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Weekly Steals & Deals

With big name designer brands cleaning house to make room for stunning pre-fall shipments, now’s your final chance to score some serious summer bargains. While the thought of cramming into a communal changing room with dozens of sweaty (and naked!) serial shoppers may not sound appealing, these sizzling sample sales are worth taking off your skivvies for. Happy shopping!

  • Who: Catherine Malandrino
  • What: over 5,000 gorgeous dresses, tops, skirts, coats and pants, up to 80% off retail!
  • When: Friday, June 22nd, 10am-8pm; Saturday, June 23rd, 10am-6pm
  • Where: Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 West 18th Street, 5th Floor (btw 6th & 7th Aves.)
  • Contact: 212-840-0106

 

  • Who: Miguelina
  • What: signature gauze tunics, silk camis with lace and flowing chiffon dresses at deeply discounted prices
  • When: Friday, June 22nd, 11am-6pm
  • Where: 20 West 36th Street, 6th Floor (btw Fifth & Sixth Aves.)
  • Contact: 212-290-2996

 

  • Who: Rachel Roy 
  • What: ruffles blouses, cropped pants, bubble dresses, embroidered camis and chic jackets, up to 75% off!
  • When: Friday, June 22nd, 12pm-7pm
  • Where: 25 West 39th Street, 14th Floor (btw 5th and 6th Aves.)
  • Contact: 212-629-7170

 

  • Who: Shecky’s Girls Night Out
  • What: a fun-filled shopping extravaganza featuring the wares of 100+ hot designers, plus deluxe goodie bags and complimentary cocktails.
  • When: Tuesday-Saturday, June 26th-30th, 4:30pm-10pm (noon-4pm and 5pm-10pm on Saturday)
  • Where: The Puck Building, 293 Lafayette Street (@ Houston St.)
  • Contact: To purchase tickets, visit sheckys.com or call 212.242.2566

 

  • Who: Isabella Oliver
  • What: must-have maternity clothes including sexy peasant dresses, halter tops, hipster thongs, sweater tunics and chic capes, up to 60% off!
  • When: right now!
  • Where: exclusively online at IsabellaOliver.com (while supplies last)
  • Contact: 1.866.614.9387
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Shop ‘til You Drop With Gen Art!

image Attention shopaholics! Better clear your calendar for one of the biggest shopping soirées of the season – Gen Art’s SHOP NYC. A fun-filled bash you won’t wanna miss, SHOP NYC is a four-hour buying extravaganza that showcases the wares of 40+ emerging designers, including sizzling summer overstock and samples, at deeply discounted prices and all under one roof. Not your ordinary sample sale, Gen Art provides featured designers with a unique platform that enables them to interact directly with thousands of consumers and the press – essential exposure for breaking into the big leagues.

Gen Art, an innovative arts and entertainment organization dedicated to supporting top up-and-coming design talent, produces several jam-packed shopping events throughout the country every season that always sell out. A word of advice: buy your SHOP NYC tickets in advance to get first dibs on all the best stash as inventory sells out fast. Some of the hottest participating designers include Beckerman (punchy ‘n playful frocks), Ashley Dearborn (killer kicks), Rachel Nazvik (’70s-inspired handbags), Laurel Denise (inspirational jewelry) and FORM (top-of-the-line tees). Can’t handle the pressure of duking it out with other hardcore shopping divas? Try chilling out with an on-site spa-ahhh treatment (manicure, anyone?), sweet retreats and cocktails by the bar or groovin’ to the live DJ beats.

With VIP tickets for only $40 a pop, you’d be foolish to deprive yourself of SHOP NYC’s action-packed fun, free swag and special perks. Check out the SHOP NYC video to see what all the fuss is about.

  • The Retail Details!

  • What: SHOP NYC
  • When: Tuesday, June 19th, 2007
  • Where: The Puck Building @ 293 Lafayette Street, New York City (btw Houston & Prince St)
  • Time: 6pm–10pm
  • VIP Tickets: $40 (includes a gift bag & special perks)
  • General Admission: $15 in advance, $20 at door if available

Don’t delay… buy your SHOP NYC tickets today! Visit genart.org or call 212-255-7300 for more information. Happy shopping!

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Green Scene

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Fans of the NoLIta-based hipster Find Outlet boutique better prepare for a double take. After nearly a decade of stocking discounted designer threads, co-owner Ike Rodriguez rechristened the space to Greenfinds – a one-stop-shop for solely organic and eco-conscious clothing, accessories and cosmetics.

