Fucking Fabulous. Tom Ford AW23

We won’t get another Tom Ford by Tom Ford collection; he sold the company to Estée Lauder in a deal valued at $2.8 billion late last year. His newly-named successor, Peter Hawkings – who worked with Ford for over 25 years – will probably keep the brand in its familiar, glamorously elegant aesthetic, heavily scented with the intoxicating Fucking Fabulous fragrance. Tom opted out of a ceremonious, showy goodbye, choosing for his sign-off an Archive collection of his greatest hits instead. Clicking through them triggers many red carpet memories. There is Gwyneth Paltrow’s sensational white column gown and attached cape from the 2012 Oscars, and there is Zendaya’s hot pink molded breastplate and fluid skirt circa first-season Euphoria. The stretch sequin and mesh dress Rihanna wore on a 2016 issue of Vogue is also included. For his spring 2022 return to the runway post-pandemic, Ford considered the impact of social media on fashion. “Photogenic clothes today by their very nature mean that they are not at all timid,” he riffed at the time. That was never not true chez Tom Ford. As the worlds of fashion and Hollywood grow ever more intertwined, it seems too bad that the American designer who navigated both worlds with such control and assurance is stepping away. But if an era is ending, at least there’s the prospect of watching Ford’s cinematic vision unfold on the big screen sometime in the future.

Collage by Edward Kanarecki.
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