The December 2010 issue of Vogue US gives a sneak peak of Tom Ford‘s new Spring 2011 Women’s Collection. Ford, pictured looking quite serious and rather “younger” than I last remember seeing him, posed alongside his muses for an exclusive look into his long anticipated return to women’s fashion.
Although quoted as referencing the seventies as his inspiration, I find this preview into the collection to be almost equally 1920s inspired: deep plunge-neck blouses, fringed silk dresses, tailored trousers and tuxedo jackets both in white and a graphic leopard print. Every design is incredibly bold and showcases strong personality in attitude and styling. The garments would remain eye-catching if they stood alone, but the accessories chosen along with the hair and make-up editing accentuate the gallant, seductive beauty Tom Ford has focused on presenting.
“It’s about individuality,” says Mr. Ford, “The seventies is what I love. Soft, touchable beauty is what I love.” From this sneak peak, this Spring 2011 collection involves a wide array of silk dresses, inventive jackets that are structured, embellished, or softly shredded, oversized statement jewelry, and tightly pulled headscarves. In the Vogue shoot, photographed by Steven Meisel, the models donned heavily smokey eyes in combination with either a shiny ruby lip, or a nude gloss. The garments that stood out most for me were the fringe silk dresses, wherein the fringe was so fine it nearly resembled fine hair precisely hung. The red and pale pink ombre fringe dress provided me the imagery of lava flow sizzling out of the ground and delicately fading as it rose… a very cool effect indeed, Mr. Ford.
As for the remainder of the collection? The designer made a film of the womenswear show which will appear on the Tom Ford website after it’s relaunched next month. Ford has also been quoted stating, “I’ll wait to see who’s nominated for the Oscars. Then I will offer to dress one person.” The anticipation continues, but rejoice, Tom Ford has returned.