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5. Warby Parker: One of Warby Parker's pop-ups this year was class trip-themed, and it took place on an actual school bus. But instead of seats filled with sweaty kids and dried up chewing gum, it was furnished to display the company's eyewear and sunglass lines. Plus, there were contests for a happy hour, an actual ride on the bus, and free glasses for a year.
4. Yayoi Kusama x Louis Vuitton: The only thing that gave the Yayoi Kusama x Louis Vuitton collaboration a run for its money this year was the pop-up shop that housed it, which was decorated with some of Kusama's signature motifs, like extra large tentacles and plenty of dots.
3. Benetton: The Art of Knit: Years from now, those who shopped at Benetton's Art of Knit pop-up might not remember what they bought, but they will definitely remember the Lana Sutra mannequins: yarn-covered creatures positioned in explicitly sexual positions smack dab in the middle of the store. Naturally, it didn't take long for the parental outrage to surface in an Instagram comment thread.
2. Sephora's Tangerine Pop-Up: When Pantone announced that tangerine was the the official color of the year, Sephora ran with it and opened up a temporary Meatpacking store dedicated solely to the hue. The Sephora + Pantone Universe pop-up was filled with lipsticks and glosses, nail polishes, and even orange-flecked false eyelashes.
1. Decades and Rent the Runway: In April, the LA-based consignment shop Decades teamed up with Rent the Runway for the ultimate secondhand experience. Labels included all of the high-end heavy hitters, like Balenciaga, Pucci, Chanel, Prada, and even Schiaparelli-inspired pieces in Honor of the Met Ball.