New York, NY – Commencing September 1st, 2011, arts and culture non-profit BOFFO is proud to present the 2nd Annual BOFFO Building Fashion, a celebration of cutting edge design uniting vibrant architects with acclaimed fashion designers. With the official support of the CFDA, BOFFO hand picked fashion designers to showcase their work with a series of temporary retail installations giving them the opportunity to work with architects and display their work in their first free standing retail environment. This year’s BOFFO Building Fashion will be located in the 19th-Century cast-iron, landmarked building at 57 Walker Street in Tribeca. BOFFO Building Fashion debuts with the newly appointed Creative Director for Mugler, Fashion Director to Lady Gaga, the creative visionary Nicola Formichetti, followed by top selling young American jewelry designer and celebrity favorite Irene Neuwirth, 2011 CFDA Best Menswear Designer Nominee Patrik Ervell, winners of the 2011 Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award for Womenswear, lingerie label The Lake & Stars, and close with the progressive and modern womenswear designerns, 2009 CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund Finalists Ohne Titel.

May 19th- July 4th BOFFO will conduct a worldwide competition in partnership with Architizer (architizer.com) in search of world-class architects to pair with these innovative fashion designers. Architects are asked to submit design proposals expressing their vision of a retail space for their fashion designer of choice. The jury will include BOFFO, Architizer and industry leaders including DS&R’s Charles Renfro, Architectonic’s Winka Dubbledam, High Line Co-Founder Robert Hammond and other industry professionals. Each architect’s collaboration will transform 57 Walker Street into an original retail environment, rotating every two weeks, to showcase designs on par with the caliber and prestige demonstrated by the supporting fashion designer. Winning architects are awarded $20,000 to build and install their installation.

The 2011 BOFFO Building Fashion Schedule:

• Nicola Formichetti | September 1-14
• Irene Neuwirth | September 22-October 5
• Patrik Ervell | October 13-26
• The Lake & Stars | November 3-16
• Ohne Titel | December 1-14

Throughout Fall 2011, you can visit the amazing architectural transformations taking place at the BOFFO Building Fashion Tribeca location generously donated by Mody Lipkis with the assistance of commercial brokerage firm Lansco.

Visit boffo-ny.org for more information.

BOFFO is a non-profit arts and culture organization based in New York City.. Our goal is to present Art and Design to the public through exhibitions and events while creating opportunities for artists and designers to explore a subject matter that educates and informs the public. BOFFO uses temporary locations, constantly moving, redefining both physical and theoretical parameters, and challenging its artists with new opportunities. Every location invites a different audience to participate in BOFFO’s activities, giving each event a unique, environment-specific, characteristic. boffo-ny.org.

The Lake & Stars is a lingerie collection designed by Maayan Zilberman and Nikki Dekker. Maayan and Nikki launched The Lake & Stars after meeting in New York City in 2007. Having designed previously at mass and boutique brands respectively, together they sought to create a collection that would bridge the gap between special occasion and everyday lingerie. Serving as a counterpart to their ready-to-wear designer contemporaries, the brand would be inclusive, friendly, and lighthearted- designer lingerie meant to be worn everyday, as a statement of personal style. They are the recent recipients of the 2011 Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award for Womenswear (a first for any lingerie label), and designed costumes in collaboration with Zaldy for Britney Spears’ 2011 tour. The line was made famous for its prominent appearances on Sarah Jessica Parker in the Sex and the City movie, where her character, Carrie, wore lingerie pieces as crossover RTW looks. thelakeandstars.com

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