By now, her speed-walk had slowed to a deliberate pace. She lingered at a suit rack, considered a flowered blazer, then chose a canary yellow blazer by Condor ($84) and a matching knit skirt ($34). She added a black sleeveless turtleneck ($16), which she explained is a mainstay year-round.
"It's what I'd wear if I were auditioning for an aspirin or contact lens commercial," she said of the outfit. She called it her "best bargain of the day.
"And the jacket has a Valentino feeling in the fit," she said.
Next, some shorts. A pair in white ($24), plus a nautical navy-and-white cable sweater ($44) and a navy-and-white striped tank top ($10).
"You can always use a new little yachting outfit," she said, affecting a British accent.
Eight hours. Ten outfits. Dean, who models and acts through Eastwest Model Management in Los Angeles, said she hasn't shopped so intensely since being in Tokyo in December. Satisfied that she had enough basics "to last a good half year," she wandered to the parking lot at dusk.
"My mind is on pasta," she announced. "And on sitting down."