Move Over Giorgio, Tom Ford is The New King of Beverly Hills

Courtesy of DAN AND CORINA LECCA
Tom Ford Fall 2018

The designer/movie director showed his fall women's collection Thursday night at New York Fashion Week as Julianne Moore, Elizabeth Banks, Zayn Malik and others looked on.

Move over Giorgio, Tom Ford is the new king of Beverly Hills.

Ford moved back to Los Angeles last spring after an extended stay in London, bringing his fashion design studio with him. And he celebrated his new permanent residency in glitzy style with his new women’s collection Thursday night. The star of the show was the mother of all statement sweatshirts—a black sequin sloucher emblazoned with “Tom Ford of Beverly Hills.”

Who will be the first to wear the hot commodity, no doubt a riff on latter day king of Rodeo Drive Fred Hayman, and his Giorgio Beverly Hills store, brand and iconic '80s fragrance? Beyonce, Rihanna, Tracee Ellis Ross? With Whitney Houston wailing on the soundtrack and wide stretchy headbands accenting every runway look, diva-dom was definitely in the air in this collection. 

It was easy to imagine any number of songstresses and actresses descending from their Bel Air homes to a cryotherapy appointment in the flats wearing Ford’s zebra-print leggings and sequin sweatshirts, or stepping out for dinner at a neighbor’s manse in one of the strong-shouldered sequin blazers or collage leather bomber jackets which cooed of vintage Koos Van der Akker of Bill Cosby sweater fame. Shall we call it glam-leisure?

Now this is a very specific look for Ford's rarified clientele, a collection rooted in the go-go ‘80s shown on the very day the Dow tanked. But in sunny Beverly Hills (or Holmby Hills, where Ford is settling into Betsy Bloomingdale's former estate, which he purchased for a cool $39 million) who cares?

There was plenty of Ford’s signature red carpet-ready glam on display, too, all with a new L.A. ease, including a stretchy black, bow-front cat suit with side cutouts, and another with a caped back. The race will be on to get into that collaged, embroidered, patchwork mini-dress, too, which showed off the exquisite workmanship his atelier is turning out in its new home. Not since the heyday of Hayman, Betsy Bloomingdale, Nancy Reagan and James Galanos has L.A. looked so over-the-top luxe.