Thom Browne Fall 2012 Menswear Collection

Posted on January 25, 2012

This is the kind of collection where, if it had been womenswear, half the people who saw it would come away convinced that the designer is a misogynist. Don’t look to us for an explanation. We get that Thom Browne made his name by questioning modern menswear proportions and we get that a runway show is often just a bit of theater; miles away from what the actual line is going to be. But even so, this is just plain silly. We like Thom Browne and chances are we’ll like and covet a few pieces from this collection when we see them with normal human proportions, but until then, we’re stuck looking at clown clothes.

[Photo Credit: vogue.it - Video Credit: ParisModesen via youtube.com]

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_64HSRZWCSJ5RBFGCWDLFQOICYM G

    Nightmarish.  Frightening.  Ridiculous.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZGP56UPWRMB2XP6KM2UNLWZYVU Brady

      Was just about to post “garish! awful! terrifying!” before I read yours!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HBS4KWJ6XTPDEL2JMD37ZS5YHA Ben

    No. Just no. Third pic, first row is the only acceptable one. The rest is costume. 

  • Gabriella Soza

    I don’t even know what just happened.

  • Sobaika Mirza

    DA FUQ..?

  • Anonymous

    This is just creepy.  Everything from the Hulk-like proportions to the makeup.  

  • Judy_J

    The first thought I had when I saw these pictures was that they all look like villains from a Scooby-Doo episode.  Someone fetch me a Scooby snack!

    • Anonymous

      yes!  The inflated arms and shoulders are SO many of the ghosts, creepy old men, and baddies the gang encountered!

      I don’t think a Scooby Snack could save me from nightmares about the S&M bunny mask, though.  YIKES!

  • http://twitter.com/sockandaphone Gaby

    all i could think of is: “WHAT?”

  • Susie Jin

    Linebackers in couture.

    • Anonymous

      I mean, I think that’s what he was going for. Exaggerated male figured stuffed into pastels and skirts and belly shirts. I thought it was pretty funny, myself.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=751285857 Sally Brownson

      That’s what I thought of! I immediately thought they were all wearing football pads.

  • marilyn

    Is he getting ready to retire?  I can’t imagine that anyone would buy any of this.  Either we are missing something, or he does not plan to be in business much longer.

  • Anonymous

    fun and fantastical…I just don’t understand how he can make a living by doing this.

  • http://wineandwhiskeygirl.blogspot.com Amanda Semrick

    Finally, an answer to who designs costumes for Batman villains…

    • Anonymous

      You read my mind! I was thinking, “Batman versus The Incredible Hulk’s Evil Twin” with a cameo appearance by Freddy Krueger.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Deborah-Jozayt/100002949685297 Deborah Jozayt

      It’s Bane’s wardrobe for the new “Batman Rises” movie and this is just a side promotion.

      • Lauren Maier

        No kidding!!  I really thought these were the costumes for Joker’s goons!!

    • oohsparkley!

      I said the same thing before reading any comments. 

  • Anonymous

    Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice.

    • Anonymous

      Please put him back!

  • http://twitter.com/Moondragonic Charlotte

    A cross between Pinhead and The Riddler. I guess even supervillians have to shop somewhere.

  • Stephen Bornstein

    Spent a s*** load of bucks to get attention….but, more off-putting…Yeesh!

  • Anonymous

    That’s just stupid looking all around.  Those models earned every dime of their pay that day.  Hazard pay should have been involved.

    • Anonymous

      Seriously.  I feel embarrassed for the models.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=659680265 Myrlin A. Hermes

    They all look like henchmen to some sort of comic book villain. I kind of dig the Mondo-esque mixing of plaids and argyles in the same color palette, though.

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t know Tim Burton had branched out from ruining movies to ruining fashion.

    • Anonymous

      Exactly my thought: Tim Burton and Slipknot Collaborate on Fashion Line!

      • Anonymous

        I can honestly say I never imagined I’d both see a slipknot reference on this site and agree with it.

    • Anonymous

      Oh please. Tim Burton has better taste than this!

  • Sara__B

    This show could give a person bad dreams. It’s hauntingly ugly.

  • http://twitter.com/thedogsmother thedogsmother

     LOLOLOLOL!

