RUNWAY TO IDOL: THOM BROWNE X SHINEE
SHINee’s ‘Everybody’ concept was moving, beautiful, bold and intellectual and, I feel, one of the standouts of k-pop’s 2013. Using Thom Browne’s Spring/Summer 2014 military menswear runway looks complimented with tiny, thoughtful changes and additions - piercings, heavy gunmetal rings and most noticeably, replacing Thom’s striking red lipstick from the runway with an almost metallic nude lip, heavy blush and defined eyes. Modelling semi-pros SHINee did much for this collection - they truly conveyed its beauties, its colors, its tactile textures. There was much talk in the fashion world about this being a collection with heavy political overtones - models marched out and raised a white flag to the sound of The Beatles’ 'All You Need Is Love’ - perhaps the New Yorker designer was commenting on America’s questionable LGBT military policies? However, when asked for comment on this subtext, he simply replied: “I love uniforms. I’ve been wanting to do them for a while.” Thank Goodness he got around to it.