Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of November 4, 2019

Fashion Reverie seeks to keep its loyal readers informed of great samples sales. Just remember, product disappears quickly, so it is important to get there early.

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BRAND: Apropo Studio Sample Sale

WHEN: 11/04–12/10; Mon.–Fri. (9am–5pm), Weekends closed

WHY: Women’s and men’s RTW, footwear, and accessories at a discount. Prices range $20 ­to $500

WHERE: 13-15 West 28th Street, 9th floor

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BRAND: Yigal Azroul Bi-annual Sample Sale

WHEN: 11/11–11/15; Mon.–Fri. (11am–6pm)

WHY: Shop exclusive style and one of a kind archival pieces up to 80%–90% off

WHERE: 205 West 37th Street

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BRAND: Marchesa Sample Sale

WHEN: 11/12–11/14; Tues.–Thurs. (10am–6pm)

WHY: Couture and Notte eveningwear at a discount

WHERE: 263 West 38th Street, 11th Floor

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BRAND: Lilla P Sample Sale

WHEN: 11/13–11/17; Wed. (8am–8pm), Thurs.–Fri. (9am–7pm), Sat. (1am–6pm), Sunday (10am–3pm)

WHY: Up to 70% off all styles

WHERE: 34 Little West 12th Street


Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of October 21, 2019

Fashion Reverie seeks to keep its loyal readers informed of great samples sales. Just remember, product disappears quickly, so it is important to get there early.

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BRAND: Men’s Designer Sneaker Sample Sale

WHEN: 10/18–10/28; Daily (10am–8pm)

WHY: Luxe Market Soho is having a men’s designer sneaker sale featuring a large volume of sizes & new styles added daily. Discover a wide assortment of both classic and stylish Bally up to 55% off, Giuseppe Zanotti up to 70% off, Jimmy Choo up to 65% off, Maison Margiela up to 75% off, Prada up to 50% off, Roberto Cavalli up to 65% off, Versace up to 60% off and more.

WHERE: LUXE MARKET, 513 Broadway


BRAND: Edie Parker Moving Fall Sample Sale

WHEN: 10/25–10/28; Friday (10am–7pm), Sat. –Sun. (10am–6pm), Mon. (10am–5pm)

WHY: Clutches, bags and more at a discount

WHERE: 781 Madison Avenue

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BRAND: Sonia Rykiel Blow-out Handbag Sample Sale

WHEN: 10/27–10/28; (noon–5pm), Mon.–Tues. (10am–6pm)

WHY: Handbags and accessories at a discount

WHERE: 519 8th Avenue, 21st floor

Adrienne Landau RTW Fall 2019

BRAND: Adrienne Landau Stock & Sample Sale

WHEN: 10/27–10/29; Sunday (noon–5pm), Mon.–Tues. (10am–6pm)

WHY: Fur: Mink, fox, rex, and fur. Apparel and home goods: jackets, vests, accessories, pillows, and throws.

WHERE: Adrienne Landau Showroom, 519 8th Avenue


Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of October 14, 2019

Fashion Reverie seeks to keep its loyal readers informed of great samples sales. Just remember, product disappears quickly, so it is important to get there early.

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BRAND: Paul Carroll Pop-up Sample Sale

WHEN: 10/16–11/16; Tues.–Fri. (noon–8pm), Sat. (11am–6pm), Sundays and Mondays closed.

WHY: Handmade dresses and separates priced $100 (regularly retail at $295 to $1900) at the Paul Carroll Pop-up Sample Sale. Select other pieces for $50! It’s never too early to pick up the perfect party dress for the holidays. Party dresses and daytime chic pieces, all hand-made in our Brooklyn studio. This is a real sample sale, so most pieces are size 2/4 with a few larger too.

WHERE: Midoma NYC, 545 Eighth Avenue, bet. 37th & 38th Streets, Suite 750

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BRAND: Gilded Age Fall Sample Sale

WHEN: 10/17–10/20; Thurs. –Sun. (10am–7pm)

WHY: Menswear at 60-80% off retail prices. New spring 2020 jeans, pants, jackets, outerwear, leather, woven shirts, knits, cashmere sweaters, travel bag accessories, t-shirts, ties, and much more.

WHERE: 580 Broadway, Suite 1204

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BRAND: Alexander Wang Sample Sale

WHEN: 10/21–10/13; Monday (1am–8pm), Tues. –Sat. (9am–8pm), Sunday (10am–5pm)

WHY: Shop discounts on men’s and women’s fashion including apparel, shoes, and accessories at prices far below retail.

