It’s back, people. New York Fashion Week has opened with a bang, sparking the start of fashion month for Spring 2019. And kick-off day brought one of the Big Apple’s calendar highlights, Tom Ford, to the Park Avenue Armory, where he unveiled a collection that fused a languid sensuality with a high-gloss glamour.
In detailed show notes, Ford revealed he had been looked to what inspired him to become a designer in the first place. “I wanted to make men and women feel more beautiful and to empower them with a feeling of confidence,” he said. “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.”
And Ford certainly delivered, sending out a stream of looks that channeled a decadence and drama tempered with a gentle romanticism. Think insouciant skirt suits nipped-in by corsets, lace-trimmed slips paired with high-shine croc jackets, textured leopard prints, and fluid, caped dresses in the palest of caramels. “Given the harshness of the world, a softer color palette seemed right to me this season,” Ford revealed. Of course, there was plenty of the designer’s beloved black, in slinky, after-dark midis, and ethereally gothic gowns, such as the number Gigi Hadid wore to close the show. Ford also called on models including Kaia Gerber and Joan Smalls to showcase the season, with stars such as Tom Hanks, Cardi B, and Simi + Haze lining the front row.
Peruse the gallery below for a look at the highlights of Tom Ford’s Spring 2019 show.