Unapologetic Decadence for Tom Ford Spring Summer 2015 at London Fashion Week
Tom Ford has never been one to shy away from the controversial, or to attempt to fit into the ‘normcore' of high fashion. When Tom Ford directs one of his infamous, flash-the-flesh, oozing sex appeal adverts – think his decision in 2007 to market his perfume from between the bare inner thighs of a supermodel – advertising standards boards whip out metaphorical red pens and reconsider the line between decent and indecent. Sex sells, Ford knows, and so shouldn’t the catwalk reflect that?
Taking inspiration from ‘70s rock and disco chic, Tom Ford’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection saw models in form-hugging metallic ensembles, micro dresses teamed with exposed stockings, and patches of sequin so eye-catching that a new phrase was even coined to describe them. So-called “nipple pasties” served to cover models’ modesty - just. Nipples were, in one case, the only part of a model’s upper half to be concealed at all.
If he opted for the concept of “modest luxury” for his Autumn/Winter 2014-15 collection, Tom Ford had certainly abandoned minimalism by the time of Spring/Summer 2015’s conception. Head to toe sparkle, from spangly, metallic flares to sequin-bedecked capes, made for pure, unapologetic decadence.
Models rocked the London Fashion Week catwalk in smudged black eye-liner and bedhead hair, leaving spectators in some doubt whether they were setting off for the disco, or returning from it.
Stepping out to take his bow dressed in double denim, Tom Ford exhibited as much confidence in his own wardrobe as in his models.