Rock 'n roll style is a natural subject of inspiration for a designer who has built a $1 billion-a-year business selling $50 tubes of lipstick and $100+ bottles of fragrance to those hoping to obtain his elusive brand of sexy. A series of cool chicks with mussed hair and thick eyeliner opened Tom Ford's 2015 collection show, wearing black mini dresses and skirts with fitted black jackets, thigh-high stockings and exaggerated platform heels. Fitted sequined tops with high-waisted leather pants, tight on the thigh and flared below the knee, followed. It was all -- it must be said -- very Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent.
The collection veered away from Slimane territory as it progressed through decades of rocker style, ending in a series of bondage-inspired and sheer-fronted dresses that covered, at times, only the nipples -- the kind of clothes one could expect to see on today's more daring female musical artists: Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus. Ford has already said that Rihanna's Instagram is more influential than critics' show reviews, so it's perhaps not surprising he looked for inspiration there. (In June, she also accepted a style icon award from the CFDA the same night Ford accepted one for lifetime achievement.) Now we just want to know what the clothes Ford plans to produce for stores will look like; few of those shown seemed suitable for retail.