Hello-Hello, and happy Friday to all those anticipating a little rest and rejuvenation this weekend.
There are a number of looks we find very appealing. We realize frequent readers may be surprised by this opinion, considering our
tedious, relentless excoriation less-than-positive thoughts on Black Fleece designer Thom Browne’s previous collections.
To be sure, not everything works for us.
The staggered hemline on the navy skirt above left isn’t a look we are fond of, but the grosgrain trimmed cardigan holds promise. The pleated skirt is something we’ll want to try on, it is one of those pieces that is all about fit and drape: it is either going to look stunning or make women look three miles wide.
Mr. Browne’s tailoring prowess is especially evident in the outerwear.
Unfortunately that talent cannot rescue the men’s collection for spring.
The designer’s shrunken silhouettes hold no appeal for The Consort; he embraces his fuddy-duddiness, clearly these are not looks for him.
It appears most of the accessories retain their classic lines.
This is true of both the men’s and women’s collections, captured by WWD‘s Robert Mitra at the Brooks’ spring preview.
The designer’s signature grosgrain stripe can be seen on many styles.
There are several dresses we are eager to see in person, the eggshell with ruched/shirred bodice, and the black with the center bow on the front, a style we have coveted since first seeing it back in September.
Frankly, we are more than surprised by our positive reaction to the spring line. Black Fleece targets a far hipper, trendier place than that occupied by your faithful scribe here at The Prepatorium. Truly, we nurture our inner frump, our optimism about the group is rather unusual. If you would like to see the spring lookbooks, click here to visit the Black Fleece FB pages.
One additional Black Fleece note, the Brooks Brothers clearance sale underway does offer significant savings opportunities on exquisite pieces, like the Knit Jacket shown lower left at $275 (it was $550), the silk dress is similarly priced, as is the entire fall/winter collection.
For those more interested in standard fare, the retailer has added more images to its FB albums for standard Brooks Brothers apparel and accessories.
We do have an update on one royal wedding gown: Charlene Wittstock, Prince Albert of Monaco’s fiancee, has selected Giorgio Armani to create her dress for the July nuptials.
The former Olympian has shown a fondness for the designer’s work, above we see her in two different Armani styles.
Finally, another sure sign The End Times are near.
Clearly in our You Can’t Make This Stuff Up category, here is how the Snookums reacted to the news via her Twitter feed:
On that terrifying thought we bid you adieu until next time, may everyone stay safe and dry this weekend!
ADDITIONAL PHOTO CREDITS:
- Robert Mitra/Women’s Wear Daily