Thom Browne the Visionary

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Thom Browne Fall 2022 ready-to-wear

This collection is about New York as “an island of misfit toys” and the way people come to the city to find themselves and to create themselves.

The message: We are all weirdos who can present as passable normies, letting our creativity fester beneath the surface. Bringing one’s authentic self to the party and being accepted as that authentic version of one’s self is good.

Browne’s authentic self is always about the gray wool suit. 

Over the course of his near-20 year career he has had to justify time and again that his succinct, extreme vision is worth caring about. Even today, as guests trickled out, many balked at something so bizarre and kooky happening on a Friday night in New York.

It’s ironic, too, that for all his specificity, he is out-earning the vast majority of brands that present runway shows in America, clocking $263 million in revenue in 2021. Proof that being your authentic self really pays off.

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