LOS ANGELES–Installed on mannequins throughout Maxfield’s floor yesterday were iconic Balenciaga pieces from decades past. There was a sari gown marking the store’s entryway, and more than a dozen dresses and jackets crafted by the French fashion house’s namesake, Cristobal Balenciaga, during the late 1950s and 1960s. Part of Balenciaga Edition–a line of recreations (down to an exact button or stitch) of classic ensembles made between the years 1954-1968–the garments on hand were priced between $1,800-$27,000.
But the startlingly high price tags are by no means keeping shoppers with the wherewithal at bay. Maxfield welcomed quite a bit of foot traffic yesterday and word has it a recent Edition sale in Boston saw a $30,000 jacket fly off the rack. The sale in Los Angeles will continue through today at 6pm. And, whether or not you’re prepared to drop that kind of capital on museum-worthy pieces, it’s well worth visiting. After all, entrance is free.