With wit and sartorial prowess, Thom Browne continues to define the more playful side of American menswear. Take his spring 2017 show, for example, which nodded to wet suits, launched with the Jaws theme and featured a model in a leather shark mask and fin. Fall, by contrast, honored sartorial traditions by celebrating the gray suit, though this being Browne, both runway spectacle and collection were far from dull. “For me, my shows are really important,” the designer says. “I love doing them. I love the entertainment of them. I love giving a story to the collections. If I wasn’t able to do my shows, I wouldn’t be as interested in fashion as I am.” Named Menswear Designer of the Year at the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards, Browne continues to bring his unique fashion vision to the wider world. In addition to 19 flagships in such cities as New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing and Seoul, he opened a store in Milan in April and is adding one in London this June.