When it comes to a shake-up, wiping the slate clean and starting over, nothing beats the ‘hit refresh’ of New Year. Unlike the rest of us though, Dover Street Market will actually be sticking to their resolution for the next twelve months, having just unveiled their annual season changeover featuring typically bold interior re-designs, new collections and a fresh batch of the most exciting global design talent.
Top of this year’s agenda is Kiko Kostadinov‘s first permanent space, featuring sculptural rails by Eindhoven-based duo Leo Orta and Victor Miklos, who under the joint moniker OrtaMiklos, are fast developing a reputation for their sustainable sculptural practice that utilises discarded materials. The rails will be adorned with Kostadinov’s recently exhibited “Interviews by the River” SS19 collection, as well as three special t-shirts from his AFFIX label, conceived exclusively for DSM.
Margiela will also enjoy a brand new permanent space in the store, with an accompanying installation that showcases the history of the Tabi style in Dover Street’s freshly developed second-floor space. Utilising images from collectors, the miniature exhibition will dovetail with the six exclusive men’s and women’s styles that have been created for DSM this season, aligning both present and past side by side.
Elsewhere, streetwear giants Stüssy and Palace have both secured themselves a greater share of square footage, with the latter not only enjoying a larger space but a platform to exhibit their designs for electronic music label, Trilogy Tapes (with whom the brand launched their own music label in 2015, TTTPALACE001). Meanwhile, the dedicated NikeLab space will enjoy a complete redesign, ready to house both their Cav Empt and Martine Rose collaborations in time for the store’s re-opening.
Lastly, but by no means least, all Comme des Garçons spaces including both Homme Plus and Junya Watanabe will be transformed with the arrival of SS19 collections, while Tyler the Creator’s design efforts for Golf Le Fleur will take over the basement sneaker space.