Tom Ford is furious with Amal Clooney for her last-minute Met Gala wardrobe change

Although the Met Gala is over, the outfit drama still lingers on between Tom Ford’s design team and Amal Clooney over a wardrobe change. After weeks of painstaking effort working on Clooney’s dress for the big event, the human rights lawyer decided not to wear it.

Instead, Amal showed up wearing her “backup” outfit by young British designer Richard Quinn: a metallic bustier, cigarette trousers, and billowing floral train. According to Page Six, Amal notified the designers of her last-minute wardrobe change. They were reportedly not pleased with the decision but gracefully accepted her choice to go with another designer. The team also said they would prefer it if Amal did not wear the dress at all that night (if she wasn’t going to wear it on the red carpet) so they would have the opportunity to allow another star to debut the creation at another A-list event.

Vogue staffers pushed Amal to stick with the original wardrobe plan in order to avoid unnecessary drama. After all, Clooney was the co-chair of this year’s Met Gala and cover girl of Vogue’s May issue. But of course, to stir the pot even more, the modern-day fashion icon made the bold move to ignore the design team’s request and changed into their crimson stain-glass window-inspired full-length gown later that evening at a private after party.

Tom Ford debuts watch collection

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The American label makes styling your timepiece effortless with an inventive strap system

Recent decades have seen some of the top fashion houses increasingly embracing the world of watchmaking, with the likes of Chanel, Ralph Lauren and Louis Vuitton leading the way. In fact, it’s almost unusual these days for a label not to include a line of wrist-based accoutrements as part of its range of accessories.

That Tom Ford has waited until 2018 to reveal his first collection of timepieces speaks to the thought that has gone into his horological debut. Its innovation comes through most evidently in its playful interchangeable strap system, allowing the wearer to effortlessly switch between more than 60 different style and colour options. One of the easiest, no-tools-required solutions on the market, the case simply slides on and off the strap, sitting securely on the wrist when the buckle is fastened.

Just as you’d expect from the American designer, the Swiss-made watches exude a sleek and androgynous look, presented in two case diameters of 30mm and 27mm. Featuring a subtly curved rectangular silhouette and contemporary font on the dial, dressier options include an 18ct gold version, while it’s also available in stainless steel and a matte black DLC. They provide the ideal base to pair with the vast array of strap options, including woven braided leather, alligator and pebbled grain leather in hues from toned-down blacks, browns and tan to bolder pinks and reds, making picking the perfect watch to match your outfit easier than ever.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Tom Ford

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Tom Ford is a lot of things. A Los Angeles–based fashion designer, who confidently schedules his men’s and women’s runway shows a mere 48 hours apart at New York Fashion Week. A filmmaker, who has directed, written, and produced the likes of A Single Man and Nocturnal Animals to Oscar fanfare and critical acclaim. An activist, who was the recent recipient of the Hero Award, given to him by nonprofit The Trevor Project in honor of his work for the LGBTQ youth community. A powerhouse beauty behemoth, whose cultish line of perfume (including the sweet, leathery, and currently sold-out F*cking Fabulous) is rivaled only by his full-throttle makeup range and his glittering circle of celebrity muses. And now, apparently, a devoted vegan—as he disclosed, to the surprise of even his most obsessive fashion fans, in an interview yesterday.

In other words, there is so much more to the 6-foot-2 former model and notoriously fit man than meets the eye. From multiple baths a day to the reason he switched to a plant-based diet last year in a turn he says has impacted his designs greatly, here are five things you might not have known about the American designer we think we know so well.

He Is Vegan

“I’ve been vegan for about a year,” Ford said in an interview. “When you look at how most of our meat, our animal products, are raised, from a health standpoint, I didn’t feel that I should eat those things anymore.” And while the plant-based diet has translated to the runway for Ford, in the form of less real fur and more fake fur and food by-products such as cowhide and shearling, he is careful not to call himself completely “fur-free.” In fact, he’s careful not to call himself a complete vegan, too. “I cheat with baked goods,” he said. “Most vegan baked goods just don’t do it like a box of Hostess donuts.”

He Is Bath-Obsessed

In a single day, Ford has been known to take not one but four hot baths. One at 4:30 a.m., when he rises; another at 9:15 a.m., after his workout; and more at 6 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., two solid soaks that sandwich the evening’s social obligations. “Often, I lie in the tub for a half-hour and just let my mind wander,” he said in an interview. “I find a bath meditative.” What’s not surprising? Afterward, he has a strict beauty regimen, replete with a beard trim and a swipe of foundation for dark eyes or blemishes. “Naturally, I use my own beauty products.”

