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The epic Comme des Garçons Dover Street Market is set to open tomorrow smack dab in the middle of no man's land: 160 Lexington Avenue in Murray Hill. WWD previewed the space before this weekend's grand reveal, and describes it as "a wild synergy of creativity and commerce that truly lives up to the term 'experience' that many brands bandy about when p.r.-ing their new retail concepts." Photos from inside are finally available, as well as a few notes on the layout:
As for the design of the store, Kawakubo commissioned three pillars that pierce each floor straight to the top, and divvied them up among three artists: London Fieldworks, which outfitted its with wooden houses; Magda Sayeg, known for yarn bombing, who covered hers in colorfully knit patchwork like a big, kooky sock, and Leo Sewell, whose pillar is decorated with all kinds of random paraphernalia, from crutches to skis. There are sound sculptures by Brooklyn-based artist Calx Vive; a mural by Alex Da Corte, and painted shelves by Mark Cooper. One of the more experimental installations is the tunnel-enclosed staircase connecting the third and fourth floors.
A Comme des Garçons Play wall
Somehow, this is a fitting room
Head here for the full list of brands that will be available, which includes the Comme des Garçons and Junya Wantanabe labels, Azzedine Alaïa, Christopher Kane, J.W. Anderson, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Raf Simons, Rick Owens, Saint Laurent, Undercover, and so many more.
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