With neighbors like Marc Jacobs, Diane Von Furstenberg and Alexander McQueen, the super chic, you-can't-afford-to-shop-here section of West Melrose is an unlikely place for a designer outlet. But after the BCBG boutique shut its doors late last year, the BCBG Max Azria Final Cut Outlet store (just look for the building painted in black-and-white stripes) popped up in its place like a groundhog to announce that the recession, like war, is over, if you want it. The dozens of racks carrying BCBG's various labels — designer Max Azria's own namesake, BCBGeneration, To the Max and Herve Leger — range from $49 to $89, and almost nothing over: jeans, T-shirts, blouses, pants, shorts, daytime dresses, evening gowns and even heavy winter coats. Hervé Léger's famous body-hugging bandage dresses are marked down from a whopping $980 to $430, while the shoes — including flats, heels and boots — and purses go for as low as $19. This not only saves bargain hunters the drive to far-away outlet malls like the Citadel, but also the discomfort and hysteria of the impending Black Friday. 8026 Melrose Ave., W. Hlywd. (323) 852-1481, bcbg.com.

—Siran Babayan

LA Weekly