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post #31 of 635
I remain unimpressed.

Suit looks okay despite the terrible balance. Coat is ugly.


Like New pants from ebay


Daytime formal for a boat race?


Is he wearing wellies? No, that would bad enough, but this is worse.


These pockets must be very useful, if you didn't have to chicken wing your arms to get to them.


Who says a cape isn't classic?


Wasn't this in his fall collection? I saw that vest at the Barney's warehouse sale, where it had patches.


Dracula called...
post #32 of 635
again to reiterate ....if the BB runway show is anything like his own, you won't be seeing 95% of these runway looks in-store. There arent going to be any capes, formal boat coats, man-pris, etc.

I'm predicting really well tailored fitted coats/suits, cool buttondown shirts (hopefully the 3 button neck kind that Brooks used to make), awesome sweaters that will have me broke by season's end, maybe some nice tweed/flannel trousers, slim wool ties, etc.
post #33 of 635
Look at the sportcoat on the guy wearing the "wellies." It's fantastic -- nice lapels, a bit shorter, beautiful shoulder with some personality. That's the type of stuff I think we'll be seeing. And that's precisely the type of stuff that the average Brooks customer doesn't like and doesn't fit into. I don't think that hipsters will come to Brooks either -- even if Thom Browne's stuff is there. This will be a failed experiment I think.
post #34 of 635
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Originally Posted by Get Smart View Post
again to reiterate ....if the BB runway show is anything like his own, you won't be seeing 95% of these runway looks in-store. There arent going to be any capes, formal boat coats, man-pris, etc.

I'm predicting really well tailored fitted coats/suits, cool buttondown shirts (hopefully the 3 button neck kind that Brooks used to make), awesome sweaters that will have me broke by season's end, maybe some nice tweed/flannel trousers, slim wool ties, etc.

Isn't there a huge difference between a runway show--where the idea is to show to buyers at big stores, who can then shape their order from what is shown--and the unveiling of an already announced collection at a single store?

You know, I saw that sweater and immediately thought it must have given you a huge smile.
post #35 of 635
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Isn't there a huge difference between a runway show--where the idea is to show to buyers at big stores, who can then shape their order from what is shown--and the unveiling of an already announced collection at a single store?

You know, I saw that sweater and immediately thought it must have given you a huge smile.

since it's Brooks for Brooks, are there even buyers involved? I would assume stores will just receive merchandise with some kind of editting by someone in corporate based on location.

yea, you know you've been on SF too long when your tastes are so easily (and accurately) forecasted
post #36 of 635
The thing is, even considering it solely as a runway collection -- a distillation of the central themes of the work -- I just don't think it's entirely successful. The puffy jacket is the among the worst offenders, in that it already seems dated, and the last thing Brooks needs is for this collection to be seen as behind the times. But some of the other ideas border on, well, novelty gimmicks. The high-placed pockets on the overcoats, for example, seem like an attempt to be clever -- "Look, it's an overcoat, in miniature!" That, to me, almost borders on parody.

I'm sure this will produce some interesting items, and I like some of the pieces, including the sweater. But I don't think it's valid to write Thom a blank check on the grounds that "it'll look better in the stores."
post #37 of 635
I'm just applying my experiences with his brand once I saw a full collection instore...and amazed at how there was almost zero carryover from the absurd runway shows that we like to make fun of. His Brooks runway seems more 'normal' but it does contain a lot of absurdities when applied in context with Brooks Bros so I'm assuming he's doing a similar thing here and the instore merchandise will please more than piss off
post #38 of 635
I very much like the "daytime formal" coat, as chorse123 calls it. I could easily see me buying that piece.
post #39 of 635
I think we should all double our calf exercise regimens, just in case.
post #40 of 635
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I still think they should call it Black Sheep.

This is why I love the SF.
post #41 of 635
I tried on things by Brown in London and it always fit like crap. So who cares what it looks like?
post #42 of 635
I'm sure Brooks would love to sell as much as they can, but I think this is more about raising the profile of Brooks than selling a lot of merchandise. It probably will compare to RLPL for Polo. They're creating buzz about Brooks Bros.
post #43 of 635
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Originally Posted by Get Smart View Post
what folks can't get a proper grasp of is that Thom Browne's runway shows are NOTHING like what you see in the stores that carry him.

Sigh. You keep saying that. You do realize that this isn't the "Style Forum for Beginners Who Don't Know What Pants Are", right? Few designers' runway shows purely reflect what you will see in stores. We know that.

Some of us just hate Browne's design aesthetic or, as johnapril argued, don't think the quality is up to the price tag. C'est la vie.
post #44 of 635
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Originally Posted by HalfCanvas View Post
Look at the sportcoat on the guy wearing the "wellies." It's fantastic -- nice lapels, a bit shorter, beautiful shoulder with some personality. That's the type of stuff I think we'll be seeing. And that's precisely the type of stuff that the average Brooks customer doesn't like and doesn't fit into. I don't think that hipsters will come to Brooks either -- even if Thom Browne's stuff is there. This will be a failed experiment I think.
Agreed on the sportcoat...I think the whole outfit looks spot on:

The collection is full of amazing pieces if you just ignore the absurdities.
post #45 of 635
Why is the collection called Black Fleece?
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