Vogue has the first photos of Tom Ford’s new womens line

Detail from the Vogue story, photographed by Steven Meisel

Tom Ford may not love the way the Internet eats fashion, but he sure knows how to leave the blogging masses hungry. The designer made a triumphant return to womenswear with the debut of his Tom Ford womens line at an intimate show during New York Fashion Week. Or at least, we had to assume it was triumphant, as the designer did not allow any photographers to release images of the clothes, which were worn by top runway names, as well as Ford’s friends–Julianne Moore, Beyoncé, Karen Elson, Stella Tennant, et al.

Well, now we’re getting our meal–or at least a snack. Vogue‘s December issue features a spread shot by Steven Meisel, showing the clothes on some of the same models that appeared in the spring show. The clothes are a lush and incredibly rich (as in wealthy) ’70s fantasy: A crisp, wide-lapel pantsuit, a jacket with massive metal paillettes, dresses with angel hair fringe. (The shoot is also notable for the photos of a 49-year-old Ford, looking all of 25. He credits UK derm Nick Lowe.)

Ford says of the clothes “I want this to be somewhere a woman knows she can go when she wants a great jacket—not a fake expensive jacket, something that has intrinsic value. I don’t think fashion has to change every five minutes. I’d like these to be clothes you can wear for a long time—ten, 20 years; pass on to your daughter. Why buy vintage when you can open your own closet!”

Tom Ford returns [Vogue]

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