It's one month from now: December 21, 2013. You might be out of town for the holidays, but tourists in hair-pulling, children-pushing shopping mode will be trolling the city in force. Here's a list of all the labels that will be carried there.
As previously reported, the new Dover will occupy the century-old museum-like structure at Lexington and 30th in Murray Hill, in the newly-christened NoMad district of Manhattan. The site is near Ace Hotel, Kitsuné, and Marc Jacobs' preferred show venue, the Lexington Avenue Armory. The opening of Dover in the area could very well trigger a mass migration of other designer boutiques, as the opening of Comme des Garçons in Chelsea did years ago.
Riccardo Tisci never runs out of ways to make you feel special. His new Givenchy women's boutique in Paris, a collaboration with architect Joseph Dirand, is a reinterpretation of the Givenchy boxes used to deliver haute couture items to the house's most moneyed clientele. Each room is its own box, decked out in felt walls, dark green breccia marble, golden mirroring, black lacquer, anthracite, and ceppo stone. A round marble staircase connects the rooms, which naturally includes a VIP salon.
And, if you're still unsure of the house's dark, aristocratic elegance, a limited edition of the HDG (House de Givenchy) bag has been produced — specifically, five — in beige ostrich, white python, and black lizard. Should you be interested in the price, ask at the store.
Givenchy, 36 avenue Montaigne, Paris
Alexander McQueen opened its doors on Manhattan's Madison Avenue yesterday, after movin' on up from the Meatpacking District, the brand's flagship home for the last decade.
The nearly 3,500-square-foot store — designed by Sarah Burton, the label's creative director, in conjunction with David Collins Studio — fits right in among its ritzy neighbors. Mirroring the brand's dark opulence, the custom interior features polished marble floors and natural motifs — feathers, shells, mushroom gills, and tangled leaves — among the molded plaster details, echoing the historical bent and naturalism Burton has emphasized since taking over from the late Lee McQueen. "It's important to us that everything in the store feels very precious," she said of the jewel-box space.
The move marks another stylish coup for the tony uptown stretch, which has recently seen the arrival of Fivestory and Proenza Schouler, who threw shoppers for a loop by opening far from the expected downtown corridors. McQueen's 15-year, $65-million lease on 747 Madison Avenue, the former home of Valentino, ensures that the revival of city's newest (and most old-school) shopping strip is just getting started.
If it's true that young Italian designers don't get a fair shake, Dolce & Gabbana are mixing it up with PIAVE37, an experimental, eccentric new store in Milan. A continuation of Spiga2 — Dolce & Gabbana's young designer space launched in 2010 — PIAVE37 is stocked with a new generation of names from Italy and all over the world. Hand-picked by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, they include Cedric Charlier (France), Andrea Incontri (Italy), Barbara Casasola (Brasil), Fausto Puglisi (Italy), Fyodor Golan (UK), Iris Van Herpen (Netherlands), Kaal E. Suktae (South Korea), Masha Ma (China), Sachin+Babi (USA).
PIAVE37, N Viale Piave 37, Milan
Hot on the heels of his spring show in London comes word of Christopher Kane's first store. Located on Mount Street in Mayfair, the London flagship is scheduled to open in late 2014, and marks the promising young brand's first major effort since Kering Group (formerly PPR) acquired a 51% stake earlier this year. We're expecting roomy tastefulness, but we're hoping for some of the wild imagery he's sent down the runway over the years. Nuclear bomb wallpaper and a giant snarling ape centerpiece, please.
So dark and shadowy not people know about it, Rick Owens' secondary line DRKSHDW will open two pop-ups, in New York and London. Of course, not any old name will do for these temporary outlets specializing in denims, sweats and knits, so Rick calls them Ephémère, saying they're to "just plain celebrate our DRKSHDW collection...They will be a micro-DRKSHDW world and will only be open for a few months."
The complete men's and women's DRKSHDW fall collections will be carried, as well as hats, bags, shoes, and one-off pieces exclusive to each of the two stores.
70-72 Wooster Street
New York, NY 10012
July 16 - October 26, 2013
30A Redchurch Street
London, E2 7DP
September 4 - October 13, 2013
Here's an officially sanctioned interior shot of Saint Laurent's new downtown space, the latest in Hedi Slimane's "realigned visual identity." No doubt you have an excellent imagination, so picture the large, 4000-square-foot space filled with the creative director's pre-fall collection — because it will be soon, like, this week — eventually carrying the complete women's and men’s collections, including accessories.
The interior design — black and white marble, poured concrete, and ample use of glass and mirror — follows similar store revamps in Paris, Berlin, Shanghai, and soon uptown and Beverly Hills, yet remains respectful of the architectural heritage of the historic cast-iron Soho district. Further pointing to a deep respect for artistic integrity, furnishings will consist of mostly French modern masters, including Jean Prouvé, Marcel Breuer, Jules Leleu, and Pierre-Emile Legrain.
Saint Laurent, 80 Greene Street, NYC
While in Venice for the Biennale, why not paddle your gondola over to the new Louis Vuitton flagship? Situated in the heart of the Floating City, the new store houses a wider range of leather goods, luggage, and ready-to-wear than the average LV store. That, and the fact that there is a gallery space, makes the Espace Louis Vuitton Venice the first of its kind in Italy and the sixth in the world.
There's a reason for the stepped-up presence in Venice. This is the birthplace of fancy footwear some seven centuries ago, and has been where Louis Vuitton shoes have been crafted since 1998; specifically, at its famed Fiesso d'Artico workshop between Venice and Padua. As such, in the new space, the house has also installed an elaborate hanging display of shoes from its fall 2013 collection.
As it's quite easy to get lost in Venice's labyrinth of ancient canals, here's a scenic video to help you on your journey...
Opening Ceremony has reopened its Tokyo flagship, decamping from its Shibuya location—which opened in 2009—to Omotesando. Giving Yayoi Kusama a run for her money, Ben-Day dots abound, in bright blue, green, pink, and lavender on the walls and floors. The store, with its painted wooden horses, ostriches and llamas, turns up the kawaii quotient, charming and coaxing shoppers into snapping up exclusive merch (Kenzo, Rodarte, John Derian, Toga, Peter Jensen, Tripp, Pamela Love, House of Hackney) and OC's seemingly endless collaborations (Kiko Mizuhara, Chloë Sevigny, Yoko Ono, adidas Originals, DKNY).
Opening Ceremony, 6-7-1-B Jingumae on Cat Street, Omotesando, Tokyo