Twice a year, Rei Kawakubo’s Dover Street Market shuts down, only to be reborn and filled with a fresh crop of the most innovative fashion, art, culture, and design offerings days later. Over the weekend, the store’s New York outpost unveiled its Spring 2017 New Beginning, and, per usual, fresh delights could be found around every corner.
The store’s ground floor Comme des Garçons installation is perhaps the most striking addition—ironically, given that Kawakubo’s Spring outing was titled “Invisible Clothing.” Just in time for the designer’s forthcoming Met exhibition, the poignant collection seemingly nods to all of Kawakubo’s most iconic creations, and features magnified iterations of CDG signatures, like the brand’s plaid print, jodhpur-style balloon pants, and classic silhouette, which is essentially a dress within a dress. A handful of mammoth runway confections greet shoppers as they walk toward the glass elevator, looming over them as they wait to be hoisted to their floor of choice. As you might imagine, this installation has quite a presence—and it’s anything but invisible. The wearable iterations of CDG’s Spring garments are housed on the 6th level.
But DSM isn’t just about Comme des Garçons —it’s about innovative brands that represent something significant and current in their respective fields. As such, a number of exciting young labels—including Ashley Williams, Eckhaus Latta, Cottweiler, and more—have been added to the retailer’s roster, and can be found alongside such talents as Craig Green, Charles Jeffrey Loverboy, Ryan Lo, and Molly Goddard on the 4th floor in a space designed by artist Rashid Johnson.
Naturally, favorites like Vetements, Junya Watanabe, Simone Rocha, Sacai, Gucci, Gosha Rubchinskiy, and Azzedine Alaïa all have updated displays.
“I want to create a kind of market where various creators from various fields gather together and encounter each other in an ongoing atmosphere of beautiful chaos,” said Kawakubo when she opened the first Dover Street Market in London in 2004. Indeed, DSMNY’s New Beginning furthers that mission, and whether you’re looking to buy a whole new wardrobe, or just want to lose yourself in the immersive maze that is Kawakubo’s vision, it’s certainly worth a visit.
Dover Street Market New York is located at 160 Lexington Avenue in New York, NY