Thom Browne is famous for creating other-worldly, fairytale atmospheres for his fashion shows and this year was no exception. Browne wanted to achieve a magical, storybook aesthetic for his Spring 2018 Ready-to-Wear Collection.
“Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid played though the speakers as the designer described his influence for the collection as, “Two girls dreaming of unicorns and mermaids, and all the things that little girls dream of.”
The Thom Browne show opened with models dressed as ballerinas, but not your average pink tutu-wearing ballerinas. The models wore outfits shaped like typical ballet costumes but resembled melting clay or mud. Each model wore ballet shoes, walking and posing for the cameras while perched high on their toes.
Did you really think Thom Browne was going to create a typical Little Mermaid ensemble ? Ofcourse not. The designer made dressing like Arielle chic, with this tweed coat and dress complete with a tulle skirt split open like a mermaid tail and two seashells strategically stitched onto the chest of the coat. The models’ makeup was pale and glowing, with white and purple hues coming through. Each model also wore rhinestones under their eyes.
Browne continued to play with these clay-like silhouettes throughout the collection, showing some French pride here with this patriotically colored bow-tie.
Need some Halloween inspiration? This model made dressing like a skeleton trendy.
Now for the finale…
What’s a show without a big finish? Browne created the ultimate fairytale with his final three looks, constructing a white unicorn with a golden horn. The unicorn is the pinnacle of all fairytale wonder, so it’s fitting that the designer decided to make his very own. Models walked under the unicorn dressed in all white.
The final look featured a white fur jacket and white material ballooning out from the model’s sleeves and waist. If Thom Browne had to imagine his perfect bridal look, we think this would be it.
Browne never ceases to shock and amaze his audience, showing them something completely different than what they are accustomed to seeing on runways and reminding us of the importance of risk-taking in fashion.