As company like Chris Rock, Carmelo Anthony, and Brooklyn Beckham took their seats at Wednesday evening’s Tom Ford present, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander took within the scene from behind mirrored sun shades. “It’s elegant, clear, but additionally flashy and enjoyable,” mentioned the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder star—and tier-one NBA type god. “The perfect of each worlds.” He was speaking about his outfit, sparkly silver blouson and tapered black trousers, however he may as effectively have been describing Tom Ford’s profitable strategy to menswear. There’s a cause Ford is the primary individual so many celebrities name earlier than an awards present crimson carpet: no person else makes traditional clothes really feel so cinematic.
“I’m excited,” mentioned Gilgeous-Alexander, who added he was anticipating a “good present. He’s one of many nice designers.” A number of seats over, Chloe Fineman, decked out in a vibrant blue velvet tuxedo, summed up the sensation within the room, simply probably the most star-studded of New York Style Week: “I’m sitting throughout from Madonna and Erykah Badu! I’m about to pee myself.”
Out got here a group that emphasised Ford’s flashy and enjoyable facet: tacky western embroidered shirts, a bubblegum pink go well with with a brief necktie, zebra and cheetah prints galore, and a lacy underwear second that resembled a Victoria’s Secret present, solely with extra leather-based (in one of the best ways doable). Ford additionally pays shut consideration to the components of a vogue present that flip it right into a Style Present: The male fashions’ elaborate spit-sculpted hair was nothing in need of breathtaking, and a soundtrack that began with Jay-Z after which cycled by means of ’80s hits had seatmates Russell Westbrook and Frances Tiafoe bobbing their heads. “I actually needed to sing alongside your complete time,” the singer Conan Grey instructed me after Ford took his bow to a standing ovation led by Rock.
Grey is a part of a brand new era of Tom Ford followers who put on the model somewhat otherwise than the NBA stars. Like a lot of his Gen-Z pop star friends, Grey clothes with a eager sense for drama—he prefers a vertiginous platform pump to a Chelsea boot, and isn’t any stranger to gold leopard jacquard trousers. Tom Ford isn’t all the time an apparent alternative with regards to the pursuit of viral outfits, however after final evening, it’s secure to imagine Ford will obtain a brand new degree of crimson carpet glory with the subsequent era of fashion experts. Ford’s style, in any case, is drama.
Go contained in the room final evening the place all of it went down.