Manhattan’s Century 21 flagship.


LAST STAND: On Thursday afternoon, Century 21 Department Store’s bustling Lincoln Square location had a new collection in its storefront windows: Jean Paul Gaultier. Upstairs, in a dedicated corner on the second floor next to collections from Emilio Pucci, Jason Wu and Lanvin, was Gaultier’s final spring 2015 ready-to-wear collection, as well as some archival collector’s items. The section was being worked over by a team of in-store stylists to mark the start of the retailer’s five-day event celebrating the designer’s wares. In an effort to lure customers, artist Michael Breach from Baristart will be making his signature, arty lattes in the store from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

A quick perusal of the racks found a selection of white, red and black knit and mesh tank tops for $99; sheer organza bomber jackets for $229; a black tulle miniskirt for $279; and a one-shoulder, deconstructed pinstripe blazer for $629. The collector’s items included a floral-printed and paint-splattered blazer for $849 and a pair of colorful sequin board shorts for $2,459.

According to the store’s manager, Stefano Lessis, shoppers have already started booking private appointments to give the looks a whirl. “We started selling some of these pieces yesterday before they hit the floor,” Lessis said. The pieces will move to Century 21’s Philadelphia outpost early next week.

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