Tom Ford killed it tonight. As in, all the little four-legged friends had to go to create the leather, skins, furs, and combinations thereof. But also as in, a fantastic collection that looked nothing like the sad and tepid quasi-St John's fare he'd been producing. In London's grand Lancaster House, it was his formal return to the runway after several seasons showing in intimate, small-room settings.
Everything one had to know about the collection was summarized on a card carefully placed on every seat: "Cross Cultural Multi Ethnic." A nice gesture, but he didn't need to spell it out. The message was loud and clear in the eclectic mix of Native American fringing, Indian beading, leopard prints, delicate black lace, and colorful patches of sequins resembling a comic-book kerplow punch. Where one minute Lily Donaldson crossed over into sherpa territory, the next look saw Liya Kibede—who also opened the show—in a stunning red fur-lapeled coat covered in Japonisme-style flower embroidery. Multi-culti to the max!