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| Author: Loren Ridinger | via [MyFashionCents]

Wiped out from shopping yet? I’m not 🙂 Hope you snagged some amazing deals on Black Friday! You also have a chance to do some damage on Cyber Monday – here’s another list of great sales and promo codes for tomorrow:

ARDEN B. 20% off entire site, plus free shipping over $25

ASPINAL OF LONDON 20% off $185 or more with code CYBMN29

BEAUTYTICKET.COM 30% off with code CYBER30

BEBE 20% off, plus free shipping

CHARLOTTE RUSSE 25-50% off everything, plus free shipping and free sparkly compact with orders of $35 or more

EDDIE BAUER 30% off, plus free shipping with code CYBERDAY

FINISH LINE $10 off $60 or more with code RG2010

ICE.COM Up to 80% off jewelry, plus free shipping with code SCM10

KOHL’S Extra 10% off $100 or more with code JINGLE

LANE BRYANT Buy one, get one free

LORD & TAYLOR 25% off site wide with code CYBER

MACY’S Specials, plus free shipping on $75 or more with code CYBER

RICH & SKINNY 30% off full priced items with CYBER2010

SHOES.COM 20% off, plus free shipping with code CYBER

SHOEMALL.COM 25% off $25, plus free shipping with code MONDAY25

SHOPBOP Up to $500 off your order with code BIGEVENT

WET SEAL 20% off entire site




Luxe Life

Luxury is no longer the sole province of the elite. Upscale goods and services now target a much broader market. Kimberly Castro, deputy business editor of U.S.News & World Report, takes a look at the luxe life, from fine wines and cars to high-end real estate and wealth management. Though no elitist, Kim does admit a fondness for a bold bottle of Scout’s Honor from Venge Vineyards and satiating her wanderlust in Europe.

Cyber-Monday: Deals on Luxury Goods

By Kimberly Castro

If you’re like me, you avoided the out-of-control mob of feverish shoppers at retailers on Black Friday. You may have decided to wait for discounts today, otherwise known as Cyber-Monday, the unofficial kickoff to the online retail season. You may be shopping from the comfort of your own home or “taking a break” at work; either way, online retailers see today as yet another opportunity to attract consumers with more promotions.

When you think of great deals, retailers like Wal-Mart, Target, and Best Buy may come to mind. But deep discounts abound on luxury goods, and you can save as much as 40 to 70 percent on men’s and women’s designer apparel, shoes, and handbags from the likes of luxury retailers Barneys New York, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Here are more online sales to satiate your holiday shopping needs:

  • Bergdorf Goodman, owned by Neiman Marcus, is offering up to 50 percent off on its designer collections, shoes, and handbags. You can also receive free shipping with any purchase.
  • Spend $25 or more at beauty retailer Sephora, and you’ll get free shipping.
  • If your calendar is chock-full of holiday events, online retailer Bluefly is offering up to 40 percent off on party dresses, including the Nicole Miller, Vera Wang, and Laundry labels.
  • At Barneys, Christian Louboutin’s Sigourney ankle boots, originally priced at $1,030, now go for $615 at the Barneys website.
  • Enjoy up to 50 percent off of Fendi, Marc Jacobs, and Jimmy Choo goods at online luxury fashion retailer Net-a-porter.com.

Happy shopping!


RowNine Cyber Monday deals on luxury goods:

  • Free invite to RowNine for WalletPop readers
  • 80%off all Eyewear
  • Discounts Mulholland Leather
  • Savings on timepieces and jewelry starting on Tuesday


Secret’s Out: Sample Sales Move Online

via [New York Times]

Daniela Busciglio still winces at the memory of shivering in line for hours to get into New York sample sales, then shoving her way through throngs of other shoppers looking for deals on designer clothes.

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Dany Levy, DailyCandy’s founder and editorial director, left, and Eve Epstein choosing items to photograph for a sample sale.

But now the mobs are moving online, to sites like Gilt, Rue La La, One Kings Lane, Ideeli and HauteLook. On the Web, the shopping is just as competitive, but it is no longer a blood sport.

