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Lucky us, we attended a preview of Lucky Shops last night at Siren Studios on Sunset. It's a good three floors' worth of goodness from designers and shops like Botkier, Helmut Lang, Decadestwo.1, Foley & Corinna, Shareen Vintage?shall we go on?

Yes, we shall.

Here's a floor-by-floor look at the deals and finery that caught our eye:

First floor: The goods at Helmut Lang and Theory are 50% off the tagged price. Honestly, we felt the selections were a little mehhhhh (just a couple of dresses at Helmut Lang, including one olive colored shapeless silk piece), but if you're in the market for staples (tees, tanks, leggings), you can't go wrong. Botkier offered shoes ($125 for flats; $200 for fancies), and a number of different bags, ranging from $175 to $300. We were totally loving the randomness of the Barneys Co-op corner: there were a few delectable Phillip Lim dresses (the backless, petal numbers for $349), Rag & Bone skirts for $59, Splendid tanks for $19, and a ton of Vena Cava dresses. And yes, it's a lot of the same stuff that was (cheaper) at the last warehouse sale. Decadestwo.1 pulled out the big guns: amaze collection that included those YSL cage shoes (size 37, $550), a lotta Prada, and just generally, heartbreakingly pretty merchandise.

Second floor: Kate Spade purses and dresses, half off marked prices. Is is horrible that we didn't check out the Jeanius Bar, at all? Sorry. Foley & Corinna had the lowest prices we've ever seen on bags: $125 for small, and $225 for the big bags, including the iconic Mid-City bag. Good prices on the other goods, too: dresses for $150, jackets for $100, tops for $75, bottoms for $50. Right next door was Geren Ford -- similar to what was at the recent sample sale. $50 shoes, all leather clothing for $150, silk dresses for $125 and $75, jersey dresses for $50. The Clare Vivier nook featured those beautiful supple leather foldover clutches for $125. See the picture for COMPLETE Steven Alan pricing info (the offerings weren't that exciting, but people were snatching them up).

Third floor: a bazillion Rebecca Minkoff bags, including the Every Day bag for $302 and a quilted leather Morning After bag for $310. For us, the real star of this floor was Shareen Vintage -- Shareen herself was on-hand, styling unsuspecting shoppers within an inch of their lives. The inventory is OOC, and the prices are pretty low -- a friend took a dress home for $40.

There were dozens more vendors on the scene; a few of the highlights include Cosabella, Kelsi Dagger, Joe's Jeans, AG Jeans, Corey Lynn Calter, Michael Stars, Winter Kate, Wren, Luv AJ, HauteLook, Rebecca Taylor, Wren?phew. (And there was a kiddyland section we didn't even hit at all; sorry.) There is a LOT of stuff there. We don't necessarily recommend paying an extra $10 to shop the sale tomorrow?but what the hell, you never know, right? Friday's First Dibs day is noon to 6pm, Saturday is 10am to 5pm.
· Lucky Shops LA [Official Site]