Thom Browne Goes Camping in the Snow for FW18

Thom Browne Goes Camping in the Snow for FW18

Go backstage at the designer's winter wonderland.

Go backstage at the designer's winter wonderland.

Photography: Schohaja

Text: Jake Viswanath

Fantasy is not often something that is explored to its maximum potential on men's runways, but if there's any designer that seamlessly blends classic menswear with fantastical whimsy, it's Thom Browne, creator of the leather penguin bags and unconventional winter gear. The designer always goes above and beyond in creating his shows, transforming the space into a small world of its own, and his FW18 runway during Paris Fashion Week Men's was reminiscent of what us New Yorkers experienced just a couple weeks ago.

Taking Fall/Winter 2018 collections to a more literal level, Thom Browne filled the runway with fake snow to create a spooky yet serene winter forest that models had to trudge through while looking natural. Us mortals would have fallen head first, but these brave walkers were prepared, with trench coat after trench coat taking the runway in an array of materials — sleek white puffer, striped knits, and holiday patterns with Browne's favorite puppies being just some.

The ath-leisure craze made its way even to Browne's repertoire, as suit jackets and tuxedo vests were given cozy knit twists in classic Thom patterns. And while sleek leather snowboots were the first order of the day, they were soon outshone by their inflatable counterpart, strapped ankle warmers blown up to hot air balloon status — which sound surprisingly perfect for those harsh winter runs.

This mise en scène alone would have satisfied everyone — well, except Browne himself, who's always been one to make the runway into a theatrical display. In the middle of the show, one model took their place and rested in a sleeping bag on the floor, with the imprint of a classic suit embalmed on the cover. One by one, every model followed, until all show-goers got on their feet to witness the bizarro — it wouldn't be a Thom Browne show without some. This season, the designer proves that he rivals the likes of Karl Lagerfeld in creating dedicated worlds for their runways, going full steam ahead on themes and always tailoring it back to the collection in some way. He could end up being one of the greats, if we don't consider him one already, that is.

Go backstage at the show below.

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