I think this is going to be the hardest article I have ever edited. I have always dreamed of talking about fashion, luxury, design, meaningful and substantial topics, but I didn’t think it would have happened on my personal blog. During the second year of my Masters degree in the city of Siena, I met professor Victoria Baker, who tutored me throughout the English course. She was a beautiful woman with long hair and blue eyes and also a great person inside. This “lady”- and by this I mean a high class woman, full of knowledge, culture, elegance and humility – told me that her brother is the famous and well-known London fashion designer Tom Baker. Since I have been fascinated by the beautiful way she talked to me about him and by the way she heartily praised his work, I meant to write an article about him. Not only I would like to describe the designer from my point of view, from what I see when I look at his creations , but also from his sister’s point of view, from the way she enjoys life with him and the way she supports him. First of all, I would like to specify that every type of mass media has talked about him hundreds of times. With regards to the press, in his official website it’s easy to notice the long list of the most important articles in the most well-known high-brow magazines. So I decided to talk about Sir Tom Baker in a kind of atypical way. That is to say, about the fashion designer but, most of all, about Victoria’s brother and the man himself. It was my teacher herself who convinced me to do it: when I proposed my idea to her I did not think it would be successful, but, unexpectedly, she instead surprised me with her joy and approval. She was enthusiastic and thankful. So, now, in this article I will talk about Sir Tom Baker the designer. Later in my next article, coming soon, I will talk about Sir Tom as Victoria’s brother.
Sir Tom Baker Fashion Designer
Fall/ Winter 2016-2017 and Spring/Summer 2017 collections: gold, leather, sequins, velvet, feathers, denim, loud and dark colors, shiny black, tight waist, pointed shoes, skulls, top hat, fringe, spotted patterns, rock, exuberance, folly, hazard. Perfection, mastery, high fashion, elegance.
London. From the Saville Row school – renamed “Saville Rogue” by the designer himself- to the unique, personal style, recognisable from the first moment and available from his shop in Soho. A designer who personally follows the whole dressmaking process: from the measuring of the custumer to the draft, to the first tacking, to finalising the piece. A balanced harmony moving from hazards and classical details. Never excessive, never tacky, never inappropriate or in bad taste. Supporter of the unique piece, of the custom-made accessible to few people, and understandable just by a limited niche. He clothes the man who wants to be daring even while maintaining an aesthetic balance. He clothes the man who wants to go unobserved, but, most of all, who is not afraid to be noticed and judged. He clothes who has the courage to show himself and knows that is often misunderstood.
He has been clothing the greatest personalities of the rock music scenery, such as Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), The Prodigy, Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols), Roger Taylor (Queen) and important representatives of the English and the worldwide nobility. A personality full of contrast that affects his collections; a man who is, in my opinion, elegantly and wisely rock.
“… the meaning of style is […]: “the key is a combination of personality mixed with compatible dress sense”. […] A finely cut suit will guarantee this feeling for the wearer when combined with great footwear, an elegant shirt and tie and some fine accessories as well as a good attitude. To spend a long time dressing up however is dangerous, as is seeking reassurances for the way you look! It is best to not obsess!..
(all photos and quotes are taken from official site
tombakerlondon.com and from Instagram @SirTomBaker)
(English Trad. Daniela Caridà)