Thom Brown, as preppy and daring as ever, presented his Fall/Winter 2019 collection by first trailing out a series of eleven looks that were identical—a grey pantsuit under a khaki two-button coat, paired with a black tie, black Oxford shoes, eyeglasses, and a briefcase.
A close look at who was wearing the garb, though, cleared up any confusion: elven people were wearing the same thing, and they were men and women of all races. Perhaps that was the designer’s way of grabbing our attention, and making it deliberately known that this exact look looks good on everyone.
The outlandish, as usual, followed. A three-dimensional denim-like dress was stitched as if it were a multi-layer suit and jacket combination, topped with thick columns of fur around the wrists and false jacket endings; another illusionistic one trailed behind, this time in a grey fabric with silver dotted detailing; and a handful of models walked with a monocle prolonged from the back of their head to over their eye, and a black handbag clasped tight in the shape of a dog.
Structured Chesterfield coats and blazers were paired with trousers and ties, too, and a new take on the designer’s plaids and stripes. Happily, we caught a glimpse of some fun new tweed jackets (again, in the fun, three-dimensional trickery) in red, white, and blue, paired with equally-fun shoes with large-than-life bows in the same colors, and new takes on prints with florals and ducks.