February 21, 2000
VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards Designer of the Year Nominee Tom Ford's collection for Gucci was sleek, sensual and filled with the edgy sex appeal that has become his trademark. The show opened with a series of sharp and shiny silk gazar dresses and coats, featuring ornately ruffled necklines. Wool and cashmere looks included belted coats with carefully defined waists and leather-trimmed tweed suits. Ford quickly moved on to fitted, in-your-face motorcycle ensembles that were thoroughly young and urban. For evening, he turned the volume way up with an assortment of dazzling gold coats, slinky dresses and beaded gowns with plunging necklines. The entire collection was carried by Ford's deft way with shapes and materials, which allowed him to effortlessly create a feeling that was modern and chic.