By Ashley Nicola Wali
If there were ever a comeback to take note of, it would be Tom Ford’s. Ford’s opulent return to the fashion arena was signified by his vibrant Fall 2014 collection, which abandoned his signature slick minimalism for an effervescent verve. Given Ford’s other job, this bold collection was equally cinematic, pasting Ka-Pow and Shazam motifs on his theatrical eveningwear.
The collection, which is a whimsical nod to pop art and glam rock, included polychromatic sequined hoodies, leopard-print parkas, vivacious furs and frothy fringe. Was Ford tipping his hat to Texas by sending Karlie Kloss down the runway in an elaborate fringed leather poncho?
Obviously, a collection as vividly flamboyant and refreshingly beautiful as Ford’s deserves a home equally as stunning. Enter the Tom Ford flagship store in Dallas.
The store exudes the same abstract minimalism that Ford is revered for, with its mirrored walls, black chrome and white marble. The polished space reeks of Tom—or rather, Tom Ford Noir. As I swooned over yards of pony skin and eyed the fluffy black and white furs, I almost forgot that I was vegetarian in a moment of sheer wonderment.
Ford, who is expanding his retail footprint, opened the flagship store in Dallas last month. The store occupies about 5,000 square feet in Dallas’ sumptuous Highland Park Village, and is an extravagant paradise that’s sure to appeal to Dallas’ insatiable appetite for extravagance. The luxury boutique, in all its glimmering monochrome glory, is the fifth Tom Ford store in the US.
In other words, Tom Ford is open for business.