October in D.C.
I've been looking forward to the opening of the shops in the Chevy Chase Collection for a long time, keeping my eye on the strip for any signs of life. Finally, I got to see some progress on Wednesday with the opening of the Christian Dior boutique. That's boutique; don't call it a store.
Modeled after the salon on the Avenue Montaigne in Paris, the shop is outfitted with low, sleek benches swathed in silky linen fabric, Louis XIV-style chairs and plush gray carpet. Having a bad day? Spend some time decompressing in the spacious dressing rooms with their suede walls and decoratively edged floor-to-ceiling mirrors. Oh, and then there's the merchandise. Dior's ready-to-wear fall collection (exquisitely made swishy, ruffly dresses caught my eye) is now showing, along with costume jewelry, scarves, handbags, shoes, oversized sunglasses and small leather goods.
Prices are stratospheric -- an embroidered pair of boots with stiletto heels costs $1150. Blame it on the Euro. But looking doesn't cost a thing. Think of it as a trip to a tiny outpost of Paris on Wisconsin Avenue.
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