Walking around Michael Atchison & Associates, one can't help touching the fabrics of the various evening, cocktail, and prom dresses -- even the robes and lingerie seem to be made of otherworldly materials. At its sample sale, designs by Melinda Eng, Ronnie & Irit, Michael Morales, Rachel Yang, and Christine & Co. will be priced at wholesale; for example, evening gowns, retail $500-$2,500, here $100-$500; cocktail dresses, retail $250-$950, here $50-$125; lingerie, retail $50-$500, here $15-$150. Michael Atchison & Associates, 498 Seventh Ave., at 36th St. (967-7979); cash only; Mon-Thurs. 10-5, Fri. 10-1; 7/20-7/26.
Your Card, Please
For all of your thank-you notes for summer weekends (vital to keep those invitations coming), check out Papivore's sale on monogrammed cards and letterhead. One hundred cards and envelopes in beige, gray, white, aqua, blue, or pink with three-letter monogram in one of twenty ink colors, were $125, now $100; 50 linen sheets and envelopes in white with three-letter monogram in one of twenty ink colors, were $165, now $125. There will also be a sale on discontinued papers and cards. Papivore, 117 Perry St. (627-6055); A.E., M.C., V.; Tues.-Sat. 11-7, Sun. noon-6; 7/21-8/21.
Bloomers -- the lingerie-and-kids'-clothing store on Lexington Avenue -- does sell the sensible undies for which it's named but carries a lot of sexy numbers as well. Items include: Lise Charmel bra, was $120, now $72; matching underwear, was $84, now $50.40; Aubade bra, was $86, now $51.60; matching underwear, was $54, now $32.40. Bloomers, 1042 Lexington Ave., near 75th St. (570-9529); A.E., M.C., V.; Mon-Sat. 10-6:30, Thurs. till 7; 7/20 until supplies run out.
Atsuro Tayama's store on Wooster Street seems a perfect showcase for this Japanese designer -- much like the space itself, the clothing is minimal, well designed, and hip. At its sale, offerings include: collection-line charcoal-gray tuxedo-style jacket, was $880, now $440; Indivi white cotton-and-Lycra low-rise fitted jean-style pants, were $204, now $102; sample navy-and-baby-blue floral sheer dress, retail $150, now $45. Atsuro Tayama, 120 Wooster St. (334-6002); A.E., M.C., V.; Mon.-Sat. 11-7, Sun. noon-6; 7/20 until supplies run out.
Bu and the Duck -- Susan Lane's children's store that opened this May -- is having a sale on its in-house-designed line. Solid and print silk dresses, pants, shirts, and jumpsuits, were $40-$100, now $20-$50. Sizes are for newborns to 3-year-olds. Bu and the Duck, 106 Franklin St. (431-9226); A.E., M.C., V.; Mon.- Sat. 10-6; 7/20-7/25.
Colette Malouf took the term hair accessory to a whole new level long ago; her feather hair pins, cast-resin sticks, beaded combs, and butterfly clips and pins are so decorative that sometimes the rest of your outfit doesn't even matter. Items that were $30-$90 will be $10-$25 at her sample sale. Colette Malouf, 594 Broadway, Suite 1216 (941-9588); cash only; Tues.- Thurs. 5-7; 7/21-7/23.
That's a Wrap
Anushka Day Spa is best known for its "body contouring" program (a five-week, ten-treatment package with wraps, heat treatment, and nutritional guidance), which is now going on sale -- was $725, now $599. Other specials include: antioxidant "lifting" facial, was $90, now $70; aroma body scrub with peppermint oil, was $80, now $69; full leg and bikini wax, was $75, now $60. Anushka Day Spa, 241 E. 60th St. (473-1452); A.E., M.C., V.; Mon. and Sat. 9-6, Tues. and Thurs. till 8, Wed. and Fri. till 7; 7/17-8/31.
For anybody who needs advice on his or her finances (who doesn't?), Adriane Berg, the financial adviser for WABC radio, is hosting two free seminars -- one in the afternoon and one in the evening. She'll address all sorts of monetary woes, like being in bad credit-card debt or the problems of balancing one's budget. Call 1-888-459-7747 for registration and information; 7/29.