Dover Street Market, ドーバーストリートマーケット

Sometimes Tokyo really isn’t that fun of a city to try to navigate. This proved to be the case when I was trying to find my way to the Ginza Dover Street Market store. I suppose in reality that it should have been a rather easy task but this way I got to see a few other exciting places that I didn’t expect.

Once I reached Dover Street Market, I was pleasantly surprised over the vast size of the store. In total it stretched 6 floors, in it’s own fabulously stylish building. It featured stores such as Comme des Garçons, Thom Browne, A Bathing Ape, Louis Vuitton, Maison Martin Margiela, Rick Owens, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent, Undercover, Stephen Jones, Marni, Celine, Ann Demeulemeester, Givenchy, 10 Corso Como and so many more. Many of these brands have their own larger, individual stores down Omotesando street if you desire a larger selection of goods but otherwise DSM is a good place to go for handpicked highlights.

“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

A highlight was the different atmospheres that can be experienced on each floor where art installations and fashion come together to create a whole concept. An example is this little creepy critter which could be seen crawling around the different levels of the store as well as through images of a lovely Victorian style house. A little like a Tim Burton film come to life.

Stephen Jones’s section

Funny enough, when I returned home from DSM and began reading through a pile of magazines I found a very relevant Wall Paper article (May 2012 issue, page 67, if you’re curious) about the DSM Tokyo retail boutique.

As promised…

Rawr! Like I said, a little bad ass right???

Here is a picture of my new très chic Comme des Garçons blazer, which I picked up at the Dover Street Market Museum event.

Granted, it’s a Homme blazer but c’est ne pas un problème. After the launch of the Versace for H & M collection I would see half of the guys around school rocking the printed silk mini skirts, so why not? At the DSM event, the women’s section was mainly racks of black, black, and then some more black clothes (yes, one of my favorite colors). But, instead of filling my already black wardrobe with more one-tone darkness I had an epiphany and was drawn to the fearless prints that were only featured in the men`s section.

Behind the Scenes – DSM

Yesterday I attended the three day event Dover Street Market Museum at Victoria House in Bloomsbury Square. In actual truth it was much more of a shopping festival with great discounts than a quiet, organized old museum. Anyone who imagines an ounce of glamour and elegance should forget all about it! Here is where true personalities show and the claws come out! Extreme chaos with people pushing, pulling and grabbing everything they can get their hands on. Clearly something which I have yet to master.

For those of you who aren’t that familiar with DSM it’s a concept store directed by none other than Japanese fashion designer Rei Kawakubo. “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

Featuring a selection of rather unique and fabulous statement designer pieces and labels such as COMME des GARÇONS, Celine, Martin Margiela, Jil Sander, Haider Ackermann, Alexander Wang, Rick Owens, Ann Demeulemeester and so many more, there’s no wonder, with a sale of 70 – 75 % off, that so many people showed up hoping to pick up some super stylish pieces. Me included. Manged to slowly make my way through the crowds and pick up a rather bad ass blazer that I’m absolutely in love with. Image of my brand new rock star COMME des GARÇONS blazer pending…