It's a Fash-Off: Tom's Swans v Lara Stone!

16 December 2010

After Tom Ford’s much-hyped return to womenswear in September, the fashion world was abuzz with its gloriousness - from the luxurious outfits on his superstar pals to the intimate setting and military-tight security. But what really enthralled Grazia Daily was that each of the 32 looks was specifically created for the 32 women who modelled them - Beyonce’s bootiliciousness was celebrated in a sequinned figure-hugger while Julianne Moore oozed Hollywood glamour in a feathered gown. So when we saw Lara Stone sporting the bespoke designs in the new issue of W Magazine, the age-old question of who wore it best, naturally, sprang to mind. There’s no denying the body-of-the-moment, who was crowned Model of the Year at this month's BFAs, looks as sumptuous as ever in the shots, but can she make the pieces her own? Let the fash-off commence!

Exhibit A is a kimono-esque catsuit created by Mr Ford for actress and model Lou Doillon. ‘Lou is young and has an amazing body,’ said the designer. ‘She was the perfect person to wear a catsuit — le smoking,’ and as she strutted down the catwalk, this androgynous piece perfectly summed up her kooky cool Parisian style. So with this in mind, does Lara, who’s known for her Dutch blonde bombshell credentials, pull it off? We’re undecided.

Our next contender is artist Rachel Feinstein who wore a silk crepe dress under a shredded organza shrug. As Ford said, ‘Every time I see Rachel, I am dazzled by her smile, and I think about colour. Rachel is all about colour.’ But that vibrant exuberance doesn’t quite translate through Lara who looks more of a desperate housewife in her nightie than a beaming glamazon.

For the next round, we give you Karen Elson who, like Lara, is a hotter-than-hot catwalker. So the question is, considering Ford dressed Karen’s ‘exotic beauty’ in cobalt blue because it ‘plays off her skin tone and hair colour’, does Lara do the fringe dress justice?

And finally, we pit La Stone against the most formidable opponent of them all, Daphne Guinness. She sauntered around the showcase in disco-glam sequins and fierce leopard print because, as Ford says, she is ‘not a shrinking violet and can pull off fashion looks that many would be afraid of’. True story. So despite that mass of curls and her killer figure, the drama of the dress is somehow lost on Lara, dontcha think? Then again, is there any mortal alive who could win in a fash-clash against Daphers? We think not. And yes, you can take that as a challenge, Gagaloo.

So we hand the debate over to our dear readers. As the world’s most in demand model, does Lara have the ability to pull off any style, regardless of whether it was tailor made for another woman? Or will Mr Ford’s 'Swans' forever reign supreme in designs that are practically their second skin? We want to hear your thoughts...

by Jessica Vince


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