New York Fashion Week: Tom Ford threw a 70s party with big hair and plenty of sparkles donned by celeb models Bella and Gigi Hadid, with Madonna in the front row
Tom Ford closed New York Fashion Week on Wednesday, September 14, with Madonna in the front row and a runway full of big hair, disco cowgirls and sequins for miles. Love was clearly on his mind, as was dancing all night.
On a reflective runway worthy of all that shine, to a soundtrack of Addicted to Love, The Look of Love, Pure/Honey and Take on Me, Ford’s models were more than a little ready to party 70s and 80s style on his downtown catwalk.
He rolled out embellished sets of tiny velvet shorts and matching jackets of bright red and blue adorned with flowers, leaves and butterflies, some with a touch of cowboy fringe. Other models walked in sporty short-shorts of silver and gold and low-slung trousers and skirts in silver and mint, tiny and sheer bralettes peaking out.
He put multicoloured appliqué of hearts and stars on some of his looks, and several of his models wore low-heeled, dance-all-night boots above the knee in purple and gold. One walked in a killer pastel purple tracksuit with a midriff jacket and wide-legged trousers.
And there was an after-party of skimpy black lingerie paired with multicoloured sequin jackets.
Ford routinely mixes the sexes on his runway, as he did this time around. There was a bright pink suit for one of his men worn tone-on-tone with a tie and lighter shade of dress shirt. Thonged women got leather jackets, all in black, as did a man in short lace boxers emblazoned with Ford’s eponymous brand name. Another of his men walked in a watery white dinner jacket.
His Studio 54 girls rocked huge hoop sequinned earrings to match their sparkle as Mercury sang: “We’ve got to build this world together or we’ll have no more future at all, because time, it waits for nobody.”
Was the end a Ford lament? A sentimental lookback? A processing of the pandemic, politics and where the immediate future is going?
The designer offered soft white couches to his guests, but no show notes, letting Mercury’s words linger: “You don’t need me to tell you what’s gone wrong. You know what’s going on. And it seems to me we’ve not cared enough or confided in each other at all. It seems like we’ve all got our backs against the wall.”
- Ford had a star-studded audience – including Madonna, Ciara, Chris Rock, Erykah Badu and Katie Holmes – as well as runway appearances from Gigi and Bella Hadid
- The show was an explosion of disco and cowgirl: think metallic sequin gowns with thigh-high splits and risqué cut-outs, and bright jackets with fringes