As I mentioned on Twitter, today was the kind of day that called for a blog. Why? I spent my afternoon with Tom Ford.
Well, Tom Ford and 100-something other fashionistos and istas. The occassion? The Apple Store on Regent Street held “Tom Ford In Conversation With Paula Reed” (Grazia’s Style Director) today.
Unsurprisingly, Tom sent everyone’s hearts a-flutter. As well as being the legendary designer who made Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent into what they are today, he is incredibly charming, witty, and well-spoken. Though the full interview will soon be up on iTunes for your enjoyment, I thought I would share a few of my interview highlights below.
The shoe is a piece of architecture. It stands on its own. There’s a vocabulary that has to relate.
Of course I doubt myself. In fashion, you have to doubt yourself until the very last minute.
On having fashion in the blood:
I have a niece and her first word was shoe.
On moving from Santa Fe to New York at the start of his career:
I knew I had to get out. I knew it was the place for me and I knew that I had to go.
If there was one model that made a big impression on me during fashion week, it had to be Erjona Ala. The 16 year old Norwegian Ford model managed to walk a whopping 64 shows for Spring/Summer 2012 – more than any other newcomer, by far (the full show breakdown is below).
On top of that, she is a truly lovely girl, with an interesting dichotomy between her presence and her age. An androgynous type of Veronica Lake beauty, who became a model simply because she “wanted to try”. Her youth is endearingly apparent in interviews, as she quotes her ‘all time style icon‘ as Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, her musical tastes as Beyonce (meeting B is Erjona’s biggest dream) and Taylor Swift, and favourite movie as Twilight.
I can’t wait to see where her career takes her as she matures.
I have found something pretty cool to share with you guys! There’s no hiding my love for online shopping (see sidebar of e-tailer obsessions!), and I have found something new and unique in the cluttered world of online retail: Farfetch. Farfetch is a shopping platform-cum-community that unites influential and forward-thinking independent boutiques on one URL.
With an enormous hub of over 1000 designer labels (for womens and mens fashion), the fashion available is absolutely incredible. I am lusting after the designer dresses especially. The best perk? No matter where each boutique is, it will be delivered wherever you are in the world through one checkout system and offer free returns on every item.
Inspired by the range of choices and everyone’s hectic Fashion Week outfit planning, I put together this “Texture With a Tan” look that can transition by climate and also work for any show:
- Lela Rose‘s metallic tweed dress(from Coplon‘s in North Carolina) – Metallic tweed dress in silver. This sleeveless dress features a round neck with ribbon and jewel embellishment, a pleated skirt, and a concealed back zip fastening. Is fully lined.
- Yves Saint Laurent’s snakeskin print tights (from Liska in Vienna) – Brown snakeskin print tights featuring snakeskin print from mid-thigh to toe.
- D&G‘s Lily Bag (from Francis Ferent in Brussels) – Camel leather ‘Lily’ bag from D&G featuring top handles, shoulder strap, four silver tone top zips, lock detail and luggage label.
- Manzoni 42‘s fur poncho (from Dolci Trame in Siena) – Beige poncho featuring horizontal panels of lamb skin and fur, a rolled neck, a concealed fastening to one side and a lined interior.
- Cesare Paciotti ankle boots (from Biondini in Paris) – Grey suede and python skin ankle boots featuring a round toe in suede, python skin on the front and round the ankle with contrasting suede buckle, a grey platform and stiletto heel, with a red snakeskin printed sole.