I wrote a profile of Phoebe Philo a couple of weeks ago where I mentioned that I had speculated about her sun sign for years before recently discovering that she is a Capricorn, like me. A friend at vogue.com had just confirmed Philo’s birthday while interviewing the designer about her departure from Céline.
Now vogue.com has done it again, publishing an interview with Thom Browne featuring the following passage:
Watching the devilishly charming Thom Browne smirk and coyly dodge Fern Mallis’s questions with an impish “-ish!” onstage at the 92nd Street Y, you get the sense the 52-year-old designer might be exactly as buttoned-up as his strictly tailored suits would suggest. Not so! During the hour-long chat, he let some tasty factoids slip out about his childhood, college years, and career. As a Libra, he said, “I think I have good, crazy side, and a normal side.”
I know plenty about Libra natives born in 1965 because those were the Libra natives in my grade at school. When I started doing charts about thirty years ago, a few of my Libra friends were my guinea pigs. The big deal in the autumn of that year was the conjunction of Uranus and Pluto that defines my generation. Nevertheless, there was lopsided character to the sky at that time, with several planets in Virgo, Libra and Scorpio. Jupiter entered Cancer just before the sun entered Libra, and then promptly went retrograde about the time the sun entered Scorpio. That’s why I have Jupiter in Gemini, unlike some of my contemporaries. I was born three months later.
Anyway, without an actual birthday for Thom Browne, I still don’t have that much to go on, but it’s a start. The man is the American equivalent of a couturier, like a Gaultier or a Galliano, only with a twisted East Coast aesthetic that is like nothing else the fashion world has ever known. I worship the ground he walks on and I am eager to learn a little more about what makes him tick.