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.

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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.

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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’s Quirky Garden Party Draws Victor Cruz, Hidetoshi Nakata

OUTDOOR ORNAMENTS: Guests in the front row of Thom Browne’s men show had the best view of the garden gnomes scattered among the garden set with its flowers, pristine lawn and white picketed fence.
“They’re hilarious, first of all, but I think they’re cool. My mom has a bunch of them,” noted football player Victor Cruz. He looked a little closer — yes, hers were the same.

Victor Cruz 
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“She loves those gnomes in front of the house, it’s so funny,” he said with a grin. The football player has a sneaker project in the works, but all he could say was that a French luxury shoe brand is also involved.
“I can’t talk about it just yet — expect it around the top of the year, early next year—sneakers, that’s what I do,” he teased.
Retired Japanese soccer star Hidetoshi Nakata, meanwhile, is less involved in fashion these days and more concentrated on traditional Japanese crafts, including making sake.

Pierre Hardy and Hidetoshi Nakata 
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The gnomes prompted a chuckle from Pierre Hardy, too. Not so practical in Paris, noted the shoe designer, ruefully. “I am Parisian…I love gardens but am not so good at gardening,” he admitted.

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Original Queer Eye Stars Carson Kressley and Thom Filicia Reuniting for New Bravo Series

Thom Filicia, Carson Kressley, Queer EyeOver a decade after saying goodbye to the original Fab Fave, Bravo is finally getting back in the Queer Eye business. Sort of.
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Thom Sweeney Opens First Store Outside the U.K. in New York

NEW YORK — Thom Sweeney is making a statement with its first U.S. store.
The London-based brand that got its start as a bespoke maker in 2006, today will take the wraps off a 3,000-square-foot store at 362 West Broadway in SoHo — its first unit outside its home country.
The store stocks the brand’s ready-to-wear — which it started producing in 2013 — and has a large room dedicated to fittings for its signature made-to-measure and custom garments. It also features a special cutting room where a U.K.-based cutter will visit once a month to tend to clients along with a bar and lounge areas to encourage customers to stay a while.
“We think it stands out because there’s nothing else in the area like it,” said Thom Whiddett, who founded the brand with Luke Sweeney.
The two men met while they were both working for British tailor Timothy Everest — Whiddett as an apprentice and Sweeney as the head of the made-to-measure department. They decided to team to create the Thom Sweeney label, setting up shop in a small apartment in Mayfair, where they took private orders.
In 2009, they opened a bespoke studio in a former art gallery on Weighhouse Street, followed

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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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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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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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Brooks Brothers to Drop Thom Browne-Designed Black Fleece Line

NEW YORK — The Black Fleece era at Brooks Brothers is coming to an end.
WWD has learned that the fall 2015 season will be the last for the Thom Browne-designed label, which was introduced in 2007.
The store will sell through the final season and put the collection on hiatus for at least a year before deciding if it will be revived at a later date with either Browne or an internal team overseeing the design.
“We are very proud of Black Fleece and view the project as a success on many levels,” said Brooks Brothers’ chief executive officer Claudio Del Vecchio. “Working with Thom Browne has been a true collaboration and in developing the collection over the last eight years, we learned a great deal from each other. We have mutually decided to suspend the Black Fleece label in order to focus on other strategic initiatives; however, Thom has become, and will remain, not only a friend but also a part of Brooks Brothers’ history.”
Browne did not respond to requests for comment Wednesday.
“When we started the line in 2007,” said Lou Amendola, chief merchandising officer for Brooks Brothers, “it was supposed to be a three-year project. But we were very pleased with

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