13 February 2013
Black Fleece: Fall / Winter 2013
At least they invited me back. Which is more than I can say for some folks. Despite my criticism of Thom Browne, Black Fleece continues to improve each season. Strong classic looks and color, some reminding me of Regency period dress (1820) while evening wear has a late 19th century echo of lace and somber mourning. I mean that in a good sense.
I hear industry types belly ache about "great cut but lousy fabric." Not here. Amazing goods and I'm dying to know where they were sourced. Lots of blended cashmere for women and done, judging by the feel, at significant cost. Which brings up price, which hasn't been released, but that's the drill during Fashion Week.
There were rumors about BB terminating Black Fleece two or three years ago. This was during the rampant Zoot Suit period Browne went through. Last year there was a noticeable retreat from the craziness. Whatever could be put together to spell the end of the world -- could stand as a single respectable piece -- like a jacket, trouser or tie. I just wish they'd gone with a shawl lapel on that dinner jacket.