Tom Ford debuted a return to Womenswear, showcasing his 2011 Spring/Summer collection at his Madison Avenue boutique, inviting a select few notables. Nina Garcia, Anna Wintour in tote.
When industrial sized art-deco white tents or extravagant shows on the Great Wall of China were not the norm Still love that catty ho that is Lagerfeld nonetheless, the intimate couture show demonstrated a yearning from Ford of fashion spectacle de yore.
From those in attendance, descriptors of the garments observed:
Jim Shi: "[An] emphasis on form in the leopard pantsuits, suede trench, cobalt blue silk fringe column, deep olive shirt, leather biker jacket . . . a lot of silk georgette, 18kt gold, hand painted python, lots of fringe."
Nina Garcia: "Clothes very specialized as well as accessories. 18k gold cuffs. Tailored suits over the moon red carpet and cocktail dresses."
Joe Zee: "Silk fringe gown, crisp tuxedos in blk and white, leopard pantsuits, corsets under peekaboo gowns and lace kneeboots."
Cathy Horyn: "[The collection was] the height of glamour — sharp pantsuits in black silk or a leopard pattern, gorgeous black evening clothes with sheer blouses, corsets and maybe a shrug in shredded tulle, impeccable details like hammered gold jewelry, stilettos with ankle ties and seamed black stockings." Source
Ford explains that the models chosen were a mosaic of those who inspire him. Plenty runway elite graced the catwalk:
Du Juan, Liu Wen, Karlie Kloss, Lakshmi Menon, Abbey Lee Kershaw, current Tom Ford eyewear face Freja Beha Erichsen, Anja Rubik, Daria Werbowy, Karen Elson, Natalia Vodianova, Liya Kebede, Stella Tennant, Chanel Iman, Amber Valletta, past Tom Ford eyewear face Carolyn Murphy, Monika "Jac" Jagaciak, Lauren Hutton, and Joan Smalls in an afro, of whom Ford said, "And she just turned me straight . . ." haha Source
but also cultural notables,
Terry Richardson, Tom's campaign phonographer, Marisa Berenson, Rita Wilson, Julianne Moore, who blew kisses at her daughter in the audience, Farida Khelfa, Lisa Eisner,Julia Restoin Roitfeld, Lou Doillon, Rachel Feinstein, Emmanuelle Seigner, Rinko Kikuchi in a "silk tulle grapefruit sheer dress with velvet trim [and] ankle strap flats in sugar pink," and Beyonce "wiggling" in a "gold sequined dress," her sister Solange "whooping" from the audience, as Tom Ford introduced her: "I'm definitely straight now." Closing the show was Daphne Guinness, of whom Ford noted: "Diamond and platinum jewelry, all her own." Source
As I am a menswear fanatic, Tom Ford's womenswear collections speak to my style aesthetic. He combines the control and restraint necessary for exquisite menswear, tailoring out of this world, yet still provides show stopping signature pieces that invoke early 20th century glam of the most feminine of wiles.
A cinched pleated trouser, bespoked wool blazers, soft femininity, graceful frocks, pencil skirts, homme lines, repressed rocker, sweaters galore, controlled drama... understated edginess.
...all things enjoyed by yours truly.
More than his design, Ford is awarded such accolades due to his commitment to diversity without sacrificing the minutest inkling of his art.
And without forcing it.
It's fluid and simply makes sense.
Multi-ethnic, multi-generational, diverse body types, and models collected from the entirety of cultural significance.
Where else is Beyonce going to fashionably strut fierce... like Sasha, Joan Smalls going to rock an afro, Solange going to do her signature "go head big sis arm gesture", Julianne Moore going to warm her daughter's heart, and Wintour going to stoically posture?
T O M F O R D.