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Tom Ford Los Angeles show a Hollywood who's who before Oscars

Feb 22, 2015

Hollywood turned out Friday to watch models power down the runway wearing Tom Ford in the designer's first Los Angeles show, which coincided with Oscars weekend.

Julianne Moore, who in 2009 starred in "A Single Man," Ford's first stab at filmmaking, as well as Reese Witherspoon, were among the A-listers. Both women are nominated for best actress at Sunday's Academy Awards.

Tom Ford's 2015 show in Los Angeles - Tom Ford

"His fashion is fun and allows a lot of self expression," Moore told AFP, adding that she was eager for Oscars weekend.

"I'm excited. It's a really fun weekend -- there's a lot of people to see, a lot of parties."

Gwyneth Paltrow in a black mini-dress, Amy Adams in a red pantsuit, Scarlett Johansson sporting short hair and a golden mini-dress, and Jennifer Lopez applauded the Texan designer at Hollywood's Milk Studio.

From the music world Beyonce and Jay-Z, Rita Ora, Robbie Williams and Elton John were in the front row, as was Miley Cyrus in a much-revealing, fine-lace black gown suggestive of lingerie.

"He's a man of incredible style. His women are elegant and incredibly sexy," David Furnish, who was accompanying his husband Elton John, told AFP.

Ford's bohemian-chic fall/winter 2015 collection was inspired by Santa Fe, New Mexico and the state as a whole, which is located in the western United States where Ford grew up.

Fringe, boots, fur and leopard print went alongside patchwork jeans and big, black braided necklaces with large stones.

A pioneer of porn-chic in the 1990s when he was at the helm of Gucci, Ford's collection Friday flaunted deep necklines and bare backs, as well as sequined, tight gowns in popping colors and ochres.

The collection was given a standing ovation.

Ford, whose shows usually run in London, decided to present his new collection in Los Angeles as stars and media from across the globe descend on the city for the Oscars.

For the moment, Ford plans to resume with London Fashion Week in September.

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