“Who wants to go to sample sales with lines out the door and girls scratching to get in?” said Ms. Busciglio, 27, now a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Online, she said, “I can take my time and not have to worry about people getting up in my face.”

The private-sale sites — a misnomer because most of these so-called exclusive sites are open to anyone who signs up — have become a thriving corner of online commerce. Sites using the same “while supplies last” approach have sprung up recently to sell home furnishings, beauty products and travel packages.

The business model is simple: the sites buy mostly overstocked clothing and accessories from brand-name designers, then discount them deeply. Adrenaline-pumped shoppers rush to get the deals because the items are often gone in a few hours.

The sites try to recreate the rush of a warehouse sample sale, minus the trampling and shoving, but they borrow as much from the Home Shopping Network as they do from Saks Fifth Avenue. After shoppers add an item to their cart at Gilt, for example, they get a 10-minute countdown before they lose the item.

For Matthew Rodriguez, 29, a Web marketer and Gilt shopper, the sales turn shopping into a game. “Knowing the sales start every day at noon makes me really competitive to get an item before someone else gets it,” he said. He recently bought a pair of Clae white patent leather sneakers for $38 on Gilt. They can sell for as much as $135 in retail stores.

More mainstream retailers are also adopting the idea. Saks, for example, is holding 24-hour half-price sales on brands like Hervé Léger.

Others are using the idea for holiday promotions. On the Monday after Thanksgiving, a big online shopping day known as Cyber Monday, Ashford, which sells luxury brand watches, discounted a different watch every two hours on its site. Blue Nile, the jewelry site, is offering a different deal every day until Dec. 23.

By discounting one item at a time, the retailers attract bargain-seekers and avoid the deep discounting done storewide last year, thereby protecting their profit margins. By 3:10 p.m. on Cyber Monday, Blue Nile had sold out of a five-carat diamond bracelet, marked down to $3,950 from $5,300.

One of the buyers, Dan Stanley of Falls Church, Va., said that he had not heard of private sales before and that for four days, he had been shopping for a bracelet for his wife. He bought it on the spot. “The ‘one day’ caught my eye, and I wouldn’t have risked it,” Mr. Stanley said.

Private-sale sites are attracting brand-name investors. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, the venture capital firm that backed Google and Amazon.com, invested on Wednesday in One Kings Lane, which sells home décor. Gilt Groupe raised $55 million from Matrix Partners and General Atlantic, and Rue La La’s parent company was recently acquired by GSI Commerce for $180 million.

The concept seems tailored to recessionary times. Any guilt that consumers feel over spending thousands of dollars on unnecessary items can be replaced by bragging rights for finding a killer bargain, like a $4,500 diamond necklace that was recently on sale for $2,250 at Gilt.

“We started this at the worst possible time and got traction right out of the box,” said Susan Feldman, a founder of One Kings Lane. People still want to shop, but in the privacy of their homes, she said. “They just don’t want to be seen walking down the street carrying a Bloomingdale’s or Barneys or Bergdorf bag.”

It works for the fashion industry, too, because as the economy slumped, stores deeply cut inventory, which left some designers with excess stock, depending on their production calendars. Some high-end brands view the sites as a place to unload inventory without sullying their image by having their merchandise appear on Overstock.com or on the racks at Filene’s Basement. The members-only Web sites also ensure that search engines will not locate and list the discounted products.

Juliska sells its full-price tableware, like a $625 stoneware soup tureen, at luxury department stores like Neiman Marcus. It sells off-season products on One Kings Lane, Gilt and Rue La La.

Selling those items at T. J. Maxx, as some of Juliska’s competitors do, “is suicide for a luxury brand,” said Dave Gooding, the company’s chief executive. “With flash sales, you have the beauty of it being a one-day sale that is done in a very quick, efficient, tastefully done way, as an alternative to your product sitting on a dusty shelf for six months.”

