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While Coco Chanel never lived chez New York City, her midtown shop has become a symbol of New York luxury since its opening in the mid-1960s. A half-century later, women of all ages continue to flock to this multi-story flagship and its Soho sibling. Those just browsing can feast on plenty of eye candy, but serious fashion savants eager to get their hands on a piece of Chanel couture are advised to book ahead with the dauntingly well-groomed salespeople.


The fashion house’s timeless white suits ($10,100), as well as Karl Lagerfeld’s usual ready-to-wear pastels, are always appropriate. Alterations not included.