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A LATEST THAT’S A GREATEST
Walter Steiger is a master-shoemaking family business in its third generation. The current designer, Walter Steiger, is named after the Geneva-based founder. Now established in Paris, the company creates their own line of extraordinarily artistic yet superbly handcrafted shoes. Their “Steiger Claw,” a distinctively curved high heel, remains one of the most imitated shoes in fashion.
WALTER STEIGER, SECOND FLOOR SHOES
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THE FRAGRANT FUTURE
We’re introducing two exclusive new fragrances, and they are major. Major as in Balenciaga and Dior. Balenciaga’s Florabotanica is a cross-cultural fantasy from the mind of Nicolas Ghesquière, who says it expresses “the bright and dangerous side of Balenciaga . . . like a floral rebellion.” The new Dior cosmetics counter launches with La Collection Privée Christian Dior, a new range of nine handcrafted fragrances from the genius nose of François Demachy.
BALENCIAGA/DIOR, BEAUTY LEVEL
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A LEGEND AT THE LAB
Isabel Toledo needs no introduction. The Cuban-born couturier, mentored by Diana Vreeland, has been a great favorite of in-the-know New Yorkers since 1985. But Toledo is not a best-kept-secret anymore. Especially since the First Lady, one of her fervent admirers, wore Toledo to the President’s swearing-in ceremony. Isabel Toledo is one of the designers of The Lab, a newly expanded space on the Third Floor that showcases emerging talents like Prabal Gurung and Peter Pilotto, designers who Linda Fargo calls “The New Guard of Fashion.”
ISABEL TOLEDO, THE LAB, THIRD FLOOR
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SHE ASKED FOR IT
Women have long borrowed their man’s Belstaff gear — classic hig-tech motorcycle jackets in waxed cotton. Now women have Belstaff of their very own: The British luxury stalwart debuts a women’s line of thrilling ready-to-wear. It features the same classic style and innovative qualities as the legendary men’s clothes but with a fashion-forward edge.
BELSTAFF, THIRD FLOOR
Explore the Parisian perspective on urban luxury with Faith Connexion, an arbiter of Left Bank casual cool that brings a uniquely edgy, rocker glamour. Helmut is a capsule collection of basics from Helmut Lang that offers the minimalist perfection you’d expect. R13 is an American denim-based brand that takes its inspiration from a Revolutionary War flag with a coiled snake and the motto “Don’t Tread on Me.” Its smart and sexy interpretations of classic American items feature leather and the finest Japanese denim.
FAITH CONNEXION/HELMUT/R13, 5F
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