Dover Street Market Introduces 5 Majorly Important New Designers to Shop Now

Andrea Jiapei Li installation. Photo courtesy of Dover Street Market

The hallowed halls of the enormous Dover Street Market–the museum/department store of real, die-hard fashion, are as much a place of discovery and wondrousness as an actual shop to those of us who view fashion as an intellectual pursuit, a challenge, and a massive source of inspiration.

These are the five new designers DSM has introduced to the store, or expanded their installations, that you can shop, and should definitely know about, now.

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Melitta Baumeister

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Courtesy of Dover Street Market

28-year-old Melitta Baumeister’s collection was picked up by Dover Street Market by the time she had one foot out the door from Parson’s MFA program. Her clothes are true art–save the mesh-y garments, created by way of a scientific mystery, and adorned with crystals grown directly on the fabric, for a true occasion.

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Andrea Jiapei Li

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Courtesy of Dover Street Market

Another young Parsons talent, Andrea is 24 and will show her collection this season as part of the VFILES fashion show during NYFW. Her clothes are at once sporty in material and feminine in color…and already flying off the DSM shelves.

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Craig Green

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Courtesy of Dover Street Market

One of our favorite recent additions to the fashion scene, Green’s racks at DSM are the two in the middle (see, the “chemical brights,” cobalt blues, and whites.) Green’s modern, simple designs in work wear-inspired fabrics such as denim, jersey, and tarpaulin, are intended to be especially versatile–they transform from fitted to loose thanks to the ties on pants and jackets.

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Shannon Nataf

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Nataf’s otherworldly pearls are practically celestial objects of beauty–the kind that elicited legitimate “oohs” and “ahs” as we took our tour around the new DSM. The French designer, who is based in L.A., started out making jewels for herself and some very lucky friends. Her work takes inspiration from famed mid-century modern architects and designers like Eames and Bauhaus–with a touch more sparkle.

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Phoebe English

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Courtesy of Dover Street Market

Many of English’s clothes are created with an ultra delicate technique called “Guipure D’Art”–a very old technique by which lace is made on muslin by stiff netting. This altogether ensures the one-of-a-kind nature of each garment. While many pieces are made in neutral colors, the style remains feminine and even playful due to the constant play with texture and transparency.

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Dover Street Market is located at 160 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY. 

Tired of Plain Blue Jeans? Simone Rocha Has Your New Denim Fix

Simone Rocha x J Brand

Let’s face it: denim is so ubiquitous that beyond our staple jeans (and maybe a jacket, maybe a button-up) we don’t really get that crazy with denim. Unless you’re Simone Rocha, who has just launched a cool new collaboration with J Brand that’s completely void of basic blue jeans.

Her new collection, inspired by schoolgirls, features ruffled tops and bottoms, dresses, and sleeveless jackets that would make for cute separates, or as a complete look together. “I wanted it to feel a little awkward, a bit young and naive, like the jackets are voluminous and oversized and you see a lot of ankle with the jean,” Rocha told Style.com.

The Simone Rocha for J Brand Collection is available November 14 exclusively at Dover Street Market.

STYLE SCOOP: Mariah Carey’s Itsy Bitsy Snow Bikini, Shopping Dover Street Market

Because she’s Mariah Carey, the singer wore a red bikini to walk her puppies in freezing cold Aspen, Colorado.

Now you can wear your mood on your sleeve. Everybody, meet the mood sweater. Say it all without saying a thing, etc. etc.

Everybody shopped New York’s new Dover Street Market. If you’re in the market for a last minute holiday gift, head to 160 Lexington Ave for mass chaos (seven floors of mass chaos).

Net-a-Porter’s sticking their print mag on newsstands. Expect to see Porter (rhymes with snorter) in the new year.

Shop the Globe Offline

You may have dreamed of the Saks Fifth Avenue Christmas windows or longed to feel posh carrying around a shiny Harrods bag, but these days, the retail outposts that stand for imagination and quality aren’t huge department stores—they’re legendary concept stores around the world that truly embody both their home cities and a certain international sophistication that’s common to all. We’ve showed you our favorite online showcases, but when you’re out on the road here are five that have long been on our hit list—and one we can’t wait to visit.

