Browne has a marvelous mix of American and European sensibility which allows him to riff spectacularly on a motif or a theme. And no one riffs as long as Thom Browne (save, perhaps, Dolce and Gabbanna who regularly send out looks numbering in the 80s/90s or even 100s for a single collection). For this fun, tongue-in-cheek collection, Browne looked to Scouting and that uniquely American creation, Smokey the Bear for the inspiration for his forty variations on a single scouting uniform. Considering that Moncler started in 1952 with a very limited product range--quilted sleeping bags, a single model of cagoule, and tents--Browne brought the brand home with this tour of basic utilitarian pieces. But of course utilitarian is a relative term with Browne who put cargo pockets everywhere, including on socks, the backs of jackets (where the wearer cannot possibly access them) and, hilariously, in a mushroom-like proliferation all over outerwear! The tan palette was eased with the addition of dark olive, dark navy, and a plaid of all these colors.
But back to the theatrics: it was a fun, silly romp with two Smokey the Bears coming out to douse a campfire (safety first!) and he;ping each individual model in front of a tent out of a quilted sleeping bag outer cover for them to take a spin around the catwalk and then back to their own tents to bed down for the night!