NYFW: Tom Ford kickstarts S/S 19 with a dose of sultry seduction and understated glamour

Leave it to Tom Ford to kick off New York fashion week with a welcome dose of understated glamour.

To a star studded front row, and to the background music of ‘I want your love’, Ford sent out a confident, sophisticated collection that would appease the insatiable appetites of both genders.

With an initial abundance of black, sylph-like models came dressed in slim pencil skirts, edged with delicate lace and paired with tailored jackets, masterly crafted to fit every inch of the feminine form while the slimmest of leather dresses, were draped and ruched. All this gave way to a mix of the sophisticated charm of a neutral colour palette, intermixed with white, pale blue and lilac. Here, feathered evening gowns with asymmetric cuts were worn with faux croc jackets and leather corsets, while a touch of street influences gave rise to soft bomber jackets – a welcome contrast to the structured silhouettes.

Whilst it wasn’t a total reset – token animal print crept in at the end of the collection – Ford’s presentation was a reversal to the sizzling lineups of yore; as the designer stated in his show notes, “I wanted to make men and women feel more beautiful and to empower them with a feeling of confidence. I feel that fashion has somehow lost its way a bit, I did not want to make clothes that were ironic or clever, but simply clothes that were beautiful.” That in itself, said it all.

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