Tom Ford presented his SS19 collection at the Park Avenue Armory, his old faithful, in New York last night. It was romantic with knee’s dusted in lace and a powdered colour palette, but also sexy in its sheer and shine and hard and soft.
In a release from the brand, we find out that Tom Ford really just wants to make people look and feel beautiful. “I became a fashion designer because I wanted to make men and women feel more beautiful and to empower them with a feeling of confidence,” he says. “A feeling of knowing that they looked their best and could then present their best selves to the world. I wanted to make clothes that were flattering. That make one look taller and slimmer and more beautiful or more handsome.”
He speaks of the colours he chose: “Given the harshness of the world, a softer colour palette seemed right to me this season. Shades of nude and skin tones look especially beautiful to me right now. Flesh colours are sensual and have a warmth and humanity that I think that we all crave at the moment.”
And of the shapes: “Soft dresses are almost always anchored by a corset often in leather to emphasise the waist. Jackets are structured and allow the dresses and skirts to have a softness while not making the wearer feel vulnerable. This play of hard and soft spills over into the accessories as well.”
Not forgotten, the make-up. We suggest you sit down for this; “Makeup this season is perhaps the most sensual that I have done in several years. Eyes are rimmed in soft warm metallics that emphasise the colour of both the wearer’s skin and eye colour. Lips are nude but moist and inviting. And the skin has a slight sheen and is sun kissed.”
PS: The front row: