Tom Ford’s smoldering sexy luxurywear is full of elevated comfort and plush glamorous looks for Fall 2019. Echoing vibes from the mid 90s. The collection is about our need for security, comfort and gentleness at a time when the world is politically and socially expressing a lot of negativity and aggression, explains Ford. The fabrications feel very much like the posh interior of a car or sexy lounge, full of rich fabrications including, velvet, silk satin, and smooth glossy leather. And indeed, every piece in this collection is the perfect attire for winter celebrations, and cocktails with friends. The color palette conjures up an image of a place where you can feel at ease, while also emphatically still feeling chic and stylish.
The menswear offerings were every bit as luscious and beautiful as the women’s rendered in a rich color palette inspired by Charles James 18th century color parings. Sumptuously rich cerise, a multi-faceted cherry red hue with the depth of rich cranberry, paired with vivid magenta stood out as the star combination of the show. The vibrant jewel tones were featured in head to toe velvet on both men and women, appearing also in the form of satin pants. Mossy olive green provides contrast against the rich shimmering hues, as in a men’s suit accessorized with black leather gloves and capped by a vivid green scarf. Sleek black leather and slate gray serve as the base, accented by pastel shades of sweet hydrangea, sugar pink, and magenta seen in silk pussybow blouses and fine cashmere turtlenecks. Black head to toe leather is styled with a turtleneck sweater, cashmere lined gloves, and a hoodie layered underneath a slim cut blazer and fur coat. Comfort does not sacrifice style.
Ford closed out the show with a string of solid hits in the form of longline jersey evening gowns finished with heavy chain accents that make the addition of jewelry completely unnecessary (thought the chains are actually removable,) which is a thoughtful detail. Ford is well known for his exceptional menswear fabricated in silk jacquards and rich velvet and satins typically reserved for womenswear. Yet this season he reserved the use of prints to only two suits, a mesmerizing black and white print based on paint splatters, and smoke swirls executed with the utmost sophistication in gunmetal gray. A pale, satin champagne suit with a matching turtleneck and scarf stands out as one of the most elegant and refined uses of tone on tone imaginable. Perfectly serene and understated, yet extremely glamorous. Perhaps it’s a tad escapist to retreat into a world of luxury during this time of social upheaval. For some, the ability to cozy up at home is indeed a luxury in itself. However, this collection is more than a retreat, it’s a reminder and celebration of the places we need for warmth and comfort. Places that feel like home, with no one to impress, just clothing that radiates a soft beauty.