May 30, 2019 | By Louise Squire
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This weekend marked the unveiling of Rei Kawakubo’s coveted Dover Street Market, one of the highest anticipated openings in New York. Spanning 20,000 square feet, this haven of trend and cool brings together all forms of creativity and gives true meaning to the term experience.
Kawakubo commissioned three artists – London Fieldworks, Magda Sayeg and Leo Sewell – to outfit the pillars that travel through each floor, while other works span sound sculptures by Brooklyn-based artist Calx Vive and murals by Alex Da Corte. Each artist and designer was given creative freedom over their space. Thom Browne’s dedicated area resembles an office-like setting, while Prada features face-painted mannequins designed by Gabriel Specter and elegant murals inspired by its spring collection.
This Comme des Garçons jewel houses all 15 of the label’s collections, including Homme Plus, Homme Deux, Comme des Garçons Shirt and Junya Watanabe, alongside an exquisite directory of outside designers. Find coveted wares from the likes of Azzedine Alaïa, J.W. Anderson, Simone Rocha, Rick Owens, Saint Laurent and Sacai displayed within, as well as store-exclusives from Nike Lab and Repossi. A glass elevator is situated in the center, offering a complete visual experience of the store. An absolute must see. –Sarah Ryan Hecht
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