THOM BROWNE: FALL/WINTER 2014

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Thom Browne does not put on a simple fashion show. His shows are an experience. Something rarely found in New York, that one would see more commonly during Paris’ Couture week.

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My third time seeing one of his collections presented  is something I’ll never forget.
I arrived backstage relatively early, at the tail end of the hair and makeup test. It’s always fun to see a preview of what’s to come, hours before the show is scheduled to begin. As usual, the beauty looks for this season did not disappoint.

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Many of the garments were still being constructed:
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Jimmy Paul for Bumble and Bumble created the season’s “Naughty Nun” / 1950’s church lady inspired hair do. To get the look, Paul used synthetic white wigs, which were teased, then treated with Pret-A-Powder to add texture.

MAC’s Sil Bruinsma used MAC Face and Body Foundation in White, and Pro Studio Fix Pastels in Shivering White on models to get the otherworldly, pale skin that matched the white wigs. Cheeks were slightly rouged with MAC Fun Ending Blush. Eyes were rimmed with Copper Plate Eyeshadow, and Smolder Eye Kohl. To finish the look, a secondary, thinner eyebrow was drawn over models’ natural brows using MAC Eye Brows pencil in Dirty Blonde.

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Manicurist Julie Kandalec brushed water based acrylic paint onto models’ nails to create an “ink stained” appearance.

The full finished look:
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Waiting to start the run-through

Once the models were dressed and lined up, the show’s theme became even more apparent.

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A bolt of vintage gold lamé fabric led Browne to create a collection inspired by the decadence of the Catholic Church– with a twist.

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Downstairs where the show took place, the air was heavy with incense and the sounds of the score to Fellini’s film Roma. The set itself, was straight out of a Catholic church.

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See the full photo set here.

All Photos and Content ®2014 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost

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