FASHION + ARCHITECTURE | The Space Age Lives! :: Thom Browne ::: Spring-Summer 2011 @ Oscar Niemeyer’s PCF HQ In Paris

I think Joel (quote, above) is on the right track with his impressions of Thom Browne’s “Space Odyssey” défilé de mode — the designer’s début on the Paris stage — on Sunday, 27 June 2010.

However, I’d scrap the “Apollo” and substitute “Gemini” astronauts (the ones with the Right Stuff) and push back the era to about Mad Men’s 1962.

Browne reinvented the Man Men era suit (for me, the epitome of sartorial masculinity) years before Dan Draper hit the small screen, and for that we should applaud him.

His collection for Spring-Summer 2011 was rich in irony, as was the spectacular way in which the collection was, to use a Space Age word, launched.

What was not to love about it? Astronauts and the New Frontier.

The biggest irony, however, was the sight of Browne’s “astronauts,” those former arbiters of maleness, stripping down to Browne’s wild and wacky take on Mad Men with cocktails in Bermuda.

The setting — the headquarters Oscar Niemeyer designed for the Communist Party of France during his long exile from Brazil’s military dictatorship — was inspired, and did it’s bit in keeping the 102-year-old architect (the world’s oldest working Communist architect) in the international spotlight.

Bourgeois fashion in the House of the Worker.

How oddly millennial. And Space Age.

The Mercury Seven > (left to right, back row) Alan Shepard,Virgil “Gus” Grissom and L. Gordon Cooper; (front row) Walter Schirra, Donald “Deke” Slayton, John Glenn and Scott Carpenter

Mercury Control

1962

“Recorded on June 27, 2010 using a Flip Video camcorder.”

Au premier rang, allez savoir pourquoi, le drapeau français avait déjà disparu de la table de Cathy Horyn, du New York Times.

L’Express Styles

Photos > Lauren Manning, Flickr

hint | Thom Browne Men’s

The New York Times | Thom Browne: Party Line

European Fashion Examiner | Thom Browne debuts his ‘Space Odyssey’ show

Los Angeles Times | Thom Browne shows Paris the right stuff

Los Angeles Times | Thom Browne steals the thunder at Paris Fashion Week

L’Express | Thom Browne sur orbite

designKULTUR | ARCHITECTS | Oscar’s French Connection :: Photos by Ludovic Lent for L’Express + Other Niemeyer Stories

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The Wall Street Journal | A Palatial ‘House of the Worker’ : Oscar Niemeyer’s poetic monument to the Communist Party in France

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