James Whiteside Takes the Heat at Thom Browne

FLASH DANCE: James Whiteside certainly loves a challenge: The principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater arrived in Paris at 6 a.m. on Saturday ahead of his smashing performance on Thom Browne’s men’s runway. As soon as the show ended he was headed back to New York for rehearsals for his day job: On Tuesday, he’ll be performing as Siegfried in Swan Lake. He called the Browne gig “an incredible opportunity” beyond what he’d ever dreamt of doing.

James Whiteside on the catwalk at Thom Browne 
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On top of the jet lag, he had to deal with the oppressive heat at the show, which took place under a big glass ceiling inside the Beaux-Arts. The temperature did not weigh on him though. “As a dancer I like to be hot — it’s good for the muscles,” he said.

James Whiteside on the catwalk at Thom Browne 
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Whiteside, whose costume was a trompe l’oeil pinstripe suit on top, and a tutu on the bottom, said he’d welcome more opportunities like the Browne one. He said that as a gay man, he wants to go beyond playing “straight male characters” on stage and explore other roles. “I want to get

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Thom Browne Attends First Ermenegildo Zegna Show

FAST FRIENDS: “He’s my new best friend, I love our friendship,” gushed Thom Browne of Gildo Zegna, chief executive officer of the Ermenegildo Zegna Group. Although his own show is slated for Paris next week, the designer took the time to fly to Milan to show his support for Zegna, which took a majority stake in Thom Browne Inc. at the end last August. While Browne demurred from detailing any specific future plan for the brand, he said there will be “a lot more stores opening in the next couple of years.”
In a sign of Zegna’s pull in China, Hong Kong singer and actor William Chan Wai-ting attended the show, flanked by, among others, the brand’s longtime friend, actor Daniel Brühl; model Winnie Harlow, who snapped photos of the looks throughout the show, and American actor McCaul Lombardi, who fronted Zegna’s advertising campaign with Robert De Niro in 2017. Michele Norsa, vice chairman of Missoni, was also at the show, having joined the board of Zegna in 2017.
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Thom Browne Grows Collection, Business and Retail Footprint

MILAN — “It was time to bring it all home,” said Thom Browne of his focus on and the development of his namesake brand.
During a walk-through of his men’s pre-collection in Milan, which clearly showed how extensive his line has become, with every category expanding significantly, the designer explained how he is looking forward to the future as the company is expected to close 2017 with sales gain of 20 to 25 percent.
“I made a conscious decision a year ago to spend all of my time on my own brand, which is really coming together,” said Browne, adding that he had been “really happy” with his past collaborations. These include the Moncler Gamme Bleu line, whose last season was presented for spring 2018. As reported earlier this month, Remo Ruffini, chairman and chief executive officer of Moncler, said the company was also closing the Gamme Rouge collection, designed by Giambattista Valli, in line with a new strategy that is expected to be presented in February.
“I am evolving my brand, but making sure it’s my own way, so that you can see the Thom Browne sensibility. I am staying true to the label but reaching out to a bigger audience,” the designer explained.

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Ronda Rousey Confirms Engagement to Travis Browne on Instagram — and You Have to See the Photo

Ronda Rousey confirmed her engagement to UFC fighter Travis Browne, her boyfriend of two years, on her Instagram on Saturday, posting a photoshopped image of her in a black suit carrying Browne in a white wedding gown.

” 💍😍❤️ @travisbrownemma,” she wrote alongside the unconventional announcement.

TMZ first reported the engagement on Thursday. Browne apparently asked the mixed martial artist to marry him with a large diamond ring under a New Zealand waterfall last week.

“It felt like the right place to do it,” Browne told TMZ of the decision where to pop the question.

Rousey, 30, is reportedly keeping an “open mind” about the date of the wedding, but hopes her nuptials will occur soon.

Browne, 33, confirmed their relationship in October 2015 on the talk show The MMA Hour, saying, “She’s my woman and I am her man.”

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In December, Amanda Nunes defeated Rousey in just 48 seconds to retain the bantamweight title. Nunes, 28, shared a poorly photoshopped image of herself holding her championship belt while pushing an upset Rousey — as a baby — in a stroller.

Rousey used the same upset face for her engagement post as Nunes selected for her social media spar.


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Ronda Rousey Is Engaged To UFC Fighter Travis Browne

Ronda Rousey is heading down the aisle!

On Thursday, the former UFC bantamweight women’s champion told TMZ that she is engaged to UFC fighter Travis Browne, whom she’s been dating since 2015. 

