Archive for month: March, 2007
Estée Lauder was the slightly conservative grande dame of the department-store beauty hall until the former Gucci designer Tom Ford broke new ground for the brand in 2005, when he turned his attentions away from fashion to eye shadow. His aim was to “be the first true luxury brand of the 21st century”, signalling that he was acutely aware of his star power and would be aiming for the upper price brackets.
The tactic appears to be paying off. Ford, whose seemingly post-coital ad campaigns for Gucci and own matinée idol looks had made him a celebrity, signed up for four make-up ranges. His own free-standing brand launched in December. It seems unlikely that without his appeal, Estée Lauder would have dared to market limited-edition golden “minaudières” (rigid handbags) containing just a lipstick and a powder puff – for £400.
Ford repeated the trick when he launched a perfume called Black Orchid. Sold only in Harrods, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols, the fragrance is a bestseller.
Monday night brought out boldfaced names in the areas of fashion, comedy, television and music for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards in New York. Tom Ford, Patti LaBelle and Tim Gunn were honored for their work in the community at a cocktail and dinner ceremony held in Time Square’s Marriott Marquis hotel.
At this event, Julianne Moore presented the Vito Russo Award to fashion designer Tom Ford. The Vito Russo Award is presented to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for the LGBT community.
“Just the simple fact that an award such as this exists confirms the need for all of us to stand up and be proud of who we are,” Ford said accepting his award. “And I am indeed proud to be honored by an organization that fights prejudice and intolerance in our society.”
Spotted at Cut at the Four Seasons Regent Beverly Wilshire. He arrived alone and I was sitting very close to him and had perfect view of him entire night. He faced me so no problem gawking. He looked quite bored at first, munching on breadsticks to keep busy. Someone came from kitchen and brought him back for tour. Later, he was joined by agent/business manager/ publicist looking woman. He had shirt unbuttoned to navel and sport coat.
The Fragrance Foundation has announced the top ten finalists for Fragrance of the Year FiFi® Award on March 19th. According to the Foundation, “The top five in each of the Fragrance of the Year categories will be honored with the miniature crystal FiFi® Award at the FiFi Finalists Breakfast and placed on the second ballot. The second ballot will determine the winners.” Niche in the context of FiFi nominations simply means the number of doors that carry the fragrance. Tom Ford Black Orchid is nominated in the category ‘Nouveau Niche Womens’. The 2007 Fragrance Foundation FiFi® Awards & Celebration will be held on the 31th of may at the ‘Winter Garden’ at the ‘World financial Cener’ in New York.
Tom enlists two of Giorgio’s top guns
Tom Ford and Giorgio Armani’s shared affinity for exacting standards evidently goes beyond mutual verbal admiration. Ford, whose first store on Madison Avenue bows on April 12 here, has hired two of Il Signore Greige’s senior men’s wear staffers from his nearby flagship five blocks south. Ed Carbonell, the veteran Armani sales associate who was also the store’s director of special services, will now manage Ford’s new crown jewel. Joining him is Hojo Moon, who was a men’s wear manager at Armani.
(NEW YORK) Shirin von Wulffen is about to be reunited with a familiar face: Tom Ford, The Daily has learned. Von Wulffen has been named North American public relations director for the Tom Ford brand, effective Monday, March 19. The former PR director for Yves Saint Laurent in the U.S. will discontinue her role as an independent strategic consultant for the French fashion house and its creative director, Stefano Pilati.
At YSL, von Wulffen was chiefly responsible for ensuring a smooth transition in the wake of Ford’s resignation from the creative helm, all the while increasing the level of exposure and awareness for the then-relatively unknown Pilati through her prowess for planning celebrity events, maintaining close editorial contacts, and generating buzz for the rejuvenated PPR fashion label. Before she exited YSL in December 2005, among von Wulffen’s last duties at YSL was the organizing of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s Young Collectors Council Artist’s Ball, where Pilati was one of the night’s honorees along with artist Philippe Parreno.
At Tom Ford, von Wulffen’s first big project will be the April 12 unveiling and simultaneous launch of Ford’s men’s wear line and his much buzzed-about Madison Avenue flagship.
Von Wulffen’s appointment isn’t the only restructuring Ford has implemented to his communications team. Whitney Bromberg, Ford’s former executive assistant who was most recently director of creative services, has been promoted to European PR director of the Tom Ford brand. She will continue to be based in London. Katherine Holmes continues as international PR director for Tom Ford Beauty.
All will report to Lisa Schiek, worldwide director of communications for Tom Ford.
By JIM SHI
COLIN MCDOWELL hosted the launch party of 2007’s Fashion Fringe at a seriously chic party in The Dorchester last night which saw all the initiative’s alumni comparing notes on the experience and chatting with its chairman, Tom Ford. Famed for launching the careers of the likes of Basso & Brooke (2004 winners), Sinha-Stanic (2004 runners up), Erdem Moralioglu (2005 winner), and Gavin Douglas (2006 winner who famously asked Ford for his business card when he was first introduced)…
For many of the guests at Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar‘s epic nuptials the party hasn’t stopped yet. Wedding invitees Trinny Woodall and designer Tom Ford were among the recent returnees from India attending Elton John’s joint birthday party with artist pal Sam Taylor-Wood on Tuesday. But in contrast to the opulent maharaja festivities, Elton opted for a traditional cockney-style knees-up in Shoreditch Town Hall, East London, with the help of some Pearly Kings and Queens.
Pink and orange were the colours at Wednesday evening’s welcome dinner at Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace where Arun and Elizabeth (Hurley) Nayar arrived with about 300 guests. Guests include designer Tom Ford, Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece and Evelyn Lauder, the daughter-in-law of cosmetics company founder Estee Lauder. Designer Tom Ford, dapper in a black jacket, said: “They’re very much in love.” Ford was accompanied by his partner and fashion journalist Richard Buckley.