Mood board: A blending of the masculine and feminine was the order of day for Tom Ford, who presented both his menswear and womenswear collections at the Park Avenue Armory this week. With women donning sculptural leather jackets and tailored blazers paired with languid lace and chiffon skirts, and men matching slim fitted silhouettes with Cuban heel boots, the divide between both genders seemed to almost disappear. Awash in a sea of nude-coloured tones, both collections were punctuated with hits of lilac, blush pinks and warm whites for a fresh, yet sensual feel.

Finishing touches: The contrasting of hard and soft elements carried over into the season’s new accessories too. Handbags were roomy, unlined and unstructured, thus allowing the nature of the leather to shine, while elegant satin shoes boasted slender metal heels and a matching toe cap for an added edge.

Sound bite: ‘This season I decided to take some time to think about why I wanted to become a fashion designer and what it was that I loved doing and consequently what I feel men and women really want in their lives,’ says Ford. ‘I became a fashion designer because I wanted to make men and women feel more beautiful and to empower them with confidence. A feeling of knowing that they looked their best and could then present their best selves to the world.’§