Get Your Oscar Worthy Gowns!

This week Oscar de la Renta is having one of their biggest sample sales yet! Gowns as far as the eye can see, an entire section of furs, and four racks of bridal are just some of the things you can expect to find. It seems as though this year alone every major fashion house has gone through a change of creative directors. Oscar de la Renta of course is no exception as the venerable fashion house is busy unloading most of their past season merchandise. While they are cleaning house so to speak, the discounts were roughly 75% off retail which isn’t exactly the bargain affair that was Lanvin. Although if you’ve ever wanted to own a truly Oscar worthy gown or walk down the aisle like a princess from the pages of Vogue then you definitely want to check out this sale. *As of Friday there are additional 30% off discounts on gowns and 20% off ready to wear.*

The sale is broken down between original samples and overstocks. Sample sizes are generally 2-4 but I’ve seen lots of size 6 among bridal gowns. Stock gowns were all priced as marked, with prices around $250 for silk kaftans and day dresses. Stock and samples can get a bit mixed up but most items were individually marked so it’s easy enough to figure out the pricing. Sample skirts were $175 while stock were $250, sample cocktail dresses $425 or $575 for embellished styles. Meanwhile stock dresses were anywhere from $399 to $875. Click here to read about the furs or here for shoes (or just scroll down).

If you are in the market for some stand out investment furs you will want to head towards the left side of the venue where you will find a huge selection of furs in a wide range of sizes (up to size 12). Everything from fur collars and boleros to full fur coats. This was all stock merchandise with discounts up to 75% off retail which let’s face it can reach well over $100k in some cases. For example I spotted a Dark Navy Dyed Sable Coat With Embroidery for $23,600 (retail $59,000) and a Natural Barguzine Sable Swing Coat With Hood for $27,500 (retail $110k). There were also more “accessible” options like this Pop Carnation White Mink Stole $1,690 (retail $4,200) or  Cream Colored Shearling Moto Jacket $1,715 (retail $4,900) or this Rose Dyed Silver Fox Long Stole $2,360 (retail $5,900). A few other standouts included a Bordeaux Dyed Mink Ruffle Coat $6,360 (retail $15,900) and Rainbow Mosaic Mink Trench with Black Sleeves $9,600 (retail) as well as a Navy Dyed Mink Knitted Vest with Hood for $5,560 (retail $13,900).

Brides to be will want to head towards the back where you’ll find four racks of wedding gowns in a full range of colors. Whether you’re looking for a pearly white gown or ivory, beige, ecru, off-white, silk, embellished, embroidered there were so many choices! Racks were organized by price starting at $1,000-$2,000 and going up to $3,000-$4,000 for the more elaborate dresses. There were lots of samples and most dresses were a size 6. Then again if you’re getting a wedding dress you are  most certainly going to have alterations done on it so I wouldn’t worry about sizing too much.

For footwear head all the way to the back where you’ll find a row of tables displaying a wide variety of styles. Most shoes are priced at $89 with a couple of exceptions like the bejeweled sandals in the photo below that were $120. The big catch here is that all shoes are samples, meaning they’re only available in size 37 and 40-41. They also run a bit small and sadly show signs of wear. While there were some exciting styles there this section didn’t see much action during the preview. My advice is to wait for additional markdowns and hope footwear would be included. With Manolo, Louboutin, Charlotte Olympia, and so many others on the horizon you shouldn’t pay more than $50 for used samples. That’s just my opinion 🙂

Accessories and jewelry in particular are your best bets when it comes to bargains. Jewelry was priced at $40-$80 and there were quite a few standout pieces that you can see in the photos below. Home accessories consisted of napkins, placemats, picture frames, candlesticks, plates, and even umbrellas. There were several bins of children’s clothing and shoes near the dressing room. Prices were around $30-$60.

BOTTOM LINE: The sale ends on Sunday and the first round of markdowns had already begun. If you are in the market for a few investment pieces than this is a sale to check out otherwise I found prices still much too high. There is a chance that there could be more discounts on the last day so stay tuned!

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