Los Angeles Gilt Warehouse Sale Coverage-Designer Brands at a Steal and Celeb Sightings

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

I woke up bright and early Saturday morning, excited to start yet another fun-filled weekend of shopping, grubbing and partying.  My first stop was the Gilt City Warehouse sale which I was quite curious about as I had no clue which brands would be featured and at what price points.  After all, 75% off of a $3,000 Gucci couture dress is still a big chunk of change.

The warehouse (I guess Gilt took "warehouse sale" very literally) was on the Siren Studios lot, on the outskirt of Hollywood.  There were no lines, which was a fabulous plus and the warehouse was not crowded at all.  The sale was organized by categories:  babies' clothes, home decor, jewelry, women's clothes, men's clothes, and shoes.  My friend and I made a beeline for women's clothes.  The brands were ah-mazing, the selections eclectic, and the prices were surprisingly reasonable.  Zac Posen, Michael Kors, Vera Wang Lavender Label, Moschino, Alexander Wang, and Stella McCartney were just some of the labels present.  As for prices, I didn't see anything over $300. In fact, a lot of the tops were under $100.  

Although the shoes selection contained a number of formidable labels (Delman, Giuseppe Zanotti, McQueen),  I didn't see anything to my liking as I'm currently going through a sky high platform booties phase. However, it seemed like other shoppers loved the selection as I saw lots of people carrying multiple boxes.

I was surprised to see a few celebrities shopping at the sale.  Tori Spelling of Beverly Hills 90210 and Kyle Richards of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills fame were a few that I spotted and chit-chatted with.  Tori was very nice but shy and came with her hubby for some couple retail therapy.  Kyle had luxurious shiny hair and said she simply uses Pantene Pro-V and Biosilk.  How low maintenance and so un-Beverly Hills of her!

After trying on my finds in a comfortable and uncrowded communal dressing room, I decide on a Vera Wang Lavender Wang floral maxi dress.  I had to get it after Tori complemented me on it. Oh, and it was only $50.  It's also the perfect dress to wear to my friend's springtime Malibu wedding! I also got a drapey Cynthia Vincent top in orange sherbet. Again, it was only $50.  Last but definitely not least, I got a Michael Kors RTW gingham print dress ($250 but originally retailed for $1300) that's vintage sexy at its best.  

The sale definitely jump started my fabulous weekend!    If you are interested in future gilt group events, visit www.giltcity.com 

it's so LA to hold a warehouse sale inside a studio lot

The truck was parked outside the warehouse. But it was too early and the cupcakes weren't ready yet. 

This is what I  mean by no lines

no frenzied mobbing of the clothes either

shoes, my Achilles Heel

The sale was generously staffed.  In fact, the ratio of staff to customers was probably 1:2

Tori Spelling.  I asked her to strike a shopping pose for me.

Even from this picture, you can see the fabulousness that is Kyle Richards' hair!

live fabulously