Originally Posted by JBZ
I think the comparison to Pee Wee Herman is kind of silly, especially when you juxtapose the two pictures. Pee Wee's suit is too short and is tight to the point of being visually uncomfortable.
Get Smart's suit, on the other hand, fits him very well. It's not entirely my style (although I certainly like some of its elements), but to laugh it off as looking like Pee Wee Herman is, well, laughable.
OK. But the assertion that the comparison is completely inapt is just not true. I didn't post the picture that started this. Or any others of Pee Wee, for that matter (the first season of the show was so much better, BTW ... apparently almost the entire supporting cast left after that because he was a total PITA to work with ... whoops, topic drift!)
Anyhow, it ain't me posting what are - as GS himself points out - so many
Pee Wee pix in connection with Thom Browne's designs. Lots of people see those designs & think of PW. There is probably a reason so many think that same thought, react that same way, and I would venture to suggest that it is because TB's work is startlingly reminiscent of the work of Pee Wee Herman's costume designer.
Now, the suit GS is modelling actually lacks the more extreme manifestations of the TB style - mind you, TB himself isn't backing down from that paradigm; have a look at the outfit shown in this month's Chicago Social
for confirmation of that. But the GS suit looks wearable (although wearing white shoes with it & then claiming it's not an hommage
to Mr Rubens seems disingenuous). The trouble is, Thom Browne suits apparently become more wearable the more they depart from Mr Browne's paradigm. I would suggest that that is not a good thing to say of a designer.
Thom Browne fans: if you want to champion the guy, wear the clothes that most accurately reflect his vision. To compromise, in this instance, is to admit defeat.