3.1 Phillip Lim Sample Sale Review 12/1
It is fashion tradition to wear the designer who you are in the presence of, when attending their seasonal runway show. I was not aware, however, that it is in good form to wear head to toe Phillip Lim during his 3.1 Sample Sale, going on now in their 39th Street Showroom. Every shopper dressed to impress, carrying around armfuls of swag while already garbed in their favorite designer. It made it quite difficult for me to determine who was trying on, what was for sale, and what was owned. More than once I spotted a few females wearing the Pashli Camera Bag from 3.1 Philip Lim’s Fall collection and I instantly became excited, hoping, praying that it was for sale. Much to my dismay, it was not. A few bag were available by the shoe collection in the showroom’s comfortable loft space (which is heated for those of you brave enough to wait in the cold to get in!). The Page Handbag ($250, orig. $895) was available in white, tan and black. A few variations of the bag were on hand as well, $350 for a larger size and $150 for the cute clutch, which comes in a cute Coral.
The sun shined down on a collection of stylish shoes lined up by the window. In typical sample sale fashion, many of these have been worn during photoshoots and runway shows. With that, they are sized for very tall models, so most sizes are a 40, 41, or 42. If the shoe fits, wear it, because these designer heels are all only $100! Manufactured by Vero Cuoio, the shoes had a “buckled” theme, especially the 4 Inch Purple Velvet Buckle Heels. A unique Wooden Platform, with a 2-Inch rise was the most interesting of the bunch, looking similar to an orthopedic shoe…in a good way.
Excitement was reserved for the women’s clothing section of the 3.1 Phillip Lim Sample Sale. Fashionable young women buzzed about, making stops at the middle tables to approve or nix their selections. These two tables inevitably became a sorting pile, where people hoped to find a treasure laying underneath.
Safety pins at sample sales are not safe. Some of the items that hung, pleading for purchase, were marked and altered with safety pins, many unhinged and ready to stab. After being pricked, I learned my lesson, and moved straight to the original dresses that never made it to production. A Long Sleeve Gold Dress $300 (pictured) was simply stunning – a perfect option for your fabulous New Years Eve party. Some of the clothing options were a required taste, but certainly nothing to turn your nose up at, the right person could definitely pull it off. The Leather Sandalwood Lounge Pants $200 were among the eclectic variety, as well as the Light Grey Shag Mini Dress $250, which resembled the body of a Muppet. Note that many of the pieces are not marked with sizes, indicating they are a 2-4, or a sample size.
My favorite selections from the Phillip Lim Sample Sale included the Silk Flower Sleeveless Tuxedo Top in Pearl, Size 2 ($150 – pictured), Slant Hem Dress in Silver – Size 4 ($250), XTra Long Deep V-Neck Cashmere Sweater Dress in Oatmeal ($200), and a Sheer ‘Cool, Easy, Chic’ TShirt Dress (pictured – $50).
Inventory seemed to be depleting as time continued and shoppers purchased multiple bags full of goodies. If you are a fan of 3.1 Phillip Lim then it may excite you to see some of the original designs to your favorite dresses and blouses, as well as some one-of-a-kind selections. Don’t let the wrinkled bodies and frayed edges of the pieces deter you, keep in mind the price you’re paying and fix it up at home – it’ll look like you came straight from the runway!
WHEN: 12/1 – 12/2, Th (noon-7), F (10-7)
WHERE: 260 W. 39th St., 17th Floor
(between 7th & 8th Ave.)
By Caitlin Colford
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