WHERE: 2151 Broadway


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BRAND: Nanette Lepore Sample Sale

WHEN: 10/22–10/16; Tues.–Fri. (9am–7pm)

WHY: Shop Pre-Fall samples and fun past styles

WHERE: 225 West 35th Street, 17th floor, Penthouse






Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of October 7, 2019

After a month’s hiatus, Wednesday Sample Sales is back!! Fashion Reverie seeks to keep its loyal readers informed of great samples sales. Just remember, product disappears quickly, so it is important to get there early.

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BRANDGerald Darel Sample Sale

WHEN: 10/09–10/13; Wed.–Sat. (10am–7pm), Sunday (10am–5pm)

WHY: Update your Fall wardrobe with Parisian chic, feminine and timeless styles up to 80% off. Expect classically styled coats, elegant knitwear, beautifully cut jackets, trousers, dresses, shoes and accessories.

WHERE: 450 West 14th Street

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BRAND: Jack Rogers Family & Friends Sample Sale

WHEN: 10/10–10/13; Fri.Sat. (10an6pm), Sunday (noon5pm), Mon. (10am7pm)

WHY: 25% off your favorites at the Jack Rogers Friends & Family Sale. Shop Jacks, footwear, and handbags.

WHERE: 1198 Madison Avenue

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BRANDJames Perse NYC Sample Sale

WHEN: 10/04–10/13; Thurs.Fri. (10am8pm), Sat.Sun. (10am7pm)

WHY: Men’s and women’s apparel, footwear, and accessories at a discount

WHERE: 666 Broadway

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BRANDMaison de Papillon Showroom Sample Sale

WHEN: 10/14–10/16; Mon.W (10:30-5:30)

WHY: Men’s and women’s apparel, footwear, and accessories at a discount

WHERE: 666 Broadway






Inbal Dror Bridal Fall 2020

If you are familiar with Inbal Dror than you are aware that her bridal gowns are a compilation of fashion-forward sensibility, sexiness and sensuality, and a modern projection toward couture. Inbal Dror’s bridal collections are not necessarily for that modern bride who is looking for a traditional gown—although she might be able to find something that fits that ilk. Inbal Dror’s bridal collection are for that bride that is confident in her body and not afraid to push boundaries. This fall 2020 bridal collection is in that vein.

For fall 2020 Inbal Dror by the glow that a modern bride has on her wedding day. Inbal Dror expresses this glow in a halo—visible or invisible.  “… the bride glows on her wedding day with a halo, making her the center of a spiritual event. She is a symbol of devotion and tradition. Her dress reflects the eternal feelings she emanates and magical look—it is a fashion icon …,” explains Inbal Dror.

With a variety of halos adorning the heads of the bridal models, this bridal collection consisted mostly of very sheer dresses in a variety of fabrications. True to the brand’s DNA there was a lot of sexy and revealing bridal gowns from tea dresses to fit and flare to gowns with very high slits. Still, Inbal Dror continued her predilection for using lots of embellishments from silver, pearl and 3D appliques, mirror embroidery, and 3D floral accents.

If there was one departure in this outing, it was the transparency and sheerness of the bridal gowns. Perhaps, Inbal Dror adopted this projection because it stayed on the theme of bridal heavenly glow, allowing that glow to shine through the diaphanous garments. In that respect, this collection looked a lot like a bridal collection one would experience with a bridal brand like BERTA.

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Standouts in this collection includes the nude deep V point d’esprit gown with 3d floral shoulder accents, tulle one shoulder asymmetric cape over strapless mini with silver, pearl and 3D appliques, deep V tea-length drew with mirror embroidery and silver bows, long-sleeve ivory stretch chiffon gown with silver-beaded bodice, and nude tulle cape sleeve sheath with silver beading and thigh-high slit.

—William S. Gooch

New York Fashion Week Front Row Celebrity Glance Back

Summer vacation time has come to an end and it’s time to bring your best looks forward as we are on the horizon of New York Fashion Week: The Shows (NYFWS) spring 2020 season. Everyone wants to look their best during NYFWS and it’s a great opportunity to show out that svelte summer body and tan lines.

Fashion Reverie, in our pre-NYFWS coverage, looks back as some iconic looks from the front row of past seasons. We picked 10 best front row looks to inspire you to pull out all the stops for the upcoming season!!

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Karlie Kloss at the Ralph Lauren fall 2019 show, keeping it noticeably conservative in pastels.

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Alana, Danielle and Este Haim at the Rodarte fall 2019 show looking like a squad we would want to be part of.

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Poppy Delevingne at the Tom Ford fall 2019 show. Ah the cape never gets any less dramatic.

