Thom Browne Shows a “Wicked Nun” Collection at Fashion Week

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Thom Browne Shows a “Wicked Nun” Collection at Fashion Week

Photographs via Instagram | @stellabugbee and @bumbleandbumble

Not one to shy away from theatrics, the Thom Browne fall 2014 show was truly a religious experience. The designer transformed an ordinary Chelsea loft into a holy sanctuary, complete with wooden church pews, kneeling benches with white-veiled alter boys around the catwalk, burning candles, simple crosses and a red-carpeted runway. The smell of burning incense clung to the air as models walked the show with Federico Fellini’s Roma soundtrack from 1972 playing in the background.

“Wicked nun” was the inspiration for the collection, and the religious theme was evident in the contradiction of Browne’s choice to use both sobering shades and opulent golds. The show started off with somber metallics and grays, while the second half brought looks of head-to-toe gilded gold. The mostly monochromatic collection was made up of meticulously tailored coats, skirts with exaggerated hips, flared dresses and over-the-top volume.

Like Lorde at the Grammys, models had dip-dyed fingertips in a custom shade of charcoal that was made from a mix of white, black and cobalt water-based acrylic paint. White-blonde wigs were teased to create volume, and models were given penciled brows with MAC Impeccable Brow Pencil in Dirty Blonde and a brown-gray smoky eye with MAC Eye Shadow in Copperplate.