It's the moment we've held our breath for, and this morning, we can release a collective sigh of adoration.
Tom Ford’s comeback to womenswear after six years was a military-tight affair during New York Fashion Week - lest we forget the hush-hush rumours and scandalous leaks about his star-packed catwalk and couture-like collection last September. In this vein of anti-publicity, it's no secret the designer objects to fashion images being flashed across the Internet before the clothes can be bought, so he determined that his womenswear debut would be when the pieces are nearly in store. And so, almost three months after that elusive show, here’s the first look at his S/S ‘11 collection *squeals*
Photographed by Steven Meisel, the shots feature Mr Ford amid his muses, including uber-elegant Karen Elson and model veteran Stella Tennant. Oh yes, it was well worth the wait. “I want this to be somewhere a woman knows she can go when she wants a great jacket—not a fake expensive jacket, something that has intrinsic value," says Ford of the collection. "I don’t think fashion has to change every five minutes. I’d like these to be clothes you can wear for a long time—ten, 20 years; pass on to your daughter. Why buy vintage when you can open your own closet!”
And this is a closet every girl dreams of. After seeing the Seventies-inspired images of his pailette jackets, sheer blouses and animal prints, it's easy to understand Ford’s sentiments. So, ladies and gents, we leave you to drool over Mr Ford’s return. [US Vogue]
- Jessica Vince