Reducto ad Absurdum

The Uptown Markdown Scene

illustration: Jorge Colombo

But not everything at Barneys is so heavy with history. In the Co-op, the store's least expensive area, markdowns include a selection of garments bearing the Mayle label, a line that has developed something of a cult following. A denim hip-hugger mini with a built-in chain belt, $109 from $228, retains a certain charm, and there's also a yellow bouclé dress with eyelet cutouts (once $558, now $279) that seems slightly sorrowful, as if it's just dying to go to one really good party instead of ending its days on a table at the Barneys Labor Day Warehouse Sale.

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