TOM FORD – Spring 2012
This is what Tom Ford has to say about his Spring 2012 collection.
“My focus is really old-fashioned,” he declares. “I want to do classic clothes. I don’t want to do trendy collections that swing around from season to season. I want to do things that will stay in a woman’s wardrobe a long time—quite ‘forever’ pieces. So I’m looking for consistency.” But what, exactly, is a Tom Ford classic? Something sexy, naturally. “Blouses with a loose, slouchy quality; something fitted at the waist, and with a bondage-y thing on the foot—my favorite is the wedge with the chain-strap!” he says, mulling over his oeuvre. “I’ve streamlined things more this season. I think I’m very classic, because what I do is always based on something you’ve seen before. And yes, maybe there’s something YSL about it. When I left off designing for women, I was at YSL so I’m working through that to be me, asking myself, What do I like? What defines your brand?”
By “classic clothes” and “something you’ve seen before” does he mean folkloric clothing that has been preserved and hand-crafted from generation to generation in Eastern Europe for hundreds of years? You make your own assessment
This is only the latest example of cultural misappropriation of Eastern European folklore – I will be posting more examples and analysis on this blog. Hopefully I can work up to my ultimate goal of starting a fair trade workers cooperative in Romania.
The discussion on Eastern European (mis)appropriation is suspiciously mute.