As visitors like Chris Rock, Carmelo Anthony, and Brooklyn Beckham took their seats at Wednesday evening’s Tom Ford present, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander took within the scene from behind mirrored sun shades. “It’s elegant, clear, but in addition flashy and enjoyable,” mentioned the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder star—and tier-one NBA type god. “One of the best of each worlds.” He was speaking about his outfit, sparkly silver blouson and tapered black trousers, however he would possibly as nicely have been describing Tom Ford’s successful method to menswear. There’s a purpose Ford is the primary individual so many celebrities name earlier than an awards present pink carpet: no person else makes traditional clothes really feel so cinematic.
“I’m excited,” mentioned Gilgeous-Alexander, who added he was anticipating a “sensible present. He’s one of many nice designers.” A number of seats over, Chloe Fineman, decked out in a vivid blue velvet tuxedo, summed up the sensation within the room, simply essentially the most star-studded of New York Trend Week: “I’m sitting throughout from Madonna and Erykah Badu! I’m about to pee myself.”
Out got here a group that emphasised Ford’s flashy and enjoyable facet: tacky western embroidered shirts, a bubblegum pink swimsuit with a brief necktie, zebra and cheetah prints galore, and a lacy underwear second that resembled a Victoria’s Secret present, solely with extra leather-based (in one of the best ways doable). Ford additionally pays shut consideration to the components of a vogue present that flip it right into a Trend Present: The male fashions’ elaborate spit-sculpted hair was nothing in need of breathtaking, and a soundtrack that began with Jay-Z after which cycled by ’80s hits had seatmates Russell Westbrook and Frances Tiafoe bobbing their heads. “I actually wished to sing alongside your complete time,” the singer Conan Grey instructed me after Ford took his bow to a standing ovation led by Rock.
Grey is a part of a brand new technology of Tom Ford followers who put on the model somewhat in another way than the NBA stars. Like lots of his Gen-Z pop star friends, Grey clothes with a eager sense for drama—he prefers a vertiginous platform pump to a Chelsea boot, and is not any stranger to gold leopard jacquard trousers. Tom Ford isn’t at all times an apparent alternative in terms of the pursuit of viral outfits, however after final evening, it’s protected to imagine Ford will obtain a brand new degree of pink carpet glory with the following technology of fashion experts. Ford’s style, in spite of everything, is drama.
Go contained in the room final evening the place all of it went down.