Thom Browne Brings Wool to the Beach

Thom Browne may be the only menswear designer whose show grabs you with his creativity, and keeps you with his technical prowess. After doing present
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Thom Browne may be the only menswear designer whose show grabs you with his creativity, and keeps you with his technical prowess. After doing presentations in ice rinks, movie theatres, and concert venues, Thom actually chose to stage a real show - sort of. He brought the beach to Manhattan with a sand strewn boardwalk for a runway, surrounded by palm trees and lifeguard chairs (occupied by whistle-blowing models). Thom's men strode out wearing bathing caps, goggles, and occasionally toting a surfboard. But the show wasn't all runway theatrics: Under the blazing sun (okay, track lights), we could all recognize Thom's signature nipped suits and jackets - even when they were buried under Rodarte rosettes. Thom's suits were all fashioned for summer in lightweight merino wool, imported from Australia - but the universe he showed us was anything but Aussie. Looking at Thom's curved shoulders, long flat backs, and crisp color palette, we imagined rich kids escaping military school for a deserted beach, still in their uniforms. See if you catch our drift (or catch our wave) with the photos below... --ANNA FIELDING GRIGGS see also: Cathy.

Thom has a Rodarte moment...

Blondes have more... a) fun b) sun c) inches between their shoes and their pants.

The models wear Thom Browne; Anna Wintour wears Marni.

Thom Browne capris for men: soon to be photographed by the Sartorialist

Thom Browne is even more handsome than his suits

Entourage, by Thom Browne.