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NEW YORK — The Prada flagship in SoHo here could reopen as soon as Tuesday.

The store has been closed since Jan. 21 as a result of a fire in the building at 575 Broadway, which also houses American Eagle Outfitters and the offices of Interview magazine. The blaze caused extensive water and smoke damage to the Rem Koolhaas-designed Prada store.

A Prada spokeswoman said the store is expected to open Tuesday, but that could be delayed.

There is a deadline of sorts for the store to reopen, since it will be the site of the next leg of Miuccia Prada’s “Waist Down” exhibition. After Tokyo and Shanghai, the art installation of skirts designed by Prada from 1988 until the present day will be on display at the store in SoHo from April 19 to May 31.

A well-known skirt aficionado, Prada considers the clothing item a vehicle of movement and a style catalyst that is often overlooked.

To kindle women’s desire for skirts, Prada has selected about 100 styles, ranging from wispy chiffon numbers to tie-dyed full skirts. They will be showcased via an exclusive installation by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, a think tank for contemporary architecture in partnership with Rem Koolhaus.

Laid out over the entire store, the installation will take advantage of its existing architectural characteristics such as the “wave,” a curved zebrawood floor; a stage; futuristic steps, and aluminum mesh cages suspended from the ceiling.

This story first appeared in the March 24, 2006 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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