A trip to pre-revolutionary France
This season Thom Browne took a trip to 18th century France prior to the brutal happenings of the French Revolution, and more towards the scandalous times of Marie Antoinette where he took cues of dress and culture as stimuli for his SS20 collections. Presented in a set that was an artistic parallel to the gardens of Versailles, the RTW collection drew on the unabashed decadence of the era with contemporary silhouettes that recall the extravagance of the time. Along with the grand architectured feminine structures were ruffled bloomers, petticoats, tweed jackets, trench coats in soft pastels that spoke to the extravagance of 18th century French fashion while highlighting its softer less rigid detailing.
The menswear collection sung a similar tune, with fusions of menswear paired forms of femininity and couture tailoring. The designer created a story around a similar secret garden where he unleashed his fantasies of typically masculine sports reinterpreted and blown up with masculine qualities while still caressing the idea of vulnerability. This was shown through XVII century clothing that were reinvented and reinterpreted. From hips that blew up inches wider than usual to oversized shoulders all shown in the classic Thom Brown seersucker fabrics as well as lighter hues and pastel that were used for his classic signature striped t-shirts , jackets, bags and shoes for his commercial line.