Thom Browne's bold beach statement
Thom Browne embraced the beach for his Spring/Summer 17 collection.
The American designer showcased his latest line in Paris on Sunday evening (26Jun16) with clear inspiration from the coast, as John Williams' Jaws track opened the presentation. There was even a model dressed in a shark mask and a fin on his back on the runway, which was set up to look like a desert island in the label's signature grey tones.
Men walked out with heavy white make-up on their faces, perhaps meant to reflect sun cream, as well as swimming caps and white sunglasses. There was an array of quirky beachy pieces like a wetsuit with a suit print and a series of old-fashioned men's swimsuits in various patterns with blue, red and white stripes as tribute to France. Many of the models held surfboards as they walked out, thus emphasising the season even more.
It wasn't all about beach though as other bizarre items took to the catwalk, such as a grey suit with extremely high-waisted trousers, several brightly-coloured Mackintoshes as well as wet-look trousers and shorts. However little was wearable, especially wide, cartoon-like dresses which were oversized and had the pattern of a grey suit jacket on the front.
Off-White showed off its new range earlier in the day, which was a stark contrast from Browne's select taste. Designer Virgil Abloh extended an invite to the show on Instagram and titled his collection Mirror Mirror, as he noted it was all about appearances.
Patterns and prints were rife, but in a more accessible way through garments such as black and white chequered trousers, navy pin-striped suit trousers and grey tweed-like pants.
It seems Abloh had a clear muse in mind when creating the edgy range, as he named Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher as his inspiration. There was even a long, baggy light sweater in orange and yellow with a knitted figure on the front resembling the rocker.
Reminding the audience of who they were watching, the brand's name featured on some clothes too, like a sheer white tee with a green sketch of a girl and the words 'Off-White' printed.