent to over $1 billion in sales last year. Rumors have swirled around Belgian born designer Anthony Vaccarello as his replacement. He has his own collection and is also the designer for Versus by Versace. An announcement is expected soon enough for him to start work on Saint Laurent's Spring 2015 collections.
In the meantime, speculation continues about what Slimane's next move will be. It is unlikely that he will fill the most prominent open position in Paris available the moment, creative director at Christian Dior, as it is known to come with far less authority over branding than his now previous job. Slimane had been vocal about the fact that he had no influence over the Yves Saint Laurent cosmetics and fragrance business which is controlled by L'Oréal. Rumors had that as a sticking point in his re-negotiations with Kering, but the conglomerate was not in a position deal on that front. The most likely scenario has Slimane finally starting his own fashion house, presumably based in Los Angeles, but he is expected to take his time. He let a long five years lapse between leaving Dior Homme in 2007 and starting at Saint Laurent in 2012 and, though he now has the experience as a women's designer that would make it much easier to finance a new fashion brand, it is not known if he is in any hurry to jump back into the fray. Until that happens, however, his future moves are likely to be fashion's biggest unanswered questions.

Saint Laurent Confirms Hedi Slimane Exit (WWD)


Bally & Georg Jensen To Move A Few Blocks Up Madison Avenue

The game of Musical Stores on Madison Avenue will continue as famed Swiss shoe and accessory brand Bally will move from its current home in the GM Building to Georg Jensen's shop at 687 Madison. Georg Jensen, by the same token will relocate further uptown to 698 Madison.
what may seem like lateral move for both companies may in fact be something of marginal improvement for Bally, which has endured continuing efforts to reposition and improve its fashion image in its GM building location through a series of creative directors. The move will have it taking the entire southeast corner of 62nd and Madison including not only the Jensen store but also the adjacent former Church's shop which has been closed for several months now creating a total of about 3,000 square feet. It is a somewhat more favorable location just a block up from Barneys with a much more intimate scale than the cavernous GM Building space.
Georg Jensen's new home will have be the former Kentshire shop where, between the ground floor and the basement, it will have 1,600 square feet to display the famous Danish jewelry and silver designs.
No word yet on who will takeover the current Bally store which is on the back end of a wing that features a temporary (or possibly not so temporary if rumors are to be believed) Cartier store, and if there is a new Church's store in the works, something New York City hasn't been long without in decades, then it is still under wraps.

The WTC transit hub is an exhausting mess (NYPost via The Real Deal)


Have We Reached Peak Athleisure With Lululemon Lab?

Nobody loves a catchy trend name more than the fashion industry, and nobody loves a portmanteau word more than the internet, which makes Athleisure an instantly annoying concept. Having said that, there's no denying that Lululemon, the yoga-focused athletic wear brand that has spurred crazes and backlashes at a headspinning rate, is partially responsible for the popularity of wearing yoga-pants as everyday-wear. It stands to reason, then, that the logical next step for the label would be to simply expand into sportswear made with no particular performance purpose, so now we have the brand new Lululemon Lab boutique that opened last week on Bond Street on NoHo.
Perhaps the most striking aspect of the store is the near banishment of company's actual name, as if it is somehow manifesting its own corporate shame over recent controversies by suppressing its very name in favor of its circular insignia that is subtly imprinted only on the inside of garments. Even the sign outside shows only the symbol and the word "lab".
Inside, there is not a yoga pant to be found. Instead, high tech athletic fabrics are fashioned into minimalistic sportswear pieces that are meant to look more at home out on the town. To the brand's credit, the sophisticated materials look good in their Rick Owens-lite incarnations offering bonded seams and laser cutting that wouldn't make anyone look like they just dashed out of the gym.
This is Lululemon Lab's first U.S. store —it has one other in Vancouver— and it is smartly nestled amongst some of the most notable condos in NoHo just a few doors away from Billy Reid. Though the merchandise is sportswear, several of the women we saw shopping there yesterday afternoon were obviously on their way to/from yoga class drawn in by the logo on the sign not knowing that the store was a new brand concept. Athletic companies branching into sportswear is nothing new.  Adidas has its SLVR and Y-3 collections, and Moncler has transformed its image with its designer Gamme Rouge and Gamme Bleu collections, but time will tell us whether or not Lululemon has enough clout to join their ranks and dress its customers for the rest of the day.

Lululemon Lab 50 Bond Street between The Bowery & Lafayette Street, NoHo



Get A Flight Jacket This Spring

Rarely has there been a must-have item as ubiquitous as the military flight jacket that you are seeing everywhere. From what we could see on the runways for this Fall, they aren't going anywhere anytime soon, so get on board if you don't have one yet. Here's a roundup of the various ways this style can be interpreted.

