On Thursday afternoon at 2:53 p.m., at the unofficial first day of the Comme des Garçons x Dover Street Market Super-Market-Market event — a private preview for friends and family before it opens tomorrow to the public — a line of shoppers had formed a queue outside Skylight Clarkson Square awaiting the sample sale’s 3 p.m. opening time. Featuring deeply discounted archival and special items from Comme des Garçons and other luxury brands sold at Dover Street Market, the event drew a smartly dressed group of fashion collectors, editors, designers and stylists, as well as some VIPs, including Debbie Harry, Eddie Huang and Victoria’s Secret model Elsa Hosk.
Most attendees opted for casual streetwear looks — with comfortable sneakers taking the lead on footwear — and were dressed in black. But there were also plenty of experimental fashions on display, from kooky eyewear and hats to clashing prints. In addition to looking cool, no one seemed to forget his or her main purpose: to shop. Upon entry, each person was given a huge plastic laundry bag to fill up with merch.