Cut Pick ★
Welcome to the fashion world’s “insane asylum,” or just another figment of Thom Browne’s surreal, dark imagination brought to life in the form of a runway show. Padded white walls, headless papier-mâché cadavers hanging from the ceiling, and an eerie music-box tune playing on a loop set the scene until a woman’s hysterical laughter cued the start of the show. The models—with their flyaway gray nest of hair, caked white faces, and smeared red Joker-esque lips—streamed out in intricate only-white outfits that included starched high collars, exaggerated hourglass tailoring, latex gloves, and stockings. Feminine pearls, lace, pleats, and fur covered these looks, and the origami-esque patterns and voluminous structuring only added to the drama of “romanticism” in a grisly nightmare.