Dildo Shoes, Vintage Versace, and a Virtual Rico Catwalk in Nicola Formichetti’s Pop-up


Nicola Formichetti's pop-up concept shop opens to the public today! We stopped by this morning to ogle the studded, spiked, and crystal-encrusted wares. The 1,300-square-foot storefront has been transformed into a mirrored prism by Gage/Clemenceau Architects; even the floors are reflective (staff is on hand to keep the surfaces fingerprint-free). Though the space is a serious eyeful — neon-print Versace pantsuits, six-inch heels, blingy cocktail rings — you've more likely come to gape than to shop. The concept store presents an assemblage of the stylist–fashion director–editor–creative director's many pursuits: menswear and womenswear from the fall 2011 Thierry Mugler collection, styled Haus of Gaga looks, woven and re-purposed Uniqlo garb, leather jackets from his upcoming Schott collaboration, and jewelry and fashion by young designers and friends. The bulk of the jewelry is available for purchase, as well as T-shirts and iPhone cases printed with Formichetti's signature "Nico panda" image. Racks near the entrance bear consignment wares from vintage mainstay Screaming Mimi's, as well as new pieces from emerging designers like Obesity and Speed, Asher Levine, and Astrid Anderson. Click ahead for a look inside the surreal shop.

Nicola's concept shop, 57 Walker St., nr. Broadway; Sept. 8-21.