In his first design outing since his departure from the Gucci Group, Tom Ford is back at Harvey Nichols with a new range of sunglasses, sold under his own name that is surely this Winter’s most covetable eyewear. So why did Tom choose sunglasses for his first solo project? Well as far as accessories go, they’re a personal favourite.

In the range there are both classic and more directional women’s frames (above left) as well as slightly rakish designs for men (above right) – as you might expect, most possess that sexy seventies styling that Tom has so successfully made his own. The style names are as evocative of the era as the designs themselves, Farrah and Ryan for example. But there are also frames named after Tom’s loyal assistant Whitney and his long-term partner Richard Buckley of Vogue Homme, that demonstrate the personal level on which this project has been carried out.

Interest in the sunglasses from fashion insiders has already become so intense that many styles now have waiting lists. They are due in-store in the final week of November so you’ll need to move quickly to lay your hands on the right pair.

Also look out for the results of Tom’s other current project, his reworking of the classic Youth Dew fragrance from Esteé Lauder. Youth Dew Amber Nude arrives at the Esteé Lauder counter at the London store on 5th December, to be followed by a full Tom Ford cosmetics collection next year.