Such are his views of how a collection unveiling should be handled that his the hardest London fashion week invite to get, and yet designer Tom Ford is slowly coming around to this digital world. In the past it was a case of no catwalk being held at all, but now Ford’s salon shows have steadily become something of a salon-cum-catwalk fusion. And while the ban and restrictions on time-centric press still remains, after a series of leaks over past seasons the same restrictions exists to much smaller degree. We can’t help but agree with Ford’s sentiments – revealing your collection to the world 6 months before it’s available for sale makes little sense – but the reality of the modern world is such that, no matter how secret the catwalk, something is still going to leak. Better to control that leak than have it come in the guise of a grainy Twitter picture, right?

And that’s precisely what Tom Ford has done, having both released a small selection of photos and today a video that preview his spring 2013 collection.

tom ford spring 2013 collection

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Tom Ford S/S '13 preview
Tom Ford S/S '13 preview
Tom Ford S/S '13 preview
Tom Ford S/S '13 preview
Tom Ford S/S '13 preview

The looks give a sample of the cut, palette and vibe of Tom Ford’s forthcoming women’s collection. Cleaner than what we had envisaged, it ranges from the relaxed to the refined red carpet. While the relaxed doesn’t leave us wishing to have our names put down upon a pre-order list at the nearest Tom Ford boutique, the knee high boots, with their timely gladiator overtones, certainly do.

Click on the thumbnails or hit play on the video to see the five spring 2013 looks that Tom Ford has opted to debut ahead of his next women’s collection arriving in store.

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