Look Of The Week: Dover Street Market
"I want to create a kind of market where various creators from various fields gather together and encounter each other in an ongoing atmosphere of beautiful chaos: the mixing up and coming together of different kindred souls who all share a strong personal vision."
- Rei Kawakubo
When I was in London for the summer, located in a normal building, in a not so crowed street, I came across the most eccentric store. Dover Street Market is a multilevel store conceptualized by Rei Kawakubo of Comme Des Garçons. Aside from having the greatest selection of Comme Des Garçons and of Kawakubo’s protégé Junya Watanave, the store also features designer collections from Lanvin, Nina Ricci, Azzedine Alaïa and L’Wren Scott among others.
These designers are personally invited by Rei to set shop in a section of the store and they can design it in any way they wish, often selling limited edition pieces made only for Dover Street Market.
The inside of the store is really interesting; the interior is set in an industrial way, as if the construction wasn't finished. There are bare concrete floors, steel beams and wooden boxes were the clothes are displayed.
The top floor café has a very French vibe, with French waiters that barely speak English serving the most delicious French food. I loved it.
The clothes go from the most eclectic couture to the simple and cheeky, and I picked some of the best stuff from the web page, although it really doesn’t do justice to the marvelous selection inside Dover Street Market.