Few designers today walk the line between bad taste and good taste like Tom Ford. In fact, he has been doing it for almost 40 years, ever since he worked for brands like Yves Saint Laurent and Gucci. He defined, then redefined, then redefined again what the modern woman wants and needs. In Ford’s mind, she always needs a heady dose of glamor and a real injection of sex appeal (we don’t disagree). His ever-evolving vision of the modern woman resulted in arguably the most glamorous show of the season, as it always is, with old friends and celebrities like Madonna, Carine Roitfeld and Katie Holmes, and new acquaintances like Tinx. and Chloe Fineman, sitting on plush white velvet sofas to enjoy her ’80s-inspired show.
The opening sequence offered daytime takes on Tom Ford classics: razor-sharp silk and brocade suits in pastel metallics, barely-there mesh tops with sequin appliqués, and spectacularly tacky Bermuda shorts with even more sequin patches. The Tom Ford woman is always willing to show a little (or a lot) of skin, with sheer bras replacing the typical button-down shirt on a suit. The season’s standout masculine look was a leather blazer paired with a dainty jockstrap replete with doily-style shorts. Her precise take on what is sexy feels even more relevant, as designers left and right took cues from her oeuvre and sent models down the runway with little to reveal. Fortunately, Ford took matters into his own hands to show us how it’s really done.
Expertly crafted and meticulously tailored to emphasize the female form, the ensuing sequined gowns are once again staples of Tom Ford’s wardrobe, amplified by campy effects with extremely tousled hair. The matching huge hoop earrings gave the impression of disco balls. The final gown was a long-sleeved gown in gold and silver sequins, again paired with disco ball-style hoop earrings and a bouquet of gold lamé roses. Ford’s girlfriend only has a moment to pause at the altar before strutting down the cobblestone streets to attend the next party, as is her custom.
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Kevin LeBlanc is the fashion associate for ELLE magazine. He covers fashion news, trends and all things Robyn Rihanna Fenty.
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