Best Non-Art in Chelsea Art District - 2008
Comme des GarÃ§ons and Balenciaga
Tell the truth: Wouldn?t you rather contemplate a pullover than a painting? Why look at sculpture when you can look at skirts? On West 22nd Street, home to some of the city?s most well-respected art galleries, there are two wonderfully nutty, albeit really expensive clothing shops (well, art ain?t that cheap either): Comme des Gar?ons, with its utterly distinctive, oddly frayed, wildly tailored confections, and Balenciaga, where the crazy imagination of its wild-child designer, Nicolas Ghesqui?re, runs free.