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Is there anything Tom Ford can’t do? For his blockbuster fall 2015 fashion show — held in Hollywood at Milk Studios for the first time ever (he usually shows at London Fashion Week) — he pulled out all the stops, and then some. Major editors flew in from the frozen tundra of New York fashion week, eschewing London for Oscar weekend in comparatively balmy Los Angeles, including Vogue‘s Anna Wintour, with daughter Bee Schaffer.
Then he packed his front row with Julianne Moore, Gwyneth Paltrow, Beyoncé and Jay Z, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lopez, Fergie and Josh Duhamel, Rita Ora, Elton John, Sofia Vergara and Miley Cyrus and Patrick Schwarzenegger. Then he showed one of his best collections of all time, packed with the showmanship of a P.T. Barnum if he’d gone to FIT. White flower petals covered the floors and runway of Milk and then falling from the sky at the crescendo of the show. This was not an easy crowd to impress, but Ford had them on their feet screaming when he took his bow, and about 60 percent of the audience rushed backstage to pay homage. Of course, they were mostly all headed to Bryan Lourd‘s annual pre-Oscar fete. Lourd, who’d spent much of the evening chatting with Anna Wintour, had to rush home right after the show.
And while there was much to admire on the fall runway, the spring 2015 mostly metallic mini’s on the A-list ladies in the audience were a lot to take in too. Ford favorite Julianne Moore donned a black top, blue and black paisley print mini skirt, and giant platform shoes a la the ’70s, covered in gold studs. “Tom and I picked it out together,” Moore told Pret-a-Reporter. “He knows me so well by now and I just wanted to have fun with my outfit tonight as it’s such a tough weekend.
Olivia Munn, in a bronze all-beaded long-sleeved mini, confirmed that Ford personally chose which lady would wear which look: “He picked this out for me and he chose everyone’s dress. Obviously the man has flawless taste.” Johansson wowed the crowd in a gold beaded sequin mini with no back and debuted a brand new Mohawk-style short Miley-like haircut — brushed back and longer on the top in a bright blond and shaved sides in brown — very Lisbeth Salander, and probably for a movie. Anyway don’t all actresses wear wigs onscreen when the part calls for longer hair?
There was no jockeying for seating as the entire length of the very long room was set up with subtle grey banquets of only a few rows apiece. Guests sipped champagne at their seats, something of a fashion show no-no, unless you’re in Paris.
The celebrities — especially Sofia Vergara, who noted every skintight dress that went by — all seemed enraptured by the clothes on the runway, with major models imported from New York, including supermodel Karlie Kloss.
And what was on that runway? Ford’s trends were black swingy fringe (often in leather), denim long tight pencil skirts (often patched with leopard fur or bright slaps of velvet), and fur (in stripes of varies shades of blue or in leopard). Both the cocktail dresses and the gowns were fitted like the bandage dresses of yore, with fringe flying as the models stomped — yes, stomped — because the Tom Ford woman is a brave bombshell with the strength of Hercules and looks of Barbarella.
Ford’s spoke openly about being in preproduction for his second film, a thriller — all while producing this collection, his flawless fitting menswear, and his perfumes and cosmetics — which makes us ponder again: is there anything this man can’t do? We wouldn’t be surprised if he hosted the Oscars next year while of course producing them too. P.T. Barnum would approve. And so would Diana Vreeland.
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