Beyoncé Struts Her Stuff For Tom Ford
Tom Ford made quite the stylish comeback after six years of taking a break from designing womenswear.
Since his Gucci/Yves Saint Laurent days, Mr. Ford, as he now likes to be called, launched his own line of menswear in 2007, wrote a screenplay and signed a fragrance and cosmetics deal with Estée Lauder. Although at one point he told TIME.com he was “deeply, deeply depressed” after leaving Gucci, and that he had “no desire” to go back into womenswear, he recently put on the ultimate A-List fashion show to launch his upcoming exclusive collection.
No cameras were allowed, no bloggers nor reporters at the upbeat event. The famed Terry Richardson was the sole photographer of the night, capturing the women of all shapes, ages and sizes as they graced the runway.
As Vogue magazine reported:
Ford’s most glamorous women friends and acquaintances, spanning Hollywood, music, society, and high fashion, had all dropped everything to fly in and model for him, no questions asked. With 100 guests seated expectantly, Ford stood by a mantelpiece, in black tie, with a mic, and introduced his cast as “many of the world’s most inspirational women,” proceeding to read out what they were wearing. “Ladies and gentlemen,” he declared, in old style–camp diction: “Please welcome . . . Miss Lauren Hutton, Miss Liya Kebede, Miss Rinko Kikuchi, Miss Rachel Feinstein, Miss Lisa Eisner, Miss Beyoncé Knowles, Miss Marisa Berenson, Miss Stella Tennant, Miss Amber Valletta, Miss Natalia Vodianova, Miss Karen Elson, Miss Lakshmi Menon, Miss Karlie Kloss, Miss Abbey Lee Kershaw, Miss . . . Julianne Moore!” By the time “Miss Rita Wilson” wiggled out, turned, and threw a lingeringly saucy, head-back, hands-on-hip pose in a “corseted fil coupe dress with thigh-high lace boots and black seamed stockings,” the atmosphere was “getting a little giddy!” she says, laughing. “I sensed people really enjoyed it.”
Critics searching for recurrent Ford-isms could have traced them in the flared pantsuits, soft trenches, unbuttoned silk blouses, animal prints—but it was more the chic of his years at Saint Laurent than Gucci, and in close-up more couture-like. “There’s a continuity from what I was doing at YSL at the end; that’s the customer.”
Mr. Ford’s collection will be sold only in his sixteen menswear stores, until next season.
The show took place on September 12th, during New York Fashion Week, and the video has just been released: