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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 10/21/2005

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.

-- Janet

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Any word on what other stores are going to open up there?

Posted by: Alexandra | October 21, 2005 12:38 PM | Report abuse

is the Barneys Coop going in that strip also?

Posted by: scottieanne | October 21, 2005 1:52 PM | Report abuse

from the washington post, here is what else is slated to eventually be in the collection:

Tiffany & Co., Cartier, Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, MaxMara and Ralph Lauren

Posted by: scottieanne | October 21, 2005 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Bulgari, and Georgette Klinger(spa) have also been announced as tenants. If you can afford it, this will be a great center to shop at.

Posted by: DV | October 23, 2005 1:15 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone know if the new Dior store carries the Dior Homme line?

Posted by: CD | October 23, 2005 7:11 PM | Report abuse

No, the new Dior boutique, so far, only carries the women's collection, not Dior Homme. In Paris, Dior Homme is usually a separate boutique, so I guess we will be waiting for the day we see one in this area....

Posted by: DOB | November 13, 2005 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Also, the plan for the "Collection" is a two-building one with:

North Building - 38,000 GSF
- Tiffany & Co. 7,390 sq. ft.
- Jimmy Choo 1,670 Square Feet
- Louis Vuitton 4,576 sq. ft.
- Gucci 4,390 Square Feet
- Bulgari 4,015 Square Feet
- Georgette Klinger 6,475 Square Feet

South Building - 71,000 GSF
- MaxMara Retail: 5,415 sq. ft., Cafe:?
- Dior 3,000 sq. ft
- Barneys New York Co-Op 11,400 Square Feet
- Cartier 1,850 sq. ft.
- Ralph Lauren 16,045 sq. ft

Posted by: DOB | November 13, 2005 6:11 PM | Report abuse

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