Diane von Furstenberg Sample Sale Review 6/7
We have some good news and bad news about this season’s Diane von Furstenberg sample sale. The good news: there are some amazing deals to be had here (much, much, much more on those later). The bad news: to get them, you’ll have to wait in line for upwards of an hour or two and, once you get in, you’re liable to suffer acute claustrophobia.
First, the clothes. The selection seems much improved from this winter’s sale, with lots of von Furstenberg’s most iconic pieces on offer. A green and white printed wrap dress ($150) is as sexy and versatile now as it was when it was introduced in 1973. Feeling a little retro? Go for a brown silk short-sleeved wrap ($125) that will have you looking like the chicest war bride on the block. As the chesty Betsys reading this know, the one problem with the wrap dress is that it tends to expose the bustier among us. Enter DVF’s faux-wrap dress: it looks like the classic wrap, but it’s secured at the waist and bust. This comes in a host of patterns – we especially liked the brown and purple floral ($150).
Looking for a cheeky take on the skirt suit? Try a silver metallic blazer ($125), tailored to perfection, with a matching tiered mini skirt ($80). Jackets, in general, are strong here: we spotted a brown and cream giraffe-ish print trench ($125) and a great blue tweed winter coat ($275). Truly, though, the dresses are the thing here. Witness a sexy mustard yellow silk chiffon maxidress cut down to here, perfect for summer and a statement piece at $275. We also swooned for a peach, cream, and blue silk babydoll ($125) – unusually grunge for DVF (we would have pegged it as Marc by Marc Jacobs), but a find nonetheless.
Accessories are limited, but there are some tribal bangles for $20 and a good selection of handbags for $225. We especially liked a distressed gold leather tote – roomy enough for your laptop while not descending into fashion victim cliche. One of the sale’s best deals is $5 printed beach totes, which have the added benefit of being well-constructed enough to use as an everyday bag when it’s just too hot for leather.
Again, though, we come to the bad news. It is an absolute madhouse in there. Perhaps they want to keep the line moving (an admirable effort), but there are just too many people inside. Moving down the aisles is difficult enough, but finding the end of the line for purchases or fitting rooms is nigh on impossible. Be ready to be poked by hangers and shoved by fashion assistants. The deals are great, but are they worth this? Only you can judge that for yourself, but as for us, we returned our items to the rack and left, acutely afraid of being trampled.
WHEN: 6/7 – 6/10, Tue (9-6:30), W (10-8), Th (10-7), F (9-3).
WHERE: 260 Fifth Ave.
(between 28th & 29th St.)
By Leila Cohan-Miccio
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