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ALL CHANGE AT DOVER STREET: The London multibrand emporium Dover Street Market unveiled its spring collections Friday, and quite a crowd gathered to witness the event. A long line of artsy types snaked along the outside of the store from early in the afternoon, all waiting for Nigo, the founder of the Japanese label A Bathing Ape, who was due to sign copies of his “A Bathing Ape” book that evening. The designer was set to put in an appearance, as one of the major spring installations in the sprawling, five-story store is a replica of Nowhere, the store that Nigo and Jun Takahashi opened in Harajuku, Tokyo, in 1993. The Nowhere space in Dover Street Market will carry designs by Takahashi’s brand Undercover and A Bathing Ape, alongside products the two designers have collaborated on.
And plenty of other designers have set up quirky spaces in the store to carry their spring wares, too. Peter Jensen has worked with set designer Shona Heath to create an upside-down city skyline installation in the store, made from Perspex skyscraper shapes suspended from the ceiling. The space houses six tiered dress designs that Jensen has created exclusively for Dover Street Market, all made from a patchwork of different prints taken from the designer’s archives. The dresses retail from 700 pounds, or $1,032. Meanwhile, in Lanvin’s area mannequins clad in the house’s designs are sat in front of giant iMacs, as if they’re in an Internet cafe, while the founders of the London restaurant and design collective Les Trois Garçons have taken over the store’s shoe area. They’ve used the space to sell an eclectic mix of Perspex bags, rustic wooden chairs and candy-colored glassware, all artfully placed amongst the store’s Nicholas Kirkwood and Bruno Frisoni shoe designs.