Finally! The contents of Tom Ford's top secret, no-cameras-allowed spring 2012 runway show have just been revealed exclusively on Vogue.com. A pleasant surprise for those of us who thought we'd have to wait until mid-January when the clothes hit stores to see them. Also a pleasant surprise: there are real still photographs, shot by Tom Ford himself, as opposed to the kinda cheesy rapid-fire video from last season; although there is one of those too!
We only wish the photos were larger so that we could see the details up close. As many editors had previously described (and we sort of already saw from the waist up), there are lots of pencil skirts with peasant tops, raffia, lace, beading, fringe, leather and sex appeal. Here's how Tom described them to Vogue's Sarah Mower: “Blouses with a loose, slouchy quality; something fitted at the waist, and with a bondage-y thing on the foot—my favorite is the wedge with the chain-strap!” He also says a lot of his inspiration came from New Mexico, where he shares a home with his partner. And that a pantsuit will be featured in the ad campaign.
He goes on to acknowledges the similarities to his previous work, which is something he was criticized for with this collection:
“I’ve streamlined things more this season. I think I’m very classic, because what I do is always based on something you’ve seen before. And yes, maybe there’s something YSL about it. When I left off designing for women, I was at YSL so I’m working through that to be me, asking myself, What do I like? What defines your brand?”
Perhaps the most interesting bit of news gleaned from the interview: Tom's show format will change again for next February:
There won’t be models walking up and down his carpet for fall; instead, he’ll be putting on “ten small, personal presentations” in which he will talk through each look himself as each model stands beside him, one by one
Sounds amazing. Head over to Vogue for the full collection and video.
Photos: Courtesy of Tom Ford