For shoppers, the sites provide a selection of items, akin to a boutique, so they do not have to wade through the thousands of items on bigger e-commerce sites.

Swirl, a private-sale site that went live on Nov. 19, is betting on the allure of a handpicked collection. It was started by DailyCandy, which publishes e-mail newsletters about fashionable activities in various cities.

The company’s reputation for pointing readers to up-and-coming designers will help differentiate its sample sale site, said Dany Levy, DailyCandy’s founder and editorial director. “They trust us, and they know we’ve done our homework,” she said.

But private-sale sites could run into trouble as manufacturers and stores cut back on inventory. “The universe of what’s overstock is not an infinite universe,” said Sucharita Mulpuru, an e-commerce analyst at Forrester.

To maintain their growth, many of the sites have recently expanded beyond high-end, overstocked apparel.

Ideeli sells spa and vacation packages in addition to clothes, and One Kings Lane has avoided clothes altogether. Gilt now sells gadgets, like a Tivoli radio and a Jawbone wireless headset, and offers products for men, children, the home and younger women with smaller budgets. Gilt also started a site called Jetsetter that sells travel deals, like a room at the Hôtel de Crillon in Paris marked down to $500, from $795.

Susan Lyne, Gilt’s chief executive, said that as long as people coveted something, they would be eager for a deal. “Gilt and these other shopping sites allow people to do the thing that gives them pleasure, without all that guilt,” she said.

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Peter Marino: Fashion’s Most Connected Man via [Harper’s Bazaar]

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Peter Marino: Fashion’s Most Connected Man

The industry’s hot-shot architect might just be his own greatest

Inducing sartorial insecurity in the big guns of Paris fashion —
particularly Karl Lagerfeld and John Galliano, with their iconic visual
status — is no mean feat. But their good friend Peter Marino managed it
at the unveiling of his renovation of the flagship Christian Dior
boutique in Paris in 2007.

“Karl Lagerfeld and John Galliano came,” starts Marino, sitting in
his expansive office, Steven Meisel photographs on the wall, a huge
David LaChapelle image of him on a Harley-Davidson in the corridor.
“John, as you know, dresses quite out there, and he came wearing a
leopard vest and a leopard hat. Karl came all in black, a shirt with a
very tall collar. And I came in a sleeveless leather shirt, leather
trousers, and my leather cap. John turned to Karl and said, ‘I don’t
know, baby. We’re going to have to get a bit further out there. Peter
has really gone a stretch.'”

Galliano couldn’t have said it better. In the past decade or so,
Marino has gone a stretch and then some. He’s become the fashion world’s
architectural adventurer, transforming our notions of luxury retail
with his work for Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Dior, and Fendi. His take on
flagship stores, like Chanel’s 10-story tower in Tokyo’s Ginza district,
with its high-tech glass facade, has turned boutiques into artistic
objects as well as priceless marketing tools, and he was doing it long
before the likes of Rem Koolhaas and Herzog & de Meuron deigned to
be commercial.

Simultaneously, he has renovated his own physical form as a Tom of
Finland drawing made flesh. Along with Marino’s extensive wardrobe of
S&M-tinged leathers, exclusively in black, there are his bulging
muscles — the result of five weekly gym visits — and some rather
wonderful tattoos: a vivid Chinese dragon that goes over his shoulder
and a sleek Japanese panther on his left forearm. It’s a stark contrast
to the button-down shirt and occasional tie he wore 35 years ago to his
first solo job: the renovation of Andy Warhol‘s townhouse. (He went on
to design the third Factory in New York at 860 Broadway and interiors
for such luminaries as Yves Saint Laurent and the Agnellis. In 1986, he
created the template for luxury department stores at the original
Barneys New York.)

