By Emily Borrett.
The words “Tom Ford” and “womenswear” are enough to have any fashion-lover worth their salt quivering and shuddering with excitement these days – move over, Mr. Lagerfeld, there’s a new Don of fashion and his aesthetic is much more modern, much less “fashion-bitch on an ego trip”, much more now. (Not to put Karl Lagerfeld down – I still love him obviously.) You know that you’ve got a ridiculous level of fashion influence when you can bossily insist that Victoria Beckham gets out of those sloppy clothes and into something more haute, pronto – which is exactly what Mr. Ford did when he met VB on an international flight recently. Amazingly, she complied. It’s the stuff legends are made of.
Graduating from creative director at both Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent to becoming the head of his own brand, Mr. Ford has been primarily known for his impeccably tailored menswear and his directorial debut in last year’s A Single Man, which received Academy Award nominations and is worth seeing for the clothes alone. (Frankly, Colin Firth has never looked better.) But now Ford is set to return to what he has spent most of his professional life doing for other fashion houses – womenswear.
The Spring/Summer collection for 2011 has been very hush-hushed and kept under wraps, but he’s finally relented enough to let the public see the first four official photos of what is his first venture into womenswear for the past six years. And the man doesn’t disappoint. It’s a super-glamorous collection manages to be both sexy and masculine at the same time – he doesn’t have an understanding of tailoring for nothing! The clothes are modelled by some of his muses, which feature Beyonce, supermodel Karen Elson and Stella Tennant. We love, we love, we love.
Check out the gallery above for the first official images of his SS2011 womenswear collection.