Already a CFDA Award-winner for American Emerging Designer of the Year, Thompson’s new collection shone a spotlight on his Jamaican heritage and celebrated carnival aspects of Black culture, as well as 1970’s swag – in the form of ornate feathered headdresses, sequins, Apple Jack hats and flare-legged pants.
Bejeweled tops, bedazzled dresses and gilded leather helped to signal a cause for celebration and “Black Joy” on the runway, while color palettes of yellow, green, tans, white, purple and denim comprised two-toned leather pants, bias cut paper-thin dresses and cropped T-shirts. Personal branding also played a key role in the collection, as bedazzled tee’s bearing the phrase “I Love TP” appeared in various colorways.
As a brand that passionately crafts focal ready-to-wear luxe items for men and women, an emergence of genderless creations vied for a position in the forefront – seen in oversized champagne-colored blazers and bottoms, glittering tanks and intimate apparel.
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