  • http://twitter.com/anacedillo Ana Cedillo

    hahaha, i dont know how to react to any of this

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GFMOZFM3WT3T56EZHVZFK7UXSI Ramon

    Children of the Corn!!!! Leigh Bowery did all that so much better.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chloe.stabler Chloe Stabler

    Uhhh…..so yeah….

  • bp316

    Third row down, on the right: What Grandma would look like if she had also been a Hall-of-Fame linebacker

  • Anonymous

    Well I guess Uncle Fester now knows were to shop.  Maybe Billy Corgan too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1589131702 Jenna Gordon

    i fluffin love this!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/luv2birdie Elana Bryan

    What.the.HELL?!?!?!?  This is a joke, right?

  • MilaXX

    FYI the video won’t play here, it redirects to youtube.
    By the time I go to the pink and green outfits I was just laughing at the joke. Silver lining- I saw a black school boy bag with a red/white stripes on the back that is pretty cute, but the rest of this is crazy.

  • Anonymous

    They all look like supervillain dandies.

    So very silly.

  • http://tigergray.blogspot.com/ Tiger Gray

    It is weirdly objectifying. Hate it. 

  • http://twitter.com/glastea Coralie

    Dear lord, it’s high fashion for rugby players, skull protectors and all.

    • Anonymous

      There is not a rugby player in the world who would be caught dead in that granny suit!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=751285857 Sally Brownson

        Not to mention insane amounts of padding. The scrum caps are pretty much the only thing that look like rugby, to me…

  • Anonymous

    You just know there are some shows where the models mumble to themselves the whole time “just sign the paycheck.  Shut up, walk, and sign the paycheck.”

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    Can’t sleep.  Clowns will eat me.

  • Toto Maya

    HAHAHAHAHAHA WHAT. Bet it sucked to be one of those models.

  • Toto Maya

    I think he IS misogynist. I mean, women like me have to LOOK at these images. Clearly he hates us.

    • Anonymous

      He hates: women, men, manly women, womanly men, models, jackets, socks and bellybuttons.

      • Anonymous

        And apparently, eyes.

  • Anonymous

    THANK GOD!  I’ve been looking for new work clothes for MrMajestyk and finally, the search has ended!

    The argyle socks are nice.

  • Anonymous

    wtf

  • Anonymous

    The thing I probably need explained to me is how this works as a business.  The cost of the show must be pretty significant, particularly in light of the fact that it seems unlikely he’s going to sell any of the actual outfits on the runway.  So I assume it’s treated as a marketing cost: he’ll get buzz for this outlandish collection, which will make us all want to look for the more consumer-friendly line.  That line, I guess, will dial the cray-cray way back but evoke elements of the collection — sharp metal accents juxtaposed with traditional men’s wear elements, grays with some dabs of other colors, over-sized proportions, mix-and-match patterns, and, uhm, skirts and Chanel-inspired jackets.

    I guess I’ve answered my own question, but the collection just seems phenomenally wasteful — what becomes of these garments?  I mean, I get that there’s a claim to high art here, so the pieces on the runway don’t have to serve a “purpose” any more than anything they put out on Work of Art.  But do they go to a museum?  Does someone buy them just to be frightened every time they go into their closet?

    It’s not that I don’t get it — it’s just that I … don’t get it.

    • Anonymous

      Bert Keeter (from Project Runway last season) had a great quote in an interview with T Lo. He said something to effect that runway shows are geared toward creating a splash and getting the masses to buy the sunglasses and underwear if they can’t afford the designer’s clothes. Like you reasoned out, it is often (but maybe not always) about selling the name, not the clothing depicted in the show.

      • Anonymous

        I had an acquaintance who worked for a super high end department store based in Texas (guess who.) I asked about the market for couture in Dallas and he laughed. “The store loses buckets of money on couture; we can’t give half of those clothes away. But it lets us negotiate exclusives on accessories like sunglasses, and that more than makes up for the loss.”

        • Anonymous

          You just explained why I refer to stores like that as “retail museums.” I go in, appreciate the collection, but don’t buy.  (I don’t really bother with the sunglasses, either. If I’m going to pay that kind of money, I’m going to get them at an optician who has the really good polarized lenses, etc.)

