Sep 06, 2018 | By Lizzy Bowring
Paris: Showing in Paris for the very first time, Thom Browne showed his atomic-aged collection at the old headquarters of France’s Communist Party (a futuristic masterpiece designed by Brazilan architect Oscar Niemeye and inaugurated in 1971). Attendees sat in the cavernous chambers as if they were international delegates welcoming home a space mission. In one of his most commercial shows to date, Browne first sent out models in full-on astronaut uniforms that were discarded to reveal a collection made up only of suits. Whether in gingham and classic grey flannel or piped chino, banker’s stripes and complex plaids, the suits all featured tailored shorts that hit above the knee. Theatrics aside, Browne exhibited his stronghold over the evolution of menswear silhouettes, suggesting that masculine uniforms are as important as ever, whether suited for outer space or New York’s outer boroughs.
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