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“Empire’s” Jeremy Carver at Marcel Ostertag’s fall 2018 show. Minimalism works well for Carver, especially in the front.

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Ashley Graham, Karlie Kloss and Nicky Hilton Rothschild at the Brandon Maxwell fall 2019 show. Now that’s a trio we call chic!!

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Hip-hop sensation Cardi B at the Jeremy Scott show. Leopard print is popular season after season and Cardi vamps it up in a wide-leg suit with black bustier. Sexy, Sexy, Sexy!!

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Kate Moss and Kendall Jenner at the Longchamp show. A fashion legend with the current hottest supermodel. Jaw drop moment!!

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Elizabeth Olsen, Kate Bosworth, and Priyanka Chopra at the Kate Spade’s NYFWS’ show just look satisfied and blissful in pastels.

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Bella Thorne at Elie Tahari. Fashion Reverie loves these tones on her. She looks effortlessly fabulous.

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NFL Superstar Victor Cruz at the Moncler Gamme Blue spring 2018 show. A rather casual look, but charming none the less.

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Kyle + Shahida Spring 2020

New York City, New York City girl

Runnin’ pretty, New York City girl (twenty-five, thirty-five)
Hello, baby, New York City girl

You grew up ridin’ the subways, running with people
Up in Harlem, down on Broadway
You’re no tramp, but you’re no lady, talkin’ that street talk
You’re the heart and soul of New York City


This 70s disco tune by the group Odyssey describes the heart and soul of a New York City woman. And though this hit song was created over 40 years ago, the description of the atypical New York City woman still applies.

With that in mind, it a mystery why Kyle Richards of the reality show “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” with designer Shahida Clayton would debut her fashion collection at New York Fashion Week: The Shows (NYFWS), a collection that is the antithesis of a New York City woman.

The easy, breezy West Coast casual vibe of Kyle + Shahida’s spring 2020 collection was absolutely appropriate for an Los Angeles consumer, maybe even an Atlanta or Dallas woman, but for the New York City consumer, for the most part, this collection just doesn’t fly, as many fashion editors after the show agreed. But, maybe appealing to a NYC consumer was not the point of this collection.

Gone are the days when NYFWS fashion shows attracted that fashion savvy New York City consumer and fashion industry professionals. Motivation behind the current kaleidoscope of shows could be just be showing the collection New York City, for an Instagram audience or for other reasons that have nothing to do with retail or even fashion industry professionals.

Perhaps, the NYFWS debut of Kyle + Shahida spring 2020 collection had other intentions in mind. (Bravo could use clips from the runway show in an episode of “Housewives of Beverly Hill,” particularly with so many “Housewives” from different franchises walking in the show. Even using the New York debut to acquire more investors.) Whatever the reason for presenting in New York City, this spring 2020 collection had nothing to do with a New York City consumer.

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That said; there were some positives about this spring 2020 collection. The collection was styled very well and there were some good looks, particularly separates, in the collection. Still, the casual West Coast aesthetic of flowing, unfettered garments seen in this collection can already be found in JC Penny’s—well, maybe a level higher—and in mega stores of that ilk.

Standouts in this collection include the brand’s burgundy long-sleeve dress with ruched torso, scoop-back blazer with bondage bandeau top and red vegan leather paper bag pant, yellow tropical  bird print tow-tier long button-down dress with ruffle sleeve, and Aztec gold chiffon one-shoulder ruffle mini dress.

—William S. Gooch

Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of August 26, 2019

Fashion Reverie seeks to keep its loyal readers informed of great samples sales. Just remember, product disappears quickly, so it is important to get there early.

BRAND: Jonathan Simkai Sample Sale

WHEN: 8/28–9/01; Wed.–Sat. (10am–7pm), Sunday (10am–5pm)

WHY: Fans can expect feminine classic design with a forward-thinking twist, customized fabrics and romantic detailing.

WHERE: 450 West 14th Street

BRAND: Yumi Kim End of Summer Sample Sale

WHEN: 8/30–9/02

WHY: Take an additional 40% off all markdown styles

WHERE: 105 Stanton Street

BRAND: Paragon Sports Warehouse Sale

WHEN: 9/04–9/19; Wed.–Fri. (9am–8:30pm), Sat. (10am–8pm), Sunday (11am–7pm), Mon.–Fri. (10am–8:30pm)

WHY:  The best gear from your favorite brands up to 50%–80% off.  Brands include adidas, ASICS, Burton, Merrell, New Balance, Nike, Obermeyer, Patagonia, and The North Face.

