Paris Fashion Week Men: Tutu, Football Helmets and Seersucker Panniers by Thom Browne


Every year we are waiting to see the best outfits presented at Paris Fashion Week. Usually, this show becomes a trendsetter for the next season, it is very interesting to see how designers present the future of fashion. Men’s collections are especially intriguing as the choice of garments and their style will very often shock the person who is not following the fashion.

While skirts and crazy colors are almost the norm, Thom Browne has managed to rock the boat of men’s fashion and add ballerina tutus, ball-shaped bags and dog shaped bag as well.

This Spring 2020 collection was a real fashion show with model performances and showcases of collection details. The show opener was a wearing ballet dancer James Whiteside who appeared wearing high-cut seersucker tutu topped up with a jacket ready for a garden party. The fashion performance presented by this American designer has managed to combine sports and at the same time, Antoinette-era dresses. This was quite a surprise for a men’s collection.

Everything is possible in Thom Browne’s collection as he opens his garden for all play, no work. Theatrical performance is crucial to his collection as the suit has been redesigned by many but has been shaken by a few.  The hot Parisian runway was given a breath of fresh air from Thom Browne’s 3D silhouettes full of playfulness.

The collection is playful as ever presenting interesting silhouettes enhanced by the choice of seersucker in different shapes and sizes. Umbrellas, skirts and even tutus were all made from seersucker. The sporty motif could be seen all throughout collection mainly through accessories like bags but shoes also looked like giant American footballs. Nevertheless, some of the looks were complemented with high heeled pointy-toe shoes.

While it might look like American football dominated the scene, bags shaped as baseball, tennis, and basketball were carried by models. The strong references to 18th-century fashion were made and a combination of floral/animalistic patterns was balanced by geometric colorful stripes. This New York designer is not afraid to use color and his collection is very light and bright. You will not be able to spot pure color in any of his looks as seersucker stripes take over any other material. Pastels are presented as manly color and we love it.

Thom Browne is highly popular among professional sports players which might explain his strong connection to sports motifs emphasized by Ivy League staples. Browne’s signature three-striped ribbon could be spotted on model’s makeup, headbands, belts and as a small detail on some of the garments.