Tom Ford wrapped New York Fashion Week at Lincoln Center with a spring-summer collection of bright, glittery glam, and the front row was star-filled Sunday night.
His 120 guests sat on long, soft white couches at the David H. Koch Theater, wearing mandatory masks, as Ford’s models walked in electric blue and pink capris and jacket sets, the purple sequined party looks and embellished gold crop jackets as his soundtrack pushed the party along.
In his show notes, Ford described the flashy evening color display as a “90s take of the 70s” that conjures the glossy casual mood of Los Angeles, where he lives.
“It’s an almost airbrushed kind of beauty that starts to permeate the mind,” he said. He described the collection as “simple in cut but not in impact.”
To end New York’s first complete in-person fashion week since the epidemic began, Ford, the head of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, substantially reduced his crowd. Hundreds of designers were stationed throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn to greet smaller audiences with varying degrees of COVID protections.
The six days of shows ended the night before the mini-Met Gala, a major fashion event that was canceled due to the pandemic last year. The 2021 MTV Video Music Awards were taking place in Brooklyn when Ford wrapped things off.
Jennifer Hudson, who sat between Dan Levy and Julianne Moore, danced to Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” while recording Ford’s show on her phone. Hudson portrays Franklin in a new biopic based on the mega-hit of the same name.
Gigi Hadid was one of Ford’s models, wearing silky — and sparkly — bright blue evening joggers, a cropped electric green tank, and a bronze jacket. He carried the green into his trousers and jackets in an animal print. Men and women wore all-black ensembles, which included corset tops, parachute pants, and trench coats.
Of his bold mix of color, Ford said he likes tones of one hue worn together or “hard clashes that shock a bit. A little bad taste is always good to taste in my book.”
In loose gold pants, a silver bra top, and a short coat that reached the ground, one model clutched a bouquet of white flowers. Ford didn’t say anything about his bride.
After dealing with his 8-year-old son’s wish to wear basketball silks to school, he called the primarily evening collection significantly influenced by sportswear.
“I decided to embrace the trend but turn the sports look into evening wear for women,” Ford said. “Of course, I still won’t let him wear basketball silks to school but I suppose if he really, really begged me to wear a sequined pair from this collection I might make them for him.”