        • Anonymous

          You just explained why I refer to stores like that as “retail museums.” I go in, appreciate the collection, but don’t buy.  (I don’t really bother with the sunglasses, either. If I’m going to pay that kind of money, I’m going to get them at an optician who has the really good polarized lenses, etc.)

  • Anonymous

    Loooooney toons.

  • Joyce VG

    heh heh…whatever floats his boat…

  • Anonymous

    These are hysterical… 
    wonder what the models thought?

  • Anonymous

    Something about the makeup and the skirts and the muscley arms reminds me of the The Dark Knight where the Joker’s in drag as a nurse. Which I always found slightly disturbingly hot (shut up, it’s still Heath Ledger under there). I am similarly conflicted about this collection. 

  • Anonymous

    The models must have been paid well….and were glad their faces were mostly obscured. 

  • Anonymous

    Munsters… that was my first thought. And apparently my last LOL

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the Thom Browne post, T Lo.  He always makes me laugh.

  • Anonymous

    “Hellraiser” meets Uncle Fester.

  • Anonymous

    Is it bad that this just makes me laugh? As long as this is supposed to be a big joke, I think I’m okay with it.

  • Anonymous

    If its supposed to be taken seriously, well, then thats another matter entirely.

  • Anonymous

    Arkham Chic.

  • Anonymous

    Ummmm, ummmm, ummmm . . . wow. So this is for the Incredible Hulk?

    I guess the elbow pads with points on them might be good for elbowing your way on to the subway.

    But the only person I see wearing this would be the male equivalent of Lady Gaga.  Not even David Bowie in his heyday would have gone for the bulk.  

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sarah-Adams/1143985903 Sarah Adams

      Bowie wouldn’t be caught dead in something this tacky and unflattering. Or, frankly, unoriginal. 

  • Anonymous

    They look like they should be the bad guys in Dick Tracy. Unfortunately Warren Beatty made that film in 1990.

  • Anonymous

    This is just stupid!

    Gotta admit I love me a doggie print so I might wear that little dog jacket.

  • Anonymous

    W         T          F

  • Anonymous

    Okay commenting again because I scouted around to see what his more conventional clothing looks like…he designs a line for freakin’ BROOKS BROTHERS! You can’t say he isn’t versatile!

    http://www.brooksbrothers.com/blackfleece.process?parent=blackfleece&pgname=about

  • Anonymous

    This is just wrong.

  • http://profiles.google.com/denise.alden Denise Alden

    That pink blazer and green skirt are all Dame Edna, aren’t they?

  • Anonymous

    hopefully none of the models went home sans an eye….

  • Sarah Black

    The makeup combined with some of the outfits is very Edward Gorey-esque.

  • Jill Roberts

    Some one’s having a John Waters/Marilyn Manson/Tim Burton/Alexander McQueen moment.  His Autumn/Winter collection is a slightly less ridiculous version of this, but the presentation is wacky as hell.  The models are seated at a banquet table, and periodically some of them get up and walk the catwalk around the table.  Hilarious.

    http://videos.nymag.com/video/Thom-Browne-Fall-2011-Mens-Coll

  • Anonymous

    1st impression – Mapplethorpe rip-off

  • aimee_parrott

    Yikes

  • http://twitter.com/thelilerin erin l.

    The jacket with the studs on the elbows looks really amazing.

    That’s all.

  • Anonymous

    Do I see a seafoam green pencil skirt? REALLY NOW!? 

  • AMartel

    Well, it’s nice to know that the fashion industry doesn’t discriminate in its contempt for the end-user.  Progress!

  • http://twitter.com/TigerLaverada TigerLaverada

    I busted out laughing at this. Uncle Fester is now high fashion. I agree, this looks like clothes from a designer who doesn’t like men’s bodies, or at least wants to make unkind fun of them.

  • Terri Smith

    Third row down, far right.  Dude’s wearing a pencil skirt.  It’s not visionary.  It’s a pencil skirt.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jane-Morris/1076502799 Jane Morris

    I know some clowns that work for the Cirque that would LOVE these clothes. For work.

