Janet Jackson Dons Dark Academia Style for Thom Browne’s Anniversary – WWD

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Janet Jackson made a sharp arrival to Thom Browne’s 20th anniversary celebration on Monday in London, giving a fall spin to preppy style.

To celebrate the occasion, which also included the launch of Browne’s first monograph created in collaboration with Phaidon, Jackson wore an oversized gray tweed coat with dramatic shoulder padding and gold buttons.

Janet Jackson

Courtesy of Thom Browne

Jackson’s coat, which she paired with black trousers, a white button-up and round frame glasses, was from Thom Browne‘s fall 2023 ready-to-wear collection, which WWD reported drew inspiration from the novella “The Little Prince.”

“For his latest chapter, he reconnected to ‘The Little Prince’ after returning to his alma mater Notre Dame and hearing a professor quote the book’s famous passage about “all men have stars but they’re not the same things for different people…you alone will have stars as no one else has them,” WWD reported in February.

A closer look at the Thom Browne 20th anniversary dinner on Oct. 9 in London.

A closer look at the Thom Browne 20th anniversary dinner.


Jackson’s outfit also channeled the dark academia fashion aesthetic, which has grown in popularity on Pinterest and other social platforms. The fashion trend takes a sophisticated approach to winter dressing, with the aim of romanticizing the season. It often incorporates tweed, plaid, sweaters and floor-length coats.

Jackson last delivered a big style moment during New York Fashion Week in September, when she went sleek to the Christian Siriano spring 2024 runway fashion show. There, she wore a caramel-colored midi dress, trenchcoat and matching thigh-high boots by the designer.

Thom Browne’s 20th anniversary celebration featured a public conversation with menswear journalist Charlie Porter and Browne, along with a dinner at the picturesque Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Along with Jackson, other guests included Will Poulter, Bree Runway, Naomi Ackie and Dan Levy.

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