Never in my 20 something years of fashion euphoria, has a collection left me feeling utterly drained and in need of a hug. Ford's eponymous line had been shown through small venues since his well publicized return in 2010. Finally returning to the global spotlight, a staged runway was only fitting to solidify his return. I anxiously waited to view his offerings with a renewed fervor I hadn't experienced in years, only to be utterly confused by what I was seeing. I was hot, I was cold, I was in need of a time-out. The collection - which partially shied away from Ford's in your face, take me now sexuality - could only be diagnosed as having multiple personalities.
My biggest problem was separating clashing styles to hone in on beautifully designed pieces. Pulled apart and styled with its retrospective mate, the collection is strong. Nothing we haven't seen before, but still worth owning (for free would be ideal). And why not, who wouldn't want to own a piece of clothing that says, "I own my own sexuality" - or at least Tom Ford tells me I do. Walking the runway, models were clad in lace, floral, starburst, geometric and animal prints. Paying special attention to the new hybrid animal prints I've aptly named leopard-bear-giraffe, cheetah-cow-zebra and my personal favorite the bipolar bovine.
If you study hard, the styling appears to be a free-for-all. As if all of the clothes were apparently tossed into one room and the models were let loose with an only the strongest survive mentality. Hence the raccoon eyes and somber expressions. As the battled roared on, models emerged in geometric/floral, lace/animal, animal/animal/lace, geometric/lace/lace and so on and so forth. Obviously the strongest - and clear winners - sashayed down the runway last with their starburst and lace dresses of victory. The clear and apparent thoughts swimming in my mind were the similarities I've seen from other designers. Pucci-esque dresses, Jimmy Choo like zebra sandals, Miu Miu starburts and Givenchy geometrics only to be faced with the realization that Tom Ford had perfected and originated many of these very designs during his stints at Gucci and YSL. Fashion, how you dazzle me and give me whiplash with your circles. This of course leaves me questioning if Mr. Ford is indeed the last to leave the party? Or has the party never stopped?