  • Anonymous

    This kinda shit is soooooooo insincere at this point. 

  • Anonymous

    I can’t help it — I just love him and all the crazy stuff he comes up with.  I’m a woman and would have attempted to wear some of this stuff many many moons ago had it been at all available to me.  At least he really really tries to change it up and shock the system.  And his looks are funny as hell. Love the dog jacket.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Emily-Smith/12431153 Emily Smith

    well that’s fucking stupid looking.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PRM766RS56X25A5742XLACK2LM Sam

    Well… I like the argyle socks?

    Cuz that’s all I get from this

  • Anonymous

    HAHAHAHAHAHA I laughed so hard I cried. The bulked up looks make me think of those old fake carnival strongmen who look like they were padded under their clothes or a flesh colored body stocking.  As a few others have mentioned, very Alexander McQueen meets Cirque du Soleil with a dash of Hellraiser. I do really like the shoes, the use of argyle and that plaiid briefcase. 

  • Lauren Maier

    TLo, I thought you guys covered fashion, not the costumes for Joker’s goons in the next Batman movie!

  • http://twitter.com/lenabena_ Elena

    Wut.

  • Anonymous

    Did he take his inspiration from Marvel comics? I hope they paid those models a lot of money for losing every shred of dignity they might possess.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patrick-Cleary/1201575213 Patrick Cleary

    Straight of the runway, I’d wear those shoes with the socks paired with them. Otherwise, I’ll have to either grab some football padding and a copy of “Hellraiser” to manage.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Angelica-Smith-Mertens/150401222 Angelica Smith Mertens

    I really Hate to say it, but ULTIMATE FAIL!  This is awful.  I think I just threw up in my mouth a little bit…  I’m all for creativity and uniqueness, but this is just plain bad.  Period.

  • Sarah Thomas

    What was his inspiration? Arkham Asylum?

  • spooki C

    I kinda love how over the top this is, must have been great to see live.

  • Anonymous

    wtf?  No idea.

  • http://profiles.google.com/phyllis.craine Phyllis Craine

    Anyone else here seen “Hellraiser”?

  • Anonymous

    No…just…no.

  • Anonymous

    ‘scary’ clown clothing!  I dig the safety pins on the back of that one jacket, but can’t ‘rock’ the spikes! 

  • Anonymous

    As Ollivander might say, “no, no, definitely not!”

  • http://profiles.google.com/grandiva1968 e jerry powell

    It’s Paris.  There you have it.

  • Anonymous

    Necks.  They’re so 2011.

  • Noelle Haland

    This is just so, so, so stupid. Give me a break.

  • Anonymous

    This is the second menswear collection this season that seems to be courting the male serial-killer demographic. Although this is more “Halloween” than “Psycho”.

  • Anonymous

    Were the proportions inspired by Gossamer?

  • http://starlady42.livejournal.com/ J

    My literal, actual reaction when I saw the thumbnail was to say, out loud, to no one except my cats and God, “What the – what – what the – WHAT?”

  • Anonymous

    I like the look of the spectator platforms with the black and white argyle socks, but I wouldn’t want to see anyone actually wearing them in real life.

  • Anonymous

    The only thing even tolerable here… a paid of argyle socks.

  • Anonymous

    Villains need couture too, ya’ know.

  • Anonymous

    So if a linebacker and Harley Quinn ever had a family of malformed children and the Joker was the godfather…

  • http://twitter.com/DarthJaeda Jaeda Laurez

    They look like they’re designed for the character from Despicable Me. I can’t.

  • voter1

    Did Mood explode?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1326120071 Gaby Ripoll

    For the Uncle Fester in you. 

  • fallen_ikon

    I love the little dogs printed on the fabric. That’s about the only good thing I can say about this collection.

  • Anonymous

    I want to order the plaid headgear with spikes. The black and white striped dress is quite lovely too. I wonder if it would make me look fat?

  • Anonymous

    Blue meanies on steroids.

  • Anonymous

    I couldn’t stop saying, “What the fuck…?”  Though I do kinda/sorta like the safety-pinned tail on the blue frock coat.

  • Anonymous

    Gay horror fashion.  Shudder.  

