Tom Ford Kicks Off Fashion Week With a Star-Studded Knockout

by Charles Manning

Tom Ford kicked off New York Fashion Week last night with a star-studded show at the Park Avenue Armory. Notable guests included Karlie Kloss, Cam Newton, Odell Beckham Jr., Ansel Elgort, Charlie Plummer, Joe Alwyn, Courtney Love, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Poppy Delevigne, Jessica Wang, Sebastian Stan, Billy Porter, Danai Gurira, and Baz Luhrmann.

“I always begin each collection as a reaction to the previous season,’ said Ford, “and last season I returned to what I feel that I do best and that is to make clothes that are chic, desirable, modern and wearable. Clothes that are not ironic, or clever but simply clothes that are beautiful. Clothes that enhance the wearer’s lives. That make one feel more attractive and secure. This collection is a continuation of that spirit.”

“The chaos and the negative climate of the times in which we are living made me long for clothes that are gentle, not aggressive and have a certain simplicity. That outward simplicity however is created in a highly labor intensive manner as garments are lined and faced in silk and a great deal of handwork is used to create the seemingly simple silhouette and in many cases the true luxury of the garments is hidden in their construction.

“Living in Los Angeles as I have for the past two years, I find that color is more important to me than it was when I lived in London.  A softer color palette seems right to me this season. Faded shades of pale blue, dove grey, plum, caramel, sugar pink and rich tones of brown and deep burgundy look especially beautiful to me right now. And worn together in a fashion that is reminiscent of the way that color was used in the 18th century, or by the American designer Charles James. Flesh colors are sensual and have a warmth and humanity that I think that we all crave at the moment. And I always love clashing reds and pinks. A color mix that was often used by someone who’s work I know intimately; that of Yves St. Laurent. And of course black is always a color that I love working with. Black frames the face of the wearer and emphasizes a silhouette like no other color can. There is a kind of security in black.

“Hats are an accessory that I rarely respond to but this season I love the romance of fake fur fedoras with wide brims for the women and a sleek blocked cashmere cap for the men.

“Makeup is sensual. Eyes are rimmed in soft warm metallics that emphasize depth and a smokey intensity. Lips are nude and in foundation tones and look natural and kissable. The skin has a slight sheen and is sculpted using several shades of blush in the wearers own skin tone. The overall effect is fresh and sensual at the same time.”

Check out the rest of the collection below.

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