Ford and West kick off New York Fashion Week
FILM-MAKER-DESIGNER Tom Ford and rap superstar Kanye West fired the start gun on New York Fashion Week on Wednesday, unveiling intimate A-list shows that proffered starkly different visions of women's attire.
Ford laid on a candle-lit dinner at Manhattan's swanky Four Seasons Restaurant for the likes of Tom Hanks, Julianne Moore, Alicia Keys, Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell.
Under a new streamlined schedule that allows customers to buy the clothes almost instantly, he ditched the official spring/summer 2017 season to unveil an autumn/winter 2016 collection for both men and women.
"In a world that has become increasingly immediate, the current way of showing a collection four months before it is available to customers, is an antiquated idea and one that no longer makes sense," Ford said.
Strutting to a sultry soundtrack that included Keys' hit Fallin, he sent down a short box runway in the middle of the tables a collection of pencil skirts with deep slits up the back, buckle belts and statement jewellery.
For men, there were suede, corduroy and silk jackets and evening jackets with retro disco detail.
It was less timeless elegance and more sports basics at West's show, finally conducted under the blazing afternoon heat more than 11/2 hours behind schedule.
It was another livestream-ed show watched in person by only a few, including West's reality star wife Kim Kardashian, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and British racing car driver Lewis Hamilton.
His Yeezy Season Four - dominated by body suits and stilettos - was his latest collaboration for adidas and a meditation on ethnic diversity.
Most of the models were black - a rarity on Western catwalks - after West demanded that "multiracial women only" apply to his casting call.
Models stood or sat barefoot on a lawn dressed in imitation speedos, skin-tight crop tops, bandeau strips, athletics knickers and cycling shorts.
"I want to make pieces that can be timeless," he told Vogue in an interview.
"Pieces that you can pick up out of a vintage store in 20 years and say: 'Wow, I'm happy I have this.' "