Via PAPER, written by Kat Clements:
What better way to ease into Fashion Week (I spent the majority of it traipsing around glorious desert dunes at one haute hippy New Mexican wedding) than with Mary Ping and her collaborators at Art/Architecture collective Bureau V. Their project, which debuted at the Saatchi & Saatchi Gallery on Monday, deconstructs our perception of the Department Store, reconstructs the concept of fashion presentations and features a flowy and fabulous addition to the growing collection of offbeat classics by Ping's label Slow and Steady Wins the Race: a $100 wedding dress.
AprÃ¨s-lecture yesterday, in which the architects and designer explored and explained their inspiration for the refreshingly cerebral retail re-creation (Japanese shopping centers, suburban layout Ã la Levittown, and the pervasion of purchases in our public and private lives) I had a chance to ogle both SSWTR's new perfumes as well as items from all previous collections. Newly found favorites include an amazing white poncho hoodie, and a zippered cummerbund which doubles as a fanny pack! Old favorites remain the four-sided Birkin which I reported on from Paris last season, and a pair of cashmere leggings that continue to haunt me.
The presentation wraps today, so hustle down to Saatchi & Saatchi and experience the pseudo-shop in all of its Slow and Steady glory.
Slow and Steady Wins the Race
The Department Store
Saatchi & Saatchi
375 Hudson St.
11 a.m.-8 p.m.