  • Anonymous

    I want to cry? I don’t understand how he makes money. The short pants the designer wears everything makes me want to pull my hair out, ps.

  • Anonymous

    I think Thom Browne might be pissed off at the fashion industry (or someone in the fashion industry) and is making a statement of sorts. Definitely getting an angry, “f*** you” vibe here.

  • Anonymous

    My mind boggles at the concept of preppy S&M. Mr. Brown should give some of his pharmaceuticals to April. She needs them and he’s obviously taking far too many.

  • http://twitter.com/hmbscully WendyD

    Is someone looking for a job dressing Batman villains?

  • Anonymous

    ducks & safety pins & linebackers in skirts. that is all.

    ps. maybe not, cos i usually really do like his stuff so i’m sure i like some of this somewhere.

  • Anonymous

    Grotesque

  • Anonymous

    Okay, first I thought grotesque. Now it just seems like couture for serial killers (who’s going to remember the face?)

  • R. L.

    WTF.

  • Anonymous

    This is pretty crazy, but I really dig the shiny plaid jacket and pants from the video.

  • Anonymous

    Yay!  I was hoping you guys would review this collection.  It put a smile on my face when I first saw this a few days ago.  I also agree with your very astute observation that if this was womenswear he would be called a misogynist (which makes me curious to see what his womenwear collection will look like).

    With that said, Thom Browne’s collections are one of the few that I actually look forwards to seeing every season.  Granted, 9 times out 10 it’s a huge WTF unwearable mess but you can’t say it isn’t entertaining just the same. 

    Ridiculous clothing with some actual wearable peices if taken out of the runway context.  Some of the padded outfits remind me of the Comme des Garcons dresses Rei Kawabuko did for her 1997 spring/summer Lumps and Bumps collection..

  • http://www.notacomplexperson.tumblr.com Anonymous

    It’s a little hard to understand these clothes unless you understand the subcultures, aesthetic movements, and construction that techniques Browne uses, reuses, and deconstructs. A lot of this is drawn from the tensions between mainstream and subculture as well as that gold mine of teenage angst, popular kids versus the outcasts. If you look at it, though, this is really a study in contrasts: skinny skinny suits and oversized knitwear; ultra-masculine visual tropes and feminine colors; classical tailoring and modern rebellion.

    I value and appreciate the visceral, emotional reactions that commentators have to Browne’s clothes, but I think it’s also important to take a step back and ask yourself what’s REALLY going on with the clothes, once you remove the make-up, the show, the models, and all the craziness. Underneath it all, there’s a man who is very seriously trying to pose interesting questions and make us re-think what we wear and how it shapes our selves.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sarah-Adams/1143985903 Sarah Adams

      Okay, I see what you’re saying about deconstruction and the tropes at play here. But you can’t just remove “the make-up, the show, the models, and all the craziness.” That’s like saying you could only understand Shakespeare if you took out all the plots and left the characters. The elements you name are integral to the art as it exists in real space and time. Otherwise it’s just a concept and concept isn’t art, it’s the dream of art. The elements you want to remove are all present and therefore they are parts of the text which must be “read.”  

      Also, as I said in my post, I don’t think this really is all that creative or transgressive. I’m all for silliness as a way of deconstructing cultural paradigms, but I don’t think this collection does that successfully. Instead, it seems to me a bag of disconnected tricks taken from other media – the people noting clowns, early circus art, BDSM, prep, the Addams family, and early Batman aren’t wrong in recognizing the similarities.  However, here those references are not cohering into something whole or truly statement making. In my experience, that is the  hallmark either of immature pretension (unlikely in this case) or a jaded older artist who’s gotten sick of the humanity for which and in which he creates and thus has begun to talk down to his audience. 

  • Rand Ortega

    I feel like I just watched a Dick Tracy cartoon!

  • Susan Crawford

    I clicked on tomandlorenzo before heading off to bed and decided to scroll through what promised to be an amusing look at the wacky world of Thom Brown. Wrong decision. So very, very wrong. Almost all of my evil-anime-villain, clown, and hulking brute phobias are now in roiling high gear, and I just know I’m going to have some kind of weird dream where the fellow in the plaid spiked mask is going to do something nasty in the woodshed.

