You Have to See Thom Browne’s Crazy Ice Skate Runway Shoes

Fashion, on ice. Ever the theatrical designer, Thom Browne didn’t disappoint with a dazzling fall ’17 show at New York Fashion Week today.

The collection took cues from the glitzy world of figure skating, merging classic ice skate silhouette with dress shoe uppers like monkstraps. The set even featured a faux ice rink, complete with leafless trees wrapped in his signature dressy plaid fabrics.

thom browne Ready To Wear fall 2017
Thom Browne’s fall ’17 New York Fashion Week presentation.
CREDIT: REX Shutterstock.

Though there were no dance routines or competitive spins here, it was indeed entertaining to watch models balance themselves on the stilt platforms. The crazy shoes were unsurprising, given Browne has made experimental runway footwear his schtick (last season, he showed skyscraper platforms with heels shaped into anchors).

thom browne Ready To Wear fall 2017
Thom Browne’s fall ’17 New York Fashion Week presentation.
CREDIT: REX Shutterstock.

Here, he styled the shoes with sporty varsity striped socks (in his signature colors, of course: red and white).

Yet, if you take away the theatrics of it all, not to mention the crazy makeup, the ready-to-wear this season showed beautiful, high-level execution.

thom browne Ready To Wear fall 2017
Thom Browne’s fall ’17 New York Fashion Week presentation.
CREDIT: REX Shutterstock.
thom browne Ready To Wear fall 2017
Thom Browne’s fall ’17 New York Fashion Week presentation.
CREDIT: REX Shutterstock.

His signature tailoring and outerwear featured exciting new finishes: scenic appliqués, argyle embroidery, mink trims. It serves as a reminder that a designer like Browne can get away with his crazy, and often outlandish, ideas — because he has extreme talent to back it up.

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