Heidi Weisel Sample Sale YES, Hermes Sample Sale NO
Heidi Weisel Sample Sale Review 3/230
Need to bolster your formal wardrobe? Have a ton of weddings to attend this summer? Skinny? If you nodded in agreement at those three questions, get to the Heidi Weisel sample sale ASAP. Weisel’s current sale offers a plethora of classic clothing at prices that, if not quite rock bottom, still offer plenty of bargains.
This is a true sample sale, which means the range of sizes are limited. Though nothing’s marked with sizes (also: no dressing rooms, so get ready to lose your modesty), most things seemed to be in the 2-6 range. The cuts are also most flattering on a smaller frame. Though a pair of high-cut white pants was super sexy, it’s hard to imagine it looking good on any but the most sylphlike. The same goes for a beautiful nude colored lace and sequin strapless dress: the color and diaphanous fabric are striking, but the square neckline makes this gown suitable only for the small-busted.
Other items are more forgiving: a black shrunken cashmere sweater is very Peggy from Mad Men meets Alicia Silverstone in Clueless – not too shabby for $65. A sweet yellow lace sundress ($60) would be perfect for day dates, if spring ever decides to come back. A super-lightweight beaded gown in ballerina pink ($350) would be wonderfully unexpected and fun for a black-tie affair, as would a retro cool dress of a plum cashmere tee attached to a full plum and charcoal taffeta skirt ($250).
The prices here aren’t insubstantial, but the pieces are classic: witness a camel cashmere maxi tank dress. Sure, $300 isn’t cheap, but this is a piece that will never go out of style. The same goes double for a rack of little black dresses. A sleek crepe number with short black lace sleeves and a high neck is a good investment at $350, as is a perfectly-cut crepe v-neck with satin panels – one of the few items here that would look great on a curvy frame.
19 blocks north, the Hermes sample sale also starts today. Madison Avenue Spy reports that “this was the most disappointing Hermes sample sale yet,” blaming high prices (a mini mini Garden Party canvas tote will run you at least $800) and a disappointing shoe selection. Racked also reports that the line is at least two hours long. We suggest skipping it.
WHEN: 3/22 – 3/26, Tue-Sat (11-6).
WHERE: 420 W. 14th St, Suite 4SE
(Btwn Ninth Ave and Washington St)Leila Cohan-Miccio
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