The glitz, glamour, and flamboyance of 1970s nightlife is a loose inspiration for the Tom Ford FW19 collection. Oversized fur fedoras, satin trousers, leather and satin suits, and fur coats are extravagant but not overpowering due to its soft, muted colors and hues. The opening looks set the tone for the collection and were followed by velvet blazers and suits and modern down outerwear, fur bomber jackets and leather pieces surely designed for the stars.
Models like Gigi Hadid and Binx Walton stepped to renditions of ‘Stayin’ Alive’ by the Bee Gees, which hearkens more to an idea than an actual time period. We recall Broadway Joe Nameth and Wilt Chamberlain entering nightclubs under the bright lights of New York City and celebrities flocking to Studio 54.
On one hand, the 1970s was a rough and raw time period illustrated by songs like ‘Across 110th Street’ by Bobby Womack, but we think more about the period when the sidewalk was the catwalk. When people would step out in their best outfits and draped in exquisite fabrics. Tom Ford captures the latter energy and adds modern updates for today’s sidewalk.
Couture looks closed the show in a dim lit setting to ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’. A somewhat somber ending to very energetic show, each look featured exposed shoulders and chain details and closed with a shimmering metallic dress.
· The show was held at Park Avenue Armory in the Upper East Side
· Guests included Anna Wintour, Carine Roitfeld, Karlie Kloss, Danai Gurira, Sebastian Stan, Ansel Elgort, Victor Cruz, Odell Beckham Jr., Cam Newton, Chris Bosh, and Courtney Love.
· The runway and seating were covered with blush pink carpeting and were complimented by a lighting scheme of the same color