Last week the oldest Parisian department store; Le Bon Marché, inaugurated an inspirational reflective room, created by New York designer Thom Browne whose Autumn/Winter 2015-2016 installation ‘Office Man 2′ dominates the complete second floor of the retail institution. Formulated as a conceptual variation on the designer’s presentation at New York Men’s Fashion Week last July, the dedicated floating space replicates a kaleidoscopic infinity effect of wall-to-wall mirrors illuminated by fluorescent tubes. The main twist of the Paris edition is not it’s lack of suited male models, but rather the surreal, still life install of more than fifty pairs of Browne’s iconic black leather wingtip shoes – each produced in genuine silver – which seem to reference the designer’s Spring 2013 men’s show.
Amongst the footwear all over the room, a chrome desk dominates the space – holding an impeccable silvered typewriter, BIC pens,and a shiny poison apple. In the installation one also finds Steuben teardrop champagne coupes, Thom Browne logo-labeled brown paper lunch bags, a Mathieu Matégot bar cart, or Jansen side table and Jacques Adnet chairs; all favorites of the fashion designer.
In an adjacent room, men’s and women’s creations from the Autumn/Winter 2015-2016 collections hang alongside Le Bon Marché exclusives – a whale-emblazoned fairisle sweater – and the fitting rooms which were created are shuttered by Browne’s signature horizontal blinds.
When in Paris make sure to visit the inspirational gem by the iconic New York designer!
Office Man 2 by Thom Browne is on display on the 2nd floor of Le Bon Marché, 24 Rue des Sèvres 75007 until October 17th, 2015.
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