Acclaimed winner of almost every ‘best dressed man’ award out there, film director and successful businessman, Tom Ford’s eponymous brand is an eclectic mix of fashion, style and culture – his spring/summer 2013 menswear collection is no different. Cue suits, colour and a dangerously sharp style.
This season’s collection is a throwback to the 1950s, transforming Hollywood’s traditional black and white style into vibrant colour. Far from being dated, the silhouettes and combinations utilised in this collection have been crafted with a very modern man in mind.
The peaked lapels, burberry-esque checks and patterns perfectly complement the tapered, fashion cut suits in this collection that so famously define the brand. Miami pink and blue single buttoned evening jackets, combined with creased white or black trousers, paint a picture of a summer straight that looks as though it came straight off the silver screen.
On closer inspection, there are some key features and influences that define and unite the collection as a whole. The first is boldness; aggressive peak lapels, loud, wide ties, biker leathers and almost arrogantly bright colours scream for attention and cannot be ignored. The man who wears any part of this collection not only brings the party, he is the party.
The second definitive factor is in stark contrast to the former; subtlety and detail. Far from making this collection a caricature of a bygone era, there is an essence of sophistication and suave that complements the bold colours and shapes. Clever combinations like polka dot ties and collar pin shirts, along with three button jacket sleeve cuffs and silk scarves create a rich detail and texture to each look.
These two factors work perfectly to recreate an aesthetic that is reminiscent of the golden age of Hollywood, whist still managing to tick all the boxes for a current, modern and edgy style.