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It was a week filled with celebratory shows, showcases of up-and-coming designers, and glamorous parties to make New York Fashion Week feel like it was back in the pre-pandemic days. Tom Ford wrapped up his Spring 2023 collection in New York City with the much-anticipated downtown show. Here are five things to know about the runway, its models, and, of course, the star-studded front row.

The collection felt like a swan song

In July, it was reported that Tom Ford had hired Goldman Sachs to explore a potential sale. The industry has since speculated that Spring 2023 could be Tom Ford’s final runway show, with the man behind the brand at the helm. may be true. Freddie Mercury’s “time waits for no one” lyric echoed over the speakers, and his glamorous ’80s-inspired pieces that embodied Ford’s aesthetic over the years were on display.

Photo courtesy of Dan Rekka, courtesy of Tom Ford

Photo courtesy of Dan Rekka, courtesy of Tom Ford

Photo courtesy of Dan Rekka, courtesy of Tom Ford

Photo courtesy of Dan Rekka, courtesy of Tom Ford

Photo courtesy of Dan Rekka, courtesy of Tom Ford

Photo courtesy of Dan Rekka, courtesy of Tom Ford

Photo courtesy of Dan Rekka, courtesy of Tom Ford

Photo courtesy of Dan Rekka, courtesy of Tom Ford

As for the grand finale, there was no final walk. Instead, just one of her models closed the show in a floor-length gold and silver turtleneck gown, with her hair braided into an intricate crown-like style.She carried a small bouquet of golden roses as she walked the runway. As an official show and perhaps the final chapter of the iconic American brand, there was a sense of emotion and closure in the air. But it also felt a message: If Tom Ford teeth Leaving, he goes out to a party.

Photo courtesy of Dan Rekka, courtesy of Tom Ford

Photo courtesy of Dan Rekka, courtesy of Tom Ford

Photo courtesy of Dan Rekka, courtesy of Tom Ford

Photo courtesy of Dan Rekka, courtesy of Tom Ford

The 80’s influence was frenetic

There was sequins and 80’s music and lots of both. She opened the show in a sheer bikini top with glittering stars and a silver metallic blazer. On the bottom, baggy knee-length shorts covered in glittering star and heart motifs followed by chunky crystal-encrusted fishnet tops and low-slung metallic trousers. From sporty hot shorts to shiny tracksuits to pastel western fringe jackets to men’s quilted leather jackets, everything had his rich ’80s aesthetic. Robert Palmer’s “Addicted to Love” played, and Liberace-inspired hot pants and crystal Cascade his jacket debuted.

Photo courtesy of Dan Rekka, courtesy of Tom Ford

Photo courtesy of Dan Rekka, courtesy of Tom Ford

Photo courtesy of Dan Rekka, courtesy of Tom Ford

Photo courtesy of Dan Rekka, courtesy of Tom Ford

Ruled House (and Fordian) Codes

Of course, Ford also showed the understated side of the brand, with soft tailored suits and silky sets for men. Tom had some grubby moments that were particularly reference not only to his Ford brand, but to Ford’s overall work when he worked for Gucci.

(Gucci G-strings, anyone?) That look could have been ripped directly from one of Ford’s (his eponymous brand, or Gucci) iconic campaigns in the early 2000s. There was also something.

Photo courtesy of Dan Rekka, courtesy of Tom Ford

Photo courtesy of Dan Rekka, courtesy of Tom Ford

Photo courtesy of Dan Rekka, courtesy of Tom Ford

Photo courtesy of Dan Rekka, courtesy of Tom Ford

Photo courtesy of Dan Rekka, courtesy of Tom Ford

The front was star-studded…and intriguing

Madonna, Erykah Badu, Ciara, Lila Moss, Nicola and Brooklyn Peltz-Beckham sat in the front row of the show. Evan Mock, Dove Cameron, Chris Rock, Katie Holmes, Russell Westbrook, Lourdes Leon, Shalom Harlow, Karlie Kloss, Nicole Richie, and Taylor Hill were also in attendance. With Tom Ford up for sale, the show felt like an intimate celebration. There were also some new faces. As of last month, Estee Lauder and his Companies were in talks to acquire Tom Ford for at least his $3 billion, according to The Wall Street Journal. Also sitting next to her in the front row, one of the industry’s most famous fashion critics, was Fabrizio Frieda, president and CEO of Estee Lauder Her Companies.

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Brooklyn Beckham and Nicola Peltz

Photo by Matteo Prandoni/BFA.com

Tokisha, Trudy Styler, Erykah Badu, Law Roach, Lila Moss, Brooklyn Beckham, Nicola Peltz, Christine Chiu, EJ Johnson.

Photo by Matteo Prandoni/BFA.com

Frances Tiafoe, Ciara, Russell Westbrook.

Photo by Neil Rasmus/BFA.com

Rocco Richie and Lourdes Leon

Photo by Neil Rasmus/BFA.com

Photo by Jojo Korsh/BFA.com

Chris Rock and Katie Holmes

Photo by Neil Rasmus/BFA.com

Chris Rock, Rocco Richie, Lourdes Leon, Madonna, Tokisha.

Photo by Matteo Prandoni/BFA.com

Photo by Neil Rasmus/BFA.com

Erykah Badu and Law Roach

Photo by Jojo Korsh/BFA.com

Bella and Gigi Hadid wrapped up the show

Photo by Rommel Demano/BFA.com

The all-star cast, including Gigi and Bella Hadid, walked the runway, each decked out in glittery sequined disco ball dresses and matching giant hoop earrings. Liya Kebede and Joan Smalls paired black sarong-style dresses with knee-high metallic leather boots, while Maria Carboscono wore one of his finale looks. He draped lilac sequins as he strode down the runway. The cast of models is clearly as bright and bold as the collection, representing some of his House of Fashion’s longtime favorites.

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