Stopped by the Helmut Lang sample sale after work tonight. With the promise of a free bra top with purchase and an additional 30% off sample sale prices this promise to be a good one. As with all Clothingline sales there is mandatory bag and coat check although they do allow you to keep a small purse with you. The fitting rooms closed 30 minutes before the sale ended with warnings for last call to get in line. The line looked plenty long even with the 10 item per person restrictions.
As for the goods I saw size petite/0 to a size Large/10 at the sale. Sizes 0, 4, 8 and 10 offered the most selection.
There were plenty of sexy dresses in jersey, signature print and leather trim.
I loved the bold printed blazers $140 and Ponte jacket priced at $99! I think it was originally $579. Jeans are very gently priced at just $56 a pop and come in size 24 to 32.
Sweaters and tees are kept behind a table and displayed on the wall. Staffers will give you a sample to look at for handfeel and sizing but you are not allowed to try the items on. The staff will take the items you want straight to the register filed on a shelf by your name. The system ensures these items don't get mangled or coated with makeup and staffers give you freshly packaged items that haven't been touched. Tees are $28 and sweaters are $56.
And how do you know prices are good? I picked up a couple pieces and managed to score one of the last 3 free bras (which retail for $90) they were giving away. I snagged a mesh side tank top for $28 and a open knit sweater for $56. Sorry ladies, as far as I know there is no more free gift with purchase available, but who knows? Maybe they will come up with something else for the last day.
If you are a Helmut Lang fan, there is still plenty of merchandise available! And for most part everything looked to be in great condition and neatly organized by size and style.