Special note from Stephan Rabimov, editor-in-chief and publisher, DEPESHA We are proud to join the world’s visionary forces in design and architecture in supporting BOFFO Building Fashion Nicola Formichetti + Gage/Clemenceau Architects’ New Retail Concept during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. This landmark collaboration is a synthesis of haute couture, pioneering architecture and cutting edge technology which aims to challenge retail and exhibition conventions and redefine the way audience engages with ideas and articles of fashion within a highly curated public space. DEPESHA supports this bold effort as an official media partner for the duration of this installation. It’s a rare type of artistic collaboration that aligns so naturally with our mission. Insightful provocation and indisputable quality of execution is exactly what our growing audience has come to expect.
According to Gage/Clemenceau Architects, BOFFO Building Fashion creates “an endlessly reflective environment that refracts the clothing so that it can be viewed from a variety of unexpected perspectives. Clothing becomes an active participant in a new environment that combines the spatial and optical aspects of architectural design with the temporary, ephemeral and fluidly beautiful forms found only in high fashion.” Fresh, brilliantly complex, unexpected – are trademark characteristics of Nicola Formichetti’s work. Raised in Tokyo and Rome, he shares our passion for eclectic transcontinental perspectives on life and style. Nicola’s daredevil design ethos celebrates the power of imagination and reignites public desire for the transcendent. From his work as a Fashion Director for Lady Gaga to creative directorship at Mugler, DEPESHA has followed his assent to iconic status in fashion and pop culture. We are thrilled to mark Nicola’s new milestone together. In our upcoming (October 2011) fifth anniversary issue I wrote in the foreword: “The defining historical figures – always les enfants terribles – continue to write their radical manifestos, the mise-en-scene for our future. What awaits us, one and all? A bright utopia or the apocalypse? DEPESHA tries to escape such trivial duality.” With our support of BOFFO Building Fashion Nicola Formichetti + Gage/Clemenceau Architects’ New Retail Concept we demonstrate and renew our commitment to nurturing the vanguard, the zeitgeist, the future, you. Sincerely, Stephan Rabimov The BOFFO Building Fashion Nicola Formichetti + Gage/Clemenceau Architects’ New Retail Concept / Event Space is accessible to the general public through September 24th, 2011 at Karkula’s 50 Walker Street in Tribeca, New York.