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In this week's Critical Shopper, Cintra Wilson is back in her element again, revisiting the Calvin Klein flagship on Madison and coming to an epiphany about the fashion ramifications of America's role as a world power. Along with her friend, Johanna, Cintra unsuccessfully makes her way through the store offerings—trying on ill fitting clothing, likening a $1295 cashmere hooding to dog-walking gear, mistaking a women's size 38 sandal for a mandal (then ingeniously making an analogy to a scene from a A Place in the Sun) and placing Zelda Fitzgerald and Brigitte Nielsen in the same sentence (possibly for the first time ever). Only then does Cintra realize that the label's target market has moved overseas, much to her dismay. [NYT]