It’s hard not to love Tom Ford if you are a fashion devotee. From his impeccable personal style (hello, gorgeous!) to his stints at Gucci and YSL, Ford has always pushed the envelope in terms of high glamour. Since 2007, gents have been lucky enough to have access to Ford’s eponymous menswear line — full of perfectly tailored suits and unusual prints — but women have been pining for his return to ready-to-wear.
Luckily, the wait is over. Back in September, Ford premiered his Spring/Summer 2011 women’s collection in a top-secret, ultra-exclusive runway show. Press were banned, but lucky attendees got to see Beyoncé, Lauren Hutton and Julianne Moore (among others) strut their stuff.
Check out the video to see what all the fuss is about. Ford debuted clothes that were totally sultry, using ’70s-esque menswear with deep decolletage, tons of sequins, and siren-red lips. Accenting it all was bold yellow gold jewelry in the form of necklaces, drop earrings and cuffs. I, for one, am thrilled to welcome him back.
Like many, I was immediately smitten with the sister duo of Laura and Kate Mulleavy (aka Rodarte) as soon as their dreamy dresses started showing up at premieres and on fashion-conscious starlets. This season seems to show their maturity–instead of concentrating on arty dishevelment, the clothes are more structured, using pattern and texture as a way to inject their singular flair.
Whether or not you like the clothes, you can’t deny that the sisters are very into gold for Spring ’11. Besides the clothing palette, they also showed signature gold platforms and the models wore gold lipstick. Interestingly, instead of looking blinged out, the gold took on a bronzy shade that made for a warm, earthy tone. Does this mean that yellow gold is here to stay? Rodarte seems to be on the pulse of American fashion these days, so I wouldn’t be surprised.
I pulled this image from the recent Marc Jacobs runway show as soon as I saw it–I’m drawn to it in a number of inexplicable ways. Maybe it’s the ballerina vibe (I myself wore point shoes until age 16), maybe it’s the sketch-like quality derived from the wispy black stitching, or maybe it’s just the beautiful trompe l’oeil that confuses your brain a bit.
You can get a similar look in real life by choosing a bag with topstitching that really accentuates a pattern. This Chanel Tan Lambskin Big Stitch Quilted Large ZipTote is a perfect example of using dark thread on a light leather to create visual interest.
Another good choice would be this Louis Vuitton Limited Edition Olympe Cirrus Show Bag. While it doesn’t use a black accent, the stitching is over cloudy lambskin in such a way that the logo feels more like a beautiful pattern than a corporate sign.