Thom Browne – SS18
Hypnagogia at the Hôtel de Ville.
After a month-long gush of presentations, parties, marketing events and edits, fatigue was kicking in and the ‘fashion flu’ was going viral. Then, all of a sudden, Thom Browne, the American Einstein of the avant-garde, enlivened us with a theatrical thwacking that involved ballerinas, unicorns, mermaids and oozing ice cream.
The atmospherics were phantasmagoric complete with mythical creatures and otherworldy idols, an idyllic ode to love, cosmic splendor, Parisian couture and sublime spirit guides. We were transported through the rabbit hole, venturing resolutely upon a new vision of reality. Thom unleashed layers upon layers of all-white-everything, tulle creations, technicolor dream jackets, mismatched plaids, ice cream melts and ethereal amoeboid outfits. It was an all-out experience if lucid dreaming, airy escapism and sartorial supremacy. This is the way the designer characterized the collection in his show notes: “Shapes shift, bustiers keep, garters hold, trousers dangle, volumes inflate. in tulle. broad shouldered jackets and ladylike suits find another meaning. out of tulle. a feat of embroidered rackets and anchors, of pin-tucks and trompe l’oeils. on tulle.” The best bits are below:
Images: Thom Browne
VIVISXN MEDIA – Fashion + Art + PWF SS18