Wednesday, October 31, 2007

REVIEW: Manolo Blahnik Press Sale

Ladies, this is not an urban myth or a Sex in the City line:

A Manolo Blahnik sample sale does exist in New York.

In a town known for its fabulous sample sale, the bi-annual Manolo press sale is considered the creme de la creme of sample sales. Sure, it isn't glamorous to claw your way to a few pairs of artfully decorated Italian shoes. But, the price factor and the exclusivity of it all will drive any sensible, sophisticated woman to caveman behavior.

The Fashionable Matilda's Diary is one of the few lucky participants to witness the latest Manolo press sale. We have been trying for two weeks to track down the date for you with no avail. A kind soul tipped us off yesterday about the sale, literally at the last minute. We apologize that we couldn't share the news with you all.

The scene was a lot more civilized compared to last year's sale. Maybe we got there too late (about an hour before they close up shop), but the hordes of eager shoppers/editors were nowhere to be found. Pairs and pairs of Manolos were piled up on tables like mountains, with a few strays hanging lonely in their plastic bags or on the floor.

The selection was huge this year. We found a few pairs dating back to the early 90s. (Remember those bright colored mules Linda Evagelista wore in the 90s and photographed by Bruce Weber in Vogue?) There were also a few rumored pairs that came from the Vogue closet. Certain fur-lined boots looked great on their own but looked like chinchillas on our staffers' legs. The prices ranged from $100 for plain leather sandals/pumps to $550 for over-the-knee boots in exotic skins.

Our ultimate pick? A pair of black and white suede Oxford pumps that will go well with all of Fall's menswear trends. Given the opportunity, we would do it all over again (but maybe go at a later time to avoid the crowds).

Where: The Warwick Hotel, 65 W 54th St., New York, NY
When: Ahh.. that's the question. The Manolo Blahnik Press Sale occurs bi-annually, so count on one happening after 6 months. The sale is open to the public starting at noon.

Photo from top: A scene during last season's Manolo Blahnik press sale.

Photo credit: Papermag

November Sample Sales

Time to open up your wallets ladies!

10/31/2007 - 11/2/2007
12pm - Rachel Roy Sample Sale, 25 West 39th Street, between 5th and 6th Aves, 14th Floor
Featuring Rachel Roy blouses, trousers, dresses, shorts and jackets up to 75% off of the retail price.

10/31/2007 - 11/2/2007
10:00am - Helmut Lang and Rag & Bone Sample Sale, ClothingLine, 261 West 36th Street, bet 7th & 8th, 2nd floor, NYC
Mon-Thurs 10:00-7:00pm , Fri 10:00-6:00pm.

11/12/2007 - 11/14/2007
1:00pm - Rebecca Taylor Sample & Stock Sale Event, New Venue, 145 West 18th Street, between 6th & 7th Aves, NYC
Monday: 1 - 8pm ; Tuesday: 8 - 8pm ; Wednesday: 10 - 6pm.
Payment accepted: MasterCard, Visa, American Express
Size Ranges: 0 - 12, XS - L
Prices: Wholesale and Below from $50 to $199

11/13/2007 - 11/16/2007
10:00am - Ben Sherman Sample Sale, 261 West 36th St, 2nd floor, NYC
Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 - 6:45pm. Wednesday and Friday 10:00-5:45pm.
Payment Accepted: Cash, VISA, MC, AMEX. No Checks.

11/14/2007 - 11/16/2007
11:00am - Miguelina Sample Sale featuring the 2007 Fall Collection, Miguelina, 20 West 36th St, between 5th & 6th Ave, 6th floor, NYC
Prices range from $35-$295. 60%-80% off regular retail. AMEX, Visa, MC, cash accepted.

11/14/2007 - 11/16/2007
11:00am - Lutz & Patmos Sample Sale, Lutz & Patmos, 425 West 13th St, suite 406, NYC
AMEX, Visa, MC, cash accepted.

11/14/2007 - 11/15/2007
10:00am - Shoshanna Sample Sale, Shoshanna Showroom, 231 West 39th Street, suite 422, NYC

11/15/2007 - 11/16/2007
9:00am - Philippe Adec Fall Stock & Sample Sale, 213 West 35th Street, between 7th & 8th Aves, 7th Floor, NYC
CASH ONLY. 65% OFF RETAIL. Sizes: 2-12 and 1-4. Final sale. No exchanges.

Source: The Fashion Week Daily

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

PREVIEW: Roberto Cavalli for H&M

The highly anticipated Roberto Cavalli for H&M, slated to go on sale at selected H&M stores on Nov. 8, will not disappoint fans and fashionistas alike. The 50+ pieces collection for men and women exudes the label's typical rock'n roll glam that only Cavalli himself can do the very best.

"The collection is built around a selection of Roberto Cavalli's favourite pieces throughout the years, of which many are made to wear on the red carpet," said H&M's head of design Margareta van den Bosch.

"It's about enjoying the good things in life with large dose of fashion glamour."

H&M shot a beautiful campaign with images of Jessica Stam, Erin Wasson and others clad in Cavalli's famous animal prints chiffon dresses. Red carpet worthy dresses such as the one made of gold pleated lame, or the mini sheath with sequins, exude young and sexual energies that only pretty young things such as Leigh Lezark (also featured in the campaign) can bring.

When you queue in line on Nov. 8, expect to see a fabulous collection with plenty of rock, sex and glamour.

Collection preview is now available here. You can also read the latest about the campaign here.

Photos from top: Roberto Cavalli for H&M campaign pictures shot by Terry Richardson.

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