After a Fashion Week break, the Critical Shopper Jon Caramainca is back in the Thursday Styles with a visit to
Lanvin's new Men's Store on Madison Avenue. We find him engaged and intrigued, but not fully sold, as if to demonstrate that you can admire a label's products all day long without actually needing to participate further as a customer. Or maybe everything's just too expensive. Or both -not that there's anything wrong with just visiting. Even Lanvin's signature sneakers -"elitist clown shoes"- fail to seduce.
In the fitting room, our shopper never fully connects with his choices, and winds up in a super-luxurious tracksuit,
Now this was a look: like an eel with an attitude, or a joyous Mylar parade float. Everyone should be so cozy for at least two minutes in his life. I snapped a picture, so I’d remember it always, and then I slithered out of it and back into my own skin and left.
Critical Shopper: Self-Discovery in a Silk Tracksuit By Jon Caramanica (NYTimes)
Lanvin Men's Boutique 807 Madison Avenue between 67th & 68th Streets, Upper East Side
Luxury Expansion: Lanvin's Men's Store Is Now Open