Tom Ford : Fashion’s Uber Star

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Beyonce at Tom Ford

On that rather wet September evening the entrance to one of Madison Avenues most luxurious boutiques was framed by an array of black oversized umbrellas,  the greeters holding them  were a vision of pure understated suaveness in their unmistakably Tom Ford Black Tie ensembles. It was here that  Ford invited a select few of the voguish clique for a secret preview of his women’s wear Spring Summer 2011 launch.

The couture style presentation was so secret that there were to be no other photographers present other than Ford’s own campaign photographer Terry Richardson. Mere mortals on the other hand had to wait almost five months for the release of the much anticipated show.

Lara Stone at Tom Ford SS2011

The small and rather intimate runway was lined with gilded bamboo chairs, it was here that Anna Wintour, Joe Zee, Nina Garcia and Caren Roitfield, took in the show. The collection had femme fatale stamped all over it, and the catwalk line up was fabulous from the current pick of the most sought after faces like Karlie Kloss and Amber Valetta to a few notables such as Julianne Moore, Marisa Berenson, and Beyoncé, “women who inspire me” as Ford later explained.

the secrecy of the show was down to Ford feeling the need not to overexpose his clothes, and therefore maintaining their freshness. The collection was seductively sashayed in front of us in that unique Tom Ford aura, Karen Elson vocals accompanied the entrance of the leopard pantsuit, suede trench, and the stunning Cobalt blue silk fringe column dress, for the luxury lover there was a lot of silk georgette, 18kt gold, and hand painted python. We were over the moon and in love with the the black and white silk tuxedos, the corsets and the peekaboo gowns, every one sure to be snapped up by red carpet walkers. The details were impeccable with hammered gold jewellery and ankle strapped stilettos. All in all it was magnificent and it was the event of the season. There aren’t many other things other than the stylish image of Tom Ford himself that would make our hearts skip a beat, but this collection definitely does.

Hayley Bevan is  a Personal and Fashion Stylist and is currently interning with a  former Harpers Bazaar Editor.

Gabrielle Teare is the best Personal Stylist and best Personal Shopper in London.





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