When Tom Ford made his return to womenswear under his own label in September, only a handful of editors and buyers gained access to his highly anticipated show. No cameras. No press. Nothing for the rest of us to drool over via the Internet — save for a few released images. So now that spring fashions mags are hitting stands, we finally know what all the fuss was about — and, damn, was it worth the wait.
For the next issue of V, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, daughter of soon-to-be ex-EIC of French Vogue Carine Roitfeld, shot a series of self-portraits wearing pieces from Ford’s collection. They’re a little bit “Mirror, mirror on the wall…” but fabulous nonetheless. And who knew Roitfeld was a photographer and a journalist? She also interviewed Ford about his design inspirations to accompany the editorial. Here’s a sample of the Q&A:
JULIA RESTOIN ROITFELD: What made you decide that this was the season to return to fashion?
TOM FORD: I told myself that I would not come back to women’s fashion until I felt I had something new to say. I feel that fashion has become too serious and that the actual customer’s needs have not really been addressed. Fashion needs to make one happy. It is a luxury and should enhance one’s quality of life.
JRR: What inspired your collection?
TF: Real clothes for real women. I want to concentrate on my real customer. That’s why I showed idealized versions of her–different women of different ages. It was about individuality, different body types, women who have their own style.
See another image of Roitfeld and Ford’s collaboration after the jump.