New York Fashion Week: Tom Ford kicks off Day 1 with star-studded show

NEW YORK – Fashion Week is officially back.

Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson, Adriana Lima, Cardi B (marking her first Fashion Week outing since giving birth) and NBA star Russell Westbrook were among the A-list celebrities on hand to help ring in the first day of New York Fashion Week at the Tom Ford runway show.

It was a star-studded affair, on and off the runway, as Ford unveiled his spring/summer 2019 collection Wednesday night.

Paris Jackson, “Crazy Rich Asians” star Henry Golding, singer/actress Hailee Steinfeld and actress Riley Keough were among the night’s other fashionable attendees.

Ford took over Manhattan’s Park Avenue Armory, a frequent venue choice for his shows, to create a minimal and polished set with a white carpet and white risers offset by purple backlighting.

Ford’s collection was his usual sleek fare, with a fun yet sophisticated remix of his tuxedos and use of crocodile and feathers. A mix of romantic draping, animal-themed outerwear, head wraps and metallics corresponded with the muted color palette of white, black, nudes and a pale lilac. 

“I feel that fashion has somehow lost its way a bit, and it is easy for all of us to be swept up in trends that have lost touch with what women and men want to actually wear,” Ford wrote in the show notes. “Given the harshness of the world, a softer color palette seemed right to me this season.

“Fabrics alternate between the softness and romance of lace, chiffon, georgette and even the lightest stretch leather, and the structure of harder leathers and fabrics, and the sheen of fake crocodile.”

Ford tapped some of the industry’s top models, who make headlines for their work as well as their play, for the occasion. Gigi Hadid closed the show with a dramatic twirl, and model Joan Smalls and Cindy Crawford’s budding supermodel daughter Kaia Gerber  appeared in Ford’s ‘fits on the runway.

Immediately after Ford’s bow at the end of the show, a panel rose to reveal the after-party, where the show’s celeb guests took photos with attendees and chatted the night away.

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