Exciting news, you guys! Tantalising images from the most secretive, leakiest fashion show, like, EVER have just appeared before our very eyes! Yes, ladies and gents, here’s the first look at Tom Ford’s S/S ‘11 showcase * squeals *
As the only sanctioned photographer at the catwalk presentation, Terry Richardson captured these pictures of the designer’s return to womenswear during New York Fashion Week and after months of hush-hush and mega-hype, at last we can coo over the results. From a tailored white suit sported by Seventies supermodel Lauren Hutton to a glimmering gold frock wrapped around singing superstar Beyonce, the collection oozes Ford’s signature ultra-feminine sensuality.
The spectacular images, which have just been leaked on Fashionologie, also show Stella Tennant in the same pailette jacket she wore in those glorious Steven Meisel shots, as well as Liya Kebede in a hand-painted fringed dress and Marisa Berenson in a spellbinding blue floor-sweeper. WOW. Carine Roitfeld can be seen perched on the front row, drooling over the goods along with a small selection of the fashion elite as well as Ford’s partner, Richard Buckley.
But, as these shots show, what’s really special about Ford’s show is the individuality of each piece. Whilst most designers stick to one common theme per collection, Ford’s star-packed catwalk celebrates the uniqueness of his muses because each design is tailored to the woman who wears it - from a leopard print evening gown embodying Daphne Guinness’ fierce personal style to a be-afroed Joan Smalls in a Seventies-inspired shredded organza shrug. Just like Truman Capote who called the flawlessly graceful CZ Guest, Slim Keith and Gloria Guinness ‘Swans’, Ford has nicknamed his model muses his ‘Swans’, too; and has photographed them all in their bespoke creations for the new issue of French Vogue, which the endlessly busy designer/director has guest edited. Bravo, Mr Ford.
- Jessica Vince