SPLAT: The Pollock – a suede flat dappled with Jackson-Pollock-esque paint splotches – turns a garden-variety black slip-on into a subtly sexy work of art. On sale for $105 (reg. $210) in five colors at French Sole, 985 Lexington Avenue at 71st Street; 212-737-2859.
GRAB BAG: The Editor’s Picks for Housing Works series continues, this time with a lineup of merch hand-picked by the good (and painfully hip) people at Paper Magazine. Come by, sip cocktails, and enjoy a live DJ as you load up on bargains at the thrift chainlet’s Gramercy outpost from 6-9PM. Housing Works Thrift Shop, 157 East 23rd Street between Third and Lexington Avenues; 212-529-5955. More info and rsvp here.
NEW IN TOWN: Be still, our bargain-loving hearts: It’s been confirmed that the cavernous space recently vacated by Virgin Megastore at Union Square South will be filled by a Nordstrom Rack come next spring. This is hee-uge news – up until now, scoring Nordstrom merch for half off retail at its discounteria involved out-of-city (or state) day trips. More details here.