Monday, March 21, 2011

Mad Ave. (PHOTOS & TEXT)

There is nothing quite as luxurious as a stroll on Madison Avenue on the first Spring like day of the season. The windows are filled with the most expensive and exclusive collections all ripe for buying.
What stands out during your stroll is that “Mad Ave.” has become a veritable who’s who of the “haute joalliers” whether it is Graff, Chopard, Fred Leighton or Solange Azagury-Partridge. Then there is the endless amount of apparel stores which include Ralph Lauren, with 2 of the most exquisite mansions devoted to his collections, and just about every other designer you have ever heard of or thought of or imagined including Gucci, Hermes, Cavalli, Chloe, Tom Ford, Zanotti and many many more.
Today was given to the exploration of the new Ralph Lauren women’s store which was assembles across the street from the Rhinelander location which houses the men’s collections. This new store was built to echo the feeling of the Rhinelander but was really created from scratch with dazzling end result. There is no detail left out, no luxury overlooked and one cannot be anything but overwhelmed by the extravagance of it all.
Once you arrive at the location, you cannot help but be impressed by this masterpiece which has made Mr. Lauren the sole purveyor of fashion from 71 St to 72nd street on Mad Ave. I was lucky enough to have not been stopped from photographing the interior as wisely used no flash and am very pleased to share with you the opulence and vision that is uniquely Ralph Lauren.
The other photographs which prove to be equally arresting are those of the jewelers who are unequaled without including the big names of Bulgari. Tiffany, Harry Winston or Verdura and more but I cheated and included a Van Cleef (5th Avenue) “zipper necklace” which is beyond fabulous.
The rest of the stroll can only be considered to “swoon worthy” but there are few places where you can stroll along and pass “Mr. Big” and Tom Selleck doing the same thing you are…enjoying the first taste of Spring and the sights of Mad Ave.