It's Summer, there are fire bans daily and warnings to keep alert for bushfires and I still refuse to shed my shades of sombre black for anything else. Aesthetically I cant my room to explode into colour and texture but have the creativity and expression of a traditional French Mime... oh dear. Well in keeping with that theme on monochrome black and white and all the variations there of, it gives me great pleasure to introduce Thom Browne who transformed his collection and runway experience into more of a performance featuring a fanciful background of ballerinas in tight and rigid hoop skirts. these very ballerina dancers which I speak of also had ooky spooky black and white striped tights and towering cone heads signalling to the mother ship. I think it made for an interesting way of handling fashion to say the least and did give a suitable introduction to the pieces for the season. The models themselves were dusted in Victorian-esque white foundation which was then capitalized on by black lipstick and eyeliner.
I love the cute little blouse shown above- it strangely matches possibly the largest bun ever created. Or not. I don't really know how to feel about bouffants because when you live in your own little bubble they seem perfect but when everyone else is in a state of shock because you have towering circular hair then it drains away all the magic and splendor they once had. Black and white check prints have been resonating with me recently since I found some of my father's old cotton shirts I saved from becoming rags for the shed. There is still a lot of life in them, but I kind of want to create something new from them. One thing I do know is cotton doesn't keep the same bold structure as shown above which is a shame. The tulip shape skirt isn't too over dramatic or attention-seeking and the poise of the model's arms is pretty perfect. The thick, interwoven finish at the hem, sleeves and collar is just a small and finer detail but it does add to the overall attractiveness of this look.
There's a whole plethora of really wonderful patterns you could practically pour into a pool and swim about in. Little motifs of whales have me dreaming of aquatic activities, along with this awful heat. Power clashing has been taken to a whole other lesson but the tones are gently shaded from one grey to another. For someone who is obsessed with patterns as she ever was, this is nearly a godsend. Black and white is tipped as the trend of the season so it's even more astonishing that the little heard of Thom Browne managed to cotton on to the trend a season early. I think the straight-forward monochrome of black and white also let's them take centre stage once you get passed all the crazy dancers on stage too. If I had to throw a tea party to best represent this collection of course it would involve many crochet doilies, only the fanciest teas possible and a slight chance of dancing paraphernalia.