The pair got engaged in New Zealand earlier this month after Browne got down on one knee under a waterfall and presented Rousey with a gorgeous ring. 

“It felt like the right place to do it,” Browne told TMZ.

Rousey also said the pair will be tying the knot “soon,” but no other wedding arrangements have been made yet.

“I don’t really want a lot,” she said. “We don’t really need decorations or flowers, just somewhere to go and something to eat and some people around.”

After Rousey’s loss to Holly Holm in November 2015, Browne was by her side to offer his love and support. 

In a February 2016 appearance on “Ellen,” Rousey told the host that she dealt with suicidal thoughts after the defeat, but was fortunate to have Browne to confide in.

“I was meant to have him when I was at my lowest for sure,” Rousey said. “I don’t know if I would have made it without him.”

We simply couldn’t be happier for these two!

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Alex Gore Browne Talks About the Upsides of Refined Distribution for New Cocktail Sweaters

LESS IS MORE: After relaunching her signature label in the fall with a collection of cocktail sweaters, Alex Gore Browne is keeping things small and exclusive for now.
Matchesfashion.com was the first to pick up the line, and Moda Operandi has added the spring collection. The 10-style assortment is more defined than the 30-item women’s wear label she introduced in 2000 and kept going until 2008. She spent the next eight years consulting first for Alexander McQueen and later at Nina Ricci for Peter Copping. Unlike her first go-round, the collection will not be found at Harvey Nichols, Browns, Harrods and Net-a-porter.
Browne’s m.o. is “to really pinpoint where it gets placed,” she said. Retailing from $ 125 to $ 1,500, the cocktail sweaters are meant to be paired with a long flowing skirt, culottes or anything else. “I just love the idea that when you go out in the evening, you can be really comfortable but look glamorous, as well. Sometimes a dress can be quite restricting,” she said. “I know if I’m really comfortable, but I also feel like I look good, I’ll have a much better evening. If I’m uncomfortable, I don’t mind for a bit. But I definitely can’t relax as

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Thom Browne to Open Store in Milan

 MILAN FOR BROWNE: Thom Browne continue to expand in Europe with the opening of a store in Milan.
A sign with the brand’s logo has appeared on a retail space in Via Gesù, dubbed the Via dell’Uomo, or men’s street, near the Four Seasons Hotel. The street is home to brands ranging from Caruso and Rubinacci to Brioni and Stefano Ricci, to name a few.
Details about the store were not available at press time.
Thom Browne, as reported in January, has set its sights on a shop in London, its first in Europe, which will be located in Mayfair on Albemarle Street.
The opening of the London store is the first major expansion move by the company since Sandbridge Capital acquired a majority stake in Thom Browne last May from Japan’s Stripe International. Stripe retains a minority stake. Sandbridge’s other investments include stakes in Derek Lam, Tamara Mellon, Farfetch, Rossignol, Topshop and Karl Lagerfeld.
The New York-based designer, who was awarded the CFDA men’s wear designer award last year, launched his men’s business in 2001, and has become known as one of the most directional designers in American fashion in both men’s and women’s wear. Browne shows his men’s collections in Paris and his women’s in New York. He also

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Thom Browne Men’s Fall 2017

As the industry ponders the life expectancy of the formal suit, Thom Browne stated his case with a show dedicated to the sartorial tradition. Not that there was anything cheerleader-y about the delivery. The solemnity of the affair felt more like an office funeral, with as the set a gray carpet covered in small towers of oblong carpet cuttings arranged in piles, like a Japanese stone garden, with strip lighting overhead.
Capping off an existentialist season, the designer sent out a creepy procession of towering office clones from some distant future, blindly inching forward in their black platform hooves and what one fashion editor was overheard describing as “the hat equivalent of a flying mask,” referring to their weird Harris Tweed caps fitted with vision obscuring asymmetric eyeholes. White face paint and black lipstick finished off the look. (These models sure earned their paychecks).
Each was dressed in the exact same uniform of shirt and tie – their elongated sleeves trailing almost down to the floor – and a super-fitted gray suit in a handsome Harris Tweed, each of its parts joined by rows of covered buttons, with extra rows of buttons for embellishment. They created a 3D bobbly relief, marking out the seams like

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Thom Browne RTW Spring 2016

To sir, with braids — and a housing snafu à la “The Wizard of Oz.” Browne offered a lesson in exquisite tailoring and eerie schoolgirl attitude.

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