Tom Ford’s Spring/Summer 2011 Womenswear Collection: The Star-studded Video

File this one under Better Late Than Never.

Four months after his runway return, Tom Ford has finally released video footage of his super-exclusive, star-studded Spring/Summer 2011 womenswear show.

And for fans of decadent glamour and fashion-industry cameos, the short film will be well worth the wait.

Vogue’s Grace Coddington and Anna Wintour can be seen looking on with admiration from the front row as a debonair, Gatsbyesque Ford holds court as emcee and a typically boisterous and flannel-clad Terry Richardson snaps away at the models.

Oh, and about those models? Where to begin?

While full-time catwalkers like Karen Elson—whose haunting song “Pretty Babies” provides the video’s soundtrack—Freja Beha Erichsen, Chanel Iman, Liya Kebede, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Karlie Kloss, Carolyn Murphy, Joan Smalls, Stella Tennant, Amber Valletta, Natalia Vodianova, and (phew!) Daria Werbowy sashayed down the runway, the intimate show also featured a few other familiar faces.

Sixty-seven-year-old icon Lauren Hutton—a Ford favorite recently cast in his guest-edited issue of December’s French Vogue—and 63-year-old actress Marisa Berenson gave the proceedings a dose of timeless elegance. Meanwhile, Julia Restoin Roitfeld (daughter of Carine; model for Ford's Black Orchid fragrance; recent Ford interviewer and model for V Magazine), Jane Birkin’s daughter Lou Doillon, style-conscious photographer Lisa Eisner, and a vogueing Daphne Guinness put their fashion muse-dom into action with respective turns on the runway.

A vampy Rita Wilson and a pompadour-rocking Julianne Moore (who brought along her daughter, Liv) also confidently strutted in Ford’s ’70s-inspired designs, but if anyone needs to rethink her day job, it’s Beyoncé Knowles: The pop star may have missed her model calling after enthusiastically working the catwalk in bouncy spiral curls, fishnets, and a curve-hugging metallic number. Sasha Fierce would be proud!

The cocktail-party atmosphere and A-list crowd will be a tough act to follow—which may account for Ford’s decree that future collections will be shown to the press by one-on-one appointments only to avoid leaked images surfacing on the Internet, according to Harper’s Bazaar.

Hey, it was fun while it lasted …




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