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1.24.2018

Thom Browne

Consider the gray suit. Can you imagine any garment more hellishly dull ? It's the ultimate expression-in-cloth of average-male conformity. It's what The Man wears, at least in a mid-weight herringbone Harris Tweed. Still, whether it's single or double-breasted, single- or double-vented, with a lapel peaked or notched (shawled is just a touch too louche) -what could be more "classic" ? More boring ? You might opt for low-rise and skinny pants if you're young but not into fashion, but will probably prefer wider pants, pleated, with either a carrot-leg or a straight-leg if you're either older or young and into fashion. Team it with a classic Chesterfield, topcoat or double-breasted, and a pair of zug-grained Goodyear welted black brogues and you have an ensemble that is, let’s face it, pretty meh. Because it's just a gray suit. Until this.
Thom Browne's show was a three-piece suite on the suit (and its trappings), which aimed, via extreme distortion, to unpick, lay flat, then reveal as a thing of beauty the garment around which he has built his brand. The show's set was 30 piles of thick gray felt—pattern offcuts -arranged in little shrine-like cairns under 30 workroom lamps. To easily understand this show you have to look at Look 1 against Look 16 and then Look 31. Or Look 2 against Look 17 and Look 32. And so on. Mr Browne was building the same 15 suits (and variations of) in three ways. The first 15 were arguably the freakiest. On mules (which resembled hooves), the models were cinched into bodysuits on which buttons delineated the outline of the garment Thom Browne envisioned them as. This took a lot of buttons, and the press notes usefully transmitted exactly how many. So Look 15, my favorite simply for being the biggest and most extreme in its second part iteration, was comprised of 1,059 of these buttons, which were the stitches that linked and defined the outline of a double-breasted suit and a double-breasted greatcoat. Really, though, you had to stare pretty hard at the buttons -or read the notes- to get any of that detail for the first 15 looks. The chief impression was of a tentatively treading band of boardroom brothers locked forever in a John Cage–soundtracked endless commute, mitigated only by whatever would fit in that rolling suitcase -"Champagne !" Mr Browne said- and the softening lenses of those blinkering helmet-masks. Section two laid out the idea. Every look delineated in section one was represented in the flat sum of its parts from the pattern. These were worn half at the front, half at the back. By showing the suits and coats and even the shoes -which were uncobbled asunder- in two dimensions, Thom Browne was leading us to consider their intricacies in three. Section three put everything together, via button : those looks were finally tailored into a more conventional whole. Of course, they were barely conventional at all. Hems zipped up and down more dramatically than the New York Times' pre-election winner projector. Hot pants over leggings are simply not done, old boy. Yet, crazy as Mr Browne's interjections into the architectural niceties of suiting sometimes were, they still honored the spirit of them. Afterward, the designer explained what this show was about : "Playing with proportion. And an appreciation of making clothing really well. Taking all of the pattern pieces and then making an installation of the pattern pieces... sewing it all together, buttoning up on the body. That's what it is ! It was a simple idea of playing with proportion". But what did it mean ? Was it a comment about a world gripped by events that seem to defy all previously understood proportion ? Thom Browne said not. This was simply a sculptural meditation on the boring old gray suit. "And proportion", insisted the designer extraordinaire, precisely.

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