Since Tom Ford’s triumphant and opulent return to fashion three seasons ago, he’s become the subject of many passionate R&B and hip-hop songs. Off the top of our head, references to Ford have bled into tracks by Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, and R. Kelly, Justin Timberlake, A$AP Rocky, and Drake – and these lyrics are always coupled with shout-outs to excess and fast living. That’s the point of Tom Ford, really: to give the cool kids and the “It” crowd the extravagant looks they live in. This prompts the question: What would they think of his controlled presentation for Fall/Winter 2014? A plain black velvet dress opens his London Fashion Week show, and the front row did a quick check of their invitation to make sure they were at the right place. Smocked black dresses piped with leather, casual turtlenecks, white suits, and even leopard separates were positively minimal in comparison with Ford’s usual looks. In fact, the start of this show was consumer-friendly, chic, and very accessible. Toward the middle, he revs the Ford engine showing separates in glossy leather, patent reptile, fur, and glitter. By the end, he’s pealed out of the gates with sequined jersey dresses, immense dyed fur coats, and floor-sweeping long-sleeved gowns featuring drop-waists and monochrome shades of black velvet and tomato red. Those looks in particular are definitely worth rapping about.
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