How many versions of the classic Argyle check does one consider possible before visiting the evening show set in a library decor by Moncler’s creative talent, Thom Browne? We soon stopped counting after fifty versions that consisted of printed rabbit skins, woven ribbons, fabric strips, woollen knits, embossed nylons, and practically every sort of wearable material that has ever surfaced the runway. It went on for quite a bit after that in a baffling sequence of true talent. Though most of the collection might not flourish next Fall season as popular menswear (we wonder if most of it will ever hit the store collections) the presentation was pure perfection and showcased the multifold skills as mastered by Browne. Astranging and clownesque at times, but inspiringly beautiful and visually stunning nonetheless!
Text: Koen Eeckhout