Photos by Chris Moore courtesy of Tom Ford. More photos below.
Text by Baille Gelwicks.
If color and print is what you desire, then Tom Ford’s FW13 collection is for you. Opposites seem to attract here as opposing patterns and fabrics are paired together – black and white tribal with loud sequin floral, loud sequin floral with intricate black lace, or bold animal prints with black lace.
A more subdued side comes with looks in all black that are half goth, half rocker with leather, fringe, patchwork fur, and enormous sweater sleeves that undoubtedly mimic the desire to hide and disengage from society at large. Patchwork leather creates a color blocking effect and when used on one single outfit, the design looks rich and unique. It makes a statement all its own. When used with sequin floral boots, however, the outfit looks busy and overpowered.
Long black and white fur coats are reminiscent of Cruella Deville. Thankfully no puppies were harmed here, but it does provide a segue to the Pop Art “Pows” on some of the dresses. Amidst the chaos of the beautiful prints, an architectural velvet trimmed coat and a simple black cape take the cake in this collection. These pieces have the potential of making it off the runway and on to the streets. Going into the wild, the show ends with black and white gowns in an explosion of zebra and tribal print glory.