Tom Ford doesn’t do anything by halves. His women’s look book for autumn /fall 2011 is as far from casual, as far from the basics, as it gets. Instead collars are framed with lavish furs. Dresses encase the body in delicate lace, from high lace necks down to a flared skirt silhouette. Suiting is masculine and wholly tuxedo-inspired, while more than one outfit is constructed entirely of plush, eye-popping velvet. Some ensembles have a rather soft and classic basis but others are taken by a Gothic underpinning, a vampish quality that manifests in crucifix pendants – the kind that might be inspired by Victorian jet mourning necklaces – black lace, and blood red lips. But while there’s no single reigning theme, one thing is certainly clear: Tom Ford’s no shorts or flip-flops mantra applies equally to men and women.
Watch the Tom Ford autumn (fall) / winter 2011 / 2012 womenswear collection video above, and you can now click on the thumbnails to view the full collection look book.