One might argue that Tom Ford's fall 2015 show was just about the spectacle. He made a pretty bold, I-don't-give-a-fuck statement by showing in L.A. instead of London Friday night while London Fashion Week was already well underway — and did so on Oscars weekend, making for a front row publicity machine of A-listers wearing his clothes. Then there was the runway itself, covered in rose petals, which were scattered not by regular people, but by attractive male models, before the show.
During the show, which began exactly 30 minutes late, the flowers made for a noticeably (and understandably) difficult walking experience for the models, including runway newbie Bella Hadid, especially in Ford's ultra-narrow pencil skirts. Of course, Ford's clothes aren't made for practicality; they're made for getting noticed. The first half of the show was dedicated to ready-to-wear pieces that built upon Ford's sexy, lowbrow-luxe aesthetic with lots of patchwork denim, suede, fur, fringe, leather and more fur. There was also a romantic feel, thanks partially to the rose petals and the sultry beauty look (more on that later). Also of note: the ultra-high, ultra-sexy boots, which were killer.
Things got really good during the second half, which featured eveningwear, Joan Smalls winning at modeling, a more cinematic lighting scheme and soundrack, and rose petals falling from the ceiling, which even on the livestream looked incredible. Ford was in Hollywood after all, and as a part-time filmmaker, he clearly knows how to create an emotional moment, as evidenced by this tweet (and gorgeous photo) by Eva Chen:
So did the production and celebrities overshadow the clothes? Judging by what people have been talking about on social media, kinda, yeah. Ford said he decided to show in L.A. because he always likes to be there a couple of days before the Oscars, for which he will be dressing celebrities (a few men and one woman, typically). Given that Tom Ford is a prime example of a business for which the runway show acts partially as a promotional tool to sell the beauty products and accessories, that decision alone is a pretty good indication of where Ford's head is at -- not that he doesn't know how to make stunning fur coat, a killer pair of shoes or an incredibly glamorous evening gown.
See the full collection below.