Tom Ford’s Resort Collection: A Glamorous Throwback to the ’60s and ’70s

Tom Ford’s legacy of sexy glamour is alive and well in the brand’s latest resort collection, designed by longtime menswear designer and current creative director, Peter Hawkings. A Brit who understands the brand’s DNA from his time with Gucci in the 1990s and 2000s, Hawkings has consolidated the women’s and men’s design teams in London, bringing the brand back to its roots. The collection was showcased on rails at the Tom Ford store on Sloane Street, where design director Christopher Rawstron revealed the inspiration behind the pieces: a video documentary about Veruschka, the iconic German model and artist Vera von Lehndorff.

Rawstron explained that the collection draws from the spirit of the late ’60s and early ’70s, with a distinct Avedon-esque vibe. The collection captures the essence of the youthquake fashion movement, transitioning from graphic minis to hotpants and hipster bootlegs, culminating in the louche maximalism of the hippie era.

Hawkings subtly incorporates references to Veruschka’s iconic style, such as the famous image of her wearing an Yves Saint Laurent 1976 safari jacket or an A-line micro-dress with a cross-ribbon neckline. The result is a collection that seamlessly blends contemporary style with a nostalgic touch, embodying the spirit of excess and escapism that defined a bygone era. The resort collection is a sundowner cocktail of glamour, a testament to Tom Ford’s enduring legacy and Hawkings’s ability to reinterpret the brand’s signature aesthetic for a new generation.

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