Fashion mogul Tom Ford is taking a bow as he bids adieu to his eponymous label with an unforgettable Fall/Winter 2023 collection. This marks the end of a 13-year-long illustrious journey, and the collection serves as a fitting tribute to his unparalleled influence on the world of fashion.
Tom Ford, a titan in the fashion industry, has unveiled his final women’s ready-to-wear collection for Fall/Winter 2023, marking the end of an era. The collection, now available on the designer’s website, is accompanied by a visually stunning and emotionally evocative campaign, featuring three high-caliber videos shot by renowned photographer Steven Klein.
The final collection is a tribute to Ford’s incredible legacy, as it features reproductions of his favorite archival pieces. Each ensemble worn by the designer’s muses – Amber Valletta, Joan Smalls, Karlie Kloss, Karen Elson and Caroline Trentini – represents a significant moment in the brand’s history. For instance, Kloss dons the iconic broken mirror sheath from Spring/Summer 2014, while Valletta showcases the color-blocked bodycon from Spring/Summer 2016.
Other standout pieces include the white cape gown worn by Gwyneth Paltrow at the 2012 Oscars, the sequin jersey minidress sported by Beyoncé during her Mrs. Carter World Tour in 2014, and the fuchsia breastplate popularized by Zendaya at the 2020 Critics Choice Awards. The collection also pays homage to Ford’s tenure at Gucci with a signature velvet suit.
Tom Ford’s departure follows the sale of his brand to Estée Lauder for a staggering $2.8 billion USD in November last year. The loss of his partner, Richard Buckley, in 2021, may have contributed to his decision, prompting many to speculate that Ford might be seeking a moment of personal reflection. While the Tom Ford label has yet to announce a successor, insiders hint at Peter Hawkings, the brand’s menswear design director, potentially taking the reins for the women’s line as well.
Tom Ford’s exit from his eponymous brand is a testament to his inimitable influence on the fashion industry. From his old Hollywood sensibilities to his groundbreaking tenure at Gucci, Ford’s creative genius will undoubtedly continue to inspire generations of designers to come.
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