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Last Saturday night, halfway through London fashion week, a handful of models walked and rolled down the catwalk. Among them were British actors Adam Pearson who has neurofibromatosis and the Years and Years star Ruth Madeley, who was born with spina bifida and uses a wheelchair – and the brand showing its wares? British adaptive clothing specialist Unhidden.
The Tom Ford look – a rakish, glossy 90s-style minimalism for hedonists – has come back into fashion this year, just at the moment when Ford himself has left. Ford sold his company to Estée Lauder for $2.8bn last year and has bowed out of design duties. But at Milan fashion week, a debut collection by his longtime protege, the British designer Peter Hawkings, made a convincingly chic case for the viability of Tom Ford fashion without Tom Ford the man.
No sooner had Scarlett Johansson and Emma Watson settled into the front row in their elegant little black dresses than a curtain of slime began to ooze from the polished concrete ceiling of the Prada Foundation in Milan. The ick oozed in gummy ribbons, squelching on to the catwalk where it puddled in a scum of bubbles that the models deftly dodged in their pointed kitten heels.