The second annual Building Fashion competition, a fashion/architecture mash-up introduced last year in a portable container under the High Line, hits Tribeca this year in a slightly more permanent manner: the basement floor of a 19th-century loft building.
The five winning architect teams have presented precious few rendering scraps for our greedy eyes, but last year's revolving pop-up shops turned out well, so stay tuned. (To wit, Snarkitecture's foam-filled boutique for designer Richard Chai got further play as an installation at seminal downtown exhibition space Storefront for Art & Architecture.)
Manhattan design firm SOFTlab plans to double the space's volume onto Walker Street, then "crush it back in" like a crumpled car frame—intriguing premise for their collaboration with ethereal lingerie brand The Lake & Stars. Architect Graham Hudson is plotting something a bit more raw for men's designer Patrik Ervell: "Rusty bent re-bar lattices across the space, rubble is strewn and scaffold holds the walls and ceiling in place." The star of the show may just be Gage/Clemenceau's build-out for Lady Gaga creative director Nicola Formichetti: as far as we can tell, the entire interior will be configured into a funhouse of refracted mirrors.
· BOFFO Building Fashion [BOFFO]
· Fashion/Design : 2011 BOFFO Winners [Architizer]
· Part of Nicola Formichetti's Pop-Up Might Look Like a Flower Shop [Racked NY]