By  on August 30, 2011

PARIS — Expanding its footprint in America, Balenciaga will today open its first directly operated store in Florida: a 1,000-square-foot unit at Bal Harbour Shops.

The unit showcases Balenciaga’s women’s ready-to-wear, leather goods, shoes, jewelry, sunglasses and fragrances in a futuristic environment envisioned by artistic director Nicholas Ghesquière in collaboration with French contemporary artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster.

Accessories are housed in gold- and silver-leaf lined cubbyholes, or propped on white plinths resembling icebergs. Floors are paved with black and white marble — or olive green carpeting.

Balenciaga also operates freestanding boutiques in New York, Los Angeles, Costa Mesa, Calif., and two locations in Las Vegas: The Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace and Crystals at CityCenter.

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