The department store Saks is celebrating the arrival in store of the House of Dior’s Fall-Winter 2013 Ready-to-Wear collection with extraordinary windows.
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Travel cases rest on clean white platforms reminiscent of a runway, inviting customers to walk up, take hold and roll them along as they test for the right heft and size. Highlighting the center of the space is the first-ever monogramming station for on-the-spot product rationalization, unique to this location.
Outside of trusty blues, you’ll find plenty of wearables bedecked with American flags and camouflage. Pre-tattered details—from festival-style slashed tees to ripped and patched jeans—are another common denominator. Decor echoes the days of yore with requisite vintage trunks, battered wooden tables, and layered rugs.
The stark Lava Window features two dresses and what appears to be a science experiment. Clear plastic tanks contain moving black ink that draws the viewer’s attention around the display while clothes from Proenza’s archive are pressed within similar cases, referencing the processes of entomology and dissection.
What makes Pas de Calais stand out amongst other high-end, minimalist labels is its dedication to DIY: according to the website, all of the textiles are original, and they’re made from “traditional dyeing and advanced techniques used with cotton, linen and silk”—so you won’t find one of their prints buried at a place like Mood.