It’s not that difficult to spot a slight sarcasm reading through Tom Ford’s show note for his autumn/ winter 2019 collection. “Clothes that are not ironic, or clever, but simply clothes that are beautiful,” writes the designer of what he thinks he can do best. If there’s one great thing the tsunami of anti-fashion streetwear is doing, it’s the fact that it pushes great designers of previous generations to reassess their brand, return to their roots and envision their classic staples for a contemporary woman, in a better way than ever.
“Simple,” “Gentle” and “Sophisticated” Are Keywords
Ford aims to bring back clothes that are chic, desirable, modern and wearable. But don’t be fooled by their outward simplicity. Each piece is created in highly labour intensive manner as garments are lined and faced in silk. A lot of handiwork is hidden under their construction, as true luxury should be.
The Colours Are of Diverse Inspirations
Two years in California has influenced his choice of colours — softer palette like faded shades of pale blue, dove grey, plum, caramel, sugar pink and rich tones of brown. They are worn in the way the colours are used together in the 18th century. Also, a clash of red and pink a la Yves Saint Laurent and lastly, his very own signature black, are all here.
The Silhouette is a Contrast Between Layered Softness and Menswear Suitings
Silk jersey, crepe de chine and chiffon are main materials, the softness of which is balanced out by the structure and shine of satin or the sobriety of menswear suitings. Despite the softness, the overall mood feels boyish, with a touch of sensuality and romance.
Hats Are Highlight
Not a usual Tom Ford accessory, but hats seem to make it big on his runway this time round, from fake fur fedoras with wide brims for the women to a sleek blocked cashmere cap for men.
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