By Samantha Conti

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.

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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.

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