Archive for december, 2007

ASA clears risqué Tom Ford ad

dinsdag, december 25th, 2007

naked.jpgA risqué ad for a fragrance by designer Tom Ford has been cleared by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

The spot appeared in GQ and Wallpaper magazines and showed part of a woman’s naked body in close-up. A bottle of perfume covered her genitals, with her hand reaching towards the bottle.

Text on the ad stated: ‘Tom Ford for men the first fragrance for men from Tom Ford.’

Two complainants claimed that the ad was offensive, arguing that it was sexually explicit.

However, Tom Ford Beauty, the designer’s company, said that the ads were placed in GQ and Wallpaper because they were aimed at sophisticated, style-conscious men.

The company argued that the ad had an artistic quality, rather than a salacious one, and pointed out that the picture was closely cropped and showed no sexual body parts or interaction.

GQ said that the image was “thought provoking but not indecent”, while Wallpaper also defended it, although admitted that it had received one complaint over the spot.

The ASA ruled that the ad was in keeping with the style and content of the mags and was unlikely to cause offence.

Source: mad.co.uk

Gucci: Pinault’s War Of Words With Tom Ford

maandag, december 17th, 2007

Francois PinaultSeveral years after Tom Ford’s departure from Gucci in 2004, the tension between Gucci’s former Creative Director and the brand’s owner, Francois Pinault (PPR), is still very much alive. The catalyst for this latest round of salvos is a statement made by Pinault during an interview in the December issue of Vanity Fair magazine during which Pinault states:

“I have no regrets,” PPR’s ceo, Francois Pinault, declares in the December edition of Vanity Fair. “But it would have been better if I’d have hired [Ford] ten years earlier.” With reference to Ford’s ego, Serge Weinberg, Pinault’s business partner, adds: “He’d lost touch with the ground. He had no experience of management on this scale.” Ford’s response? “It is amusing that Serge says he had ‘no experience of management of this scale’ as it was precisely our management of the company for 14 years that built Gucci Group into the company that it is today,” he retorts. “As for my ego, I am afraid Serge is confusing that with my job description, which was to guard and maintain the integrity of the brand and to protect it from exploitation for short-term benefits. Serge was a fish out of water at Gucci Group, as he had absolutely no experience in the fashion or luxury-goods sector. He is a nice guy, but had no understanding whatsoever of our business. He was a bit surprised, I think, when I challenged his knowledge of things, which I often did.” (Source)

The Luxe Chronicles believes that Pinault’s and Weinberg’s comments are somewhat unfair. Weinberg is a longtime ally of Pinault at PPR and most likely his mouthpiece for these latest jabs at Ford. While Ford may have a healthy dose of self-esteem (not exactly rare in the fashion industry), before his recruitment by former Bergdorf Goodman CEO Dawn Mello, Gucci was in a precarious position. Plagued by years of mismanagement, infighting and poorly managed licensing agreements, the prestige of the brand had been severly diluted and it’s image had gone the way of Pierre Cardin’s. In addition to his strong, coherent designs for Gucci’s groundbreaking Fall 1995 collection, Ford’s recruitment of Paris Vogue’s Carine Roitfeld to style the collection and Mario Testino to shoot the ad campaign, created the perfect storm of fashion, sex and marketing which established the definitive return of the Gucci brand. Moreover, he followed up with multiple strong and commercially successful collections thereafter. This said, I’ve always felt that Gucci’s former CEO Domenico De Sole has never been properly credited for his role in the company’s turnaround. The fact is, there would have been no opportunity for Ford to work his particular brand of fashion magic had De Sole not laid the solid foundation for the company’s financial and corporate health. This included cleaning up a myriad of licensing agreements which had contributed to a cheapening of the brand, longstanding tax disputes with Italian authorities that threatened to shut down the business and a labyrinthian corporate structure which had evolved as a result of various factions of the Gucci clan tried to stick it to each other. In reality, Ford and De Sole were very much a team and it was their work in tandem that created the Gucci magic of the mid-nineties. So, with all due respect Mr. Pinault, your comments were somewhat gratuitous under the circumstances. Without Ford and De Sole’s considerable contributions to Gucci, I doubt there would have been much to fight over with LVMH and Mr. Arnault. Perhaps it’s time for everyone to move on now?

Source: Theluxechronicles.com

DNR Inaugurates Annual Menswear Awards: Tom Ford

vrijdag, december 7th, 2007

Tom FordNEW YORK, December 6, 2007—DNR has named Tom Ford “Person of the Year” and Dolce & Gabbana “Style Icons” for 2007 in the first annual DNR Menswear awards. The winners will be featured in the magazine’s DNR Menswear Awards issue, on newsstands Monday, December 10th, as well as honored at an awards ceremony at the Four Seasons tomorrow.

Other honorees include Brooks Brothers and Thom Browne for “Collaboration of the Year” for their inspired reinvention of an iconic American brand and Paul Stuart’s CEO Clifford Grodd who is receiving the “Lifetime Achievement Award” for having led what is widely considered to be one of the greatest men’s stores in America for over 50 years.

Source: Look-your-best.com

To Russia With Tom Ford

woensdag, december 5th, 2007

– Designer details plans for two new Moscow stores –

(NEW YORK) Tom Ford is putting his money where his mouth is, announcing plans to open not one, but two, retail stores simultaneously in Moscow next September.

Speaking at the International Herald Tribune’s luxury business conference in the Russian capital, Ford, who resuscitated Gucci Group in the 1990s, is partnering with franchisee Mercury Group to expand his year-old retail venture–which currently maintains a sole store on Madison Avenue in Manhattan. His new stores will reside in Tretyakovsky Passage, one of Eastern Europe’s most luxurious shopping areas, and Barvikha Village, a newer and more modern shopping area. It’s no surprise that Ford has chosen the same two locales where Ralph Lauren debuted his two Russian flagships this past spring, given the designer’s affinity for the American fashion icon.

In addition to the trademark bespoke $5,000 suits, the Moscow Tom Ford shops will, as Ford has said, carry exclusive items for the local market. That means sable hats will be among the offerings, and according to the 46-year-old, “You should feel like you’re in Moscow,” he told Bloomberg News. “Russians are hardwired to appreciate the fine things in life. They have been denied nice things for years.”

Ford, who is president and chief executive officer of his company, will open his second directly operated store on Via Verri in Milan this summer as his retail expansion prepares to expand rapidly to other cities, including Beijing, Dubai, and Zurich.

Source: Fashionweekdaily.com

IHT Supreme Luxury: Interviews with Ford

maandag, december 3rd, 2007

Source: IHT.com

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Tom Ford… the director?

maandag, december 3rd, 2007

First designer and now director? There are whispers today that Tom Ford could be launching into film directing with WWD reporting that he has his eye on a movie adaption of Christopher Isherwood’s 1964 novel A Single Man.

A Single Man

Synopsis:

When A Single Man was originally published, it shocked many by its frank, sympathetic, and moving portrayal of a gay man in midlife. George, the protagonist, is adjusting to life on his own after the sudden death of his partner, and determines to persist in the routines of his daily life: the course of A Single Man spans twenty-four hours in an ordinary day. An Englishman and a professor living in suburban Southern California, he is an outsider in every way, and his internal reflections and interactions with others reveal a man who loves being alive despite everyday injustices and loneliness. Wry, suddenly manic, constantly funny, surprisingly sad, this novel catches the texture of life itself.

Source: Powells.com and Catwalkqueen.tv