He Does Not Gain Weight

Every morning, before his first bath, the 56-year-old weighs himself. “If I gain more than three pounds, I eat vegetables for two or three days until I get back down to my weight,” Ford once told artist Lisa Eisner. “I’m the same weight now that I was when I was 33 years old.” Of course, his strict fitness regimen, a mix of Pilates, 30 to 45 minutes of cardio, and a half-hour of free weights, doesn’t hurt his cause. What does? Those donuts. “I often completely ruin my diet by eating a donut or two when I arrive [at the office by 10:00 a.m.],” he’s admitted.

He Doesn’t Talk on the Phone

“I don’t carry a phone with me because I hate talking on the phone, especially cell phones,” he once said. And while, yes, he does have gadgets, an iPad for reading books or screenplays, and a MacBook Air for the many Skype conversations he must take at the office, his iPhone is used primarily as a camera. “In an emergency, of course, I use it as a phone,” he continued, but “I am not really even sure what my number is.”

He Is Getting Into the Skin-Care Game

With cosmetics, fragrance, and men’s grooming already under his belt, Ford recently admitted to a forthcoming women’s and men’s skin-care collection. And while he’s “not ready to talk about it yet,” he has promised the range has been top of mind for the last two years. The good news is that there will be a new iteration of his luxury cosmetics line that he says is “more daring” than ever. The name? Extremê. The launch date? Tomorrow, at his women’s show.


Tom Ford Fall RTW 2018

Tom Ford fall 2018

For fall, Tom Ford went high-glitz, high-glam and audacious.

Such is an element of Ford’s newfound prescription for dressing by day: the “potent piece” integrated with basics, an approach informed, he has said, by mingling with school moms during drop-off. Suffice to say, that must be some school parking lot. These days, Ford’s mad for leggings, but there are leggings and leggings. His favorites: liquid metallic and flashy animal spots.

In fact, though tempering his use of fur, Ford loves an animalia motif — zebra, snake and spots galore, shown with dizzying fortitude, from his take on discretion, the all-black, high-sparkle look that opened the show, to head-to-toe color — tailored suits in acid green and red; an acid yellow mini shift and frilled dresses in purple, red and yellow, all over coordinating tights. There were calmer moments, too — if one can call a racy black jumpsuit with cutout midsection calm (yes, it harkened indirectly to a white jersey Milanese ancestor). Might this have been one of the looks Ford referred to last week, when, voicing frustration with the state of the red carpet, he said, “There’s some things in my women’s show…and I thought, ‘If someone had the guts, this is what they should wear on the red carpet.’” If so — agreed. Then there were the coats. These were fabulous, both chic shearlings with jeweled buttons and everything-but-the-kitchen-sink collaged wonders that worked an off-beat, tricked-out practicality. Potent indeed.

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Tom Ford: I am really a loner after all

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Mr. Ford, have you had a midlife crisis?

Yes. Leaving Gucci was devastating for me. Devastating because I had really put everything into that for fifteen years and all of a sudden I had no identity. “Who am I? What am I doing? I have no forum to speak to anyone anymore or to convey my thoughts or ideas.” Maybe I drank a little too much – living in London that’s a very easy thing to do. The emphasis in my life maybe switched to things that were not the important things. So yeah, I had a bit of a midlife crisis. I wish there was a better term for that. It comes to everybody, maybe in your thirties, maybe in your forties, maybe in your sixties or seventies, who knows. You get to the moment where you feel the clock is ticking and you are wondering if you are really getting the most out of your life.

If you have everything in life it is easier to lose yourself, it seems.

And if you do have everything it is also easier to understand that those are not the important things. Unfortunately a lot of people don’t get to that point. They spend their lives striving and still don’t learn those lessons. Other people figure it out at age twenty and they’re completely balanced and together and understand how to keep things in check from an early age.

How would you describe your current state of mind?

I feel that I don’t need anything for a good life. I grew up in New Mexico and the older I get I have less need for contemporary culture and big cities and all the stuff we are bombarded with. I am happier at my ranch in the middle of nowhere watching a bug carry leaves across the grass, listening to silence, riding my horse, and being in open space. So I have some sort of security that if I lost everything in my life, I would be very happy with the simple things because they are the ones that are important.

So the glamour you stand for doesn’t interest you?

