Tom Ford led off his fall collection with a "Superfly" vibe. (Photo courtesy of Tom Ford.)
Tom Ford closed his fall runway show with a glittery silver sequined gown.
Victor Cruz, Odell Beckham Jr.
Tom Ford burgundy velvet suit.
Tom Ford dusty pink evening gown with chain metal link detail.
Tom Ford burgundy velvet jacket with contrasting cherry red pants.
Tom Ford brown silk trousers, dusty pink blouse, and faux fur fedora.
Karlie Kloss, Cam Newton
Tom Ford black-and-white graphic jacket, black turtleneck, black slacks.
Charlie Plummer, Joe Alwyn
Tom Ford shiny gold suit.
Tom Ford black tuxedo-style jacket and pants with contrasting white faux fur fedora.
NEW YORK — Tom Ford insists he is in a more chill frame of mind. But you wouldn’t necessarily know it by his latest collection, which he unveiled at New York Fashion Week before a celebrity mix of models (Karlie Kloss), sports figures (Victor Cruz, Odell Beckham Jr., Cam Newton), young actors (Joe Alwyn, Charlie Plummer), and faded rock stars (Courtney Love).
Sure, the fall collection has an easygoing spirit, with relaxed satin trousers and contrasting silk jersey blouses in dusty pink, pale blue and plum shades, plush velvet jackets, and flowing monocromatic evening gowns that evoke the spirit of Yves Saint Laurent when Ford headed that iconic French fashion house in the late ’90s.
But Ford continues to retain an edge. He topped off several looks with wide-brimmed faux fur fedoras reminiscent of the classic ’70s blaxploitation movie, Superfly, as models walked the pink-carpeted runway to such remade hits as Say Lou Lou‘s version of “Staying Alive” and Lolo‘s rendition of “Don’t Dream It’s Over.”
Soft evening gowns are toughened up with chunky chain-link metal straps (they’re built-in jewelry) and sparkly rhinestone-studded pumps are made to trip the night fantastic, as if Ford is saying to customers that it’s still OK to party and have fun.
For the past two years Ford has called Los Angeles home and it shows up in the collection’s more colorful looks. Texans who love bright shades will particularly be drawn to the tailored burgundy velvet jackets that clash with slacks in purple and cherry red. And his closing look, a silver sequined evening gown, has Hollywood star quality.
Ford showed both womenswear and menswear looks, providing comfort to guys who want to unleash their inner peacocks. Men’s suits in shiny gold fabric or burgundy velvet are cut close to the body and shawl tuxedo jackets in black and white swirls are sure to stand out. And adding a scarf in silver, velvet, or metallic mesh adds another touch of color.
But ditch the sneakers. Ford’s men dress for the occasion in velvet slippers, dressy black boots, or shoes with double monk straps. It’s a touch of class.