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Now Open Follow-Up: Images of Balenciaga's Palatial Melrose Boutique

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Bottom two images via WWD

Balenciaga opened the doors to its 5,000-square-foot Melrose Avenue boutique on Monday, the first on the West Coast and second in the U.S. to NYC. WWD describes the collab design effort between Balenciaga designer Nicolas Ghesquière and artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster as "something out of a high-glamour, futuristic film"; Ghesquière describes the "experience" he wanted to achieve as "a cross between organic and science fiction." The fashion trade also reports there are massive dressing rooms with private bathroom, minibars for celebrity clientele (hey, us non-celebs like cocktails while we shop, too!), hidden bathrooms and - get this - "seating designed with each gender in mind" in the dressing rooms. Not sure what that means. Also gotta love a place that sells $70,000 gowns, but conceals the cash registers, which are "off the sales floor and surrounded by silver consoles."
·Balenciaga Makes Debut on Melrose [WWD, subscription req]
·Now Open: Balenciaga on Melrose [Racked]