  • Lynn Landry

    It’s about time Popeye arms make a comeback!

  • Anonymous

    LOVED this. in fact, was getting a warm fuzzy feeling from the animation/comicbook football bad guys vibe. love the gray plaids, and the harlequin-y outfit. even the duck jacket pleases my eye. well done.

  • Anonymous

    How silly

  • Anonymous

    I could love these in some sort of crazy campy dystopian movie musical, or maybe in a Robert Wilson stage production. But as a fashion line, this is really stupid.

  • Anonymous

    Sometimes, I just really have to feel bad for models…

  • Anonymous

    Pinhead’s execution is never less than superb but I’m worried that Michael Kors is going to cut him for his ‘taste level.’ 

    • Anonymous

      LMAO!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mary.nease Mary Nease

    Um… can I have that plaid backpack/briefcase though? I would rock the shit out of that.

  • Anonymous

    I can see it, these are clothes for the Hulk!

    The Hulk has been in dire need of a new wardrobe.

  • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

    If the idea of a runway collection is to make me want to see/buy more, this is a gigantic, ill-proportioned FAIL!!!!!!

  • Dani Colman

    I actually kind of love this.  I think the third one down on the right is where I “got” it – though I’d be hard-pressed to find the words to explain what I “got”.  Nonetheless, I think there’s a real humour to this collection, especially with the juxtaposition of the cartoonishly masculine proportions with the more traditionally feminine colours, prints, and even outright wardrobe items.  Plus the outlandish proportions of most of the items makes the beautifully-fitted ones that more exquisite by comparison – I mean, the tailoring on that grey studded coat is stunning!

    I kind of see this as an unofficial companion collection to the Viktor & Rolf collection from a while back that used the outsized men’s shirt cuffs and tails.  Different punchlines to the same joke, if you will.

    • Anonymous

      Nice take.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2ZGSQMHRCO7LAIOWG2HD74V6XU Marcie Dreyfuss

    Was the theme HP Lovecraft?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sarah-Adams/1143985903 Sarah Adams

      I wish! I’d love to see a Lovecraft inspired collection, whether it went really literal or very impressionistic. 

  • Anonymous

    Now THAT was a good laugh.

  • Anonymous

    what the f-uuuuuuuuuu-ck!

  • http://www.lindamerrill.com Linda Merrill

    The hell?

    • http://www.lindamerrill.com Linda Merrill

      I just watched the video. Those models must have been fighting for who got to wear the masks.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2ZGSQMHRCO7LAIOWG2HD74V6XU Marcie Dreyfuss

        ROFL! You made my day.

  • Anonymous

    I imagined Tim Gunn’s reaction to this and I just started laughing and laughing…

  • Anonymous

    God help me, if every one of those suits was tailored to fit me I would wear the heck out of them! I want the green and pink one especially! Done as a proper three piece it would look excellent.

  • Anonymous

    I appreciate agitprop fashion, but this is just laughable.  Was that the point?

  • Anonymous

    double post

  • Anonymous

    My thoughts exactly! This kind of stuff just makes the designer look like he’s trying too hard.

  • Anonymous

    fabulous fabrics

  • Anonymous

    WTFingF.

    • Anonymous

      HAHAHAHAHA!  Great comment–so concise and to the point!

  • Anonymous

    It’s kind of refreshing to see men dressed in ridiculous clothing for a change. Just like I wish male frontal nudity was the norm in films, I believe what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. I’ve seen women models in fashionable gimp helmets before, but this whole Hell Raiser look takes it to another level. Ooh la la!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sarah-Adams/1143985903 Sarah Adams

    What am I looking at here?  A really ugly women’s wear collection or a men’s wear collection that includes frumpy transvestitism? Because I am not getting behind either one. And maybe we should be accusing this guy of misandry. Or hating humanity in general.

    And REALLY what is with the whole BDSM thing with designers lately? I am so sick and tired of designers thinking they can just throw a face mask and some pleather on a runway and that makes their entire collection edgy and transgressive and creative. No, it doesn’t. Mainstreaming someone else’s kink (or your own) to sell clothes to a general audience is just insulting to all concerned. Ugly, ill proportioned clothes don’t become exciting or thoughtful art pieces just because you added a gimp mask in grey plaid. Honestly, it’s like watching my mother pretend she’s being daring because she’s having a second glass of wine. No one’s buying it. Literally, in the case of this collection.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mary-Stone/100001328135240 Mary Stone

      THANK YOU. took the words out of my mouth. 

