Just two days after Tom Ford presented his final collection for his eponymous label, announcing his departure following the brand’s sale to Estée Lauder, Tom Ford (the brand) has revealed the designer’s replacement, and it’s coming from inside the house. Peter Hawkings will assume the role of creative director of Tom Ford in a move that didn’t come as too much of a surprise—there were rumors that Hawkings would take over the post following Ford’s departure. Hawkings, who most recently held the position of Senior Vice President of Tom Ford menswear, has been working alongside Ford for almost twenty-five years.
Hawkings got his start in the industry in 1998, initially working under Ford on the menswear collections at Gucci. In 2006, the designer left Gucci to join Ford at his eponymous brand, where he was put in charge of the label’s menswear categories, a position he has held ever since.