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Tom Ford bids farewell to Gucci Menswear

January 14, 2004
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Tom Ford waved goodbye to Gucci Menswear on Wednesday, presenting his final collection for the label in Milan. The audience was treated to a raunchy, 1960s-themed spectacle, as a team of pole dancers provided a risqué backdrop for his latest designs.

"I asked myself, what was my Gucci all about," said the company's creative director. "It's about celebrating a playboy, about hedonism, luxury, glamour and sex." And Tom himself looked very much the part, in a chest-baring dress shirt and closely cut velvet suit.

Ever the professional, he presented a gentlemanly collection that will pass the baton smoothly to his successor. Long fitted coats and classy tweed jackets sailed down the catwalk over tight white trousers and crocodile shoes. There was also a smattering poodle-fur trim, offsetting white tote bags with sturdy webbing straps.

Needless to say, following the surprise news that he will leave the label in April, talk was rife over who might replace the inimitable Mr Ford. It has been widely reported that Alexander McQueen will take over his duties at Yves Saint Laurent, which forms part of the Gucci portfolio. The enfant terrible of British fashion would seem a natural choice for the position, given that the Italian giant already owns his eponymous label.

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In an open-chested shirt and velvet suit, Tom was fully embracing his Austin Powers-style nightclub theme as he stepped out to enjoy the plaudits of the Milan crowdPhoto: © PA
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Pole dancers provided the backdrop for what was actually a rather gentleman-orientated collectionPhoto: © Reuters

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