Imagine witnessing a pair of strangers who meet and strike up a deep conversation (almost Forrest Gump-style) on a subway bench, fully immersed in their talk as several trains pass by. Now, imagine witnessing a similarly candid scene (MTA bench and all) in the front of DKNY’s Soho flagship. On Thursday, DKNY launched its latest window installation with a compellingly low key event, which was a nice way to ease into the swing of NYFW.
Back in June, DKNY creative directors Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne teamed up with the New Museum and four female artists who are part of New Inc, the museum’s incubator for emerging talent. Each artist was tasked with transforming the rotating display for the downtown store, and the resulting exhibitions have been wildly different.
Batting third (of four) for DKNY’s New Inc partnership—titled The New Women’s Project—was Emilie Baltz, an experiential artist and food designer who recreated the aforementioned subway tableau as part of an ongoing interview series with female creatives. Thursday night, Baltz kicked off her window installation by sitting down (on said bench) to chat with four talented New Yorkers: sculptor-slash-It-girl Ana Kras, model-slash-activist Yomi Abiola, and musician Nancy Whang. Needless to say, the artistic vibes were flowing—and naturally, DKNY captured it all via livestream.