08 September 2010

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Words cannot express how wired with excitement Grazia Daily is at the prospect of Tom Ford, star of fashion and film, finally putting the first collection from his new womens ready-to-wear label on the catwalk. This glorious event will come to pass next week in New York. Clearly the show will be executed with Ford's notoriously perfectionist standards - think the best-of-the-best for quality, cut, style etc.

But up until now, we have had no clues as to the look of the collection. We are, of course, already familiar with Ford's fabulous own label menswear - luxurious suiting, both formal and sexy, and timelessly stylish. But Tom Ford womenswear remains a mystery. His stints at Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent were incredibly respectful to the house's distinctive styles, while his contribution was a somewhat indefinable gift for modernising and sexing up the brands. So what Ford would do for his own personal take on womenswear remains to be seen, and infuriatingly, no clues have thus far leaked out (and trust us, we've tried).

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Until now. Because last night at a party in New York, Lou Doillon revealed to WWD that she will be walking for Ford in New York next week.

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So what does this tell us? Well, that Ford's model casting is possibly going to be a less predictable than just the hottest catwalk names. Style-wise, the actress and model's own taste is the definition of kooky Parisian cool  - think lots of black, braces, top hats, high waisted cuts off etc (she is, after all, Jane Birkin's daughter). But the distinctive charm of Doillon is her shaggy-haired, full-lipped, androgyny (think a very young Patti Smith). We can't help wondering if Tom Ford is intended to create a vive-la-difference ambience of sexy women in classic tuxedo suits, a la Helmut Lang - for a feminine take on his oh-so-successful men's suits?


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