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Thom Browne’s doggie purses could be a woman’s best friend

A pooch handbag from Thom Browne's women's fall 2016 collection.
A pooch handbag from Thom Browne's women's fall 2016 collection. MCV Photo for The Washington Post

Thom Browne has tackled a lot of complex ideas in his womenswear collections. He has explored gender-based stereotypes, death and grief. He experiments with complex construction techniques and he is rigorous in his tailoring.

But for fall 2016, he gives us dogs. And they made us smile.

His fall 2016 show was situated in a park – one that had been recreated inside a Chelsea gallery and came with pine trees and dog-friendly dirt paths. The show began with two gentlemen, dressed as if from a more genteel time, taking an afternoon stroll. And one of them was walking a dog – or rather, a fake little black pooch on wheels.

The women who followed were dressed in frocks embellished with little cocker spaniel-like dogs. One model carried a furry brown handbag in the shape of what could have been a cairn terrier mix breed. Another toted a black bag that recalled a black lab or perhaps a dachshund.

There were also a host of grownup frocks on the Browne’s runway – clothes with extraordinary, impressive details. But every now and then there is something utterly fanciful that makes one smile. And in that moment, fashion has done its job.

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