FASHION

Tom Ford: Major Tom


Tom Ford is back—and in a big way. His first women’s show under his own name was the hottest ticket at New York Fashion Week. The intimate, exclusive gathering was held at the designer’s Upper East Side boutique, where Ford himself served as master of ceremonies, introducing each of his 32 looks on each of the 32 superwomen for whom he created them. First up was Eighties model and muse Farida Khelfa, and last was “the honorable Daphne Guinness,” with such icons as Lauren Hutton, Beyoncé Knowles, and Julianne Moore in between. “The clothes were neither inaccessible nor trendy, but rather for confident, strong women who wear fashion individually and like to have fun,” says W Creative Fashion Director Alex White. “I wanted to join the party!” Here, the pieces Ford designed for Rachel Feinstein, Karen Elson, Lou Doillon, and Guinness, modeled by our own favorite beauty, Lara Stone.

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Photographer: Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin Stylist: Alex White

Tom Ford’s shredded organza shrug, silk crepe dress, satin corset, and shoes, designed for Rachel Feinstein.

Says Ford: “Every time I see Rachel, I am dazzled by her smile, and I think about color. Rachel is all about color.”

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Photographer: Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin Stylist: Alex White

Tom Ford’s embroidered silk dress with fringe, designed for Karen Elson.

“Karen is such an exotic beauty, I always love dressing her in a color that plays off her skin tone and hair color,” says Ford. “The cobalt blue of the dress seemed exactly right.”

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Photographer: Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin Stylist: Alex White

Tom Ford’s double-silk georgette kimono catsuit, designed for Lou Doillon.

“Lou is young and has an amazing body,” says Ford. “She was the perfect person to wear a catsuit—le smoking.”

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Photographer: Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin Stylist: Alex White

Tom Ford’s sequined and embroidered silk dress with netting, designed for Daphne Guinness.

“Daphne is about structure, So the most important thing is that her dress is corseted and shows off her incredible figure,” says Ford. “She is also not a shrinking violet and can pull off fashion looks that many would be afraid of. I wanted her to have one of the most dramatic looks in the show.”