Hall & Oates had it right. You can’t rely on your old man’s money, as witnessed in Woody Allen’s latest, Blue Jasmine. Rich girl Cate Blanchett goes from wealthy to working class when her hubby, Alec Baldwin, gets caught stealing. What’s a girl to do without a bankrolling beau? Here’s where La La ladies find labels for less.
More than a store, Ampersand is a dream, dress-up closet of designer consignment. Eastside gals work the Runway Outlet for indie design deals. At Madison Melrose, the sale rack boasts big discounts on their trendy duds. You’ll be addicted to Shopaholic, a sample sale-only boutique. Unplug from e-commerce and connect to town. This is Gilt for the local set. Click on the slideshow above to check out our cost-cutting couture. Recessionistas, start your engines.
With over 10 years of costume designing under her belt, Alexis Steinman has shopped this town inside and out. Working on prominent shows ("Weeds", "CSI") and outfitting an array of celebs (Jenna Elfman, Anne Hathaway, Sir Richard Branson), this industry insider will be sharing her cinema secrets with us weekly.