Decadence, danger and the allure of the twilight hours are all key ingredients in this season’s sultry and downright sensuous mood. The nighttime offers what the daylight rarely permits; opportunities to let one’s hair down under the soft and, let’s face it, flattering light of a flickering dinner table flame or the warm glow of a bustling bar. Midnight hour moments call for sleek ensembles that make you feel amazing and cut through the night turning heads wherever you go.
One man who has been incredibly well versed in exactly this sort of fair since he rose to fame in the mid-1990s is none other than after-dark dressing maestro, Tom Ford.
“This season I decided to take some time to think about why I wanted to become a fashion designer and what it was that I loved doing and consequently what I feel women really want in their lives”. The American designer said of his arresting SS19 collection.
Gigi Hadid wears Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2019
“I became a fashion designer because I wanted to make people feel more beautiful and to empower them with a feeling of confidence. 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 makes one look taller and slimmer and more beautiful”.
Ford’s uncanny knack for producing clothes with invincible attitude and high-heat design is indeed ever present but dialled down ever so slightly leaning into the romance of the summer season ever-so-slightly. “In terms of mood,” he says, “there is a certain languid sensuality and romance to this collection”. Ford’s lauded power-skirt suits sit alongside cinched corsets, deconstructed silk men’s jackets for women, lace slips, ruched skirts and caped jersey gowns.
“This play of hard and soft spills over into the accessories as well” Ford elaborates. “The newest bags are unlined and unstructured allowing the beauty of the leather to give them their appeal”. This much is evident in the new Hollywood T-Twist Camera Bag, a chic and modern shoulder bag designed with an eyewear case in the front and with a new signature T hardware and strap (definitely one for the wish lists).
“The shoes on the other hand” he goes on, “have a sharper quality. While light and beautiful on the foot they also have a certain edge in the metal toe cap and heel and they ground the wearer allowing for the softness and fragility of the silhouette above”.
But it’s that perfect polish that Ford honed during his Gucci days of yore that keep us coming back again and again. His ability to translate the runway into reality without compromise provides the SS19 - not to mention every collection that preceded it - with plenty to buy. Consider all of your evening summer soirées well and truly dressed.
The Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2019 collection is available at stores across the UAE.
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