Bomb scare and outlet shopping

September 4th, 2007
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Some excitement last night at about 1 a.m. While I was blogging away, I heard something like a bomb down the street. I was a little nervous because the last time I heard a sound like that was last spring when I was here in New York, staying on the Upper East Side. There were manhole explosions earlier this year, so I thought that could be it too. Even so, I decided to shut off the computer and move away from the window.

It turns out it was a pipe bombing outside the storefront studio owned by “The Sopranos” Michael Imperioli, a couple buildings away from where I’m staying. I even passed by that place yesterday, thinking I should check it out when it’s open. Here’s an excerpt from a story from the CBS affiliate here:

“(CBS) NEW YORK A small explosive device — that has been described to CBS 2 News as a pipe bomb — detonated in front of an acting studio and apartment building in midtown Manhattan early Tuesday morning, causing damage to a van parked outside and forcing the evacuation of residents.
Incredibly, the building and the studio, named “Studio Dante,” located at West 29th Street and 8th Avenue, sustained no damaged after the device blew up at about 1:30 a.m., police said. No one was injured in the blast.
CBS 2 News has learned that “Sopranos” actor Michael Imperioli owns the building. The NYPD said they did not know whether there was any connection to the incident and the actor, who owns Studio Dante. Imperioli and his wife Victoria visited the studio later Tuesday morning and appeared a bit shaken up by the mess.
Imperioli played Christopher Moltisanti, Tony Soprano’s nephew, on the popular HBO television show.”

Studio Dante

A couple of days after the blast, Michael Imperioli’s building
looked fine after they cleared debris from a car that was destroyed.

My neighbor asked if I had heard about the bombing. I said I had actually heard it and he said it was so weird because this is such a safe quiet place.

It was sort of the reason I chose the area. Being so close to the 9/11 anniversary, I figured it would be safest to stay away from major areas like Times Square or the Chrysler building. I didn’t tell him the same thing happened last time I was here. That bomb went off three blocks from where I was staying and did a lot more damage.

That’s New York, I guess.

Didn’t stop me from pursuing more shopping today, this time a matter of taking a bus to Woodbury Common where 200 shops awaited. I thought I could get there at 10 a.m. and leave by 2:30 p.m. Finally got there at 11, but by 1:30 p.m. had only hit about 20 shops. Yike! Of course I could skip over anyplace selling children’s clothes, athletic shoes or sunglasses. Not in the market for anything like that.

First stop was Neiman Marcus Last Call but after Labor Day sales, I could pretty much figure anything good would be gone. Tried on a Cynthia Vincent 12th Avenue black blouse. It was a small size 6 but I’m a 2 so, with some sadness, I put it back.. The only other thing worthwhile in my eyes was a Reem Acra evening dress, but I believe it was $4,000, so I left.

There are a lot of high-end designer outlets (Chanel, Celine, Emilio Pucci, Fendi, Versace, Valentino) here, so buying is not necessarily the goal. Sometimes it’s simply worthwhile to see some of these garments and the details that go into them. I saw some of the most fantastic clothes at Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, spent a lot of time at Dolce & Gabbana studying a dress with a black sequin bodice and black silk chiffon handkerchief skirt with lace insets and covered in micro floral embroidery, a work of art at $8,000, marked down from $15,000.

Prada skirt detail

Prada skirt jewel detail that covered a front panel from waist to hem.
At Space I tried on a Miu Miu dress ($440 sale but wrong color) with a Prada jacket ($1,500), but what I really wanted was a Prada skirt ($440 sale) tried on, with some amazing jeweled detailing on a front panel. I left it behind because I had 160 more shops to go. Of course now that I’m writing this, I’m having regrets that I didn’t get that skirt.

The hit-and-miss nature of outlet shopping make them dangerous. During regular season at boutiques you’re faced with collections intended to match. This is great for those with no fashion sense because they can rely on one designer’s vision and look totally put together. At the outlets, you’re on your own. You could find yourself buying pieces that don’t match up with anything in your closet. It’s good to know where the gaps in your wardrobe so you can start with a game plan.

It also helps to stick with the lines you typically buy, because you know their fit and can easily determine whether pieces are a bargain or not. For instance, I went to one boutique and the price tag on one top I already own was $120. Well, I bought it on sale at NM in June for $60.

I finally left at 5:30 p.m. with a DKNY top and Catherine Malandrino skirt. It took some restraint to walk away from a Salvatore Ferragamo purple purse.

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2 Responses to “Bomb scare and outlet shopping”

  1. R. Tom:

    Ms. Fashionista,

    Loved the detail on the Prada skirt, but it made me wish you took a picture of the whole skirt.

    Maybe you could find a matching flak jacket while your at it. Stay away from the subway on 9/11 if possible. NY ain’t HI.

    Good luck in your finds. Make it work!


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