"You know those really ugly gerbera daisy floral arrangements they sell at the deli? You know how you see those and wonder, Who buys those?
Well, I bought them." Thus did Thom Browne
explain the genesis of his expansive, posy-filled collection. Browne elaborated on his floral theme in every way he could think of, creating flowery prints, hand-painted knits, and dense silk jacquards, not to mention a variety of three-dimensional floral embroideries that were a highlight of the collection. A jacket covered in multicolor crocheted flowers was truly extraordinary, and a black-and-white silk sheath, constructed from flat panels, got a jolt of sweetness from fluttery floral appliqué. The latter was a relatively pared-down look; in general, Browne's proposition was to mix up his exuberant florals as much as possible. It wasn't wall-to-wall botany, though. Other collection standouts were the mid-weight tweeds, in particular the cotton version in signature Thom Browne red-white-and-blue tones knitted into a fitted jacket and matching pleated skirt. There was quite a bit to like here, in fact—even a woman wary of Browne's eccentricities would find it hard to miss the appeal of a high-waisted A-line skirt in a gaudy floral silk jacquard. Browne showed that piece with a hand-painted floral polo and a navy jacket in a different, multicolor floral print. But he's a fan of muchness. One wonders what might happen if he took inspiration from the bodega cat.