Like almost everything else in 2020, Paris Fashion Week looks very different this year. Since the event kicked off on September 28, there have been some in-person shows with masked audiences, but many designers, including Thom Browne, have opted to go digital.
To showcase his spring 2021 collection (which includes both menswear and womenswear), Browne created a short film that transports the viewer far, far away from 2020 Paris. The collection of white sporty blazers, pleated skits, chunky knits, and beekeeper-esque hats “was really based on the early 1920s Olympics,” Browne tells AD. It is fitting, then, that the massive stairs at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (which opened in 1923 and hosted the Olympic games in 1932 and 1984) served as the runway, and Olympic athletes (who would have competed in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo had it not been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic) as the