Despite being the first official day of London Fashion Week, shrewd showman Tom Ford was always going to pull the rug out from underneath one of the world’s greatest fashion showcases by swerving the overall meh-ness of New York and targeting his primary customer in its natural habitat – Los Angeles two days before this year’s Oscars ceremony.
Ford loves celebrities, and celebrities love Tom Ford, and the friends and guests invited from across the entertainment industry all rocked up in some of the most memorable moments from his career, including archive Gucci and YSL Rive Gauche. With other labels this might look tacky, or even bought-in, but with Ford this display of support only goes to show the adoration he instils.
Ford’s Autumn/Winter 2015 collection has something for everyone; something old (the home-on-the-range feel of the opening tiered dresses with puffed sleeves, and the fringing); something new (the certain-to-sell-out meticulously patched and frayed denim); and something borrowed, namely the slightly Bohemian mood – but none of the blue of last season’s undeniably Instagrammable, but slightly slutty, missteps.
Of course there is fur, there always is, but this is slightly more convincing than on Marc Jacobs’ catwalk, and other highlights include the long gowns with unusual necklines, tracing the undulating indigenous patterns which form a recurring motif of the collection, and redolent of sultry saloon hostesses.
As if to underline Ford’s message, “These are the dresses you will wear on Sunday night”, the designer showers the runway with rose petals, and unsurprisingly evokes a standing ovation. A self-confessed perfectionist, he makes it all look so effortless.
And that’s magic.
Catwalk review written by Lee Clatworthy (@BombFashion) for Katie Chutzpah blog. Catwalk imagery kindly supplied via www.style.com