In the grand scheme of fashion, everything is subjective. Not everyone is going to love every brand, or every season. But when it comes to the individual, fashion is relative. After all, you can only compare good or bad or like or hate or inspirational or boring to things we’ve seen before.
So when someone tells me that “Thom Browne was better last season” I’m like, “Calmdafuk down” because it was my first time seeing his show up close and I thought it was INCREDIBLE. But still, it makes me have second thoughts. Am I a failed journalist?
誰かが私に言ってきた。「 Thom Browne はラストシーズンの方が良かったよね。」そのとき私は… 「うそ、お、落ち着かなきゃ… ！」と思った。なぜならこれが私にとって初めて Thom Browne を近くで見て触れた瞬間で、しかも私は「これは素晴らしい！」
But as a person who enjoys fashion and just wants to be “wow”-ed, then I am golden. Perhaps I am not just a journalist (ok, I’ve always straddled the line between journalist and unfettered fashion fan) and I just had a grand time watching this collection.
In a space sectioned off into rooms, headless staccato mannequins were strung from the ceiling. It seemed to be reminiscent of a retro mental institution… Tungsten lightbulbs flickered to creepy music box music that played over and over again. Perhaps they were trying to make us into patients.
“Nurses” came out and took a post in each room, dispensing medicine to random guests in the seats. They were just white M&Ms of course, but who’s to say they can’t cure a little sartorial psychosis?
The looks were nothing short of mastery; all in cream and white, the dresses were corseted PVC with accordion ruffles inside wide slits. It was like fashion surgery by a madman. And the models were mad as well. Messy “Bride of Frankenstein” hair, white face, crazy wide eyes, and smeared lipstick. They teetered on heels and little-girl ankle socks as they shuffled from room to room. Lace applique falling off oversized avant-garde shoulders and spiral 3D cones lifting away from the body were hypnotizing.
I haven’t seen something so inspirational in such a long time. It was goosebumps! Bravo to Thom Bowne. I have been cured of any fashion ailments with this medicine and officially fashiowned.
Asst editor Yoshi Peter