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We hit up The Divorcee Sale over the weekend at the Mondrian Hotel's posh penthouse to see what goods the spurned wives had anted up. The notion of women literally getting rid of their "baggage" (like a gorgeous oversized Louis Vuitton for $2,500) was kind of cute, plus 25% of the proceeds went to support breast cancer research, which would probably wash away any residual bad mojo lingering in items that in some way represented a failed marriage.
We understand that a good chunk of the high end designer stuff got snatched up during Friday night's VIP preview event (natch), but there were still some quality picks left over the weekend like a purple Lanvin silk dress for $350, a grey strapless Stella McCartney number for $145, and a buttery Loro Piana camel leather blazer for $200. In addition, there were loads of more casual wear from lines such as Rag & Bone, Tibi, Nancy Heller, Juicy Couture, and Seaton. A girlfriend commented that women who get divorced sure do wear a whole lot of Tory Burch, but we assume the influx came from The Divorcee Sale founder Jill Alexander's past gig as west coast brand manager for the line.
Our biggest concern with sales of this kind is that "resale" - when it's not truly vintage - can be very "last season." But we were pleased to see a gathering of classic staples like Tod's driving loafers, cashmere sweaters from Vince and Armani, and simple t-strap Prada sandals that were timeless enough to take home, especially at such a deep discount. And although the general vibe was pretty Westside trophy wife, there was a little edge thrown into the mix, like IRO suede leggings for $270 (a steal down from $770) and some handpicked new Kiki de Montparnasse pieces that Jill curated for the sale for fun (because if you've just gotten divorced, you certainly deserve a little sass from Kiki to perk you up).
Overall, it's a fun concept for a very worthwhile cause, which Jill plans to expand into other cities. If you don't want to wait for the next of the biannual LA sales, be sure to check their website for the deets for their Orange County event coming up next month.
· Official Website [The Divorcee Sale]