      What Sarah Adams said.  I find this ugly, and the color palette is eye-searing, quite frankly.

  • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

    Once it is in normal-person-proportions, Alan Cumming can rock a duck-patterned tailcoat and breeks on the red carpet.

  • Anonymous

    Why do all the ones with exposed stomachs have what looks like batting poking out of the waistband of their pants?

  • Anonymous

    I kind of love the convict in the dress, 3rd row.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDI2DLE7DE3YPW2ONIHBWOVHMA ecallaw

    WTF.

  • Meredith Tozzer

    I thought third row down last picture on the right was an homage to Iron Lady…  This is ridiculous, but made my morning for sure

  • Anonymous

    I seem to be one of the few, but I think this is kinda fun.

  • Anonymous

    What the fucking hell?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/EJ4VTYPEO76XDX7BVNVUSDF2GE Fuzzy Izmit

    God, I love that collection! So fun!

  • http://twitter.com/alienspouse Jen Alien-Spouse

    The studded elbow pads would be perfect for commuting by train, when you have an arm-rest commando sitting next to you.

  • http://profiles.google.com/dchockeyguy Trevor Burroughs

    Did he watch Hellraiser before designing this show?

  • Anonymous

    Oh for Chrissake, what the hell is this?

  • Mariah Warnock-Graham

    If you imagine what the actual line will look like, I think there are some very cool pieces. I love that plaid backpack.

  • Anonymous

    oh ohhhh I really like it.  Take away the insanity and there are there is some exceptional creativity shown here.  

  • Anonymous

    I love it.  I don’t know why, but you’re right, it’s high theater.  Whimsical, crazy and cracked out.  I don’t know how I like the clothes, but I love the theatrical concept of the inflated shoulders and arms, the Frankenstein monster over tones, all of it. 

  • http://profiles.google.com/h.e.waddell Heather Waddell

    I liked it! Maybe it’s a remnant of my misspent youth, but I like the preppy-meets-rugby-meets-s&m styling and while the proportions are silly and slightly distracting the details of the clothing are wonderful; as are the colors and the prints.

  • Anonymous

    The guy on the third row, right, looks like a preppie,  1980′s Ms. Munster real estate agent.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Karen-Stephens-Bassett/1503492602 Karen Stephens Bassett

    I am left speechless.

  • Anonymous

    BWWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH
    .ha
    .ahh
    .ah
    .wuh
    .uhhhhhh

    sknarf

  • http://profiles.google.com/laura.jane.ogorman Laura O’Gorman

    WHAT. IS. THIS.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=506473106 Mori Clark

    what the hell am i looking at

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OYMPLGS7S7467GQMKEWJDJ3N4A Deb

    This man has serious issues.

  • Julie Fountain

    When I see a collection like this, for either men or women, I always wonder what the model’s thought when they first saw the piece they were assigned to wear.  I think it’s probably something like “are you f’ing kidding me here?”

    • Anonymous

      I think it’s more like “$10,000 to wear this piece of shit for three minutes?  Sweet!”

  • Anonymous

    HAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHA!  My favorite is the guy in the third photo, third row–the one in the pink and green realtor suit and the little green football helmet.  I would love to know how the models felt about having to walk in these insane outfits. I believe Browne sent a male model down a runway in a wedding-ish gown once, no?  So I guess he’s always gone for the shock.

    • http://twitter.com/VicksieDo VicksieDo

      That’s what I was thinking too, guess being a model isn’t always fun and glamorous!  HAHAHA

  • allisankelly

    When they CGI Despicable Me 2 they can have the main character wear some of these clothes. He is their customer. Also The Penguin as played by Danny DeVito.

  • Anonymous

    Just a mess.  However, Row 5, pic # 3…kinda love the gloves.

  • http://twitter.com/madamesuggia Madame Suggia

    Dear God no. It’s not big, it’s not clever, it’s classic 3rd-year-fashion-student-out-to-shock.

