A subtropical shroud covered New York City like a dirty old coat, turning fashionable people into human puddles. These are the horse latitudes of fashion, when it's OK not to think about clothes, if only for 15 minutes.
Several of the chic small stores on Madison Avenue have closed for vacation. Others, particularly luxury retailers with a clientele that summers by the sea, are closed on Saturdays till Labor Day.
In the department stores, there is a general atmosphere of not much business being done, although they are excellent places to sample air-conditioning. The coolest places to see clothes are action movies. In the future, as Arnold Schwarzenegger has demonstrated, robots will have a great sense of style.