If you ever wondered how New York City women get their style here is one key– the annual POSH sale. For more than 30 years, each spring the rich and famous donate their lightly used designer duds to raise money for the Lighthouse Guild.
The sale is often held at the Plaza or the Pierre hotel. The rooms of clothing and furnishings are beautifull organized. Rolling racks are crammed with nearly new furs, cashmere coats, evening gowns, and sportwear while tables are piled high with shoes and bags. The prices, well the prices are up to 90% off original retail price tags. The sale lasts 3 days and each day they bring out new wonders. On the last day, the organizers start dropping the already low prices.
I think my favorite part of the sale is the communal dressing room where New Yorkers drop their normal reserve along with their cothing. In a true spirit of sisterhood, we advise each other on what on what works and what is best left on the racks. . Frequently shoppers are looking for something fabuous and affordable for a wedding and this is certainly the place to do it. I saw this black velet and lace Valentino go home for a formal wedding while this deep pink Stella MaCartney admired for an afternoon reception.
No-Nonsense Fashion Finds
I fell in love with a buttery soft J. Mendel cashmere coat and a suede Dolce and Garbana suede coat lined with leopard, but was just not into a new coat in May. I took a taupe Prada shift and a paisley Etro blouse into the dressing room but they were too small ( sob). But I never go home empty handed from the POSH sale. (Over the years I’ve amassed enough suits, sweaters and dresses to wear
Armani from morning to night). This year’s acquisitions incude a tissue thin silk Nina Ricci flowered dress that channels Audrey Hepburn ( $75) and a pale gree linen shirtwaist from LouLou de la Falaise. ($55) FYI she was the cherished muse to Saint Laurant. As I walked to the next room, I spotted a 6 foot long beaver scarf from Prada ( Prada!) for $85 that practically begged me to adopt him. Then just as I walked to the checkout counter I saw a scarab watch that I had lusted after. Normally it retails around $300, but it is now mine for just $50.
Men are not forgotten at the POSH sales. Racks of beautifully tailored clothing included a striped Prada shirt, a lined Burberry raincoat and and pair of black tails perfect for yes, another wedding.
The staff and volunteers at the Lighthouse Guild POSH sale are enthusiastic and always helpful. When I picked up the watch it was not running. The staffer wound and set the watch and told me to come back in 10 minutes to see if it was working. When I returned, she was as happy as I that the watch was clearly able to do its job. There is wonderful atmosphere at the POSH sale that shares such beautiful cothing as it raises money for an amazing institution. IMO its the very definition of a win-win event.
In past years, I’ve had friends plan business trips to NYC to include the POSH sale. Next year I will post a heads up for the next one.