ARMY OF ONE: For his show at Pitti Uomo in Florence, men’s designer Thom Browne conceived a tightly synchronized and hyper-condensed day in the life of an office drone, circa 1955. Forty models, moving in unison, typed at identical desks, ate identical lunches, and…wait for it…wore the exact same outfit. Forty of them. For the largely European audience, Browne opted to show his greatest hits — a shrunken gray suit, cardigan with arm stripes, heavy wing tips and camel overcoat. “In the beginning it was the gray suit, and that’s how every collection starts. So I wanted people to see an army of that. This is what my guy does. He gets dressed and looks good, and he’s serious about work.” The show epitomized the influential designer’s perversely businesslike aesthetic.
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