New York Fashion Week: Thom Browne

February 15, 2011

Oh sure, Thom Browne's latest collection was filled with beautiful clothes, egg-shaped capes and layers of wool so stiff and taut you'd think they were bulletproof, but it's Browne's theatricality that made his most recent show so inspiring. Held in a soft-lit room at the New York Public Library with painted portraits of American aristocrats on the wall, Browne piped in Gregorian chant music while models dressed as old fashioned nuns walked humbly around the room in all black habits and white head coverings, faces pointed piously towards the floor. The only thing you could see behind the costume was the moon of the models' faces with glued-on oversized eyelashes.

The music changed abruptly, the Gregorian monks replaced by a soundtrack of Aretha and Sister Rosetta Tharpe gospel songs, and one by one, each nun was disrobed to reveal Browne's designs underneath, pounds and pounds of mink fur and floor length flannel skirts. It's only the second season that Browne has presented womenswear, but it was melodramatic and blasphemous enough, over the top in every way, that it guaranteed we'll never miss one of his presentations. Check out a picture of the ladies in their nun's habits and some extra looks of the clothes after the jump.

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New York Fashion Week: Thom Browne