Thom Browne at MET
Last week’s Friends event at The Costume Institute was a discussion with two of today’s most influential men in fashion; designer Thom Browne and writer Glen O’brien. The format of the talk was very casual but incredibly interesting and informative. Thom spoke about starting his line because was tired of seeing men dressed casually. He wanted to dress young kids in something they would otherwise run from because they associated suits with older men. His reason for making the proportions of his pieces more severe was to update a classic way of dressing. Thom’s goal in design is to make beautiful pieces that are still cool enough where people don’t feel like they are dressing up. While he did recognize that due to their cut he may have to start marketing his jackets as boleros, he also said his pants are going to stay short because to him a man’s ankle is equivalent in sex appeal to a woman’s cleavage. for Thom style is not a trend but rather an aesthetic and there is nothing cooler to the man than individuals who have their own look. For him, the perfect look is a shrunken grey suit, but for others it could be something completely different, they just have to not use clothing to hide behind but rather to better shape who they are.