CINTRA WILSON GOES SHOPPING:
Indiscreet Charmless Bourgeoisie Edition
December 29, 2010
Here is the reason why The Shophound was so happy to see Cintra Wilson reinstated as a Critical Shopper in the Thursday Styles: When 57th Street's Christian Dior boutique re-opened a few weeks ago, most everyone who had anything to say about it fawned over the extravagance, the opulence and the glittering glamour that the legendary house had lavished on the refreshed interior. To La Cintra, however, it's all little more than an overdose of tinsel. While she's able to appreciate the ingenuity of Dior's wares, she is less impressed by the rabid consumer instincts of its clientele. She even manages somehow to get in a dig at Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his reputed mistress, which should give you some idea about how she approaches this particular task.
The last straw is a sumptuous dress we are told was just purchased by Melania Trump (a dubious selling point, at best) and Wilson makes her exit with a sneer at all the standard boutique obsequiousness,
Ordinarily I walk out of dressing rooms and swish around before the sales staff (particularly when, like Mr. Smith, they have been so attentive) to show them how right they were to suggest the garment, but I couldn’t leave the room in that dress. I felt queasy, as if I were wearing a $9 million birthday party.
As I left, the manager, indicating the shop as a whole, asked, “How do you like our creation?”
“Mind-boggling,” I said.
“Can you imagine working here every day?” he asked with rhetoric joy.
“No, I can’t,” I said. “Does it give you an addiction to opulence, like you’re living in Versailles? Are you still capable of taking a subway?”
Show off at your own risk.
Critical Shopper: At Dior, a New Look That’s More of a Sneer By Cintra Wilson (NYTimes)
Christian Dior 19 East 57th Street between Fifth & Madison Avenues, Midtown