For one night only, Thom Browne took over the historic Palais Garnier to debut the brand’s inaugural couture collection. With mixes of American sportswear, Haute Couture, and, of course, lots of gray, the collection continued the sophistication and brilliance that Thom Browne has crafted over the years.
With the show taking place at the home of the Paris Opera, the auditorium was packed with onlookers—in particular, two-thousand two-dimensional figures dressed in gray Thom Browne suits.
The show itself saw a solo passenger wander into a train station, dressed in a beautiful handmade wool gray suit, and wait on a pile of luggage. Everything that consumes the station as the passenger waits—other passengers, a mermaid, pigeons, even time itself—is veiled in gray or, sometimes, gold.
Finally, the train itself saunters into the station, cloaked in an elegant white dress with a ten-foot trail. The train and the traveler finally meet, and look back at each other for only a moment before fading to gray.
Beyond the color palette, the looks consist of shoulder jackets, oversized collars, leotards, opera gloves, aquatic iconography sequined on canvas coats, and tall-platform shoes. Extravagant silhouettes with a tame color palette provide a balance of sophistication and the avant-garde.
With stars including Emma Chamberlain, Cardi B, Maise Williams, Ayo Edebiri, and Lindsay Vonn as VIPs dressed in often more colorful Thom Browne attire, the Palais Garnier was full of Browne’s creativity and opulence that we’ve all come to know so well.