>> Tom Ford kept his debut womenswear show small — only 100 attendees — and although we have a few snuck pictures, Vogue's December 2010 issue features the first full-length set.
Ford made a film of the show, and Terry Richardson was hired to snap pictures — both will appear on the relaunched Tom Ford website next month when the clothes are nearly in stores. And Ford plans to maintain the exclusivity in future seasons — while there will be no repeat of the launch show, which saw Beyonce, Julianne Moore, and Lauren Hutton walking — only magazine editors (no news reporters) will be allowed to view his Fall 2011 collection at the Ford London showroom.
Originally, Ford met with outside investors when pondering a return to womenswear, but he ultimately rejected them: “What I want is the freedom to say, I really like fashion and I’m going to come back my way and never have some corporate person say, ‘But you can’t do it that way.’ My goal is to be like Armani and Chanel.” He's also rejecting his former incarnations as a designer. The Gucci girl as he left her six years ago? “At this point? She’d be too trendy.” And he doesn't anticipate playing the red carpet game, with one exception: “I’ll wait to see who’s nominated for the Oscars. Then I will offer to dress one person.”
He is, however, still doing movies: "Now I’m shooting another. I’m writing the script — a comedy. I’m in the mood to have fun and smile."