After just being in New Mexico for two months, I realized that I could really work from anywhere. I am really a loner after all; I am really not a social person. Because of my job people think I am out every night, but I really hate all that. I am somebody who likes to be alone and see some close friends. I am a shy and introspective person.

Do you get the most inspiration from nature? It is the ultimate beauty, after all.

Yes, nature is the closest thing to God and I don’t mean God by any sort of religion but by the connection to the universe, which I think we have lost. The American Indians had that and where I live is actually the center of the Anasazi Indian civilization. I even have two huge Anasazi ruins on the property of my ranch. I am not saying that there definitely is some sort of spirituality coming from there, but there might be. When you are close to the earth and you get up when the sun comes up and you go to sleep when it goes down, it puts everything in perspective.


Yes, all the rest of this crap just fades away. We’ve lost our contact with the earth. Dogs don’t have guilt, dogs don’t have insecurity complexes, dogs don’t think that they need a bigger house than the other dog. Dogs are just completely themselves. They’re very in touch, they’re not thinking about their death. They are just rolling on their back, enjoying what that feels like. I think that is sort of the appeal of animals in our lives; that is what’s important.

Are you a spiritual person?

I am a spiritual person in an eastern religion kind of way. I learned that happiness for all of us is a switch that you flick in your brain. It doesn’t have anything to do with getting a new house, a new car, a new girlfriend, or a new pair of shoes. Our culture is very much about that; we are never happy with what we have today. We always think that we need something else to be happy.

This all sounds like you have a tough time living the Hollywood life that everybody expects you to.

I did have a tough time dealing with it and I have learned how to separate it. It is a performance; it is me playing a role. I am not saying that there are no aspects of it that I enjoy; I love beautiful women, beautiful dresses, and beautiful flowers. But all those things have to stay in perspective. There is nothing wrong with loving the fact that we are physical beings but you have got to keep them in perspective. It is just a diversion. It’s one of the nice things in life, like eating a great steak or kissing a good kisser – well, kissing a good kisser is maybe more valuable than all the other stuff – but these are things you have to leave behind when you leave the planet. When I am on my deathbed, I don’t think I will be thinking about a nice pair of shoes I had or my beautiful house. I am going to be thinking about an evening I spent with somebody when I was twenty where I felt that I was just absolutely connected to them.

Are you really that much of a romantic?

Yeah, I’m really a romantic.

How long does it take every morning for you to become that Tom Ford you were talking about before?

It takes me a long time in the morning to become the person that other people expect me to be. When I feel depressed and I have a bad day or something terrible has happened or I have to face something, I go through a very precise ritual getting dressed in the morning. In a sense it is armor; I’m building up a layer. If everything in my material world is in order, I will be able to get through it. That perfectionism comes from me being a Virgo. My inner world is related to my outer world. If my house is a wreck, I’m a wreck. If I am together, that’s together. That’s a kind of balance.

For many years you’ve shared your life with your boyfriend Richard Buckley. Is he your idea of a good life?

Richard is the person I love the most in the world and the person I have been together with for 23 years. So yes, but so are my dogs. I’ve asked myself, “If I were to die tomorrow what are the things that I will remember?” and I realized that nuzzling up with one of my dogs is one of the most precious things in my life! That would be something I would miss so much.

It must be important to have somebody that goes with you through that whole journey of life, somebody that shows you that it is not about the next fashion show or advertisement you shoot.

Of course it is. I am still friends with the people I went to school with. A lot of them have been working with me for the past 18 years. When you find somebody good, keep them! Keep them in your life.

Do you especially treasure the people you are close to because it is difficult for you to meet new people?

Honestly, I don’t meet very many people. I am married but no one comes on to me, ever. It is like I don’t exist sexually. No one, no one.

You are Tom Ford after all, so people probably think they don’t have a chance anyways.

Maybe that is the reason, but no one, no one flirts, no one comes on to me. Usually when people are personal with me, then they want to give me their business card at the end of the conversation.

So you wish you would get hit on more often?

Of course! (Laughs) Why not? I am not saying I would act on it, but it would be nice.


Marcolin renews Tom Ford eyewear licence

The multi-year licensing agreement has been extended for five years and will now run until December 31 2015

Eyewear supplier Marcolin Group and Tom Ford International automatically renewed their licensing agreement for the design, production and worldwide distribution of optical frames and sunglasses under the Tom Ford brand. The multi-year licensing agreement has been extended for five years and will now run until December 31 2015.

