Tom Ford Spring 2012

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For British Eyes Only: Tom Ford showed his top secret Spring collection in London.

Tom Ford’s third season creating his womenswear line was just as top secret as the first two—which means photos of the London presentation will be available when the designer says so. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have the scoop.

Anna Wintour, Hamish Bowles, Carine Roitfeld, Anna Dello Russo, Cathy Horyn, and a handful more were among the lucky guests who got to see the collection live. 

“On paper—which is all we have, what with the picture embargo—it sounds simple enough, almost reductive: pencil skirts, to the knee, sometimes with a fish tail, tightly cinched in cummerbunds and peasant tops, all of it balanced on delicately sculptured wedges or metal pin-heeled stilettos,” wrote Lisa Armstrong of the Telegraph.

“Mesh, marabou, raffia fringing, a candlewick effect which suggested long hours at the hand embroiderers, plaited satin ribbons—these were just some of the techniques applied onto those hourglass silhouettes. Throw in bosoms, cupped in cantilevered chiffon, checks and some snakeskin skirts and it could have all looked a bit much… Ford is no minimalist.”

“Mr. Ford’s show was thoroughly Tom Ford in its sex appeal and silhouette,” wrote Horyn, noting Ford’s sexed-up standbys like second-skin skirts and strappy heels. But she pointed out that there were some great options for day as well, like “loosely laced Moroccan blouses, fringed skirts and some simple but gorgeous dresses with ruching or a belt at the waist and a bubbled hem.”

Vogue’s Bowles described the event as "[bringing] high-voltage glamour and an haute-couture concept ... to the London show calendar."

Images of Ford’s collection will reportedly be released early next month. Until then, you'll have to use your imagination.

In related news, check out Tom Ford’s Fall 2011 video look book.