There were many standout aspects of Tom Ford's dinner party-turned-fashion show on Wednesday night, starting with the location. Not so long ago we mourned the shuttering of New York institution, the Four Seasons restaurant, and while it is set to move locations (with a new eatery by Major Food Group to take its place), Ford's event recalled the glamour and elegance of nights past in the Seagram Building.
Julianne Moore, Naomi Campbell, Rita Ora, and Tom Hanks made it out to the black-tie affair, which evolved into a unique presentation, even by NYFW standards. Models including Carolyn Murphy, Amber Valletta, and Gigi Hadid sauntered out not in next season's collection, but in, quite literally, today's. Shaking things up, as he is so good at doing, Tom Ford unveiled a see-now, buy-now experience, showing clothes that went up for sale the very next day. In the age of social media, consumers are more engaged in the action, and the garments, than ever, leading some innovative designers to democratize and skip out on the exclusionary charade that is the typical fashion calendar. All this after debuting his second film, Nocturnal Animals, at the Venice Film Festival last week. We don't know what we're more impressed by.
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