Tom Ford Review, Plus Audio From The Show

If there were ever a true gathering of fashion’s extended royal family in New York, it happened last night at 845 Madison Avenue at the corner of 70th Street. At precisely 7pm when the guards dressed in black tuxedos locked the front gates, and the light was turned down momentarily, Mr. Tom Ford appeared at the end of the main room of his menswear store, which was decorated with large floral arrangements. About 100 top tier international editors and journalists sat anxiously after a long wait–six years–for his return to womenswear.

“Richard (Buckley) knows that for years when I was at Gucci and Yves Saint Lauren, I had a recurrent nightmare and it would last for a week before the show that the clothes would not arrive, that something went wrong, that the atelier burn down and that I had to stand up in front of all of you and talk for 20 minutes. It’s a tough crowd! I am happy to say that tonight I am very proud. We have, I think, wonderful clothes to show you and we also have I think many of the women–the most inspirational women–to model for us. So I’d like to present to you now my Spring 2011 ’Women’ collection,” said Ford just prior to narrating his entire show, describing each of the models and the specific look they were wearing. And the most fabulous women they sure were.


Click play above to hear Long’s audio recording from the show.

“Ladies and Gentlemen. Miss …” was the introduction Tom gave to each look by calling each model by name. There was off course the most talked about Beyoncé Knowles, who teased the crowd in a short midnight blue and silver all sequined dress; Julianne Moore and Karen Elson (whose album “The Ghost Who Walks” was part of the soundtrack) in a charcoal and navy dress with dangling fringes respectively; Emmanuelle Seigner in a tight cut black wool jacket worn open with slim pants and crocodile sling-backs; Lou Doillon in classic black tuxedo; Lauren Hutton in a white silk trouser suit with fedora; Natalia Vodianova in a silk georgette dress; Rinko Kikuchi in a silk tulle and georgette cocktail dress; The Honorable Daphne Guinness in a leopard print dress with her own platinum and diamond jewels; and Julia Reston Roitfeld in a black leather bomber and hand stitched leather skirt. And this wasn’t all–there were also Rachel Feinstein, Lisa Eisner, Stella Tenant, Farida Khelfa, Rita Wilson, DuJuan, Victoria Fernandez, Marisa Berenson, and Chanel Iman. Different types of women but each wore the perfect outfit.

But when Amber Valletta emerged from behind the curtain wearing a print single-breasted suit with a black chiffon blouse, unbuttoned to her navel, there was a momentary gasp of silence. At that instant, her allure and the way the suit envelope her silhouette stopped time for a few seconds. Surely this collection heralds a return to elegance and a move away from the current minimalist chic. And it will be available at Tom Ford stores worldwide towards the end of January.

Fashion has the power to transform, but so few designers can marshall this power the way Mr. Ford did last evening. Ford somehow knew that it was time to turn the page on the current obsession with fast fashion, and to return to what he has always known and proposed–that detailed, well-cut clothes in sumptuous fabrics can bring fashion to a different realm. He banned photographers and asked attendees to restrain from taking pictures. Sadly, many of the editors were still busy tweeting away instead of savoring the magnificent fashion moment taking place in front of them.

When I left the show, I kept thinking about the images of the Jamaican runner Usain Bolt at the Olympic games 100 meters dash final. In a record setting time, Mr. Bolt was so far ahead of the crowd that he had to turn his head back to verify that he was still in a race. I think after a six-year wait, Mr. Ford can now sit tight. If he looks behind him, he probably won’t see any competition.


Click play above to hear Long’s audio recording from the show.

Source : , Thanks to Fashionista contributor Long Nguyen is the co-founder/style director of Flaunt.

The Reality Of His Clothing

Tom Ford: “I feel that fashion has become too serious…Fashion needs to make one happy.

It is a luxury and should enhance one’s quality of life.” Ford also believes in, wait for it, “real clothes for real women.

Tom Ford Responds to Roitfeld Speculation

In an e-mail from London on Saturday, Tom Ford said he was as surprised as everyone else about Carine Roitfeld’s decision to leave French Vogue at the end of January — and, no, don’t expect a Ford-Roitfeld collaboration anytime soon. He wrote: “Carine and I have no plans to work together at the moment, and it is nothing that we have even discussed, but of course I think she is brilliant and we are close friends so who knows about the future.”


Tom Ford On Fashion With Julia Restoid Roitfeld In V

The younger Roitfeld can rock Tom Ford nearly as well as her hot mom.


Photos: Julia Restoin Roitfeld for V Magazine

In order to have access to Tom Ford’s Spring line you should either be Beyonce, a maje model, super wealthy or have Carine Roitfeld as a mom. Julia Restoin Roitfeld fits one or more of the criteria, which may be how she found herself looking flawless in Mr. Ford’s new collection in V Magazine’s upcoming issue #69. She also took her own self portraits for the spread and interviewed her mom’s bff – sounds like a harsh day at the office.

V’s upcoming issue focuses on the “New Fashion Moment,” although it seems Mr.Ford is back to mine that particular brand of sultry glamour he’s basically perfected.

Ford told Roitfeld, “I told myself that I would not come back to 
women’s fashion until I felt I had something new to say.”

