29 West Eighth Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues), New York City

L’Impasse sells improbable clothing for very thin ladies, but someone must pay good money for it, or something connected.

It’s unkindly called ‘slutwear’ by some commentators, but the Contessa would appreciate and encourage such exhuberant putting out. Anna Sui included this window in her extensive photo-collection of New York storefronts (February 13 2004).

The store is a blaze of glory all night, open or closed. This photo was taken at about 10.30pm.

February 2006