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The twice-yearly Fred Segal sale started on Friday, and we stopped in to check it out. It's the ultimate game of retail "chicken", as in, do you snag it now while it's 50% off, or do you chance your luck and hope it will still be there when the sale hits 75% off, and beyond? We can't answer that question for you, but we can give you a little guidance:
We weren't exactly wowed over by the selection (but that's probably just us). There were a few really good buys: Alexander Wang ribbed sweaters and fluttery unconstructed jackets, pretty feminine dresses from Elizabeth & James and Topshop, and Patterson J. Kincaid tees. Oh, and T by Alexander Wang jogbras. We also found a big selection from Of Two Minds and Winter Kate, but nothing that was rad enough, or cheap enough, to make us whip out the AmEx.
The selection upstairs -- i.e., the fancy designer section -- was amusing in both its breadth and the offerings. We spotted a few gorgeous, spring-weight Proenza Schouler dresses; at $325, we imagine they'll go fast. Some nice staples from Boy by Band of Outsiders. There were some nice Margiela pieces for the men, but the thing that caught our eye (and not in the good way)?We know military has been a key influence for the past couple of seasons, but the camouflage/army inspired goods from Junya Watanabe/Comme des Garcons are hilarious. Like one with a bustier made out of heavy duty twill and a skirt of pleated, silky jersey?all camouflage. And of course, extremely pricey, even at 50% off.
Overall, we'd say go now: check it out, see what you can't live without. And one of the best reasons to go sooner rather than later is there's a small selection of Oliver Peoples glasses on sale for 50% off, too.
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