Thom Browne, the archtypal zany New Yorker, is set to make a pitch to the Europeans. To paraphrase Sting, he truly is an alien, a legal alien, in Florence… Let’s hope is not confused for the man who designer Michael Jackson’s cropped pants wardrobe!
“Thom Browne, New York’s most theatrical and polarizing men’s wear designer, makes his European debut next week, showing his fall collection at the Pitti Immagine Uomo fair in Florence.
As Pitti’s featured guest designer — an honor bestowed on Walter Van Beirendonck, Adam Kimmel and Kris Van Assche in recent seasons — Browne has an opportunity to reach people in the market who perhaps haven’t seen his New York shows and don’t know what he stands for. So for this season he reconsidered the avant-garde antics and perverse, themed spectacles his New York audiences have come to expect.”
Said Thom Browne of his Women’s Capsule Collection: “I have seen private female customers really from the beginning,” he added “The project with Brooks Bros. pushed me to do it for myself, but I have been wanting to do it for a long time.” The Thom Browne Women’s Capsule Collection will be available at Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Jeffrey New York and Colette in Paris this fall. The Collection reflects Browne’s men’s wear with his signature details such as short, shrunken jackets and trousers that fall above the ankle. If things proceed as planned it won’t be long before the ladies enjoy a full Thom Browne collection.
Alexander McQueen infamously claimed to have scribbled colourful language in the linings of Savile Row bespoke jackets intended for arisocrates including the Prince of Wales. Thom Browne, however, takes a rather more candid approach by lining his white dinner jackets with football-jersey mesh and his gray wool suit jacket with madras madness. Go Thomy!