Dover Street Market
Fashion cognoscenti love this concept: eclectic department store meets avant-garde art gallery. (Rei Kawakubo of Commes des Garçons runs it.) Specializing in cutting-edge brands from Boudicca, Raf Simons, and Junya Watanabe to British designers Giles Deacon and Luella Bartley, this place always stocks hot new labels. Expect surreal art installations on six floors: white axes hanging in the basement, a reclaimed wood “window meeting space” by artist Graham Hudson, and a lobby entrance “hut box.” (Plus, the ground floor houses new collections from Commes des Garçons.) Elsewhere, you’ll find shoes, bags, jewelry, hats, and more clothing lines.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.