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Pop-up stores that will showcase emerging talent

New York hosts a fascinating fusion of fashion and architecture

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Pop-up stores that will showcase emerging talent

September 08 2010
Lindsay Macpherson

Trends at New York Fashion Week (which runs from September 9-16) might be fleeting, but creations of an even more transient nature are on display at Building Fashion, a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it series of 10-day pop-up stores below the Neil Denari-designed HL23 building, nestled under Manhattan’s historic High Line.

Hosted by Boffo – a NY-based arts non-profit – and architect Spilios Gianakopoulos, Building Fashion matches emerging fashion and accessory designers with up-and-coming architects, selected via a design competition on Winning architects are given three days, $5,000 and free creative rein to convert the 5,000sq ft space into their own vision of their partner’s aesthetic.

First up, and open for business from Thursday September 9 (until September 19), is Collective’s glossy modernist tribute to British menswear designer Simon Spurr (first picture), which features an edited “best of” collection of his slim-fitting Savile Row-style designs. Informed by his time working under Hedi Slimane at Yves Saint Laurent, Spurr’s highlights here include a pared-down burgundy leather trench jacket ($2,995) and a sharply tailored slate wool/cashmere tuxedo jacket ($1,795), while a sleek grey double-breasted suit (second picture, $2,390) fits perfectly with the current vogue for 1990s minimalism.

The project continues on the 23rd, with couture milliner Heather Huey joining forces with the Urban A&O design firm, while votes to determine the perfect partners for Indian-inspired jewellery line House of Waris, womenswear designer Richard Chai and menswear designer (and former architect) Siki Im are still being counted.