Thom Browne’s Blast From The (Recent) Past
With next week’s Met Gala fast upon us, get ready to see plenty of punk fashion hitting stores. Savvy retailers and designers are jumping on the bandwagon, and issuing new bits of nouveau punkery, like Moda Operandi’s 100-piece strong capsule collection of punk-inspired pieces from the likes of Givenchy, Balmain, and Vivienne Westwood. Thom Browne, for his part, already did a punk collection—back in Fall 2012. That little bit of clairvoyance won’t stop him from getting back into the seasonal mood now. In honor of the exhibition, Browne will reissue five spiked, safety-pinned, and studded pieces from the Fall ’12 collection, like the gray cashmere chesterfield and safety-pin blazer, in limited edition exclusively at his New York store. Look for them May 2nd, where they’ll go for $9,190 (coat) and $8,915 (jacket). Punk is now a luxury, and a few remaining originalists might grumble and prefer to shred and safety-pin their own jackets. But Browne’s methods always found fans in punk places. Malcolm McLaren himself was a customer till the end of his days.