Check out Which Flight Jacket Are You Getting This Spring?

by Aaron Bernstein at Mode


Spring Sale Special With Ghurka, The Kooples, David Yurman & More

We are just about to head into a busy Sample Sale period starting next month, but while this week's schedule isn't too heavy, there are a few heavy hitters sure to bring out the eager shoppers.

Classic, rugged accessory brand GHURKA has been undergoing a revival over the past few years. They have not been a regular on the sale circuit lately, but today we'll find them at Soiffer Haskin in Midtown West offering discounts starting at 70% off on luggage, bags & other accessories for Men and women. This will be a must-visit for longtime fans of the all-American brand running through Thursday.

Also today, fashion jewelry fanatics will be lined up at 260 Fifth Avenue for the BAUBLEBAR sale running through Saturday. This one is a seasonal favorite known for great bargains on shiny things.

Veteran stylist Andrea Lieberman's contemporary label A.L.C. will be on sale at Chelsea Market starting on Wednesday through the weekend. Look for savings of up to 60% off clothing  and accessories from the woman who has helped shape the style of women like Gwen Stefani, Kate Judson and Gwyneth Paltrow.

French contemporary phenom THE KOOPLES is bringing its sample sale back to 260SampleSale's new Greene Street location starting on Wednesday through next Monday. Look for lots of slimly tailored trendy sportswear in black. it's not for everyone, but the ones who it is for love it, so plan ahead if you are a fan.

On Thursday, premium denim and contemporary label BLK DNM will be offering up to 80% off its collections in SoHo through the weekend. Look for lots of stripped down basics from tees to jeans to tailored suiting along with exceptionally well-styled leather pieces.

Finally, the biggest event this week is likely to be the return of the DAVID YURMAN sale starting on Thursday through Sunday at the Altman Building in Chelsea. Look for up to 75% off the designer's coveted jewelry from precious statement pieces to sportier sterling silver items including Watches, Eyewear and Men's Collections. As always, 10% of the first day's proceeds will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Keep an eye on our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for locations and hours as well as late breaking additions to the schedule.
Next week, look for Marchesa, Maiyet, Sferra and more.


Burberry, Filson, Alexander McQueen, Billy Reid, Tory Burch, Rochambeau, Prada, Creed, AG, TOD's & More

Here is your weekly sampling of some of the brands you can expect to find on the bigger online Flash Sale Sites this week. You should click over to the sites themselves for a full schedule of events, and be sure to check for the correct start time for each sale. Shop well!

Burberry, Firth Shoes, Gumuchian Jewelry, Vita Fede, Calypso St. Barths, Portolano, Korres, SO&CO Watches, J.Lindeberg Golf, Antonio Maurizi, Filson Accessories, Jared Lang, Valentino, Pierre Balmain, Creed Fragrance, Hamilton Watches, Kyocera Cutlery —join HERE
Alexander McQueen, Naot/Cobb Hill, Joan Vass, Melissa McCarthy Seven7, Gevril Watches, ZERO Halliburton, Castaway, Jane Basch Jewelry, Armenta Jewelry, Ara, SAACHI, K-Way,    —join HERE
Vertigo, AG Jeans, Billy Reid, Riller & Fount, Stephen Oliver Jewelry, Stockholm Sven, New Balance, Mario Valentino, Tory Burch, Givenchy Eyewear, Original Penguin —join HERE
Porsche Design, Lafayette 148, Stephen Webster Jewelry, Elie Tahari, A.B.S. Allen Schwartz, Three Dots, John Barrett Haircare, Ben Sherman, TOD's Ermenegildo Zegna Shoes, Micros, Kaya di Koko, Betsey Johnson, English Laundry, Dr. Brandt, Bulova, Rochambeau, James Tattersall, Prada —join HERE


Uniqlo's Liberty Of London Line Arrived In Stores Today With Few Crowds But Plenty Of Good Merch

If you were worried that Uniqlo's new collaboration collection with Liberty of London was going to create the kind of frenzy that the iconic Brtish textile brand whipped up when it teamed up with Target a few years ago, then you can rest easy. Things at the Japanese chain's Fifth Avenue flagship were reasonably calm at midday today when the Shophound stopped by to check out the collaboration in person. The shelves and racks seemed fully stocked with the brand's famous florals translated into fairly classic items that should ultimately sell easily, but nobody should be put off by the notion that there might be aggressive crowds flocking to the store. Apparently, Uniqlo is not yet at Target's level of promotional skill, but maybe one day it will be.
But back to the clothes on hand, though the collection is billed as being for men and women, the men's offerings consist of a single, classic style of linen shirt in five floral patterns of a suitably masculine shades of blue. The women's collection includes several printed tees, two styles of jersey dresses —one long and one short, loose drawstring shorts along and tote bags, slippers and other accessories all in various Liberty prints. It's also priced to move with nothing under $39.90, so if the intermittent balmy weather has made you ready for flowers that have yet to bloom on their own, a printed top may be a good temporary Spring fix.