New York based designer Thom Browne first opened his doors in 2001, specializing in made-to measure suiting, and quickly made a name for himself with his distinctive style and fit. Perhaps best known for making shrunken suits with exposed ankles and wrists, he has since carried the same experimentation with proportion and fit into his ready-to-wear collection, which debuted in the spring of 2004.
For Fall/Winter 2016 Browne takes us back to a gentlemen’s club of days gone by and tells a story of the ravages of time, with three different versions of the same look walking synchronously down the runway. The first, a torn and ragged rendition, deteriorated over decades. The second, a lightly distressed version. The third, an immaculate and pristine iteration of the first two, a celebration of their former glory. This reverse process of decay plays with the concept of memory, and shows that disintegration can often be more beautiful than perfection.
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