In the beginning days of New York Fashion Week spring 2017, it’s already easy to see that this fashion month will be one for the books. It is all thanks to designers like Tom Ford, who showed his first see-now-buy-now collection at the Four Seasons Restaurant Wednesday evening.
Between the style of the clothes (which spanned several decades) and the high profile 180-person guest list, this event stayed classy, hip, fun, and, most of all, fashionable. Some of Hollywood’s finest in attendance were the likes of Uma Thurman, Neil Patrick Harris, Julianne Moor, Tom Hanks, and Alicia Keys, whose song “Fallin'” was played during part of the runway show.
The location and overall setting of a fashion week show can truly make or break a presentation, and in Ford’s case, it made it. The Four Seasons has been a hub of New York dining culture, and it has recently been shuttered, with plans of moving into a nearby location after a yearlong hiatus.
Fashion and food are two of life’s most essential elements, so it only seems natural that the American designer would be destined for an explosive fashion week showing. Seating his guests at round tables within the restaurant, Ford created a dinner-theatre-esque environment, with a raised platform serving as the runway and the show not beginning until those in attendance were served a multi-course meal.
Choosing to begin the Tom Ford see-now-buy-now fall 2016 show with a series of ’70s office wear was a glaring introduction into his decade theme for the show. His first piece simply transported guests and viewers to that fashion era, leaving little to no room for interpretation.
His first menswear look of the show was probably the most direct look from ’70s fashion, especially due to the styling and use of color. That ’70s inspiration was apparent through the duration of the collection and never fully went away, but Ford did expand beyond such a blatant interpretation of the decade’s fashion.
For the most part, the Tom Ford #seebuywear fall 2016 collection became more modern and more wearable as the collection progressed. Yet as a whole, the progression did make for an interesting show. The designer even went a step beyond the fashion by introducing singer/songwriter Leon Bridges for a post-catwalk performance. Despite the performance, the clothes still remained the stars of the evening.
Ford’s dresses were standout pieces on the runway, as could have been expected due to the designer’s success with empowered feminine silhouettes. But the outerwear was the most exciting thing to look at in this line.
Going into the first week of fashion month, we prepare ourselves for next year’s trends, and to begin planning out our wardrobes for when the warm weather comes back again after a cold winter. This collection is a reminder that we still have months of jackets and boots to prepare for.
And speaking of boots, in this showing, you need to look at all of the details. The heels of the boots and shoes are a striking, unique feature that you won’t want to miss out on. And since Ford opted for a see-now-buy-now option, the entire collection is available right now on My Theresa and Neiman Marcus!
Photos courtesy of Vogue