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Edited by on June 20 2011 at 5:32 PM

Commencing September 1st, 2011, arts and culture non-profit BOFFO will present the 2nd Annual BOFFO Building Fashion, a celebration of cutting edge design uniting vibrant architects with acclaimed fashion designers. BOFFO Building Fashion debuts with Mugler creative director and the Bob Mackie to Lady Gaga‘s Cher, Nicola Formichetti. Keep reading to see Formichetti’s video where he explains — in his deep, dreamy and vaguely accented voice — his creative process and what it’s like working with the Lady.

Nicola Formichetti BOFFO for Fashion

NICOLA FORMICHETTI – BOFFO Building Fashion 2011 from V Magazine on Vimeo.

Among the other fashion visionaries working with BOFFO are American jewelry designer and celebrity favorite Irene Neuwirth; 2011 CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year nominee Patrik Ervell; winners of the 2011 Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award for Womenswear, lingerie label The Lake & Stars; and 2009 CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund finalists Ohne Titel.

From May 19th- July 4th BOFFO will conduct a worldwide competition in partnership with Architizer 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.

Winners will be 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. [Vimeo]


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