One Day Only: Issey Miyake & Luca Luca
In one glorious week city bargain hunters can score pieces from two of fashion's most prestigous designers.0
To celebrate winter melting into Spring, we booked our social calendars tight with early weddings and event galas, and now we need something to wear. If you are in the market for a fifteen hundred dollar cocktail dress for around three seventy five (and who isn’t?), this is your week. Our two choice sales offer the best (and recent) cocktail and ready-to-wear for deeply discounted prices. World renown luxe designer Issey Miyake, the grandfather of Pleats, is over seventy years old now, but his designs are as fresh today as they were in the 30’s. The Issey Miyake Sample Sale, March 16th, showcases his classic Pleats Please collection, casual but detailed ready-to-wear Cauliflower collection as well as Miyake’s menswear. Prices for this sale are up to 80% off retail value with a $1,500 silk blend dress marked down to $315 (pictured). Bring your boyfriend because a Fall 2009 menswear is also deeply discounted from about $1,500 to just around $300.
Milanese designer, Orlandi Luca’s then five-year-old brand, Luca Luca, took New York Fashion Week by storm in ’97 with an eye for feminine detail and the forever coveted cocktail dress. Rampant on the New York social scene and a Barney’s favorite, Luca Luca now includes suits and impeccably tailored sportswear along with their signature dresses.
For Thursday’s one-day sample sale, Luca Luca steeply discounted some of Fall 2009’s favorites. Yes, favorites. While many designer sample sales discount slow-selling merchandise for their sample sales, pawning off random sizes and/or damaged goods, Luca Luca offers best-selling cocktail dresses, awesome suits and timeless pieces with ubiquitous sizes and impeccable quality. How? Some of their merchandise came in late in the season past prime selling point. Lucky for us because we love Luca Luca’s rich colors and solid staying power. Buy a dress now and you can still wear it in ten years. Sample prices for this sale include a beaded black cocktail dress (bottom right), which sold last fall for about $2,200 for $550. The single shoulder cranberry cocktail dress (bottom left) was $1,350, now $350.
WHAT: Issey Miyake Warehouse Sale
WHY: Up to 80% off retail from this past Autumn/Winter 09 collection. Men’s, Women’s and Pleats Please.
HEN: 3/16, Tuesday (8-7)
WHERE: The Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 West 18 Street, 4th Floor
WHAT: Luca Luca Sample Sale
WHY: Up to 90% off retail this past Autumn/Winter 09 collection.
HEN: 3/18, Thursday (10-6)
WHERE: 19th West 36th Street 4th Floor
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