fall collections, new york: thom browne
by Jeremy Danté
quirky, experimental & over the top- the thom browne collections are always a sight to see. this season, browne capitalizes on his love for plaid, plaid & more plaid. a gang of printed looks were seen on the runway as the models walked with feathered lashes & head covers. as the collection progressed past the show opening, simplified styles made a mark & showcased the true style sensibility that is most true to browne’s skills of construction & design. elaborately layered coats in grey, volumized dresses & heavy knitwear were seen as the collection introduced concepts that used fur & wool. the three stripe browne signature was clearly highlighted & even done in colored fur within the collection as handbags, shoes, gloves & ties were noticed packed into the awe-inspiring womenswear. of strict style in outrageous form, i really loved the vision & admire the direction taken this fall. in contrast to what was shown for browne’s menswear collection in paris, his vision seems stunningly powerful & thoughfully developed. i value the thom browne collections as an exaggeration of traditional style; in many ways it allows you to look & understand something very familiar & challenges your perception, creatively.