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Buoyed by thoughts of the rich and wild new Russia and 500-Euro notes, Cintra Wilson appropriately drops by the re-opened ridiculously plush Christian Dior boutique on 57th Street. While observing fellow shoppers, checking out Manhattan streets-unfriendly $1,850 peep-toe booties ("perhaps if you were carried from limo to sofa, you could get a couple of months out of them") and trying on a lambskin bustier dress that Melania Trump reportedly purchased ("criminal rococo"), Wilson remains skeptical of the in-your-face luxury and ostentation. In response to a staffer asking if she could imagine working there, the writer responds, "No, I can’t. Does it give you an addiction to opulence, like you’re living in Versailles? Are you still capable of taking a subway?” [NYT]