NEW YORK — In the midst of what is shaping up to be a banner year, Thom Browne was honored Thursday night with this year’s Pratt Fashion Visionary Award.
First Lady Michelle Obama wore a Thom Browne ensemble for Inauguration Day and the designer staged his first full-fledged women’s runway show earlier this year. But Thursday’s honor, which Hamish Bowles presented, was right up there with the year’s achievements, according to Browne.
“Believe me, it is an honor, especially coming from an institution like Pratt that looks at design as very conceptually based. That is something I can relate to,” he said with a laugh. “Their approach to making clothes is very involved too. They do such really important work for American designers.”
Browne got started in 2001 with five suits that he sold by appointment only, with ready-to-wear being added to the mix in 2003. As a nod to the designer’s signature look, Pratt president Thomas F. Schutte chose not to wear socks with his suit Thursday night.
The audience at the Center548 space was lined with other supporters of Browne’s including Andrew Morton, Harold Koda, Miki Higasa, Julie Gilhart, Alina Cho, Yeohlee Teng, and Bibhu Mohapatra.
Through a pre-show video they got a sampling of the fashion department’s new collaborative classes where concept-led, craft-based expression and interdisciplinary partnerships are encouraged. After the award presentation, guests settled in for what wound up being a lengthy fashion show. Seventeen students each showed their designs on a circular runway with futuristic colorful lights. Once the hour-long performance wound down, Jennifer Minniti, chair of Pratt’s Department of Fashion, presented the Liz Claiborne Concept to Product award to Madeline Gruen, who closed the runway show. She picked up a $25,000 stipend and a year’s residency at the Pratt incubator.
Before guests headed over to a cocktail party at The Top of The Standard, Browne said he had two personal favorites in the show — Gruen and Simone Kurland, both of whom are his interns.
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)