Tom Ford Heads Underground, Virgil Abloh Is Taking a Break From Fashion

by Aria Darcella
Tom Ford

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Tom Ford Heads Underground
The subway is the last place you’d expect to find Tom Ford, but anyone who has followed his career has also learned to expect the unexpected. For his Spring 2020 show, the designer brought celebrities and the fashion elite down into the bowels of the New York city subway system for a gritty, underground show. “This season for me is about simplicity. Which is not to be confused with simple,” he explained. “I think that it is a time for ease, and in that way a return to the kind of luxurious sportswear that America has become known for all over the world.”

Ford doesn’t usually like to reveal his inspirations, but this season he was willing to provide a running list of what was on his mood board, including (but are not limited to): the iconic 1965 photo of Andy Warhol and Eddie Sedgwick coming out of a manhole; Isabelle Adjani and Christophe Lambert in Luc Besson’s Subway; Ursula Andress in a shiny metal bra from The 10th Victim. YSL Lalanne breastplates from 1969; Jeff Koons’ polished steel bunny and Balloon Dog sculptures; the Beatles in their Berlin years; Bond girls; the leather watchband he had as a kid in the late ’60s. Ford also had a photo of the nylon basketball shorts he refuses to let his son wear to school, “despite the fact that his friends wear them,” he wrote in the show notes. “These torture me. I’m always fascinated by things that torture me.”

Virgil Abloh to Take a Break From Fashion (Vogue)
On recommendation from his doctor, Virgil Abloh is taking a break from traveling — including heading to Paris to present his next collection for Off-White. “Essentially I’m working from home for the next three months, and in large part all my marketing events I’m cancelling,” he told Vogue. “I designed [the Off-White show] with this seeming hurdle in tow. There’s an element that replaces my attendance with crowd participation.” It’s not all bad! Abloh sweetly says he is looking forward to dropping his kids off at school.

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Virgil Abloh (Shutterstock)

Housewives Take the Runway
Earlier this week, Kyle Richards enlisted her Housewife friends to walk the runway of her Spring 2020 show. Denise Richards, Lisa Rinna, Erika Jayne, Dorit Kemsley, and Teddi Mellencamp all hit the runway for Kyle & Shahida, which Richards co-designs with Shahida Clayton. Check out the nautical-themed looks!

Gabriela Hearst’s Show Will be Carbon Neutral
Gabriela Hearst is working with EcoAct, an international advisory consultancy and project developer specializing in climate change, and Bureau Betak to reduce the carbon footprint of her Spring 2020 show. Betak will record and report on the power usage, transportation, catering, and waste from the show. Then, EcoAct will calculate the emissions, evaluate the overall carbon footprint, and determine the offset amounts. The offset will be donated to the Hifadhi-Livelihoods Project in Embu and Tharaka Nithi Counties of Kenya. Additionally, a donation will be made on behalf of the guests to Our Children’s Trust, which is working to secure the constitutional right to a safe climate.

Gabriela Hearst (Patrick McMullan/PMC)

Gypsy Sport Dazzles at Fashion Week
People couldn’t get enough of the glittery body-paint at Gypsy Sport’s show yesterday, but the beauty looks were far from the only thing that stood out at the event. All the bright looks — featuring animal prints, lots of beading, hibiscus flowers, and a riff on sports logos — made for an eye-catching and incredibly fun collection.

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