Wednesday, December 1, 2010


Long after had uploaded every Spring / Summer collection shown in September, the highly anticipated debut of Tom Ford's new womenswear line had yet to be seen by anyone beyond the select few handpicked to attend the show. The standard media circus of press, editors, and self-promoting celebrities had been barred, allowing the focus to come back to the art of the collection. Now, nearly three months later, the fashion legend behind Yves Saint Laurent and Gucci has finally revealed his Spring / Summer 2011 show in UK Harper's Bazaar. Eschewing the typical roster of the moment's top models, Tom Ford chose his friends and women who inspired his creations to show the looks. Shot exclusively by Terry Richardson (who remains one of my favorite people ever to have worked with), the photos reveal a deep soulfulness and true beauty. Take a deep breath, and enjoy: Tom Ford Spring / Summer 2011 Women's Ready-to-Wear Collection.

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for. The man who thrilled us at Gucci and YSL has returned with his first own-label collection. Bazaar reveals exclusive images from his behind-closed-doors show with a stellar cast led by Beyoncé; and the designer talks to Clare Coulson about his vision to put back sophisticated fun into fashion.
Photographs by Terry Richardson
Read the full article Mr Ford is Back by Clare Coulson in the January issue of Bazaar on sale 6th December.
From Bazaar's online story with high-res photos here.

 Ford is the ultimate modern polymath; a trend-setting, empire-building and decade defining designer turned award-winning film director, producer and writer who now, much to everyone’s relief, is back in fashion.
Beyoncé wears embroidered fishnet and python-pattern sequin evening gown and fishnet boots on the catwalk of Tom Ford’s debut womenswear show.

Perhaps more surprisingly for the man who pretty much put the sex back into fashion, these clothes are more about an elegant sophistication than in-your-face sexuality. ‘I’ve changed a lot in that I’m older, so maybe I’m more about sensuality then sexuality, but also the times are too.’
Joan Smalls wears silk crepe tank dress with georgette silk underdress, and a shredded silk organza cocktail shrug.

The show’s breathtaking casting, for which models ranged in age from their early twenties to almost 70, also made it very clear that these were clothes for women of all different ages.
Liya Kebede wears hand-painted silk georgette fringed evening dress, feather and lace heels, and gold-dipped feather earrings. 

 Naturally all this super-elegant luxe doesn’t come cheap, with prices closer to couture than ready-to-wear. Dresses range from about £2,900 to £22,000, and jackets cost about £2,500. ‘My clothes are expensive,’ says Ford, unashamedly. ‘But for me, at this stage in my life, what’s interesting is trying to make the best thing I can make.'
Stella Tennant wears sequin mother-of- pearl jacket, georgette blouse and skirt, and hammered silver and pearl necklace, with a feathered clutch.

Clockwise from top left:
'There used to be a look for women who were older. You didn’t wear certain things, you did your hair a certain way – but today, 70-year-old women who keep themselves together want to look just like their 25 [year-old] counterparts,’ says Ford.
Lauren Hutton wears silk and viscose trouser suit, oversized crepe de chine top, crocodile pumps, and a fedora with feather trim.
'The women [in my show] don’t change their look from day to day. They have figured out who they are – that’s what makes you iconic, by the way. Figure out who you are, figure out what you like, figure out what you look good in.’
Daphne Guinness wears leopard-print sequin and lace evening dress, silk ottoman fringed evening coat, and feather and lace heels.
'All these women are intelligent; they all have kids and jobs and lives, and they are all different ages. I went after people I thought were inspirational and women who are iconic.'
Rachel Feinstein wears silk crepe cocktail dress with shredded silk shrug, and satin ballet heels.
‘I was shooting something recently and I was trying to find older women who had not had anything done to themselves, and I was thinking back to Louise Nevelson and Georgia O’Keefe and Martha Graham and Diana Vreeland, and these women who bore their age in a wonderful way. They became older, they became wrinkled but they also became really cool looking, and we don’t have that any more.’
Marisa Berenson wears fishnet embroidered evening gown, and mesh sling-back pumps.
Read the full article Mr Ford is Back by Clare Coulson in the Januuary issue of Bazaar on sale 6th December.

1 comment:

  1. The clothes are so glamorous, as well as the women who wore them on the runway!



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