Monday Muse: Tom Ford Brings his Fall Show to Los Angeles
Tom Ford has never been one to follow rules. After his departure from Gucci and YSL (when it still had the Y), he came back to fashion via sunglasses and perfume before showing his ready-to-wear collection in London. And instead of a traditional runway show, he cast superstars, supermodels and Beyonc© herself to model the clothes during an intimate presentation. So nary an editor batted an eyelash when he announced that he’d show his Fall 2015 womenswear collection in Los Angeles. Off calendar. During Oscar weekend. With all the celebrities in town gearing up for the awards show, Ford proved that he knew the world of pop culture better than anyone — editors mingled with celebs in the front row and the collection was a boho exploration of the American Southwest and French street chic.
One of Tom Ford’s long time muses is Carine Roitfeld. For those in the know, the smoky-eyed editor’s influence on Ford is obvious, from the smoldering beauty looks that he prefers to the prominence of the color black in his collections.
L.A.’s love of vintage was evident in the patchwork furs, distressed denim and paisley prints that made up the majority of the collection, but because no girl can survive on airy maxis alone, the French influence came by way of tiered dresses, big, heavy knits and touches of Victorian detail. It was a lot to take in, especially when the models came out on a rose-petal strewn runway, their stilettos skewering petals with every step. But from day to evening, there were prints and furs, fringe, denim and decadence. It was signature Ford from start to finish, especially when it started to rain petals from the ceiling and nary a celeb could wipe a smile off her lacquered lips. It was a softer take on Ford’s usual megawatt sex and glam, but the Hollywood setting, the Southwestern influence and distance from the melee of Fashion Week made it a once in a lifetime event that editors will be talking about for years to come.