Though Karan was absent, vacationing with Calvin Klein in Africa, others including Jessica Stam, Betsey Johnson and Christy Turlington browsed tables of deeply discounted Ferragamo shoes and racks of Jill Stuart dresses. Guests also noshed on tiramisu and corn on the cob courtesy of San Ambroeus. With all the culinary distraction, "how can anyone get any shopping done?" joked Kelly Ripa.
Apparently guests found a way: only two Marc by Marc Jacobs bags remained just an hour into the sale.