Lobster and the Whale

Lobster and the Whale

>> If Thom Browne had thrown in a squid or two into his under the sea childhood-inspired psychedelic vision in his S/S 13 menswear collection, that would have been a personal coup for my love of the film The Squid and the Whale (aka. the breakout film for Jesse Eisenberg before he became Mark Zuckerberg).  Instead, he went for the lobster.  Still, there's no getting away from it.  I am looking at this collection thinking of nothing but those opening bars of Lou Reed's Street Hassle, which featured in a pivotal point in that film.  That cinematic association takes nothing away from what was a joyous and surprising collection for Thom Browne.  We've come to expect proportion-defying layering and extreme silhouettes from this menswear maverick but did we ever think we'd see almost-twee gingham patchwork quilting, whale and lobster prints that are worthy of a Notting Hill yummy mummy's choice for the bedroom interiros of Kye/Mackenzie/Tarquin/similarly-posh-child's-name and sparkly mirror and glitter brooches that look like they might have been sourced from Etsy.  Oh dear, I'm not really selling this to you, am I?  The point is these are hugely positive surprises that had me beaming as I scrolled through this collection, so much so that I overstepped my boundaries in blogging about menswear.  If Thom Browne transfers any of this to his womenswear collection, which tends to be a NYFW highlight anyway, then I'll dance my way out of the New York Public Library (where he normally has his shows).  Throw a squid in there and I'll hunt him down and give him a tight bear hug that would inevitably crease up his immaculate suit.  That's exactly the sort of gesture of appreciation that whales, lobsters and felt-tip pen gingham checks deserve.       













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  1. Ravenna Moreira

    2012-07-04 at 4:21 PM



    2012-07-04 at 4:43 PM

    I ADORE Thom Browne but I feel like the cartoonish whales are too gimmicky to fit in with his usual style. The trousers are my favourite bit I think. Annoyed I couldn’t make it to the presentation!

  3. Lally

    2012-07-04 at 4:47 PM

    I might cry, this is too good. I love those beaded lobsters, the whale prints, the colours are great. WAHH!

  4. Jasmine

    2012-07-04 at 5:04 PM

    I love it! Especially the first look. The whales are so fun and funky, I’d love to have this collection in my wardrobe. Its so refreshing to see menswear that is bright and colorful, not too serious.

  5. Oana Cilibiu

    2012-07-04 at 5:42 PM

    OMG love this mix <3

  6. Clare @ cclarebear.com

    2012-07-04 at 5:54 PM

    I am absolutely obsessed with whale prints at the moment. Love the jackets!!!

  7. Cheryl

    2012-07-04 at 6:07 PM

    This is great! Reminds me of my valley girl preppy high school years, especially the whale motif! LOVE this post!

  8. Sheena

    2012-07-04 at 7:30 PM

    Have always loved Thom Browne but this is so much more fun… the colorful checkered trousers and whale jacket… Love love love it… Im totally digging this no matter what…

  9. Julie

    2012-07-04 at 8:47 PM


  10. Julie

    2012-07-04 at 8:47 PM
  11. Ella

    2012-07-04 at 9:05 PM

    soooo cute love it!
    Ella UK

  12. Style Breeder

    2012-07-04 at 9:15 PM

    This is eye candy if I ever saw it. I’ve scrolled up and down this page five times, just because it is so pleasurable to my eye to gawk at the colours, prints and mix of garments. Ingenious.

  13. Dark Blue Stripes

    2012-07-05 at 1:12 AM

    The whale prints is amazing. Love the mixed textures.
    Christie x

  14. Nathan Niche

    2012-07-05 at 2:52 AM

    i just find this SUPER cute!!! awwww…. like childhood dreams and memories printed right onto clothes lol
    nicely thought textures and prints, wud like to see the whole look soon
    xx nathan.niche

  15. ttea

    2012-07-05 at 3:08 AM

    These are such cute suits. The colours, in combination with the whales, make them irresistible. I would wear one of those blazers anyway, even if they are for men.
    I’ve been wondering, you have very insightful and well written posts, and you post at least once a day, do you write the majority of your posts way in advance. It seems like it would be a lot of work to do it the day of, or the day before. Just wondering?

  16. Serdane

    2012-07-05 at 6:42 AM

    I’m not that fascinating for his collection
    But he still representing his fashion vision which is appreciated from the industry, so well done.

  17. Lou'Ana Carron

    2012-07-05 at 8:11 AM

    Prints prints prints, love it !

  18. Suzi

    2012-07-05 at 8:59 AM
  19. Andreas

    2012-07-05 at 11:08 AM

    The whale prints are amazing. I like the colours, very bold but very fashionable I think. Probably women will like the jackets more than men.

  20. Lactose Intoler-Art

    2012-07-06 at 6:46 AM

    I’m just kind of shocked at this collection honestly after having a much more severe looking collection last time. I’m still really hoping to see some of those incredibly massive menswear shoulder pads appear on some Tokyo street snap web sites or something.

  21. Au Royaume de la Perle

    2012-07-06 at 7:59 AM

    Very artistic and original ! I love this mixing of colors ! Really !

  22. Soffia

    2012-07-06 at 2:24 PM

    Very nice, serious Elsa Schiaparelli influence going on there… 🙂
    Soffia Theodora

  23. sweet16

    2012-07-06 at 10:36 PM

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  24. devil's in the detail

    2012-07-07 at 1:29 PM

    LOVE this so much – great textiles. i also have a lingerie giveaway on my log if you’re interested!

  25. seamlessfantasy

    2012-07-07 at 8:54 PM

    This is so incredible! Amazing collection!

  26. Molly

    2012-07-08 at 8:32 PM

    Great prints! So whimsical for menswear. Thom Browne is a visionary.

  27. Kelly

    2012-07-17 at 6:55 AM

    this is insanely inspiration and oh my god I love that movie, the Squid and the Whale! The Lou Reed “street hassle” song mixed into that film is the best part… and I love me some squid/octopi print for sure. Nonetheless, the mixture of all of these textures and prints is somehow working to inspire me insanely.

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