  • Anonymous

    hahaha they all look like batman movie/ video game thugs

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=816120314 Chason Dailey

    It’s like the lovechild of Batman comics and an episode of Doctor Who.

  • oohsparkley!

    Yuk!  They all look like they’re auditioning for a role as a villain in a Batman movie. Oops! I wrote this before reading comments. Great minds think alike.

  • mrspeel2

    I could see the Peter Garrett, lead singer for the old Aussie group Midnight Oil, wearing the mint green plaid suit back in the day. As to the rest of the collection, I wouldn’t even donate them to Goodwill. SuperUG!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1344922354 Eric Scheirer Stott

    WTF  to infinity

  • Jessica O’Connell

    …what?

  • Anonymous

    LOLWUT.

  • Anonymous

    They look like Batman villians. From the cartoon.

  • Cathy S

    What the heck was that? Aside from the dog print, this is all just garbage.

  • Anonymous

    whaaaaaaaaat

  • Anonymous

    These look like costumes for characters in a Tim Burton movie, not clothes for actual people.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MA5IBD6SO2P2DNFC76IFHFFQ74 Emily

    Someone watch just a bit too much American Horror and 1930′s American Football before designing their line, no?

  • http://twitter.com/VicksieDo VicksieDo

    OMG, what a waste of perfectly good fabric. 

  • Anonymous

    Some of the fabrics and design elements are brilliant, but the body pads and belly shirts and gimp masks are just ridiculous.  And WTF is that stuffed into the crotches of all the belly shirt wearers?

  • Anonymous

    I absolutely love this from a theater and drama standpoint! It’s like a show of comic book characters! Hard to tell what anything will look like as actual clothes but if I were at that show I’d have thoroughly enjoyed myself.

  • Anonymous

    Well, I know what I’m wearing to the big sales meeting in Omaha now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1043171034 Tadiana Walton Jones

    Ladies and Gentlemen:  The cast of villains for Tim Burton’s new version of “Dick Tracy”.

  • S. Jenna Lutz

    Wow. Just. Um. Wow.

    That’s a collection that even the proudest parent in the world would take one look at and only be able to say something like “Huh, well, gee son, those, um. Those are definitely some clothes you have there. Yup. Definitely clothes.” (And then quietly steal their child’s hairbrush to have the hair tested to see just what hallucinogenic substances there little darling has been playing with.)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1050504936 Therese Bohn

    Is it a cross between The nightmare before Christmas and Whoville?   This guy should do Broadway. The minty fresh plaid guy is my favorite look–for a costume! The rest just crack me up.

  • Anonymous

    FACE OFF from the SyFy channel 

  • Pam Winters

    Well, they’d be cool stage costumes. Beyond that….

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Heather-McIlrath/673340132 Heather McIlrath

    i literally lol’d at this entire collection. especially the pick macho blazer and green man skirt. irony much?

  • Anonymous

    I don’t understand. Who is Thom Browne and does he actually make real clothes… or does he merely design for a post-operative Gaga?

    • Anonymous

      His real paying job is designing the Black Label collection for Brooks Brothers.

  • Anonymous

    I appreciate it for the whimsy. I like runway with a theme, some drama, that isn’t all ready to wear.

  • Anonymous

    Alice the goon meets alfafa, nuf said.

  • akprincess72

    Uhhhhhhh… No thank you.

  • Anonymous

    I would love to hear what the models think about wearing these … clothes?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1361777149 Lydia Smith

    It looks like Tim Burton and Vivienne Westwood had a baby.

  • Anonymous

    Haaa haa haaa haaa ha ha haaaa.  Brilliantly absurd.

  • Sophie Collier

    I would take the cropped cardigans and the dog jackets.  I am also a size 6 female and these would not look quite so… weird on a girl, I think.  

    Sometimes, runway shows make me sad for the poor models.  

  • Anonymous

    What is wrong with these designers?  A little circus to get our minds off the economy?

  • http://www.facebook.com/WendyLKaufman Wendy Kaufman

    Exactly. I looked at these pics and said “This person hates men.”

  • Thathoodwink

    This whole runway show should be a Tool video.