Thom Browne on conformist fashion
Thom Browne is the sort of designer that, now, requires no introduction. He is the guy who reinvented the suit for the modern era by decreasing the proportions and making a grey flannel two-piece feel unexpectedly nostalgic, not conformist. And his runway displays are a spectacle of creativity and beautiful craftsmanship.
We caught him up in Lincoln Center, where he obtained his latest award, to discuss everything from the effects of fast manner to the reason he believes people ought to have more on their minds than what they are likely to wear every morning.
On craftsmanship at the age of rapid fashion:
You know, everyone approaches what they perform their very own manner, and that is fantastic. However, I believe that the appreciation of earning things well is something which individuals should consider more.
On his own line's influence on the fashion world:
Since I really do strategy my ranges from a conceptual perspective and I feel that a pure design perspective, but the calibre of how what's created is equally as important--and I believe sometimes is much more representative of the style in what I do.
On understanding--and breaking--the principles:
I actually did not understand the principles [once I began]. I instinctually only did something which was intriguing to me personally and was referencing something certainly in the past. And in each collection, there's a reference to something, but not too powerful a mention that it gets exactly what has been done previously. I believe that is what is important to me personally.
On the speed of modern style:
It is a great deal, but you either get it done or you do not. You are able to approach it your own way, however I believe it will become hard in relation to true originality, as you understand, it is four times per year. It is a great challenge for me personally.
On developing a personal uniform:
The concept of uniformity to me is fascinating because I believe it will reveal true identity, and that I believe that it reveals true optimism. I think that it's interesting once you see folks that truly have more interesting things in their mind than that which they are putting on at the daytime.