Tom Ford has a history of breaking fashion rules.
Earlier this year, the designer said he would show his first “see now, buy now” collection, joining Burberry, Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors, and Proenza Schouler. The label announced today that he’ll be showing the fall 2016 collection at New York fashion week in September.
The Council of Fashion Designers of America released the official schedule. When Ford made the announcement in the spring, he’d canceled his fall 2016 show at the last minute. The majority of the other labels showing at NYFW will be presenting their spring 2017 collections.
Ford was one of the early adopters of eschewing the traditional fashion schedule when he took his London-based show to Los Angeles for fall 2015. For spring 2016, the designer opted for a look book instead of a formal press preview.
“In a world that has become increasingly immediate, the current way of showing a collection four months before it is available to customers is an antiquated idea and one that no longer makes sense. We have been living with a fashion calendar and system that is from another era,” the designer said in a statement.
“Showing the collection as it arrives in stores will remedy this and allow the excitement that is created by a show or event to drive sales and satisfy our customers’ increasing desire to have their clothes as they are ready to wear them.”
In honor of Tom Ford’s anticipated show at NYFW, we’re taking a look back at some of his greatest runway hits—from his time as the creative director at Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent to his rise as the founder of his own label.
1. Gucci fall 1995
This wasn’t Tom Ford’s debut for Gucci, but it is one of the most fondly remembered of his collections for the label. Sales of the brand reportedly increased by 90 percent between 1995 and 1996. The silky, chic button-downs; velvet trousers; horsebit leather loafers; and low-cut suits he showcased on the runway were instantly covetable.
2. Yves Saint Laurent spring 2001
Ford made his YSL debut at the label’s spring 2001 show. The highly anticipated collection was full of his new sexy versions of the classic Le Smoking suit. Think low-cut, strong-shouldered jackets and generously cut trousers rendered in classic black and white.
3. Gucci fall 2004
Ford went out with a bang for his last collection at Gucci. During his time there, he defined the Gucci woman as a symbol of confidence, luxury, and glamour. He sent decadent skirt suits, skirts with thigh-high slits, and fur and leather jackets down the runway.
5. Tom Ford fall 2015
Ford returned to his celebrity obsession for his fall 2015 show in Los Angeles—270 of the 500 guests were from the entertainment industry. As for the clothes? Ford showed a chic, Hollywood-ready collection of leather skirts, fur coats, embellished denim jackets, and ’60s-inspired floor-length gowns with fringe and psychedelic prints.