Pictures Of (And Words About!) Tom Ford’s Secret Spring Show

And Tom Ford‘s secret shows live on! We weren’t invited to his super exclusive spring 2012 show in London, but we know some people who were! Here’s what went down, according to our favorite fashion writers (and a certain star stylist). Oh, and we have PICTURES.

Cathy Horyn, New York Times: Mr. Ford’s show was thoroughly Tom Ford in its sex appeal and silhouette — tigress hair, smoky eyes, glossy lips, taut skirts and strappy high heels. The collection was loaded up with great day clothes, including loosely laced Moroccan blouses, fringed skirts and some simple but gorgeous dresses with ruching or a belt at the waist and a bubbled hem. A number of outfits also had corsets blended into the tone of the blouse. Equally strong were his evening option of slinky black pants—more like a ski pant—with a simple chiffon T-shirt coated with feathers at the front.

Hamish Bowles, Vogue: Amongst the hourglass silhouettes and powerfully sensual effects beloved of Ford fans since his work at Gucci in the nineties, there was a thread of Pre-Raphaelite romanticism in embroidered peasant blouses (of the type Matisse loved to paint), and even frothy, Renaissance-sleeved dresses that evoked the work of the great sixties and seventies London designer Ossie Clark.

Lisa Armstrong, Daily Telegraph: Mesh, marabou, raffia fringing, a candlewick effect which suggested long hours at the hand embroiderers, plaited satin ribbons – these were just some of the techniques applied onto those hourglass silhouettes. Throw in bosoms, cupped in cantilevered chiffon, checks and some snakeskin skirts and it could have all looked a bit much.

Jess Cartner-Morley, The Guardian: I’m going to come straight out with it. Deep breath: I didn’t think Tom Ford’s show was all that. Not that it was awful, by any means, but despite the beautiful tailoring and the immaculate execution it fell a little flat. It felt too self-referential. Too many frills and too few new ideas. There were gorgeous, curvy, super vamp dresses that I loved, but the flouncy peasant blouses and corset belts seemed like a Guilty Pleasures version of Tom Ford.

Harper’s Bazaar UK, @BazaarUK: Tom Ford. We salute you. Period. *faints*

Rachel Zoe, @rzrachelzoe: I can’t breathe from The Tom Ford presentation..there r no words for his genius..xoRZ

And now the PICTURES. Someone sneaked a pic of the look board, which made its way onto the Fashion Spot. It gives us a decent look at the clothes (checkerboard print! corset ties!), and tells us that Daphne Groeneveld, Joan Smalls, Candice Swanepoel, Carmen Kass, and Anja Rubik were among the show’s models. In addition, the Telegraph‘s Armstrong drew some hilarious pictures of the collection. Check it all out below:

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