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Today, he’s in full-on biker-boy gear. We’re meant to be chatting
about the collection of 16th-, 17th-, and 18th-century French and
Italian bronze sculptures he has amassed over two decades. Marino is an
obsessive collector of everything from Depression-era cookie jars —
something he began buying on fiea-market trips with Warhol — to Roman
antiquities. Thirty of Marino’s bronzes will be installed this spring at
the Wallace Collection in London for the show “Beauty and Power:
Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes from the Collection of Peter Marino.” On
display will be Samson and the Philistine, attributed to
Baccio Bandinelli, Antonio Montauti’s seductive Diana, a pair
of rare and beautiful high-baroque vases, and Bacchus and Ariadne
by Corneille Van Clève.

Marino is a bona fide lover of art. For his stores, he has flown in
artists like Michal Rovner, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Paola Pivi, and the
late François-Xavier Lalanne to do site-specific installations. “Other
firms bring in art; I bring in artists.”

Now, however, he starts cataloging the contents of his array of
leather fashions, which he has built up since rediscovering his love of
motorbikes. There are black leather straps to hold up his trousers,
straps to hold his wrists straight when he’s on one of his many bikes
(Harley-Davidsons, a Ducati, and his beloved Triumph), and arm straps of
which he jokes, “Because they help my veins come out when I need to
find them.” There are also Red Wing motorcycle boots, leather
neckerchiefs to block the wind from his chest (“I kind of invented it”),
skullcaps, and New Jersey patrolman hats.

“I started off with all Harley-Davidson clothes: leather jacket,
leather vest, leather trousers,” Marino explains in a lisping, almost
cut-glass English accent, though he hails from Queens. “And then,
because I’m in the fashion world, I had some gear made for me by Hedi
Slimane when he was still at Christian Dior. Really good gear: jackets
and coats. I still wear them. I can’t tell the other bikers that I got
them made by Hedi. It sounds so gay. I just say, ‘I got it from some old
catalog.’ I can’t say, ‘Oh, I got it custom-made in Paris by Dior.’ It
is beyond gay.” He chortles.

Marino also has Dior summer and autumn jackets with extended cuffs
and zippers. “I love zippers,” he says. “And Hedi’s summer pants are
paper thin. They are like wearing nothing. So I have change-of-season
leathers. Not many bikers have that; I’m a biker who is into fashion.”
All in all, Marino has about 25 pairs of leather trousers. “I have a
house in Aspen and a house in Southampton, so I keep a few pairs in each
of those.”

It turns out the architect even has his own leather tailor, found
once he started going to police and military shops in New York and
needed alterations. “They called me Policeman Pete in the office,” he
says. “I also got Amsterdam cop and Berlin cop uniforms.” Of course,
law-enforcement suppliers, even of the European variety, aren’t exactly
Hedi Slimane. Marino’s tailor made the pants tighter and added zippers
at the bottom and a stripe down the side. “That has become my signature
look,” he says. His wife, Jane Trapnell Marino, is a costume designer
and, according to Marino, “a big help.”

The leather-daddy look is one he gradually started adopting 12 years
ago, when he revisited his adolescent fascination with motorcycles
around the time his parents passed away. “No reason not to do what you
want to do anymore,” he says. “My wife was cool about it. She’s Scottish
— tough as nails.” At first, Marino would wear leathers to ride to work
and then change into a shirt and pants, which soon became a bother. “I
said, ‘I’m tired of changing into office clothes’ and started leaving my
leathers on. That was all. If I’m covered in mud now, we have some
hoses out there,” he says, winking. “And then, of course, I became
identified with leathers and I thought, why not?”

Others have not reacted as well as his spouse has to the newish
improved Marino. On a recent foray out in Paris with Marc Jacobs, he was
met with stunned silence. But Marino clearly delights in telling the
tale. “Marc and I went to a dinner about six months ago at a bourgeois
restaurant called Le Duc. The dinner was for the artist Andreas Gursky,
and both Marc and I collect him,” he says. “I walk in, ooh, in urban
drag, and Marc came in on my arm wearing a plaid miniskirt and boots.
The cutlery just dropped. Marc is like, ‘I don’t know, dear, we’ll just
have to get to the seat over there. No, we better go out now for a
smoke.’ I said, ‘We can’t go outside. We just walked in!’ It was a
horror, even though it was quite funny. Gursky, he’s German, so he
didn’t find us amusing. I was talking about photography. Stone silence.
It was hilarious.”

