It’s a bright, bright sunshiny spring for Tom Ford, whose collection was filled with hot Mediterranean tones — bougainvillea pink, blue grotto blues, coral pink and a rich red the color of a Campari Orange cocktail.
Ford is always looking to put a new twist on classic shapes, and that’s just what he did for this collection that was filled with skinny linen suits, suede jackets, denim and a lush lineup of zesty dinner jackets with shawl collars.
The neutral palette of past seasons was left way behind as Ford headed south for inspiration. Dinner jackets came in a rich bougainvillea pink silk or with multicolored psychedelic patterns. Some lightweight velvet ones winked to Seventies Pucci, with their vibrant swirls of pink, black, white, green and blue.
Linen suits with their wide peaked lapels were layered with tone-on-tone shirts and ties, in colors such as sage or bottle green. During a walk-through Ford recalled how, in Seventies department stores, tonal shirts and ties were often sold together in transparent plastic boxes. “It’s just like that — but with no plastic box,” the designer said.
While Ford is all about the suit, there were plenty of sporty pieces, too, including a clutch of suede cowboy-style jackets in bright blue, cornmeal, or reddish-orange like the Italian summer cocktail. He paired them with cotton cargo pants or skinny jeans rolled at the ankle.
What’s a Tom Ford collection without a wild animal or two prowling around? There were pops of pony skin leopard and zebra for a bomber jacket and a pair of loafers with a chain at the front. The slip-on shoes also came in a bright leaf green, cornflower blue and in rich reptilian textures.