The man himself Tom Ford, we all know loves Hollywood and knows his client base in L.A. That is why it is still no surprise his TOM FORD Autumn/Winter 2020 Fashion Show was more like a pre- Oscar party. Where all the women were dressed to the nines ad vavavooming down the runway.
TOM FORD VaVaVoom Sexy
Each season his P.R. team begs him for show notes. In his own words, he hates them. I also agree because if you know fashion, then you should be able to describe what is coming down the runway.
The important thing for me has always been the “attitude” of a season. The “mood” and the “character” of the man or woman that defines that moment in time.
Also, why have a show at New York fashion week when the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Renée Zellweger, and Miley Cyrus, along with Jason Momoa, Jon Hamm, and Jeff Bezos, are on their way to Los Angeles in the party-filled lead-up to the big awards ceremony. All of whom were in the designer’s front row at Milk Studios in Hollywood that night. We the rest of us could watch live on Instagram what was going down in L.A.
There was glam of a laid-back variety. Tom described it as “chic, possibly slightly stoned, and very sensual,” was inspired by a 1967 Bob Richardson photo of Baron Alexis de Waldner and Donna Mitchell sharing a cigarette or a joint. “For me, it’s very L.A.”
The last time Ford brought his show to L.A.—on the eve of the 2015 Oscars—was the last time he put denim on the runway. It turned up again here, faded and patchworked, with an Haute DIY feel. Haute is so next level even for men. We saw this in Paris too.
TOM FORD Autumn/Winter 2020 Fashion Show VaVaVoom Sexy Black Tie
The disco ball started twirling to the Fugees’ version of “Killing Me Softly” as Ford sent out his high-glam dresses. The million-dollar question is: Who is going to wear what wherewith so many sexy dresses to choose from? The bell of the ball, of course, was Bella Hadid’s slinky crystalline number with double velvet bows. Ford was speaking J. Lo’s language; she was first on her crystal stilettoed feet to cheer him on.
So, here are the fashion messages of the season. The “laundry list” of silhouettes so to speak. Extravagant pieces are treated in a more casual way, often paired with sweatshirts or tee shirts. Pants are wider and softer, heels are thicker and sculpted, and platforms look great even on men and help to create a longer and leaner silhouette. Jackets are smaller and almost shrunken but coats are bigger and longer.
Everything is a play in volume. Denim is distressed, cut apart and reassembled, and worn as fashion pieces and not just as “jeans”. Reassembled military looks in khaki and loden as well as cut up traditional fabrics like Prince of Wales plaids are used for tailored jackets, skirts and pants. Hemlines are longer but uneven. Track pants and trainers modernize classic men’s looks and are of course mainstays in the wardrobes of today. The look is chic but effortless. But the important thing is the attitude: a relaxed, sensual and somewhat louche kind of luxury that must be worn in a way that never, ever looks like you are trying too hard.
Evening for me, however, remains classic and pure. I love designing evening clothes. I have more evening clothes in my own closet than day clothes. I am a classicist at heart and for me “Black Tie” means “Black Tie” not “Festive Black Tie” or “Creative Black Tie” or “Black Tie Optional” but proper “Black Tie”. No tricks but just beautiful evening clothes, and perhaps I am feeling particularly romantic this season as for the first time I am ending a show with a bride. Fresh and hopeful. And hope is something I think that we all need right now.
Tom Ford Thank you! Time to get back to the gym. These are clothes raps songs are made of.