Those looking for Patrik Ervell's pop-up shop in downtown Manhattan, may stumble into what appear to be the rubble-strewn remnants of a space and think they made a wrong turn somewhere. But no -- should they gaze more closely at the post-apocolyptic raw room will notice monastic jackets and beautifully understated attire delicately displayed amid the chaos. That's the kind of dichotomy that Ervell has long exploited -- subtle design elements suffused with a dangerous edge -- and is elucidating via his two-week tenure as a stand along shop.
Vogue.com got a glimpse of the freaky interior, made in collaboration with architect Graham Hudson, and the pictures are both majorly hip and a little bit creepy (Happy Halloween!) One can find the innards of the building fully exposed, but a pile of plush, knitted sweaters neatly folded atop. For the ladies (or really willowy boys) who were excited by Ervell's first foray into womenswear shown at his spring 2012 show, you can get a jump start purchasing now. Some dainty club-collar button-downs and a more tailored, petit version of his flightsuit for men. "The idea was to marry destruction with the possibility of a new beginning," he told Vogue.
57 Walker St., nr. Broadway; patrikervell.com
photos courtesy of Evan Sung/Vogue.com