Yes, this Thom Browne Spring/Summer menswear show was last summer, I know, but Spring ’18 is just around the corner, and I want to get inspired.
Baby Thom Browne got a pair of his first pair of shoes 50 plus years ago. Pretty genderless bootees. And it’s apparently, a Browne family tradition to dip all Browne babies first pair of shoes in gold. Those gold shoes were at the center of this powerfully transgressive show. Browne said,
“I like the idea that when you are a baby you wear pretty much the same clothing as your brothers and sisters. And I think that culture dictates which way and what kind of clothing you wear—but it is nice that you can pretty much do whatever you want.
I wanted them to look at the baby shoes, reminiscing back to the day it all started. When they could choose whichever path they wanted.“
As a grown-up, Browne has used traditional menswear tailoring in the most unexpected, non-traditional ways. Many models featured high-heels and skirts and in some Browne shows the way clothes are styled takes a back seat to eventual retail, but Browne insisted afterward that every single skirt, heel, and culotte in this collection will go on sale.
“All of it is being offered. I think it looks amazing. It takes somebody with a lot of confidence to wear it, but I just feel like, Why can’t this be men’s clothes, too?”
Exactly. Why not?
(Photos, YouTube; via Vogue)