Life after Gucci for Tom Ford

tomford1.jpg Uber designer Tom Ford is launching his own menswear label. The Texan, who breathed life into an ailing Gucci before leaving in 2004, plans on changing the fashion system, shying away from the catwalk and celebrity path that has previously worked so well for him.

“It’s for people who really care about clothes and quality. It could be a guy who’s only 20, or it might be a man of 80. Age is not important; it’s attitude,” he told the Daily Telegraph.

The menswear – including tailored suits, jackets, shirts, accessories, shoes and leather goods – will be produced in partnership with Italian group Ermengildo Zegna. The first shop, on New York’s Madison Ave, opens on November 1. All very well for men, but what about us women?


Tom Ford gets ready to launch his line

When last heard from, Tom Ford was serving as guest editor of Vanity Fair’s annual Hollywood issue and putting himself, Scarlett Johansson and Keira Knightley on the magazine’s cover (he with clothes on, they without). Now word’s out on his next venture: The former Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent designer will launch a line of ready-to-wear and custom clothing, footwear and accessories for men under the Tom Ford label.

The collection will initially be available only at the first Tom Ford store, which will open on Madison Avenue in New York this fall.

Domenico De Sole, the executive who left Gucci with Ford 2 1/2 years ago, is chairman of the Tom Ford label.

“We are poised to establish the first true luxury brand of the 21st century,” he said. Additional stores are planned for Los Angeles, London, Tokyo and Milan.

Ford said that his decision to create menswear doesn’t mean he has given up his directing ambition. “My film career is in no way being placed on hold, but we all know how long it can take to get a film project off the ground,” he said, and plans to continue spending at least half of each year in Los Angeles, where he has a home.

The Ermenegildo Zegna group will produce and distribute the new line.

Source: Los Angeles Times

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Tom Ford and Richard Buckley threw a pre-Oscar party at their Richard Neutra home in Bel-Air. The guest list included Condé Nast chairman Si Newhouse, Ron Perlman (sans wife, from whom his divorce is pending), Graydon and Anna Carter, Jeremy Piven, Fran Lebowitz, Anjelica Huston, Robert Graham, and the most attractive and helpful collection of waiters I’ve ever seen.

When, having arrived on a flight from Orlando, I asked for coffee, I was asked if I could wait for a few minutes to get me a freshly brewed cup. I mentioned this to Tom Ford, who told me that before the party started the waiters had all been attended to by a team of hair and makeup stylists.I forgot to ask if the valet parkers were given pre-party makeovers as well.