We just read Alan Flusser’s thoughts (via The Sartorialist) on Thom Browne and found it very interesting. Of course, we think that Thom Browne is doing some of the most interesting stuff out there but there is something to say for the brevity of fashion versus the longevity of style.
Alan Flusser: “Those are the most irresponsible clothes I’ve ever seen in my 30 years in fashion. To charge that much money for a coat that is deliberately short……the whole thing is like, childlike. I understand the sensibility; believe me I understand it, but if you want to sell a customer that, that to me is… I’m sure the allure is that “new classics” but that is as “fashiony” as Dolce & Gabbana.”
The Sartorialist: But don’t you think that is the customer who is buying it.
Alan Flusser: “As long as people understand that – it’s ok. As long as they understand it is of limited longevity, that is ok but I don’t think they sell it like that. Thom Browne doesn’t wear like that. I think it is irresponsible – if I was Bergdorf I would be out of my mind.“
And a fitting snippet from Glen O’Brien a.k.a The Style Guy, “A good suit is like a good attorney: It should cover your ass.”
If you’re not familiar with Mr. Flusser he is one of the most knowledgable people in menswear. He started Alan Flusser and did wardrobe for both Wall Street and American Psycho.