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Welcome back to our obsessive coverage of Dover Street Market, where we're taking Rei Kawakubo's multibrand store floor by floor, leaving no kooky detail unmentioned.
Over the weekend, Murray Hill transformed into Manhattan's new destination for the fashion obsessed, as Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons unveiled Dover Street Market New York. Each of the seven floors has a unique identity, while synchronously remaining within the store's theme of "beautiful chaos."
The market is a total must-see and truly one of a kind. Though there's so much to discuss—and we'll get there—here's a round-up of the ten most important things to know about Dover Street Market in the meantime.
1. First things first: Every six months to a year, the market will close up shop for a few days in order to create "The New Beginning." Expect a complete transformation every time this happens.
2. The Louis Vuitton shop will rotate womenswear and menswear every six weeks. The market opened with a menswear collection that includes extraordinary pieces from the collaboration with artist Terence Koh.
3. While the Saint Laurent collection may not be exclusive to DSM, the display in which it sits was designed by Hedi Slimane.
4. The Comme des Garçons spring 2014 runway collection is already available for purchase on the sixth floor—it won't be hitting Barneys for another two months.
5. There is clothing in the Prada shop on seven that was designed specifically for the market. These pieces are distinguished by special tags that read 'Prada at Dover Street Market.' Along with these exclusive pieces, shoppers will also find pieces from Prada's resort collection.
6. The market is curated in a way that is meant to encourage androgynous dressing. Shoppers should feel no large divide between menswear and womenswear, and instead focus on the beauty of every piece. It's a safe haven for ladies who love to wear oversized trousers and tuxedo jackets, as well as men who enjoy wearing skirts and dresses. That 'wear what you want no matter your gender' attitude is reflected in the way the store is laid out, with no clear separation of womenswear and menswear.
Designer Paula Gerbase's 1205 collection
7. The former point is illustrated on the fourth floor, aka the Energy Showroom. Here is where one will find 1205, the collection by British designer Paula Gerbase. The up-and-comer designed a line of clothing that is meant to be completely androgynous. She uses muted colors like navy, white, and grey.
8. Michal Costiff's World Archive display is a must see. Situated on the same floor as Alaïa, there are wooden nose plugs from Papua New Guinea, kimonos, beaded hats, sculptures, and other one-of-a-kind exotic pieces found throughout the world.
9. Gaia Repossi designed a collection of jewelry specifically for the market, which can be found on the first floor where all of the jewelry is showcased.
10. And lastly, there are bathrooms with automatic toilets on three, six, and in the basement. By automatic, we mean that the toilet lids open and close for you, as well as flush.
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