Meaning ‘beginning’ or ‘start’ in Japanese, DSM has a bi-annual Tachiagari, when the store shuts down for three days to change direction and make room for fresh installations, newly invited designer and a thoroughly different mood.
The new season additions are meticulously overseen by Comme des Garçons founder Rei Kawakubo and husband Adrian Joffe.
A major coup for DSM is the Egg space on the fourth floor, as they have always wanted to work with the London brand, headed up by former Issey Miyake designer Maureen Doherty.
The clean, structured and voluminous pieces are custom-made and tailored to your body. Summer raffia hats are also available with the bespoke service.
Comme des Garçons have also collaborated with Dr Martens on two limited edition pairs of airwair Mary Janes.
New season Comme des Garçons Play cashmere cardigans and tees….
On the third floor, Stephen Jones has created a unique installation featuring his exquisite millinery with quirky topiary, perfectly embodying the feeling of Spring…
Alber Elbaz personally curated the Lanvin display exclusively for Dover Street Market.
Jewel shaded silk dresses feature next to metallic gold and caramel pieces and his signature luxury embellished tees.
There is also a treasure cabinet for bags, accessories, mother and daughter figurines and illustrated stationery – a more personal display than you would find in a regular department store.
Comme des Garçons…
Comme des Garçons has collaborated with Paco Rabanne to reissue le69, an iconic futuristic handbag as worn by Brigitte Bardot, Françoise Hardy, and Catherine Deneuve.
Rei Kawakubo has re-imagined le69 using different materials and created a limited edition collection of 9 designs.
Le69 is exclusive to Dover Street Market has takes pride of place on a conveyor belt in the front window.
New sneaker space…
For more information and to see the Spring/Summer 2011 collection, visit: www.doverstreetmarket.com.
Are you loving Alber’s chessboard Lanvin space, or is le69 top on your accessories wish list? What are you favourite pieces for Spring/Summer 2011?
Photos by Chérie City