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Tailored Fit: Thom Browne’s Mid-Century Menswear

Impeccable Fit and Unusual Style

American designer Thom Browne has quickly made a name for himself in the fashion industry for both menswear and womenswear. However, his menswear designs have reigned in the most success due to Browne’s unique and flawless tailoring.

Picture by Blaine Davis

Picture by Blaine Davis

One thing Browne would never be noted for is conformity. The designer constantly pushes the envelope, introducing new styles and silhouettes and pushing men to up their fashion game. Browne’s designs are for men who aren’t afraid to take a risk and wear something a bit unusual or unorthodox.

Photo from Tom Browne

Photo from Tom Browne

Photo from Tom Browne

Photo from Tom Browne

Browne introduced a brand new silhouette for men which featured tighter fits, shorter pant and jacket lengths, and even androgynous pleated skirts. The designer took the femininity out of skirts by pairing ankle-length pleated skirts with printed blazers and white button down shirts. His impeccable tailoring makes the shorts and skirts fit in with his overall aesthetic, so that, albeit unusual, it just fits.

Photo from Tom Browne

Photo from Tom Browne

The designer gets much of his inspiration from mid 20th century fashion combined with his childhood and upbringing in Allentown, Pennsylvania. These two factors explain Browne’s affinity for searsucker shorts, oxford shirts, and tennis club graphics.

Photo from Vogue

Photo from Vogue

Another large part of Browne’s brand, is the staging that goes into his runway shows. He has created fairytale presentations complete with models dressed as unicorns, as well as had models rise from coffins before progressing down the runway. In an interview with The New York Times, Browne said,

“I like there to be something light or funny or ironic or provocative in the work, entertaining without being too intellectual.  Some people when they see my shows leave saying, ‘Who would wear that?’ I want to put concepts in front of people that make them laugh or smile or even hate what I do. I’m not interested in just putting clothes in stores.”

As Browne progresses in taking the fashion world by storm, specifically with his menswear collections, he is sure to continue to shock and inspire. With Fashion Month approaching in just a few weeks, Browne is sure to put together another flawless collection complete with a lavish presentation or theme to accompany it.

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