Thursday, April 16, 2009

Remove My Fingers Please

There are just way too much temptation in the world of online discounted designer duds. The latest and greatest in getting a deal on high-end fashion is Net-a-Porter's The Outnet.

Just go ahead and add this one to your list of sites that
a.) regularly offer discounted designer clothing (a-la Bluefly) or
b.) create frenzied buying with designer "pop-up sales" (check out Gilt Groupe and Haute Look).

The sales on the latter group usually don't last more than 72 hours so ladies, take your mark...Haute Look even has a timer going on its site for each individual sale.

A girl could go nuts...and this girl has.

So, back to The Outnet. The site breathes new life into Net-a-Porter's out-of-season designs and boast markdowns of 30-80 percent. In an effort to keep up with the pop-up-sale Joneses, the site also will feature limited-time offers much like those sample-sale sites. The next one is slated for April 24 and word on the street is it's all about spring dresses that are 80 percent off.

Because it is an offshoot of Net-a-Porter, it's a pretty safe bet that shoppers will have some coveted fashion names to choose from. But,really, how is the selection? How are the prices? And, what range of sizes do they offer?

Went for a little looksie this morning and let me tell you...not disappointed. The selection is broad. There are an array of denim, tops, jacket, coats and more -- all as tightly edited as you would expect from Net-a-Porter. In other words, no junk. It's clothing that I really want; not something that's so-so, but gets ratcheted up in people's minds by the brand name.

The standouts are the dresses from the usual suspects: Alexander McQueen, Vera Wang, Marchesa, Chloe, Phillip Lim, Nina Ricci, and much, much more. The discounts are as-advertised with markdowns reaching 80 percent.

As for the sizing, I was pleasantly surprised. I mean we are talking about off-season fashion here. But, I found that there were quite a few styles that had complete (or pretty darn close to complete) size runs. My guess is that won't last for long.

At any rate, thought I'd whet your appetite with some highlights from the site.

Rick Owen's draped silk dress. Excuse me, let me just take care of that bit of drool...

Oh, Oscar, my Oscar.Delectable.

You can never, ever go wrong with a Burberry trench -- classic, modern, sexy. Mmmm, mmmmm, good!

Jonathan Saunders' color-blocked pleated mini. Yum.

Bottega Veneta's asymmetrial draped dress -- looking off center has never looked so on point. Yummy.

Alexander McQueen turns out a crisp and sophisticated Asian-inspired piece with his silk Mikado dress. Please note the fanned tulle skirt insert. Yummy, yum, yum, yum.

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