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New York Fashion Week: At Thom Browne, a garden of delights
New York Fashion Week: At Thom Browne, a garden of delights

A rickety elevator up to the venue. A tableau of models posed as garden statues on a manicured green, some of them wilting from leg cramps due to a show delay. All manner of madcap hats, including one shaped like a shuttlecock and another like a sail. The setup for the Thom Browne show Monday was awash in the kind of fashion week clichés the world loves to laugh at. But as usual, there was method to the designer's madness. The scene: When the show began, so did the story -- a narrated tale of six sisters and their fashion preferences (on Mondays, they start out in tailoring; by the weekends, they prefer to be naked.) Through the garden, models strolled in Browne's...

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