WHERE: Paragon Sports, 24 East 18th Street








Everyone loves a good fairy tale. Whether you like the subtly, frightening Grimm fairy tales or the moral-based fairy tales of Hans Christian Anderson, fairy tales always distill great truths about society and the moral condition. And these great truths evoke memory and imagination because these stories are wrapped in the shroud of fantasy, magic, and glamour.

In this editorial Fashion Reverie examines five all-time favorite fairy tales—Cinderella, Rapunzel, The Three Little Pigs, The Emperor’s Clothes, and Little Red Riding Hood—seen through the lens of 80s street style. Fairy Tales, after all, can teach you a lot of life. And if you add in some great fashion, there is no better way to celebrate style and fantasy!!

—William S. Gooch

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Should NYFW: Men’s Be Aligned with New York Fashion Week: The Shows?

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Men’s Fashion Month spring 2020 season is about to end, and while London, Milan, and Paris saw their celebrated slate of shows, New York Fashion Week: Men’s (NYFWM) spring 2020 season was lackluster collection of mostly emerging designers. As the NYFWM’s calendar gets slimmer and slimmer, many in the industry are asking if there is still a need, more importantly, a desire for NYFWM, and if NYFWM should be aligned with New York Fashion Week: The Shows [NYFWS]. This recent NYFWM season was moved by the CFDA to align with the women’s resort calendar in attempt to add more credibility. Didn’t work!! It appears that NYFWM is fallen off the fashion radar.

When NYFW: Men’s began it didn’t have the gravitas of some of the more distinguished international men’s Fashion Week’s—Milan, Paris, and even London. Still, NYFWM’s was a great way for independent and emerging designers to showcase their collection, and there was a small bevy of headlining menswear brands—John Varvatos, Todd Snyder, Tommy Hilfiger, Nautica, and Polo Ralph Lauren that added a level of prestige to the event.

Todd Synder fall 2018

This past NYFWM saw less than 20 shows, most of which were presentations featured at the annual New York Men’s Day. There was virtually no presence of international editors or buyers, and compared to past seasons, there was very little press coverage aside from WWD. Most of the mainstream American menswear brands have jumped ship, so to speak, leaving just a few unimpressive brands, mainly of whom, over a short period, fade into oblivion.

Fashion writer Alex Blynn believes that NYFW: Men’s is no longer necessary because, “gender in clothing is really going out of style and having a [Fashion Week] that’s specifically [men’s fashion] seems behind the times in some ways.”  Blynn added, “I think we’re all brave enough now in 2019 to have our fashion fully integrated, and to stop compartmentalizing everyone all the time …”

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Blynn pointed to the growing popularity of genderless brands, like Palomo Spain, who use mostly cisgender male models, but have many pieces that could be easily categorized in the traditional womenswear category. Blynn isn’t for completely ending NYFW: Men’s though, contending, “I think it still has a place for a core audience and consumers and is still an important event that shows incredibly talent and artistry.” However, like many, he isn’t so hopeful for its future.  

Vincent Lane, editor-in-chief of The Garnette Report, believes that NYFW: Men’s should “Just be combined with women’s because it hardly gets any recognition or press, they have very few limited days, and in addition they don’t put too much effort into the shows. People mostly fly out for [the women’s shows]. Menswear would be helped by mixing it with [the women’s shows].”

There are some fashion industry professionals on the opposite side of the coin who see NYFWM’s as a necessity for emerging menswear designers and that it should be a standalone as a fashion week. Style consultant Zoey Cross says, “We still need [NYFWM]. The interest has built around men’s fashion and the many different lanes of men’s fashion. [NYFWS] alone doesn’t give that opportunity for men’s designer. Menswear designers need an opportunity to show off their talents standalone and truly be appreciated.”

Custom wear designer and stylist Jevin Kinard also believes that NYFW: Men’s is still necessary but, “It needs more sponsorship and presence.” “If it continues under the lack luster disorganized course it’s on, I would say just end it overall.”

When NYFWM’s began it had a slate of impressive sponsors including Amazon and Cadillac, in addition to a main venue at Skylight Clarkson Square. Once it lost Amazon as a sponsor, as well as the main venue of Skylight Clarkson Square, it was all downhill from there.

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NYFWM’s is not without an audience. and for emerging US designers looking for a boost for their brands, it is a good place to present collections. Still, with NYFWS recently reducing its calendar to five days and five nights, as proposed by CFDA’s incoming chairman Tom Ford, incorporating NYFWM into NYFWS might not be a bad idea.  That is the way it was for several decades.

The future of NYFWM hangs in the balance as fashion continues to change. But as the late, great Diana Vreeland famously imbibed, “fashion is both now and next.” What’s next for NYFWM? Time will tell.

—Kristopher Fraser

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