Blog: Leonie BarrieTom Ford’s final bow

Leonie Barrie | 8 March 2004

Tom Ford last night presented his final collection for the Gucci-owned Yves Saint Laurent, ending a nine-year reign that has seen his stratospheric rise from unknown to the most sought-after man in fashion. Love him or loathe him, there’s no denying his impact on Gucci and YSL and the luxury sector as a whole. PPR’s likely decision to replace Ford with a team of anonymous designers might have been fuelled by the question of which comes first, the designer or the brand, but it could mark the start of a sea change away from star names at the helm. Either way, Ford will be a hard act to follow, and although he hasn’t said much about his plans from here the smart money says he’ll find it hard to stay away from fashion’s frontline.

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