Thom Browne Spring 201303/07/2012
In terms of sheer originality of presentations this year, nobody has outdone Thom Browne. Remember just a couple of weeks ago in London, where he lined up a slew of models on a double-decker bus outside Harrods? A live musical performance accompanied that display, just like in Milan, where the deisgner headed next with Moncler Gamme Bleu. At that show a jovial crew of sailors danced to spirited music as models bounded down the runway attired in a nautical-inspired collection. But perhaps the most outlandish of what has just become a triad of appearances is Browne's SS13 Collection presentation in Paris.
The funny thing is, the nautical theme was still there, it was just sitting subtly amongst the drenching of colour that adorned metallic-painted, robotic-like models, who themselves emerged from futuristic silver cacoons, set upon an immaculate Parisian lawn. Aside from the spectacle of newborn bicentennial men who formed neat lines atop their shed chrysalises, the focus was upon prints and patterns. These incorporated whales, lobsters, checks and stripes in a patchwork rainbow of garments that ranged from tailored blazers through to knee-length socks and bucket hats. In the accesories department, models shielded their eyes from the glare of a new world with colourful sunglasses, whilst paradoxically, some clutched whale print umbrellas. We also saw metallic silver brogues that were perfectly suited to the collection. In the context of a beautiful summers day, Thome Browne SS13 offers a wonderfully lighthearted collection for anyone looking to stand out in a crowd.
Photographer - Karl Hab