Invite Thom Browne to your next dinner party. Not only does he know how to entertain--setting up a salon in the Edna Barnes Salomon Room of the New York Public Library complete with spirits and cigarettes-- he also has a great sense of humour and stellar wit. At least that's what came across at his presentation. Rather than stage a conventional runway show, Browne chose to create a mise-en-scène complete with models acting out the antics of a 1920s girl gathering. It was an unconventional crew that included a silver sequin tailed mermaid and visitors in suits with Edward Gorey proportions. Once you got past the atmosphere, the clothes were something else altogether. Instead of a three piece suit, here were four, five piece ensembles including mismatched stripes, metallic brocades and rubber duckie or diving girl jacquards. Every couple of minutes a new guest arrived to the party, each wearing a slight variation, though keeping in theme and colour scheme, mostly red, white, blue with yellow and black too. As for the aforementioned wit, you need only look to Browne's take on the era's 'drop waist.' Long dresses with kilts hanging down below the knees suspended from patriotic ticking tape.
nce you got past the atmosphere, the clothes were something else altogether.