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These Tom Ford Crystal Heels Are Encrusted with 18,500 Rhinestones

These Tom Ford Crystal Heels Are Encrusted with 18,500 Rhinestones

Tom Ford’s glittering crystal slippers are made for staying out long after midnight

A crystal slipper might traditionally come with a midnight curfew, but when it comes to Tom Ford there are no such rules – whether at his eponymous label, or at Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent before, the Tom Ford woman has always come to life after-hours. (She is, after all – to borrow the name of a recent fragrance by the designer – Fucking Fabulous.)

That said, his Autumn/Winter 2019 collection – of which these crystal peep-toe platforms, alongside various jewel-toned iterations, were a part – saw the designer temper his usual no-holds-barred glamour. If only somewhat: “I’ve never really been a designer who’s talked about a moment in time, how that’s influenced what I design. But you can’t escape the news,” Ford said at the time. “I feel frustrated and agitated and exhausted. And I don’t want to wear anything particularly challenging or anything particularly aggressive.” And so there were slouchy silk trousers, in berry and emerald and ruby, nipped-waist velvet jackets, roll-neck sweaters, leather puffer jackets – even the ubiquitous hoodie made an appearance (albeit worn with a perfectly cut, wide-shouldered satin trench).

But, if all of this marked an exercise in restraint for the designer – a man who waged sexual revolution at Gucci and is synonymous with the hedonistic glamour of the early aughts – then the footwear was proof he’s not going soft. The opposite: sky-high, and encrusted with 18,500 crystal rhinestones, these are heels made for going – and staying – out.

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Hair: Kei Takano using Bumble and Bumble. Make-up: Fiona Gallagher. Model: Tao Quan at Wilhelmina. Casting: Julia Gilmour.

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