Whatever Wednesday: Tom Ford 2011, Burberry Bespoke and Boutiques.com

This week’s “Whatever Wednesday” is short and sweet, so let’s get right to it!

Tom Ford’s Seventies Glam in Vogue US

Remember how excited I was when Tom Ford presented his Spring 2011 womanswear collection at the much buzzed about “secret show” during NYFW? I was absolutely devastated when no photos of the collection were released at the time and have eagerly awaited more news.

Thankfully, the wait is finally over. In the December 2010 issue of Vogue, Mr. Ford himself gives us some insight into his latest collection:

“It’s about individuality. Real clothes, real women. For a fashionable woman aged 25 to 75. That’s why I literally put many of my own muses in the show. I hear them say, ‘God, I can’t find that anywhere!’ ” Women friends had been “begging” him to make them suits as soon as they heard he was starting a menswear line; he couldn’t find anything to buy his mother; it all built up. “I want this to be somewhere a woman knows she can go when she wants a great jacket—not a fake expensive jacket, something that has intrinsic value. I don’t think fashion has to change every five minutes. I’d like these to be clothes you can wear for a long time—ten, 20 years; pass on to your daughter. Why buy vintage when you can open your own closet!” It’s not for the Gucci girl he left behind. “At this point?” he considers. “She’d be too trendy.”

The article, entitled “Mr. Ford Returns“, gives us a glimpse at the man behind the label while offering our first real taste of the collection!

Just in case you haven’t seen them yet, below are the drool-worthy images, captured by photographer Steven Meisel, for your viewing pleasure.

Tom Ford with Karen Elson, via Vogue

Tom Ford with Stella Tennant, via Vogue

From left: Leopard-print suit, plunge-neck blouse, shredded silk-organza shrug, silk wrap dress, suede trench, fringed silk dress, leopard-print sheath, back-tied silk dress, tuxedo jacket, trousers, and all jewelry and hats; Tom Ford boutiques. (via Vogue.com)

Image via Vogue.com

So – what do you think? Do you love it as much as I do?

The first Burberry Bespoke Trench

You’ve undoubtedly heard of the Bespoke service Burberry will be launching in early 2011. Customers will be able to design their own coats online by mixing and matching colors and styles, and adding details like buttons, studs and initials.

Emma Watson is wearing one of the first Bespoke trench coats in the image below. What do you think – winner or loser? For me it’s a definite winner!

Emma Watson wearing a Burberry Bespoke trench, via Racked

Google’s Boutique Service Goes Live

Have you checked out the latest trend in online shopping yet? Google’s “Boutiques.com” operates on the “curated fashion boutique” business model. They reached out to celebrities, personal-style bloggers, designers and retailers alike and asked them to create individual boutiques and, not only that, but the service will allow you to create your own fashion boutique as well.

Boutiques.com Personal-Style Blogger Portal

Each “boutique” serves as a portal to another retailer. Consumers are able to browse products and click through to a retailer, like net-a-porter or modcloth, to make their purchase. In addition, their is a social networking/popularity element to the service. You can elect to follow a boutique much like you would follow someone on twitter.

This is an interesting concept that seems to be getting more and more popular. What do you think, is this the future of online shopping?

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  • Veshoevius November 28, 2010, 11:26 AM

    Love this collection by Tom Ford – was worth the wait!

  • Beautifully Invisible November 19, 2010, 8:42 PM

    Thank you!

    But I don’t think you love the collection more than me… let’s just say we are equal in our admiration? LOL I can’t wait until we can see the rest in December!

  • MJ November 18, 2010, 4:06 PM

    This Tom Ford collection looks fabulous!! I would wear that white suit in a minute!!

    The trench is totally cute, though I don’t think that everyone could wear it well though.

    I haven’t looked at Google boutique yet. I may check it out but to be honest, I’m not a big, online shopper. I’m impatient when it comes to shipping and I like to try clothes on first before buying. But I wouldnt be surprised if online shopping moved in the same direction Google has with this.

    • Beautifully Invisible November 19, 2010, 8:44 PM

      Wow, I don’t know many people who aren’t big online shoppers! LOL I love the ease of online shopping, but I know exactly what you mean about trying things on first. If it’s a brand or company I am not familiar with, I try to avoid shopping online. I am still undecided about Google Boutiques. In concept it is interesting… but it doesn’t draw me in. I’d rather just hit my usual online spots myself.

