With the election over, consumer confidence at its highest in years, and the fiscal cliff still on the horizon, there may be no better time to hit up sales — before the onslaught that is Black Friday.
- Yves Saint Laurent had started to be thought of in historical terms by the time the 1980s rolled around, becoming the first fashion designer with a retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum, the brainchild of Diana Vreeland. The iconic French couturier was still, however, more than capable of pushing the envelope, delivering landmark collections well into the late ’70s. Lynn Yaeger, the respected fashion journalist and Vogue contributor, has curated a selection of vintage YSL gems — apparel, accessories, jewelry — for Yoox.com. But be quick, these one-of-a-kind items are going fast.
- Alexander Wang’s sample sale made news when, at its launch on Election Day, a number of would-be voters may have waited in the wrong line. Sales also have consequences, it seems. But we can think of worse things than scoring up to 70% off edgy classics from the last several collections from the New York wunderkind. The sale continues through 7 p.m. today, as well as 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, November 10. 131 Greene Street, New York City.
- Don’t laugh, but eBay is muscling (sashaying?) into the world of designer collaborations. If Target can do it, why not the people’s auction house? The eBay Holiday Collective features original collections from seven designers: Chris Benz, FALLON, Ruffian, Steven Alan, Jonathan Adler, Tibi, and Billy Reid. Tailor-made for gifting, the lower-priced (not auctioned) items of clothing, jewelry, and home decor will be available for hoarding online via eBay’s Fashion Vault (November 12) and on the eBay Fashion app (November 11).
- Meanwhile, new deliveries are streaming into avant-retailers worldwide. The downtown men’s store Project No. 8 (38 Orchard Street, New York City) has announced arrivals from art-world favorites Dries Van Noten, Maison Martin Margiela, Bless, Siki Im, Tom Scott, and Walter Van Beirendonck. Over in London, Dover Street Market will soon get pre-spring, if you can believe it, from Céline to McQueen. But you really must wait for Black Friday on November 23, or at least be cool about it and hit up Colette’s “Blue Friday” online sale. The French know their colors.
Lee Carter is editor-in-chief of Hint Fashion Magazine.
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