Well, he’s back and he better stay for a bit. But what, JRR asks is his New Year’s Resolution, “I don’t have one,” Ford explains, ” I believe in living life the way that you want to live it every day, and if you do that you don’t really need to have New Year’s resolutions.” We continue to learn from the master.

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Tom Ford spring 2011 Editoral in W Magazine

    Holding out on magazines until December paid off for Tom Ford. Ford’s collection was already featured in a dedicated Vogue December 2010 editorial, but I have the feeling that the forthcoming W Magazine’s Tom Ford editorial is going to be my favorite.

“Major Tom” is the new Tom Ford editorial featured in W Magazine January 2011 issue. Ford’s new Spring 2011 collection is of course showcased, alongside an interview, in a photoshoot by Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Madin, modeled by Lara Stone.

In the interview Tom Ford opens up about the women who inspired his collection:

About Daphne Guinness: “Daphne is about structure, so the most important thing is that her dress is corseted and shows off her incredible figure. She is also not a shrinking violet and can pull off fashion looks that many would be afraid of. I wanted her to have one of the most dramatic looks in the show.”

About Rachel Feinstein: “Every time I see Rachel, I am dazzled by her smile, and I think about color. Rachel is all about color.”

About Karen Elson: “Karen in such an exotic beauty, I always love dressing her in color that plays off her skin tome and hair color.”

About Lou Doillon: “Lou is young and has an amazing body. She was the perfect person to wear a catsuit-Le smoking.”

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[Images courtesy of W Magazine]

Tom Ford Wants People To Embrace Nakedness

Former Gucci designer Tom Ford believes people look better naked as clothes can sometimes be unflattering.

Tom Ford believes people look better naked.

The former Gucci designer says clothes can sometimes be unflattering and thinks it is a good idea to embrace nakedness to help give people confidence in their bodies.

He said: “I spend most of my time at home naked. You know, most people actually look better nude. We are all one harmonious colour, with a symmetry and an innate elegance. Fat women almost always look better without the constraint and lumpy pinching of clothes, all the straps and elastic squeezing and sucking.

“We are the only animal that wears clothes, and that can’t just be because dogs can’t do up buttons.”

While he believes most people look better naked, Tom – who recently released his first womenswear collection in six years – says he wants his clothes to be flattering and timeless.

He told Style magazine: “You make your own look and add what you like. I wanna make things that are classic. Imagine how great to have invented the Chanel suit or the blazer.”

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Tom Ford – Forever Love

Vogue Paris December 2010

Tom Ford - Forever Love

PHOTOS: Tom Ford’s French Vogue Has Geriatric Porn

Tom Ford may not like fat people, but he definitely has a thing for the olds. The December issue of Vogue Paris — which, unless you have been living under a fashion blog-less rock for the last few weeks, you know was guest-edited by Mr. Ford himself — features a seven-page jewelry spread modeled by two beautiful senior citizens in the throes of what appears to be an incredibly passionate bout of love-making. In other words: geriatric porn!

While at least one site has called the spread “a little gratuitous,” we love it. Obviously, it’s nice to see some age variation in terms of models, but more importantly: old people have sex!

As for Ford’s inspiration, Frockwriter saved us the embarrassment of trying to dig through our memory of high school French and translated the post-script for us.

He writes:

    “I am tired of the cult of youth. The cultural rejection of old age, the stigmatization of wrinkles, grey hair, of bodies furrowed by the years. I am fascinated by Diana Vreeland, Georgia O’Keeffe and Louise Bourgeois, women who have let time embrace them without ever cheating. Society today condems this, me, I celebrate it. For this session of fine jewellery, I imagined a man and a woman who had been together for a long time, faithful to each other and always incandescent with desire.”


Tom Ford - Forever Love

Tom Ford - Forever Love

Tom Ford - Forever Love

Tom Ford - Forever Love

Tom Ford - Forever Love

Tom Ford - Forever Love

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Beyonce`s Tom Ford modelling

Beyonce’s ‘Tom Ford’ modelling

A couple of months ago during New York’s Fashion Week, Beyonce catwalked for Tom Ford’s private fashion show where she modelled his Spring/Summer 2011 Collection?. The hush hush event was attended by 100 guests which saw the designer showcasing his first women’s collection in over six years.

Beyonce’s ‘Tom Ford’ modelling

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Tom Ford as an Indian

Tom Ford IndianTom Ford’s French Vogue Issue Features Toddlers, Elderly Folks, and More Tom Ford

While we Americans were in turkey comas last week, French Vogue released images from its Tom Ford–edited December issue, which hits newsstands tomorrow. Features include a beauty spread cast with heavily made-up 6-year-olds, as well as a Wild West–themed shoot by Terry Richardson titled “Pussy West” and photos of Tom Ford’s ranch near Santa Fe. But that’s not all: This morning, Terry Richardson posted a slew of behind-the-scenes pictures from the various Vogue shoots on his own blog, including one image of him and Tom Ford smooching in the New Mexico sunset with their cowboy hats on, as well as a few extra shots from the spreads that French Vogue hasn’t released yet.

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