It happens twice a year. This June, The Gilt City Warehouse Sale opened it’s doors to the district; ushering in the triumphant return of high fashion at a bulk discount. Shopping a warehouse sale is a physically demanding sport that requires advance training. I started doing sprints and push-ups to work on my agility. I watched a karate video on YouTube so I knew what to do in the event that frenzied fashionistas started throwing elbows at me. I was prepared. To say that this biannual sale is a highly anticipated event would be putting it mildly. You can find designers like Oscar De La Renta, Bagdley Mischka, Helmut Lang, and Caroline Herrera (welcome to the neighborhood!) for up to 80 percent off. Once they got in, shoppers entering the sale were immediately transfixed by the racks upon racks of designer clothes, shoes, and accessories laid out before them as far as the eye can see.
There but to observe and draw meaning from the chaos, I sipped my complimentary La Marca Prosecco and walked up and down the aisles to take in the atmosphere with electric sounds courtesy of DJ KC Higgins. With the energizing beats lighting up the venue and fresh cocktails flowing, you really felt like this was your moment. You were a prize fighter sauntering down the aisle to your soundtrack, like their was a ring waiting for you at the end of every row. Or a dress. Or the bag of your dreams. Many women did not want to risk losing their momentum by stopping, and did some kind of “walking try-on” ritual. They were pulling tops over their head or stepping into skirts and dresses while continuing to walk, preferring to layer two outfits over their own clothing than go to a fitting room for 3 minutes and miss a beat.
The gents were in attendance, and it wasn’t to sit up front and hold someone’s purse. Gilt had fashions from names like Tom Ford, John Varvatos, and GANT for equally incredible prices to keep stylish Washingtonian men happy.
It was a fantastic night. Finding a deal is my joy, but the night itself was really just so much FUN!
The music and refreshments were great, the atmosphere was energetic, and there was a shared sense of camaraderie and laughter among the ladies. The real highlight for me were the dramatic surprise reactions from people who unearthed a treasure while digging through a bin. Sheer delight. I look forward to watching them next year. I better start training now.
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