The Badgley Mischka sample sale opened its doors earlier today after a prolonged absence from the sample sale circuit. Having attended their previous sales, as far back as the ’90’s (yikes I’m old!…..OK it was actually with my mom when I was younger but that still counts) I was used to finding amazing bargains and dirt cheap samples. Initially I was unsure whether the move to 260 would herald a steep price increase but not to worry! This sale has true samples and prices start at just $25 for sample separates.
The good news is that there was an abundance of sample dresses neatly arranged on the racks along the back wall. Cocktail dresses were priced at $50 while gowns were $100. There were also $25 separates (remember this only applies to samples, overstock separates are only 70% off and very plentiful) but I think at this point they’re all gone. Sizes ranged from XS to L but I found that size 4 offered the most variety. Make sure to inspect each piece for imperfections and signs of damage as I saw quiet a few items with missing crystals or torn beadwork. There were some major bargains to be had with certain items sporting original price tags of $5,000 and up! There were lots of styles from sexy little sequined numbers to the more matronly, mother of the bride looks. All of Badgley Mischka’s labels were represented, from the eponymous line to Mark and James, Belle by Badgley Mischka, Badgley Mischka Collection, and Badgley Mischka Couture. Finding the latter would give you the biggest bang for your buck since the couture dresses can retail into tens of thousands.
Skirt suit $100 even though its technically separates (retail $5,500)
Sun dresses $50
Now the not so good news is that there were no shoes, accessories consisted of just a few belts and regular discounts were just 70% off retail. Along the left wall I spotted beautiful silk organza maxi skirts and dresses with flower motifs for $192 and $238 respective. Lace cut-out floral midi skirts in pastel shades with matching tops, and metallic sequined macramé skirts in blush.
Lace and macramé tops in summery prints and colors 70% off
Cocktail dresses were located towards the back, on the left hand side while the couture gowns were along the opposite wall. Covered in plastic wrap, with photos on the front, gowns were pretty expensive at only 70% off. Most were priced around $1,200 – $1,500.
Gowns $1,000 and up
In the middle of the room was a table with several bins of knitwear, like cardigans, turtlenecks, and sweaters in black, beige, and white, priced in the $70-$90 range. There is a dressing room and fans are working overtime to keep the space cool. Although much like the Kiki sample sale last week, it can get very hot, especially if you end up trying on the heavy long-sleeve wool dresses.
Knitwear at 70% off
BOTTOM LINE: The samples offer best deals and that’s where you should concentrate. While $25 separates are pretty much done, $50 dresses and $100 gowns are amazing bargains and some of the styles also show up among the main collection racks but at much higher price points. There will likely be further discounts closer to Friday. So for samples go now, for everything else……wait.