Fashion-Forward Couture and More

Fashion-Forward Couture and More

noir kei ninomiya couture (©Katie Labovitz)

Fashion Week may be almost over, but its fashion-forward innovations and always on-trend looks can be found year-round at Dover Street Market.

This seven-floor haven of high-end designs is a shoppable art installation, as wares are ingeniously displayed among eye-catching spaces. The range of clothes, accessories and home décor is as varied as the shapes and colors surrounding them. Everywhere you look is art—including the fashion. 

Dover Street Market offers carefully curated collections from a generous selection of designers including Balenciaga, Cecilie Bahnsen, Ellery, Gucci, Julien David, Molly Goddard, Simone Rocha, Thom Browne and many more. All of the pieces are well constructed and look as if they are meant to empower the person wearing the clothes and accessories, along with an added dash of something—be it dark or whimsical. I was drawn to the bold noir kei ninomiya dresses as much as the charming Thom Browne whale and crab coin purses.

Thom Browne coin purses (©Katie Labovitz)


For people who appreciate great fashion but are a little more reserved in their outfit choices, Dover Street Market offers classic and understated options as well, and boasts head-to-toe must-have looks for every gender. There truly is something for everyone’s sense of style here—from flowing skirts to structured jackets, as well as cozy sweaters and button-up tops. With dozens of designers’ creative looks at your fingertips, Dover Street Market is a go-to destination for finding great statement pieces and wardrobe staples that will keep you looking on point at all times.

A fan of handbags, the Mark Cross Grace Box collection was practically calling out to me. These bright box bags are inspired by the overnight case that Grace Kelly carried in the Alfred Hitchcock film “Rear Window.” Retro, yes, but also strikingly modern, these beautiful boxes come in three sizes (mini, small and large) and are available in a rainbow of colors and materials to complement any outfit.

In addition to the amazing haute—and casual—couture, there are great hats, jewelry and footwear too. The knit hats look perfect for the upcoming cooler weather. There are rings, necklaces, earrings and more in delicate designs as well as standout styles. I absolutely adored the mint green Adidas Superstar shoes and Joshua Sanders felt bow shoes—they looked comfy and cute!

Located in Murray Hill on 160 Lexington Ave. (at East 30th Street), Dover Street Market is open Monday-Saturday from 11 am-7 pm and Sunday from noon-6 pm.

Dover Street Market, co-founded by Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo (whose label, Commes des Garçons, can be found throughout the space), opened in New York in 2013. Upcoming art installations in September include Ana Khouri (Sept. 15), Charles Jeffery and Katherine Mavridis.

(©Katie Labovitz)

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