>> Last night, Rachel Zoe, Anna Wintour, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley joined Tom Ford at Wolfgang Puck’s newly opened Cut restaurant in London just after his Spring 2012 show. Images of the collection won't be released until early next month, but some details have popped up.
The show cast: Abbey Lee Kershaw, Aline Weber, Anais Mali, Anja Rubik, Aymeline Valade, Bette Franke, Candice Swanepoel, Carmen Kass, Caroline Brasch Nielsen, Daphne Groeneveld, Edita Vilkeviciute, Emily Senko, Fei Fei Sun, Jasmine Tookes, Joan Smalls, Kristina Salinovic, Lais Ribeiro, Mirte Maas, Morgane Warnier, Olga Sherer, Sheila Marquez, Sojourner Morrell, and Sui He.
The collection, according to Hamish Bowles: "Amongst the hourglass silhouettes and powerfully sensual effects beloved of Ford fans, since his work at Gucci in the '90s, there was a thread of pre-Raphaelite romanticism in embroidered peasant blouses (of the type Matisse loved to paint) and even frothy, Renaissance-sleeved dresses that evoked the work of the great '60s and '70s London designer Ossie Clark." Also amongst the collection: "a lacquered anemone purple-satin trench coat," "a blush-pink chiffon tracksuit pant," "a cutaway mother-of-pearl wedge," and "the thinnest diamond-crusted heel."
The collection, according to Cathy Horyn: "[It] was loaded up with great day clothes, including loosely laced Moroccan blouses, fringed skirts and some simple but gorgeous dresses with ruching or a belt at the waist and a bubbled hem. A number of outfits also had corsets blended into the tone of the blouse. Equally strong were his evening option of slinky black pants — more like a ski pant — with a simple chiffon t-shirt coated with feathers at the front."
The collection, according to the Telegraph: "Mesh, marabou, raffia fringing, a candlewick effect which suggested long hours at the hand embroiderers, plaited satin ribbons — these were just some of the techniques applied onto those hourglass silhouettes. Throw in bosoms, cupped in cantilevered chiffon, checks, and some snakeskin skirts, and it could have all looked a bit much."
Photos of the dinner attendees, in the slideshow, plus a first peek at the collection from the model board.