Tom Ford bids adieu to his namesake fashion label with the final release of his women’s ready-to-wear collection for Fall 2023, after 13 years of holding the fashion throne. In conjunction with his last campaign, which features a cinematic trip through his archives, the Steven Klein-shot collection showcases reproductions of some of his favorite archival pieces.
The farewell collection, which features several of Ford’s muses such as Amber Valletta and Joan Smalls, pays homage to significant points in the brand’s history.
In the collection, Kloss dons the designer’s broken mirror sheath from Spring 2014, while Valletta flaunts Ford’s color-blocked bodycon from Spring 2016. Beyoncé‘s 2014 sequin jersey minidress and Zendaya‘s viral fuchsia breastplate at the 2020 Critics Choice Awards are also featured. With nods to Ford’s time at Gucci, the final collection includes a signature velvet suit and a white cape gown famously worn by Gwyneth Paltrow at the 2012 Oscars.
Following the sale of his brand to Estée Lauder for $2.8 billion USD in November 2022, rumors of Ford’s departure swirled. Many speculated that Ford’s exit was a way for the designer to take a moment for himself after the tragic passing of his partner Richard Buckley in 2021. The Tom Ford label has yet to announce his successor, but some whispers suggest that Peter Hawkings, the brand’s menswear design director, will take over the women’s line.
Tom Ford’s exit from his namesake brand is not as fuss-worthy as one would expect, considering his industry-shifting tenure as Gucci’s creative director and his old Hollywood-inspired fashion line. With Jeremy Scott’s departure from Moschino and Pharrell signing on as Louis Vuitton’s menswear design director, Tom Ford’s departure marks yet another major move in the top-tier fashion world.
As he waves goodbye to his legion of powerhouse models from outside a pane of glass, peering from under a signature pair of Bronson sunglasses, the fashion world says farewell to one of its most renowned photographers, designers, and creative geniuses.