There is a delightful sumptuousness to Midtown during the holidays that makes shopping a truly luxurious experience. The neighborhood surrounding The Centrale condos enables you to find the latest creations from the greatest designers in the world and have a gallery-like experience as you take in entire visionary collections at Dior, Saint Laurent, and J.Press. While working your way through your holiday list, you might just get inspired by a new cut or texture and pick up a show-stopping outfit to wear to your own festivities.
At the Dior store on 57th near Madison, you’ll find yourself surrounded by the designs of creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri, known for her feminist spin on the signature looks of the house, like belted dresses and updates on the 1950s aesthetic made famous in the heyday of Christian Dior himself. On her knack for tapping into the zeitgeist and the classic at the same time, particularly as it relates to the Autumn/Winter collection, Chiuri told Vogue, "Subculture now is very focused on sportswear. The way we can relate to this world is to use technical materials in fifties’ shapes." The results make for an array of holiday gifts as wearable as they are beautiful, like the Blue and Black Fantaisie Camouflage Anorak or the Cream and Blue Fantaisie La Rou de la Fortune Intarsia Knit Sweater, which combines the personality of a printed T-shirt ( a Tarot card featuring mythical beings) with the luxury of a cashmere sweater.
Another designer at the helm of a world-class house is Anthony Vaccarello of Saint Laurent. Of his Autumn/Winter 2019 show, British Vogue specifically noted “Vaccarello’s tailoring, was inspired by Betty Catroux and Catherine Deneuve, he told us, with typical reverence for the house’s legacy. ‘I worked around the architecture of the clothes. Everything starts from the shoulder so I worked around the shape of that, and everything else was kind of fluid.’” His Long Buttoned Coat in Velvet features epaulettes and a 19th-century vibe that evokes equal parts War and Peace and Prince circa the 1980s. This is the kind of gift that would give a discerning woman more than a perfectly cut line but an aura of understated fantasy, ideal for a night at the Metropolitan Opera or Carnegie Hall.
Crafting fashion as self-invention from yet another angle is J. Press, a store that melds Midtown luxury with an Ivy League sensibility that has been guiding its fashion vision for men since it first opened near the Yale campus in 1902. Appropriately located in the Yale Club building on 44th Street, the Midtown store is like a jewel box of holiday gifts for men with a taste for the preppy and the classic. You can cross practically every man off your list, thanks to an array of wool caps, silk tartan ties, leather gloves, ski sweaters, collared cardigans, and corduroy pants in eye-popping, festive colors like kelly green, aubergine, and gold.
At The Centrale’s Midtown Manhattan condos, the shopping magic of New York in the holiday season is waiting just outside your door.