Sunday, 15 April 2007
Just like the return of 2Pac the comeback of former Gucci designer Tom Ford has been anticipated by many. Sure his sun glass collection has been around for a while but now he is back doing what we want him to do, which is design clothes.
He has kicked off his comeback by opening up his first on store on Madison avenue and during the opening on early last week a handful of New York top dogs stopped by for the launch party. Most creative in the bunch must be Mr. Bad Boy aka Sean Combs who were ironic enough to dress up in Gucci track suit.
I consider the store to be very tastefully decorated and with a blend of contemporary and baroque interior décor it is pretty clear that Tom Ford hasn’t lost his fashion sense. So what’s inside it? Well to begin with, your lifesavings will get you a made-to-measure suit which will set you back a cool $5 000. As for the broke ass Tom Ford fans out there like me, we will have to find a way to convince ourselves to pay up $75 for a pair of socks.
As a matter of fact Tom’s target market are people who buy 20 made-to-measure suits a year………….so I do feel a little let down by his comeback. The private fitting rooms, butlers and maid in the store further points out that Tom Ford’s ready to wear collection is not for the average Joe.
Despite the high prices I think he has done a great job with the suits. Lets face it, there aren’t many way one can make a suit look much different than another one but he has managed to do a good job making his suits interesting. The whole look of the models, suits and interior of the store reminds me of the filthy rich Wall Street stock brokers and the whole look is very 1920-ish. To scare you guys off even more, the cheapest shoes available are pried at $1 100 and take a few weeks to manufacture. It seem like Tom has been involved in every single detail concerning his brand and that high quality, good fit and craftsmanship are things he highly values. What I’m waiting for now is to find out if he still have the skills to create a runway collection. SS08? Bring it on Tom!