Marcolin said that distribution of Tom Ford Eyewear products “will continue to be targeted towards prestige accounts worldwide.” Style and licensing officer Maurizio Marcolin added: “The outstanding relationship with Tom Ford has enabled Marcolin to bring to the market an iconic luxury premium brand reaching immediate success and global awareness.”

Tom Ford president and CEO Tom Ford said: “Marcolin is an exceptional manufacturer and partner. The renewal is a natural result of the excellent relationship that we have had over the past five years.”

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The libertine world of Tom Ford

Tom FordBack in Womenswear, the Designer Seduces Anew

When Tom Ford announced he was leaving Gucci Group in 2004 — a company he saved from collapse and transformed into the world’s third-largest luxury goods brand — the fashion world was disconsolate.

“This changes the landscape,” Harper’s Bazaar editor Glenda Bailey told The Post when the news broke. Celebrity fans such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Rita Wilson publicly mourned the loss. Fashionistas bought and and hoarded. “[This] parallels Christian Dior’s span at Dior, also just a decade,” Vogue’s Hamish Bowles said at the time.

The New Yorker even ran a (semi-)comic essay, “No. Please, No,” which read, in part: “It sounds so stark, a sentence that should never be said: Tom Ford has left Gucci … There’s no rhyme or reason.”

Parent company PPR announced it would have to hire four people to replace him.

So it’s no small thing that Ford, one feature film (“A Single Man”) and a menswear line now behind him, has finally re-entered womenswear. The designer showed his inaugural S/S 2011 line in New York last season, in a retro way that was, typically, also forward-thinking. Ford’s muses and fans, including Julianne Moore, Lauren Hutton and Beyonce (a surprise get with no prior connection to Ford, a control freak herself who, tellingly, yielded to his vision), walked in an invitation-only show at his Madison Avenue store. Cameras were not permitted, which exponentially added to the mystique.

“What happens in fashion is that you’re creating perishable goods,” Ford told his friend, the artist John Currin, in this month’s Interview. “I was trying to create goods that are not as perishable; [because of the Internet] they lose their freshness [and] spontaneity and my customer doesn’t want to wear the same jacket she’s seen photographed over and over on every single woman for six months.”

During his pre-Internet tenure at Gucci and, later, Yves Saint Laurent, Ford proved himself the master of guessing what women want, at classing up kink. He created liquid, slinky clothes that referenced the louche glamour of the ’70s — Halston, Studio 54, Le Smoking — that also felt ineffably modern. He could generate controversy with a print ad featuring the Gucci logo shaved into a model’s pubic hair, yet also speak with complete authority on the perils of poor taste.

“Just look at the Paris Hilton phenomenon,” he once said, “and the way every other teenager looks like a prostitute.”

He convinced Scarlett Johansson and Keira Knightley — known for prestige projects — to pose nude with him (Ford was fully clothed) for the cover of Vanity Fair’s 2006 Hollywood issue, which he guest-edited.

“If I could boil the Tom Ford experience down to a single element,” VF Editor-in-Chief Graydon Carter wrote, “it would be the yellow Post-it note I found [on] a photograph of Angelina Jolie pinned to the wall of Vanity Fair’s planning room. In small handwriting were the words, OLeave in butt crack. TF.'”

He went on to describe Ford as “a gentleman and a wonderful collaborator.”

It’s this very tension — the control freak as libertine and vice versa — that makes Ford, his abundant talent notwithstanding, so compelling. He¹s an immaculate man with a dirty mind. He’s the most aggressively sexual American designer working, and also the most elegant. He identifies as an American and a European. He’s known for sex and worships beauty.

“I have a reputation for sex and making a woman sexy,’ he told Interview. “But I don’t start out saying, ‘Oh, I’m gonna make this woman look sexy or sexual.’ I simply . . . put her in front of me and say, ‘What can I do to make her more beautiful in my eyes?'”

The women’s collection arrives early March at Tom Ford, 845 Madison Ave.


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London Fashion Week biggest attraction: Tom Ford

From Burberry to Erdem, London Fashion Week hosts some of fashion’s biggest names each season, but this year will see one of the industry’s most renowned designers come to the capital.

Tom Ford will show his second womenswear collection at fashion week later this month. A spokesperson revealed that instead of a catwalk show, “there will only be a small presentation for international monthly magazines”. However, the presentation alone will be a huge draw for London, particularly as it’s Ford’s second collection after returning from a six-year break last year.

We can’t wait to see what the famous Mr. Ford has in store for us.

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