Tom Ford’s raison d’etre is to make a lasting impression, and from the bondage-inspired get-ups to the mirrored Ziggy Stardust bodysuit on his Spring/Summer 2014 runway, he does just that.
Tom Ford is one of the only designers at London Fashion Week to make textured leather a central focus of his collection, but we’d expect nothing less than over-the-top grandeur from the man who brought us last season’s embroidered and crystal-embellished thigh-high boots. The tobacco-colored crocodile and calfskin leather looks that launch the show are really sensational, but they pale in comparison to the extraordinarily opulent mosaic-tiled, mirrored looks he shows later. There are mesh camisoles, ostrich feather shoulder bags, and body-conscious dresses slashed and restricted with strips of silk. There are double-breasted pantsuits straight from the Bill Blass era of the 80s and skimpy sheer jackets, but all of this is leading us up to his glittering disco ball looks. Shown at first on high-necked, corset-boned mini-dresses, the coruscated surface of the looks resemble shattered glass. The aforementioned Ziggy Stardust look is by far the best, coming in a delicious rainbow of pinks, purples, silvers, and blues. Yes, the looks are outstanding – especially for a certain set of celebrities who prefer to think outside the box when it comes to fashion, but they are far more Couture than their RTW label would imply. His apparel isn’t so much “occasion wear” as it is fetishistic costuming. Tom Ford might be only two seasons into his comeback, but it’s time he starts courting the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture.
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