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Fashion Meca

March 06, 2014
Dover Street Market

The godmother of modern Japanese fashion Rei Kawakubo, better known as the creator of streetwear label Comme des Garçons, has finally brought her luxury multi-brand concept store Dover Street Market stateside, and where but Manhattan would she choose to hang her cool cap? The seven-storey structure, much like its sisters in Tokyo and London, is an amalgamation of contrasting and chaotic designs: a knitted patchwork quilt completely covers one of the space’s three pillars; colourful murals and collages occupy numerous walls; and two huts haphazardly built from wood and metal sheets inhabit the ground floor, and all serve as canvasses for only the most cutting-edge fashions you’ll find in this town.

A trip up the glass elevator will take you to the centre of the building, from where you can take in the full extent of the store’s design. After that, the floor to floor inventory reads like a who’s who of high fashion, including a number of exclusive limited-edition collaborations with brands like Prada, Louis Vuitton, Supreme, and Mastermind. Of particular note are pieces like Prada’s hooded dress with sequin-embellished sleeves; Saint Laurent’s leather trousers for men; lace-adorned skirts by Nina Ricci; Ann Demeulemeester’s sheer blouses; and rings by Gaia Repossi. DSM has even kindly supplied a post-retail flop-spot in the form of English-inspired Rose Bakery, perfect for scones, tea, and admiring your fashion haul.

160 Lexington Avenue

+1 646 837 7750