Pandemonium (And Far Too Few Shoes) at Alexander Wang Sample Sale

Shoppers lined three blocks to storm 93 Mercer Street for the Alexander Wang sample sale, which kicked off this afternoon and is scheduled to run through Sunday. We don't give it that long.

Doors opened slightly ahead of schedule -- about 1:30 p.m. as opposed to 2:00 -- but the first in had been patiently waiting for an hour.

Accessories are likely to be gone by the end of the day. The Natasha leopard heel pumps went first, and at press time, only a few dozen remaining pairs of spike-heeled, triple-buckle boots and clogs were left on the racks. Even fewer bags remained -- none of them spiked.

Late-coming fans of Wang's dresses, outerwear, and T line are in for a treat, however: Cotton jersey tanks and tees for men and women are $25-45, a $25 rack brimmed with lavender backless stretch dresses and silk tanks, and windbreakers and trenches ($175 and up), cardigans ($160) and the like, are constantly being replenished with back-stock from size zero to ten.

Our tips:
The color code sticker pricing system is a bit confusing -- the printed page guides don't quite match sticker dots. Check for written prices or just grab what you might want and confirm at the register. Bring a credit card. Officially, cash is acceptable for purchases under $200, but within the first half hour, there was an announcement that "only card holders could check out for the next fifteen or twenty minutes." Not quite sure what that was about, but best be safe than purchaseless.


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