We're not big fans of the recession. Really, who is? But we are fans of all the resulting markdowns that we would never see in a time of lush overspending. And this week, it seems like bargains are really revving up. Barneys New York is having its designer sale, marking 40 percent off spring collections. We've cruised the store's site for days now, and so far we've spotted shoes by Yves Saint Laurent, Prada, Christian Louboutin, and Manolo Blahnik, as well as clothes by 3.1 phillip lim and Lanvin for Acne, and handbags by Marc by Marc Jacobs and Gucci. And some of the stuff we picked out yesterday isn't even available today, while other things we saw plunged even further down in price overnight. Bottom line: In the height of sale season, if you see something you want, snag it. Here are our top picks.
Strapless Dress by Vince
Original Price: $195
Sale Price: $79
Why we like it: You can never have too many black dresses, and this satin strapless frock is perfect for summer. Also, it's under $100.
Citizens of Humanity Kelly Alpine Jeans
Original Price: $185
Sale Price: $69
Why we like it: There is a lot of denim on sale at Barneys, by labels like Seven for All Mankind, Joe's Jeans, Helmut Lang, and Marc by Marc Jacobs. The cheapest is a pair by Citizens of Humanity, which are on sale for $69, or 60 percent off the original price.
Yves Saint Laurent Cage Ankle Boot
Original Price: $1,290
Sale Price: $769
Why we like it: Yves Saint Laurent's cage booties have been featured in almost every editorial since they hit the spring 2009 runway. But now you can buy them, because though they're still pricey, they're not full price.
3.1 phillip lim Maxi Nautical Vest
Original Price: $275
Sale Price: $109
Why we like it: This piece is versatile — you can wear it to the beach, brunch, shopping, or out. And given that it's summer, it's time for something nautical-inspired. You know, for times on your yacht. (Kidding. But the shore is great, too.)
Tank Dress by T by Alexander Wang
Original Price: $75
Sale Price: $49
Why we like it: At its original price, it took convincing to splurge on this plain white tee. But now, we'll be scooping this one up.
Barneys New York: Sale [Barneys.com]