Models pulled up in a yellow school bus outside Bergdof Goodman, a tourist spot near Central Park. The models trotted out in two by twos on the streets, sat by the Pulitzer Fountain to eat and read books. This performance, called The Officepeople was done in celebration of Thom Browne’s womenswear arrival at Bergdof Goodman. The idea came from the designer himself, as Vogue detailed:
In Thom Browne’s fantasy, everyone walks in a synchronized marching motion with the X-Acto knife precision of an army brigade. Everyone has very clear skin like beautiful, genetically engineered characters plucked from the film Gattaca. Everyone wears their socks pulled up to their perfectly sculpted shins.
“How could you take the idea of something as mundane as a gray suit and show it interestingly, and even the idea of uniformity and show that in an interesting way?” said Browne. “It is taking those everyday activities but presenting them in a way that is somehow weird and in a way that there is a tension.”
image credit: Cris Maggio for Thom Browne via Vogue