11 Major Runway Moments From Tom Ford’s Career

Any fashion lover would appreciate Tom Ford’s incredible rise from intern (yes, he was an intern at Chloe in Paris) to making the then-dusty design house Gucci profitable (after he was given creative control in 1994, sales rose 90%) to revitalizing Yves Saint Laurent (wasn’t there a time when you’d give anything for a Mombasa horn bag?) to starting his eponymous, highly coveted line. Then there’s his side gig as a brilliant Oscar-nominated director (he announced this week that his second movie—a thriller—is in the works). Oh, did we mention he’s showing his Fall 2015 ready-to-wear collection in LA today? That’s right, in Los Angeles. With that, here are 11 mind-blowing moments from Tom Ford’s glittering career.

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Gucci: Fall 1995

This was Tom's first collection in his new role as Creative Director of Gucci. Fun fact: Tom hired Carine Roitfeld and Mario Testino to shoot this ensemble for the ad campaign. Between 1995-1996, Gucci saw a stunning 90% increase in sales.

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Yves Saint Laurent: Spring 2001

This look was from Tom's first collection as Creative Director for Yves Saint Laurent. The fashion world was immediately smitten with his take on the iconic Le Smoking.

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Gucci: Spring 2001

Kate Moss in this iconic bustier dress was a major Gucci moment. It's no wonder Tom Ford won the CFDA's Womenwear Designer of the Year Award that year.

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Yves Saint Laurent: Fall 2001

Two major trends were set into motion during Tom's Fall 2001 YSL show: First, he reinvented the off-the-shoulder look, taking it from '80s-reminiscent to modern bohemia in one chic swoop. Second, his update on the peasant blouse was such a hit, the Madison Avenue YSL boutique had more than 40 calls in one day asking about it.

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Yves Saint Laurent: Spring 2002

This safari-inspired collection introduced the Mombasa bag with a horn handle, which immediately became a must-have. Tom Ford won the CFDA Accessories Designer of the Year Award that year.

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Yves Saint Laurent: Fall 2003

This runway look was made famous when Demi Moore stepped out on the town wearing it with a beautiful accessory—her new boyfriend, Ashton Kutcher.

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Yves Saint Laurent: Fall 2004

This was Tom's last collection at YSL—the jewel-tone satin jackets with pagoda shoulders were a statement then and are still relevant now, proving classic silhouettes do in fact stand the test of time.

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Tom Ford: Spring 2011

When Tom debuted his Tom Ford womenswear collection, he asked his glamorous friends to model, which meant Daphne Guinness, Julianne Moore and Beyoncé walked the catwalk instead of sitting in the front row.

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Tom Ford: Fall 2012

Welcome to the cape heard 'round the world: Tom's favorite piece from this collection, it was chosen by Gwyneth Paltrow for the 2012 Academy Awards. It literally stopped fashion critics in their tracks.

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Tom Ford: Fall 2013

This spectacular, embellished zebra gown was worn by Christy Turlington on the cover of Bazaar and by Rihanna in A$AP Rocky's music video "Fashion Killa."

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Tom Ford: Spring 2014

Making a showstopping cocktail dress reminiscent of a disco ball is genius: Beyoncé, Kate Hudson and Jennifer Lawrence all wore versions of this micro-mini dress.

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