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Tom Ford’s secret womenswear collection is finally revealed

Tom Ford’s comeback to womenswear after a six year absence ­is fashion meganews. However the most highly anticipated fashion launch in recent years left fashionistas out on the pavement as only the most V of VIPs were invited to the exclusive event.

When Ford showed the collection in New York on September 12 only 100 fashion royalty guests were invited, photographers weren’t given access and he banned all journalists from revealing the collection. The newly elusive designer, who created the sexed-up Gucci/YSL look in the nineties, is doing things differently this time. In an interview with US Vogue he claims that he despises sections of the press and he objects to the way the internet eats up fashion images before the clothes can be bought. His decision to host an anti-publicity runway tossed bloggers, Twitterers and reporters into a quagmire of frustration. My own report on the non-collection was similarly vague.

However, just weeks before the collection hits stores, the veil surrounding Ford’s spring/summer 2011 collection has been pulled down as the images have finally been released in US Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

It turns out that the rumours circulating were true. Ford’s most glamorous friends and acquaintances, spanning Hollywood, music, society, and high fashion, had all dropped everything to fly in and model for him. Beyoncé Knowles, Lauren Hutton, Liya Kebede, Rinko Kikuchi, Stella Tennant, Amber Valletta, Natalia Vodianova, Karen Elson, Karlie Kloss, Abbey Lee Kershaw and Julianne Moore, amongst others, showcased a collection which reminded onlookers of Ford’s best collections for Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent.

“There’s a continuity from what I was doing at YSL at the end; that’s the customer,” Ford told US Vogue. “It’s about individuality. Real clothes, real women. For a fashionable woman aged 25 to 75. That’s why I literally put many of my own muses in the show. I hear them say, ‘God, I can’t find that anywhere!’ ”

The full interview with Tom Ford appears in the January issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK, out December 6.

Tom Ford’s secret collection

Making a surprise return to the fashion frontline, Tom Ford, who famously reinvented the Gucci brand, hosted a secret runway collection exclusive to 100 people, setting a new standard for the meaning of power in the fashion industry.

Fashion Month is a period when designers are eager to receive as much coverage, column inches and global reach as possible as they show their latest collections to a mass of journalists, celebrities and people-to-impress. However, Tom Ford, who did not appear on any schedules for New York fashion week has, yet-again, turned the fashion rule book on its head by hosting a secret show during New York Fashion Week.

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New York Fashion Week to feature first plus-size only runway show

US website OneStopPlus.com, a web-mall for plus-size women, will produce the first ever plus-size only runway show during New York Fashion Week on 15 September.

To be staged at The Atrium in Frederick P Rose Hall at the Lincoln Centre, famed curvy models, such as Lizzie Miller, Tocarra Jones and Emme, will walk the runway in the brands Spring 2011 collection.

Stephanie Sobel, President of OneStopPlus.com said, “The recent confluence of events and energy within the plus-size movement makes this the perfect time for OneStopPlus.com to debut at New York Fashion Week. Top plus-size models like Crystal Renn and Lizzie Miller in Italian Vogue, French Elle, Glamour, Marie Claire, and others, validate that this is the magic moment for plus sizes.”

OneStopPlus.com is a pioneer in the ever-changing fashion industry, proving that the 62% of American women who are plus-size can also experience the high-fashion lifestyle.

Zahir Babvani, VP of Design of OneStopPlus.com says, “This show is a collaborative effort to provide the extraordinary community of plus-size American women with the uncompromising style that they have always deserved but never received. It’s about inclusion and fashion democracy: fashion risk-taking and empowerment. No more seeing what you can’t have; this is a fashion party that invites and inspires everyone.”

New York Fashion Week

Reading the reviews from this years’ New York Fashion Week (unfortunately students can’t afford the jet-setting lifestyle) there doesn’t seem to be much in terms of inspiration or excitement. I’m not that surprised, honestly there is not a single American designer who wows me. With only two more days of New York Fashion Week left, yesterday it was Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta, Marchesa, Anna Sui, Proenza Schouler, Peter Som and 3.1 Phillip Lim who were showing.

Oscar De La Renta might not be one of the most inspiring designers, never straying far from his luxury cocoon, but despite recessional headaches he remains true to form for spring 2010. In general, De la Renta seems to have received positive reviews by “embracing fresh and contrasting colour combinations with blue and orange, the aforementioned on elegant dresses cinched by scarlet belts, and recalled the Twenties with cloche hats completing the look,” according to Vogue.

Safari suits in teal satin, embroidered three-quarter length jackets teeming with sequins, and brightly coloured cardigans edged in golden beads all spoke a luxe language and younger customers will enjoy the spotty tutu skirts, cropped chambray jackets, doily effect playsuits and brocade purple houndstooth dresses with puffed sleeves, as well as the frothy tulle ruffles on the finishing evening gowns. According to Vogue, The Oscar de la Renta woman this season mixes her textures with crochet and tweed combined. In general, I do like this collection, I think it’s one of the better ones from this week (this may be because it reminds me of Luella’s spring 2009 collection though).

However, it’s Prosenza Schouler who Drapers appear to be supporting. Sportier aesthetics took to the catwalk at Proenza Schouler, where skirts were seemingly constructed from a shirt or jumper tied around the waist, and where little dresses came in shiny shocking shades. Drapers wrote : “After a number of New York designers failed to ignite imaginations over the pond this week, the cool which oozed from Proenza Schouler’s spring offering made up for some lost ground in the innovation stakes. Designed – it appeared – purely with the rock chick in mind, the duo opted for less ladylike refinery than in previous seasons. A young take on the wraparound shape saw deconstructed tie-dyed shirt dresses cris-cross along the front, and wet look fabrics fold and fall around the hips.

Rounding off the first week of four in a month of collections is Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Threeasfour and Isaac Mizrahi tomorrow.

New York Fashion Week – Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs seems to have caused some controversy with the critics after showing his newest collection at New York Fashion Week. His Spring line attempted to fuse together East meets West but looked more like costumes from the King and I or Aladdin. The styling was not one for the St Tropez lover, using geisha-like makeup and the low-heeled shoes looked like Japanese slippers.

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