"Borrowing from the boys" was a phrase I heard countless times when I was working at Anthropologie. It always kind of irked me though...because I don't want to borrow anything from a random boy. I want that $hiT to be my own. it's 2016. With our nation's first woman presidential nominee standing proudly at the podium, she is constantly criticized (among plenty of other irrelevant topics) for her choice of dress (or literal lack thereof): a lapel-less, brightly colored pantsuit. Gif after gif, meme after meme, Clinton flaunts her matching pieces unapologetically, and rightfully so. She's got other issues to focus on, and I'm sure her wardrobe is something she prefers to be streamlined and minimal. It is one less decision she has to make that day. I commend not only her veracity to sport a uniform capsule wardrobe, but her 'no f*cks' given attitude about the entire topic in general. Menswear as womenswear is more vital now than ever before. Not only does it show equality between genders, but ownership, leadership and effortless class.
Thom Browne took all of that to the next level with his SS17 womenswear debut at NYFW. Two striking lines were established, one flirting with the playful Trump i mean trompe l'oeil, and the other, deconstructed school girl uniforms that force me to recall middle school Spanish class. His use of color, lines and of course sequins make my head spin. He's doing it so so right, and with the simplest of silhouettes. Two for you Thom Browne, you go Thom Browne!
I just can't stress how much this collection resonates with me on so many different levels. Growing up in Louisiana uniforms were required in public school all the way through high school. I always slightly resented clothing being forced upon me, but soon my 16yr old self reveled in the fact that I could wake up 20 mins later and throw on the exact same outfit I wore yesterday and no one would be the wiser. I rebelled by cutting my garish green pullover sweatshirt down the middle and creating a cardigan, an item of clothing I still have today. Thom just gets me. Suiting is all about the details, and he turns those traditional elements on their head, throws some sequins on there and somehow makes a wetsuit fashionable. We are not worthy. Thom Browne RULEZ.