10 Corso Como, Milan Owned by gallerist Carla Sozzani (you may recognize her last name from the masthead of Italian Vogue—her sister, Franca, is the editor-in chief) this store has been an essential stop for editors and fashionistas on the fashion show circuit as they pass through Milan every year. Opened in 1990, it’s become a brand in its own right, with 13,000 square feet of gallery, bookshop, café, and roof garden making up the physical presence, and numerous collaborations, events, exhibitions, and branded merchandise expanding their conceptual presence. The store is open until 2am and there are outposts in Tokyo and Seoul to serve their loyal Asian clientele—as well as an outlet across the street if you just can’t get enough.

Colette, Paris – From the capacious magazine rack that any fashion fan could get lost in to the impeccable cool of the mannequins upstairs (turned out in outfits so artlessly stylish you’ll curse the stars for not being born a French girl), Colette engages the imagination from the moment you step in the front door. Don’t let the bright aqua-and-white color scheme and space-age fixtures fool you—this store isn’t about futuristic kitsch, it’s all about the now. So sit back at the café with a coffee and absorb the music, the gadgets, and the crowd.

Opening Ceremony, New York – Established in 2002 by a pair of friends who love fashion, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim have taken their vision global while still retaining their uniquely New York sensibility. From their first discovery (Havaianas flip flops) through the rapid growth that followed their headline-making collaborations (Chloe Sevigny, Rodarte) they’ve since expanded to Tokyo and Los Angeles, as well as an outpost in New York’s ultra-hip Ace Hotel. The stores blend hipster high-fashion pieces from names like Proenza Schouler and Alexander Wang with a selection of books, records, accessories, and themed items from the year’s country of focus (this year it’s Argentina) in a homey, wood-paneled environment you wish was your living room.

Dover Street Market, London – Always the home of avant-garde fashion, London is known for producing visual themes that resonate, from the birth of the punk aesthetic to regular influxes of colors and design from the young blood at Central Saint Martins. Dover Street Market’s five industrial-chic floors are stocked with a mix of emerging designers and established names creating progressive fashion in an almost gallery-like setting. Overseen by designer and founder of Comme des Garçons Rei Kawakubo, the store’s goal is to push the envelope, yet there are dozens of super-wearable pieces at every turn—so every visit is really just a chance to train your eye and expand your shopping list.

Graanmarkt13, Antwerp – The stately white townhouse in the Flemish capital has few indications on the outside that it’s inhabited by two of Belgium’s most creative minds—and that’s saying something in this emerging fashion capital. From their home on the top floor, they direct the spacious, warmly lit ground-floor boutique stocked with neutral-toned understated staples from a range of designers, while the first floor gallery is home to a regular rotation of artists as well as new fashion talent. The basement restaurant, overseen by Seppe Nobels, is an intimate space serving sophisticated yet simple cuisine focusing on fresh ingredients with gastronomic scientific influences.

Cara&Co, Sydney and Moscow – With locations in Moscow and now Sydney, Australia as of August 2011, Cara&Co has its fingers on the pulse of two of the fashion world’s latest obsessions: Russian money and glamour and Australian casual cool. The boutiques stay open until midnight, serving up their distinctive range international fashion, vintage pieces, unique perfumes, high-end jewelry, and fun (albeit pricey) gadgets in a gallery-like setting. After the store officially closes, you can still walk down a path through the metal curtains closing off the sales floor in order to get to the restaurant, instant hotspots serving up a cuisine called “Flemish Primitive,” part of a new culinary movement focusing on classic Flemish preparations like beef stews and apple dumplings, but incorporating craft beers and fresh, local ingredients with an emphasis on the veggies—perfect for the fashion crowd.

Converse Goes Highbrow

Converse is one of the most collaboration-happy brands out there. Never one to shy away from artists, designers or general creative partnerships, the classic shoe has been reincarnated countless times. But with its latest series of collaborations, the iconic kick is upping the ante and forging some distinctly high-fashion territory. “As a farewell to esteemed Tokyo brand Number (N)ine, Converse recently teamed up with the now-defunct label for a final covetable collaboration,” says Cool Hunting.

And, as one might expect, this is no simple upgrade: the shoes are made of “premium deer skin” that has a distinctly shag-like quality (in a way they resemble a worn tennis ball, especially when offered in a lemon yellow shade. With laces slightly off-kilter, the shoes speak directly to designer Takahiro Miyashita’s unique aesthetic. The shoes will be sold at the likes of Wood Wood, Colette, Aloha Rag and Dover Street Market and will be marked at $140 a pair. Not a bad price for purchasing a bit of Japanese avant-garde design history.