If anything, Thom Browne is persistent. The American menswear designer previously tried his hand at an acting career in Los Angeles years ago prior to his now increasingly successful foray into the world of fashion. His seasonal presentations are not without their own unique theatricality — diminutive plaid suits paired with Apollo-era space helmets and colonial-era powdered-wigs coupled with Ben Franklin spectacles have been two recent runway approaches taken by Browne. I would be disingenuous if I said his shows hadn’t raised my eyebrow on more than one occasion, but all the same I cannot fault his ambition let alone boldness. Browne’s latest editorial outing comes by way of Spanish magazine Varón, which features Ford Men’s AJ Abualrub photographed by Chris Craymer. Styled by Toby Grimditch, AJ shows off several looks from the Spring / Summer 2011 line by Thom Browne in a manner slightly more removed from the runway spectacle preferred by the designer. I must say these looks when taken together with the accompanying text by Anders Christian Masden might well keep that eyebrow of mine down the next time I encounter the designer’s otherwise fine work. Oh, and so long as AJ Abualrub is cast, then I’m quite happy to stay in “Thom Browne Territory.”
Please visit Varón online where Vol.1 of which can be read in its entirety.
Credits include: Publication, Varón Vol. 1 • 2011; Title, “Thom Browne Territory”; Photography, Chris Craymer; Styling, Toby Grimditch.