Internationally renowned designer Tom Ford has announced that he will show both his autumn/winter 2016 womenswear and menswear collections at a small, intimate presentation during New York Fashion Week on Thursday, February 18. Ford has held similar presentations at his London design headquarters in past seasons, but this is the first time he will present both the women’s and men’s collections together in New York in this format.
“When I began my own company I wanted to create clothes with the highest level of workmanship and attention to detail,” said Ford. “This is one of the reasons that I launched my women’s collection in a small presentation in New York, where the audience could experience the clothes up close. In previous seasons, I have presented the collections in my London showroom to the press in an informal format that allows me to speak with journalists while they view and touch the clothes. As we all know, the way in which we show clothes, not only to the press, but also to the consumer, is changing. Right now, I think that a certain fluidity is necessary in regards to how we communicate with the consumer, and I have experimented with different formats recently.”
Ford has been experimenting with different formats to traditional fashion shows for the past few seasons. For autumn/winter 2015, he presented his fashion show before the Oscars in Los Angeles, and this past season, he presented his spring/summer 2016 collection with a virtual fashion show featuring Lady Gaga and directed by Nick Knight. Autumn/winter 2016 will mark the first time that Ford will show both collections in the United States together.
The most important thing to me with a presentation is that it communicates the message of the season and the point of view of the collection,” continues Ford. “Next season, it feels right to return to a format that is intimate and shows the detail of the clothes. The intimacy of small presentations affords that. We launched our first women’s collection in New York in 2010 and opened our first store there in 2007. I am very excited to present both collections in New York.”
Ford is opening retail stores this year in Houston, Miami, and Atlanta and joins directly owned flagships in New York, Las Vegas, Beverly Hills, Dallas, and Chicago.