The parents and teachers at his daughter’s private school in
Manhattan weren’t much more receptive. “I wasn’t really a big hit with
the administration at the school,” Marino says. “Every time something
happened with my daughter, it was ‘What do you expect? Look at you.’ I’d
say, ‘What do you mean? I don’t understand.’ I let my wife take care of
the education after that.” There was little love from the school’s
mothers either, even though he designs the luxury stores many of them
shop with gusto. “Put it this way,” he says. “None of them ever talked
to me. New York is completely tribal. It is much more provincial than
people think, particularly in that world of private schools.”

Still, his leathers finally came in handy just as his daughter, now
18, was about to graduate, at her post-prom party. “I appeared in full
policeman’s drag with a very large baton. And I went like this,” he
says, making a light whacking gesture, “on the backs of [kids’] legs
when I saw any of the naughty kids drinking or doing something.” He
continues, “They have the rep for not behaving, because they just want
to get drunk. So I was Patrolman Pete in drag. I whacked a few backs of
thighs.” Of his daughter, Marino says, “She’s a bit of a rebel herself.
She is a chip off the old block. She looked like this at 16,” says
Marino as he shows me a Steven Meisel portrait of her. “She was a very
fast kid. Very fast. Who at 16 gets her photo taken by Steven Meisel as a
birthday gift? She was going to Paris couture shows at four years old.
That is not a normal upbringing.”

It sounds a bit like the pot calling the kettle black. Marino was
gallivanting around New York’s club scene and the Factory while barely
out of his teens. He has a reputation for living life at full throttle —
excuse the pun. As his dear friend John Galliano puts it, “Sometimes
when I go out onto the runway at the end of my shows, people debate
about my look. But it’s a show look to reflect the mood and the moment.
Peter is his own greatest creation, and it’s not limited just to
finales. When you go to an event with Peter, he pushes ‘total look’ to a
new extreme. I thought the fashion designers pushed the boundaries, but
when it comes to dress codes, Peter goes that whole extra mile! He is
great fun and a law unto himself. He makes you want to push yourself to
extremes, in your mind as much as with your own styling.” Galliano adds,
“With him, anything goes as long as it inspires him.”

Which brings us back to our original subject: Marino’s art
collection. “I’m obsessive about everything. It is just the way I am,
dude. I don’t know why,” he says, immune to the irony of using the word dude
while discussing a multimillion-dollar cache of works. “I collect
antiquities, I collect photography, I collect antique party books [from
the] 17th century.” Antique party books? “If Louis XIV visited
Strasbourg, the town would make a book with prints and [lists of] all
the party arrangements of each meal and everybody who went,” he
explains. “I have as many of those as I can get. I have the party book
of when William and Mary arrived in London. [It has] everybody who was
in their party and everybody who met them and what they were wearing
every day and at every meal. These are amazing. I really like them. I
used to be a party boy.”

And of course there are the 30 bronzes headed for the Wallace
Collection, which Marino describes as “magic.” French furniture expert
Thierry Millerand tells me later of Marino’s pieces, “There is a nice
diversity in this collection. You have small bronzes, you have big ones.
You have pairs, you have single ones. There are major masterpieces. It
is a great survey. The most important is by French sculptor Corneille
Van Clève: Bacchus and Ariadne. It is a major, major piece. The
size and the composition, the sculpture. Whichever angle you look at it
from, you find no mistake. The patina is another important element in
the appreciation of bronzes. And this is a beautiful, beautiful thing.”

Says Marino of his prized pieces, “It’s everything I love: great
artistry combined with great technical prowess. I love the depth and the
patina that gets better with age. You are supposed to touch bronze; it
is very sensual. The more you touch them, the better they are. I really
like the finishes, most of which are black. Someone once asked me what
my favorite color was. I said you have got to be joking.”