      I agree about the TF collection and the trench. I am eagerly awaiting December!

  • Anonymous November 18, 2010, 8:43 AM

    I so love that Tom is back and the whole collection is smokin’ hot!!! I also love that these are pieces he’s designed with longevity and no fashion doesn’t haven’t to change every 5 minutes… brilliant! Thanks for sharing!

    Love Emma in the bespoke trench too, she’s looking good that one!


    • Beautifully Invisible November 19, 2010, 8:40 PM

      I agree completely. I’ve read some blogs where people are underwhelmed by the collection, but I think they are missing the point. It is meant to be classic. The pieces are meant to be wardrobe staples that will last for years to come. I adore it.

      I think I want the trench. 🙂

  • Casee Marie November 18, 2010, 3:18 AM

    Helloooo, Tom Ford! I need this issue, stat. (Cut to me standing outside in the cold, tapping my foot and waiting for the mailman.) These clothes! I’m in love with that blazer on Stella in the second pic. And the fringey dresses! Tom is also terribly distracting in all his attractiveness.

    Loving the Burberry on Emma. Such a fun way to rev up the classic trench. And thanks for the heads-up about Boutiques.com, I hadn’t heard about it. There are way too many social sites to keep up with anymore!

    • Beautifully Invisible November 19, 2010, 8:39 PM

      I think the issue comes out on the 23rd, in case your mailman is running behind on deliveries. I need the Vogue Paris issue even more so…. I am going to be stalking B&N to see if they get it in!

      Let me know what you think of Boutiques.com if you check it out. I’ve played a bit and am underwhelmed so far.

  • Anonymous November 18, 2010, 1:44 AM

    Oh… and how old is Miss Emma Watson… is she not the chicest thing walking! So stinkin cute! that Pixie cut was made for her.

    • Beautifully Invisible November 19, 2010, 8:37 PM

      She was born in 1990 (lord, I am old!). Love the cut… it suits her really well.

  • Anonymous November 18, 2010, 1:43 AM

    love it is an understatement. TOM FORD is just… well… Tom Ford! I’m drooling over here.

    I’ll have to check out the Google boutiques. Looks interesting. We shall see.

    • Beautifully Invisible November 19, 2010, 8:36 PM

      I agree on all counts about Tom Ford!

      Let me know what you think of the boutiques. I am still undecided.

  • Tanvi November 18, 2010, 1:20 AM

    That’s a fab collection by Tom Ford, and he is kinda hot himself 😉

    Loving Emma’s haircut. Can’t seen to get over it!

    • Beautifully Invisible November 19, 2010, 8:33 PM

      Oh yes, definitely attractive! 🙂

      I like her ahircut too. Very Mia Farrow!

    • Beautifully Invisible November 19, 2010, 8:34 PM

      Oh yes, he is definitely attractive! 🙂

      I like her haircut too.. very Mia Farrow!

  • Anonymous November 18, 2010, 1:15 AM

    Very informational

    Thanks dear for sharing


    • Beautifully Invisible November 19, 2010, 8:32 PM

      My pleasure. I know some people may have seen it already, but I hadn’t and LOVE it 🙂

  • Grit and Glamour November 17, 2010, 8:43 PM

    OMG, I LOVE TOM FORD and his line, and you for sharing this. Picking up December Vogue pronto.

    I don’t love boutiques.com, however. I have already signed up and given it a whirl, and really, I’m not at all impressed. My boutique ended up being overrun with skinny jeans and black, and while I like that, if I’m only ever served items I “like,” there’s never room for change and real creativity. I don’t plan on wasting another minute on it.

    Great post!

    ♥ V
    twitter: @gritandglamour

    • Beautifully Invisible November 17, 2010, 10:44 PM

      No problem – I also heard that he is the Guest Editor and cover model for the January issue of Vogue Paris – can’t wait to see that!

      Thanks for the insight on boutiques.com. All I’ve done so far is just check out the existing boutiques, which i have found rather underwhelming. I do think that the concept is interesting in theory, though – maybe as it grows it will improve. We’ll see!