This collection looks very pleasing, refreshing, reminisce of his Gucci & YSL days. Very chic & impressive. Last but not least, they are so wearable. How many of you (who criticises so damn much) do actually
go out & buy latest 'cutting edge' designs from fashion houses each season?
Tom Ford is a marketing genius, no one is denying it. Everything he does is marketing. He is over-hyped. He is everywhere. And some of you just can't stand it. There is so much hype that he does not seem to live up to it. So most of you seem to think so. There are pieces I love, and there are some that I don't. As do most fashion collections everywhere.
Has anyone actually given Tom Ford a chance - going to the actual boutique & trying them on? A fraction maybe. A lot of the stuff there I would actually consider purchasing for my partner. (But I am biased, having owned several suits & sports jackets, & leather bags. But I vouch of quality that are hard to come across the days.) That python bag is drop-dead gorgeous. Those skirts are soooooooo sexy that I wanna pull my hair off my head. The suits are hormone-surging, a sure neck-breaker. Tonight I will have a hard time sleeping.
So why Tom Ford? I know a thing or two about his menswear so hear me out. When I first heard about the price points for his suits, I said f*ck that, that is absolutely ridiculous. Who, in the right state of mind would pay that much for a suit. Heck, I don't even wear a suit to work. I begun my research, and what people would not tell you, that his suits takes a lot of work to built. I have a knack for working sleeve (surgeon's cuff) buttons on suits. You don't see it on Zegna RTW, Armani, Ralph Lauren, etc but can be done bespoke upon request at your bespoke tailor or at Savile Row. I was impressed to seen them on TF, and the attention to detail for these cuffs are phenomenal. The milanese button the lapels takes great traditional skills that are seldom seen on large name brands but can be done bespoke. When he wanted that, he recruited a bunch of italian artisans ladies who knows the know-how to his factory, and how glad they were to be able to revive this important traditional handicraft. The roping of the shoulder are inspired by Anderson & Sheppherd at Savile Row, and he makes no denial that he had a few suits done by them after leaving Gucci (but wasn't happy with it because he argued with them how roped he wants his shoulders & how wide his lapels to be). Yes his suits are made in Zegna factory but the factory & workers are separated physically from Zegna's mainline to prevent any overlapping of ideas that may dilute either brands. Tom Ford took inspirations from traditional English & Italian workmanship to his own RTW. An amazing feat.
Many will have you believe that have a bespoke at Savile Row is cheaper that buying a RTW at Tom Ford. That is true, to an extent. But you will not get the exact Tom Ford suit even with a bespoke. Each tailor has their own characteristics & vision of what a good suit is, and will be made as such - even with bespoke. Tom Ford has his vision of what he thinks a good suit should fit & look like, and I share this vision with him. I have not had a bespoke made yet so I may have spoken too early but at this present moment, his suits are as perfect as they can be. The quality of products I have seen these days as I venture through each boutiques week in week out, have been disappointing. In a way, he has opened my eyes to the presence of inferiorly made products that are prevalent everywhere and yet the prices are heavily marked up. These are just some of the few things that I came to know through finding out more about the construction of Tom Ford's clothings. There are more but I will spare you. I hardly find any inspiration in other fashion house anymore, I enjoy knowing the innerworks of how much effort into design & construction has been put through to attain the final product. And Tom Ford comes through top in that aspect.
His prices are exorbitant, that is luxury goods for you. But you can be certain that the quality & workmanship is there. There are items from Tom Ford that I find too exaggerated for my taste, in terms of designs & price points but there are others that I would happily indulge in. Just like many other things in life.
Tom Ford is not for everyone. He is overhyped. Who cares. Just live with it because he is not going anywhere. Curse away now....