When Tom Ford presented his Autumn/Winter 209 runway show at the Park Avenue Armory in New York earlier in February, it was a marked departure from his usual seductive work — “an atypical Ford twist,” wrote Women’s Wear Daily. Continuing a streak from last spring, Ford has acutely developed a gentler mood for autumn/winter, championing a soft palette of pinks, blues, lavenders, greys and nudes. It was all about cool tones, whites, and romantic pastel hues against classic winter shades such as pops of deep burgundy, blacks and greys, the overall tenderness a response to the aggression in the world at large today. “Beautiful, soft color; something with ease; something not aggressive, which is odd from me. I wanted beauty,” he said.
Matching the flurry of shearling and faux fur, velvet jackets and rolled satin trousers, oversized unbuttoned shirts and billowy, chain-strapped jersey gowns floating down the runway, models wore their Tom Ford Beauty makeup simply with a modernist approach. Lips and cheeks were clean and minimalist, whereas the eyes grabbed the attention like an 80s padded shoulder would.
Dramatic yet softened for the modern day thanks to the complementary colours used on fair to dark skin tones, the smoky bedroom eyes offered a twist on a Tom Ford signature. It was all about strength, power and allure — all focusing on the eyes.
Create the look
To create the look, artists created an even complexion using the Traceless Stick Foundation (HK$690), with subtle cheekbone-enhancing contour and a light flush of Cheek Color in the sensual peachy shade of 06 Inhibition (HK$500). For the face, it was “less is more.”
For the eyes, it was all high-octane romance: two neutral colourways of the Eye Color Quad were used for fairer and darker skin tones. All models got the smoked-out treatment around the crease area and lower lash line using the deep grey shade in 03 Nude Dip (HK$665). Fairer models got pink and ivory shades to make the inner eye corner and brow bone pop, while darker models suited the deep bronze and mauve shades from 13 Orchid Haze (HK$665).
Eyes were very barely lined along the upper and lower lash lines with the Diffused Eye Kohl Intense (HK$290), followed by a thin, flawless stroke of the Eye Defining Pen (HK$450), and multiple coats of Extreme Mascara to add volume and oomph to lashes. With such a strong, sultry eye, the brows were filled simply with Brow Sculptor in 04 Espresso (HK$530) with a gentle curved arch to frame the face.
Finally, a sweep of the new Lip Lacquer Luxe liquid lipstick (HK$450) — making its debut backstage — completed the look. The barely-there matte shade of 01 Darling made for uniform nude lips that looked like flawless, rosy second skin. In particular, the lipstick is already fast becoming the new favourite among fans of liquid lipsticks, especially as it features daikon radish oil, a natural emollient, as well as mineral powder pigment, making for comfortable and lightweight wear. The Lip Lacquer Luxe boasts a featherlight, soft-matte finish and claims to be transfer-resistant. It also comes in a high-shine vinyl finish.
To keep makeup looking fresh against the heat of the spotlight, a final tap of Traceless Touch Foundation SPF 40 Satin-Matte Cushion Compact (HK$370) kept the skin looking fresh and youthful when it was time to retouch. Nails were painted in 02 Toasted Sugar to match the natural modernism of the entire look. For a final flourish, models were spritzed with the all-new Beau du Jour — a masculine floral fragrance from Tom Ford’s Private Blend collection, featuring notes of lavender, moss and amber.
Taking a deliberate move to enhance natural beauty, Tom Ford’s latest look is no less alluring than its more audacious counterparts of recent years — and most importantly, it’s incredibly wearable. Flattering for any skin tone and shape, the simple beauty inherent in the look makes it easy to take from casual coffee meets to work engagements to cocktail hour, perfectly suited for Hong Kong’s busy, glamorous women.
Want to flawlessly replicate the Tom Ford AW19 runway look? Workshops at Tom Ford Beauty counters in Hong Kong are available for booking for your own private tutorial, and just take 25 to 30 minutes. Just call to reserve your session at Tom Ford counters: Lane Crawford IFC Mall (8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3572 0184); Lane Crawford Times Square (1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2110 4725); or Harvey Nichols Landmark (15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 3695 3118).