Tom Ford's return to womenswear has been both sensational and secretive; he fiercely guards the privacy of his lines from the likes of photographers and critics who might prematurely reveal his work to would-be imitators. Not a single photo of his Fall/Winter 2011 collection, shown in London in February, was allowed out onto the web until now, with this video lookbook released on his website over the weekend.
The clothes are, as expected, amazing. They positively drip luxury, and since the images go by in a rapid-fire one minute and nine seconds, it's necessary to watch multiple times, pausing here and there, in order to grasp the full intricacy of the work. Like his spring 2011 collection, it is primarily comprised of gowns and suit sets in the richest of jewel-toned fabrics--velvet, silk, chiffon, leather, accented with brilliantly dyed fur and feathers and the most intricate webs of spidery lace and embroidery. No expense was spared in the crafting of these clothes. The accessories are just as detailed--there are glimpses of crocodile and feather clutches in deep purple and acid green, ribbon-topped lace thigh-highs peeking from under coats cinched by thick corset-style belts, and black ribbon chokers from which dangle black jeweled crosses.
It is pure Tom Ford glamour, yet this time with a hint of gothic romanticism. Total old world beauty: devastating and breathtaking, pure craftsmanship.