Mon-Wed and Fri-Sat, 10am-6pm; Thu, 10am-7pm; Sun, noon-5pm
4, 5, 6 at 59th St.; N, Q, R at Lexington Ave.-59th St.
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The crystal doorknob is the first big clue that shopping at Roberto Cavalli’s flagship will be a tutorial in over-the-top luxury. Popular with glittery celebs like Britney Spears and supermodel Petra Nemcova, the store’s bright white walls are lined with richly dyed silk scarves, bright pink leather miniskirts, and the brand’s signature animal print dresses and pants. What keeps the boutique—and the clothes—from looking trashy is the consummate attention to detail that pervades both the store décor and the clothes themselves: Gold ceiling fixtures and gleaming mosaic floors offset crystal-encrusted jeans and body-hugging ball gowns; the fitting rooms and couches have animal-print pillows to further enhance the extravagance of sequined bodices and shredded silk cocktail dresses. Much like the store, Cavalli’s customers are immaculately maintained, if dazzlingly super-decorated.