- READER REVIEWS
Mon-Fri, 11am-7pm; Sat, 11am-6pm; Sun, noon-6pm
Nearby Subway Stops
2, 3 at Grand Army Plaza; B, Q at Seventh Ave.
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With its lemon-yellow walls and lofty tin ceilings, this cheery storefront is barely recognizable from its past incarnation as an indie record shop. Upstart designer Christine Alcalay, who trained under Christian Lacroix and cites Audrey Hepburn as a major inspiration, expresses her ultrafeminine sensibility through her eponymous label's made-to-order couture coats, dresses, and separates. Using richly textured tweeds and silks, playful draping, and delicate details, Alcalay crafts pieces that intended for timelessness. Her line is sold exclusively at Kiwi, which she co-owns with retail whiz Marlene Siegel (formerly of Sonia Rykiel and Burberry), and though it's a small portion of the inventory, it sets the tone for the rest of the stock. Clothes, shoes, and accessories are all fashion-forward without being slavishly trendy: Depending on the season, Alcalay might pull in Susanna Monaco's comfortable, body-conscious dresses; Lily McNeal's hip-skimming tunics; or Billy Blues relaxed pants, which look as good on tweens as they do on aging boomers.