Ralph Lauren's new 22,000-square-foot flagship, the first selling women's collections only, opens on Madison Avenue tonight, and might feel like further evidence that the recession is coming to an end. Housed in a huge, brand-new Beaux Arts building, the new store sits across the street from the Rhinelander Mansion, which has been converted into the label's men's flagship. If the sheer size of the marble staircase spanning all four floors isn't enough to make you want to slide down the banisters tossing hundred dollar bills in the air, the endless racks of Lauren's Collection, Black Label, Blue Label, and RLX might inspire you. Or maybe the expansive plush dressing rooms and an army of salespeople to flick the tiniest speck of lint off of your bespoke shirt collar will. Other highlights include a
salon room devoted entirely to Ralph Lauren's watch and new fine jewelry collection, sectioned off by themes like "equestrian," "romantic," and "chunky chains," as well as zebra-skin benches to park at while you try on shoes. See it for yourself the slideshow.