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Today's report on the opening of the Lanvin boutique on Madison Avenue: It's still delayed. Unforeseen electrical outages have pushed back the official opening to early next week, but the store has quietly opened the first two floors this afternoon for their clients and serious shoppers who need their Lanvin fix now. When we say serious shoppers, we mean like the true housewives of New York City—expensive highlights, immaculate blowouts, eight-carat rings and all—who are so hellbent on getting their manicured hands on some fall Lanvin, they will shop sans air-conditioning and guided only by the light of the sun and a Diptyque candle.
We were able to get a first hand sneak peek at the first two floors of the breathtakingly beautiful former townhouse boutique and let us just say we were blown away.
The ground level is home to the coveted bags (oh, the python...), a few teaser shoes (oh, the cream python wedge booties), plus day wear (too expensive to go into) and some fun accessories like a Lanvin pen and colored pencil kit. There are also the Lanvin canvas totes in a case, too. The dark woods and dramatically displayed goods in the glass wardrobes invoke the feeling of entering the parlor of a roaring 20's socialite fashion maven. Of course the low lighting and burning candle just added to the whole ambiance.
Then we headed upstairs to the second floor and it was amazing— can we move in? The stairs lead to a hall foyer area where a wall of vintage black and white Lanvin photos are displayed. Opposite is a wall of opulent eye-catching statement necklaces as well as large-beaded necklaces hanging on display. Here also lies the fantasy wall of shoes (oh, more python) all displayed in little cubbies built into the wall.
Walking past the shoes, we enter the absolutely most epic room of all with a floor-to-ceiling (and wall-to-wall, really) cathedral window bathing the room (and the luxurious apparel) in natural light. Here you'll find the lavish furs and the evening gowns majestically displayed in glass wardrobes. On the racks, we saw leopard prints (they say it's big for fall) and plush rich fall purples, teals and emerald greens. Tall folding screen-style mirrors are strategically placed throughout the main floor to allow for fitting from all angles. Two of the aforementioned shoppers were up here, heat be damned, frantically grabbing items from the racks while still in the process of trying on previous outfits.
From the second level, you can also see the glass-enclosed third loft level, which is the "Blanche Room". That's where all the white or close to white items reside; we could see a couple bridal-esque dresses on display. The stairs to that level are unfinished and since the elevator wasn't working (no power, see?), we'll have to wait to see that space.
Staffers did tell us that they moved some stock from upstairs to the ground level, so come next week, things may change. Once everything is in order, we'll have photos for you to peruse. Until then, you can use your imagination— but we bet the real experience will beat even that.
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