Thom Browne Resort 2024. Whimsical Elegance: Lamb Haven Resort – Review by RUNWAY MAGAZINE. Photo Courtesy: Thom Browne.
Thom Browne’s arrival in Paris marks the beginning of a year-long celebration of his business’s 20th anniversary, and if his past ready-to-wear shows are any indication, we can expect an extravagant production. Browne’s couture collection for both men and women, set to be showcased on July 3, is a testament to his dedication to representing American fashion on such a prestigious platform.
While Browne’s expertise lies in suiting, he is far from a minimalist. In fact, he can be aptly described as a maximalist, with a penchant for intricate layering and meticulous attention to detail. This aspect came to the forefront in his latest collection, as the opening looks featured strong shoulders and unusually short sleeves, providing a fresh perspective on his signature aesthetic. Notably, one ensemble displayed an inside-out construction that bared the inner workings of a typical Thom Browne jacket, showcasing the shoulder caps, seam bindings, and canvas lining that give his pieces their distinctive weight.
Browne referred to this season as a “refresh” in terms of the color palette, and while he began with a foundation of black, gray, and navy, the collection quickly revealed unexpected nuances. Luxurious tweeds intertwined horsehair and his iconic red-white-and-blue grosgrain ribbon into their weaves, while more traditional versions featured soothing hues of baby blue and soft orange. An outlier in the collection was a striking silver foil ensemble that combined a padded down coat, a tailored jacket, and a long kilt, injecting a touch of audacity. Further enhancing the collection’s allure was a meticulously hand-embroidered minidress, showcasing the same strong shoulders seen in the tailoring, adorned with panels of glossy black sequins.
Aside from the captivating garments, Browne continues to charm with his imaginative accessories. Inspired by the popularity of his Hector bags, which pay homage to his beloved miniature wirehaired dachshund, he has expanded his menagerie. With an array of whimsical elements, Browne’s creative vision extends beyond the confines of clothing, adding an extra touch of enchantment to his already captivating presentations.
Thom Browne’s couture collection promises to be a grand celebration of his two decades in the fashion industry. His meticulous craftsmanship, flair for layering, and dedication to pushing sartorial boundaries shine through in each meticulously crafted garment. With an abundance of surprises in store, this highly anticipated show will undoubtedly reaffirm Browne’s position as a trailblazer in American fashion.