Thom Browne conjures up Paris garden party

World | 24 Jun 2019 7:12 pm

A frothing cherub fountain constructed of striped fabric drew the eyes and camera lenses of VIP guests at Thom Browne’s fantastical Paris Fashion Week show on Saturday.

Here are highlights from Browne and other designers for spring-summer 2020 men's wear, including the many houses showing co-ed collections.

The incredible fabric fountain led the gaze of guests, who included NBA star Serge Ibaka, inside the Ecole des Beaux-Arts on to a line of frozen human mannequins decked in dramatic A-line doll costumes.

Standing on alabaster plinths, they sported bowling balls for shoes.

A male ballet dancer suddenly appeared wearing a tutu, tailored suit and tie and ballet shoes instead of the balls. His sublime performance enthralled guests, as the human mannequins were slowly undressed, to begin the show.

The fashion house described it as the designer’s “secret garden.”

Such sensational and transgressive spectacles are why Thom Browne so quickly garnered a reputation since moving from New York to Paris in 2017 as one of the most exciting tickets of the fashion week calendar.

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