By now, much has been said about Tom Ford's long-awaited return to womenswear, which debuted for during New York's spring 2011 fashion week to a small and highly-selective audience of editors and buyers and a strict invite-only policy. The votes were unanimous -- Ford was back with a vengence and he, and his latest clothing line, elevated the idea of the fashion show, which has become a watered down pop-culture media spectacle of late, to what it once was -- a preview for industry insiders of what's to come.
Since that time, the collection has made the rounds and has already been featured on December's Vogue (with a full spread and story inside), draped on Angelina Jolie, UK Harper's Bazaar on Emily Blunt, on model Lily Donaldson for America's Harper's and on Julia Restoin Roitfeld in V (not to mention in stories for his guest-edited issue of French Vogue). We'd scream overexposure if it weren't such an industry obsession to have Ford back in the womenswear game. Now, the video of the intimate showing has hit the web (see above). It looks dreamy, to say the least. Sure, the clothes are typical riffs of seventies references with sensual YSL finesse, but there's no denying that the clothes look good. Like, really, really good. And they're featured on everyone from slender-bodied models of a fresh age to mature, womanly lasses of different body types. The other thing that strikes us as downright refreshing is how much fun it looked. Take a peek at the front rows of most fashion shows: the bored looks, the furious tweeting, the quasi-agitated attitudes -- none of that here. Everyone, from the models, to Ford to Anna herself were giggling with delight and applauding -- practically jumping out of their seats -- with joy. It's a nice reminder that in an industry so over-saturated with images and opinions that collections and clothing can feel old and tired by the time they've actually hit the stores, there can still be a sense of excitement and newness in fashion, even if it means referencing the past. Leave it to Tom to remind us.