From the man who describes perfectionism as an illness comes an exquisite collection for Spring / Summer 2012. Of course, we’re talking about Tom Ford who has tantalised the world by keeping his latest designs underwraps – until now.
The much-hushed, highly-anticipated collection was first seen by a select few during London Fashion Week in September. The designer held an intimate presentation at his London showroom instead of conducting a showbizzy catwalk show, banning cameras, tweeters and detailed reports. How tantalising! Two months later, the images have been released for every set of eyes to relish, so what can we see?
Well, for the third season in a row, the dashing Mr Ford has delivered another array of deliciously luxe pieces, naturally. From ultra-sexy, form-fitting frocks nipped-in by chunky belts to red-carpet-ready evening gowns, it’s typically Ford-ian. Pencil skirts are covered in zigzagging snake print and worn with saucy bondage-like corsets, jackets are made of shaggy fur while a satin suit with skin-tight trousers comes in cobalt-violet.
There’s another, more Bianca Jagger-esque suit in white with high-waisted flares, which we LOVE, and a gorgeously feminine frock adorned with gold embellishments that would suit Florence Welch to a tee. Each look is topped off by gold jewels, strappy sandals, glossy red lipstick and matching manicures.
According to the suave Texan, his S/S’12 collection was inspired by the Western shows that he and his partner Richard Buckley attended in Santa Fe – note the Spanish vibe thanks to lashings of leather, fringing and feathers as well as off-the-shoulder gypsy-style numbers. Unsurprisingly, that Gucci / YSL feel is still apparent too.
‘I want to do classic clothes,’ Ford says. ‘I don’t want to do trendy collections that swing around from season to season. I want to do things that will stay in a woman’s wardrobe a long time—quite ‘forever’ pieces. So I’m looking for consistency.’
With rumours swirling that he may be the latest designer to be snapped up for a H&M collaboration, we can only hope they’ll make it into OUR wardrobes one day...