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On the Racked: Live from the Barneys Warehouse Sale

And now, the latest from Racked, covering shopping and retail from the sidewalks up.

[The scene this morning, pre-frenzy, on West 17th Street]

1) Chelsea: The annual shitshow that is the opening morning of the Barneys Warehouse Sale finds Racked on the scene and brawling for bargains. Excerpt from the front lines: "The selection this year was pretty choice—in the women's department, we spotted Vena Cava and Diane von Furstenberg dresses, Daryl K jackets, Balenciaga sweaters and plenty of Marc Jacobs, among other labels—most of the clothing was only moderately marked down." Click on through for additional analysis and photos from inside.

2) West 30's: Meantime, up at the Manhattan Mall, Amanda Bynes turned out in the (well tanned) flesh to hype the launch of her clothing line at Steve & Barry's. As did her many fans. Just when you think Herald Square couldn't get more repellent.

3) Midtown East: The exterior of Nat Sherman's new store has just been revealed: "a copper-plated mansard roof. Pretty snazzy."