Why the radical transformation from an already successful trio of stores? The NoLIta, Chelsea and L.A. locations churned in a combined profit of $1.6 million. The answer is decidedly simple. Years in the fast-paced fashion biz left Rodriguez burned out, so to recharge, he bought a live-aboard sailboat and RV and dropped out of society. During this two-year sabbatical, he became completely in tune with nature, et voila… the concept for Greenfinds was born. Driven to do something more meaningful than just selling designer clothes, Greenfinds became the ideal platform for promoting Rodriguez’s newfound philosophy of coexisting on the planet fashionably and organically, with products that promote our responsibilities to the earth.

Now that green is the new black, shopping need not be such a guilty pleasure. Step inside Greenfinds and find a gorgeous roster of eco-chic clothes ranging from organic cotton jeans (Del Forte), cozy knit cardigans (Stewart Brown) to sexy soy dresses (Ryann). Also a must are the groovy felt ’shroom lamps (Mio), pampering bath and body lotions (Pangea), soothing candles (Dirt) and tingly toothpaste (Miessence).

Judging by the swarms of repeat shoppers since relaunching this spring, who says its’ not easy being green?

  • Greenfinds
  • 299 Mott Street (between Prince & Spring)
  • 212-226-5167
  • Mon.-Sun., 12pm-7pm
  • greenfinds.com
  • $7-$200
  • Final sale on all items
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Swing Into Summer with Saks & Dress For Success

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Now that Grey’s Anatomy has wrapped-up for the season, there’s no excuse for missing next Thursday’s Dress For Success annual fundraising benefit at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Dress For Success and its young executive group, Y.E.S!, cordially invite YOU to attend their fun-filled soirée complete with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres (compliments of The Palm Restaurant), a luxury silent auction, gift bags and summer beauty treatments. As if hobnobbing with a hipster crowd isn’t incentive enough to show up, you’ll also be able to shop ‘til you drop with a special 10% Saks discount during extended store hours. Plus, Fashion Junkie will be on hand to provide expert tips and tricks for building your summer wardrobe.

You can schmooze and shop without the guilt, knowing your donation is going to a worthy cause. Young Executives for Success (Y.E.S!) provides its members with volunteer, fundraising and networking opportunities to champion the mission of Dress For Success, an international not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women. Don’t delay, become a member of Y.E.S! today by contacting yes@dressforsuccess.org

The Retail Details:
When: Thursday, June 7th, 2007
Time: 6pm – 9:30pm
Where: Saks Fifth Avenue, 2nd Floor (611 Fifth Avenue @ 50th Street, NYC)
Donation: $80 ($65 for Fashion Junkie subscribers)

Exclusive Deal Just for YOU! Dress for Success is offering Fashion Junkie subscribers a reduced ticket price of $65 (a $15 savings!). Purchase tickets for you and the crew by calling 212-532-1922, ext. 2. Make sure to mention “FashionJunkie.com” to receive your discount. All tickets will be held at the door. No refunds or cancellations will be accepted. 

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Beachy Keen

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Move over Madison Avenue, make way for Bleecker street – by far, the city’s chicest shopping strip. First came Marc Jacobs, then Cynthia Rowley, and now you can add Miguelina to the mix – a sleek, 900 square-foot shop filled with flirty ‘n feminine, resort-inspired frocks.

Miguelina Gambaccini, a self-taught designer launched her own label on a whim due to a lack of stylish clothes in her native Dominican Republic. Now based in Manhattan, this in-demand designer is adored for her signature blend of gauze tunics, silk camis with lace and flowing chiffon dresses, all available in a Caribbean-infused palette of turquoise, coral and canary yellow. While high-end retailers like Bergdorf’s and Fred Segal have been stocking the line since ’97, it wasn’t until this spring that Gambaccini set up a permanent home to showcase her entire collection.

Since jumping in on the Bleecker street bandwagon, fashionistas from everywhere have been going bonkers over Miguelina’s current collection, which includes stunning cropped coats, white linen eyelet skirts (our fave) and other exotic essentials. Gambaccini also scouts the globe for must-have accessories like metallic flat sandals, glitzy jewelry, over-sized handbags and luggage, all of which are available at the shop. For newlyweds, there’s a travel-friendly honeymoon line (everything’s lightweight and hand-washable) and Brazilian bikinis by Tara Matthews, one of the many co-branded items sold on a seasonal basis.   

So the next time you’re headed on that getaway to Montauk or Mexico, make sure to put Miguelina on your packing list.

  • Miguelina
  • 347 Bleecker Street, NYC (@ west 10th)
  • 212-400-3100
  • Mon.-Fri. 11am-8pm; Sat 12pm-8pm; Sun. 12pm-7pm
  • miguelina.com
  • $1,000 (handbag) – $15 (flower ring)
  • within 14 days of purchase with receipt and tags attached
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