The Gucci years are over, luxury’s growing conscience

Suit of Tom FordLuxury products are – by definition – not necessary. They begin where necessity ends. And many luxury brands have increasingly struggled to justify their more conspicuous excesses to a more challenging consumer marketplace of opinion.

However, something very interesting – and vital to the future of luxury – is beginning to emerge. Luxury brands are beginning to realize that there is a way to turn responsibility into a key part of luxury brand DNA.

After all, luxury is about turning the rare into the aspirational. In a culture where responsibility remains rare, luxury brands can play a key role in defining their positioning in a more responsible way

The ever-quotable Tom Ford has often been a surprisingly good futurist of the luxury industry, and his latest interview on the subject is no exception;

“Consumers, at least in the West, are now demanding ethical luxury. People want to demonstrate their environmental or social consciences – they are no longer fashion victims who covet items because they see a celebrity owning them. They still want and desire fine things. Luxury is not going out of style; it needs to change its style. The industry can no longer be propelled purely by logo-driven marketing. Luxury used to mean hard-to-find. Then it became hard-to-miss. We need to replace hollow with deep.” — (Via CNBC)


Tom Ford drops the soap

soapWell, this was bound to happen: Months after king of all fashion Tom Ford posed naked with “teammates” in a highly publicized Out shower spread, Tom Ford For Men has released a series of toiletries that includes an Eau du Toilette, aftershave, body lotion, and, yes, some soap (on a rope!). Full disclosure: We’ve been using the rope soap for the past week, and it’s amazing—a real post-game locker room luxury! Pick some up online at Saks.

Tom Ford Edt 1.7 Fl.oz Spray for Men


Tom Ford and Life Attitude

On Midlife Crisis

It’s a process. There’s a great quote comparing midlife to reaching the top of the ladder only to realize that you’ve had it against the wrong wall. It wasn’t so much about changing my outer life; it was a question of changing my inner life and living in the present.

On Being Gay

I have to say that I don’t think gay is the most attractive word; if I were art-directing the creation of a word that would describe homosexuals, I think I might have tried to find anothr one. Gay makes us sound silly and frivolous, which is probably where it came from originally – it was first used in a Cole Porter song in the ’30s – and I think it was probably a bit derogatory, and so it’s not a word I necessarily like, but it’s what I am, whatever.

On Women

I love women, I just don’t fall in love with them, but I’m attracted to them. I find their bodies beautiful, and I can relate to them as the pursued, because of course as a gay man you understand what it’s like to be taken – to be an object to your partner – as well as what it’s like to be the aggressor.

On Straight Men

I have a lot of gay friends, but I’d say my closest friends who are male are straight, and I don’t know why that is … maybe because I always get crushes on them.

On Being a Perfectionist

If I lived in a one-room hut, every piece of grass that made the roof would be lined up in the right way, and the hut would have an aesthetic, and there would be two pots, I’m obsessed with perfection to the point that it’s nearly an illnes, and I work really hard to control it because I’m trying to learn to see the perfection in imperfection.

Quotes from Out

Tom Ford nominated for CFDA

Tom Ford nominatedThe CFDA Board of Directors made the announcement Monday night at the Rooftop Gardens of the Rockefeller Center in an exclusive event underwritten by Swarovski, wherein the 2008 nominees of outstanding achievements in fashion design was made public.

Below is the list of nominees as announced by the Council of Fashion Designers of America:

Womenswear Designer of the Year:

Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein

Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough for Proenza Schouler

Marc Jacobs

Menswear Designer of the Year:

Michael Bastian

Thom Browne

Tom Ford

Accessory Designer of the Year:

Michael Kors

Tory Birch

Marc Jacobs

Swarovski Award for Womenswear:

Kate and Laura Mulleavy for Rodarte

Thakoon Panichgul

Alexander Wang

Swarovski Award for Menswear:

Patrik Ervell

Tim Hamilton

Scott Sternberg for Band of Outsiders

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Versace takes over from Tom Ford

WWD reports that Donatella Versace will chair the Fashion Fringe selection committee. Versace takes over from Tom Ford, who occupied the post for two years. Fashion Fringe provides one new designer each year with a $201,340 stipend, as well as p.r. and business mentoring.


James Bond for Tom Ford

tomf0308.jpg‘The Bond franchise is a very unusual thing,’ said Lindy Hemming, who was the costumer designer from GoldenEye through Casino Royale (Louise Frogley replaces her for Quantum of Solace). ‘I’m not sure I properly realised it at first. These are films that are going to be watched for ever and ever. You need to watch out for the clothes. You need to make sure they can be looked at for years and years without looking too… fashion. With Roger Moore, I think the decision was taken to be fashionable. We laugh at it now, but I’m sure it all looked good at the time.’

Claiming Timothy Dalton’s Bond dressed like an off-duty policeman, Hemming wanted something different when Pierce Brosnan took over the role in 1995. ‘More modern. More European. Classic and beautifully tailored, but not so ex-military,’ she said.

Hemming went on to mention that she considered various European designers, including Armani, before finally choosing Brioni. ‘I was taken to the factory to see how they were made. They were absolutely open to any sort of idea. They have a lifetime of making clothes for presidents and politicians, and they don’t have that thing that they can’t change what is going on. Whether it be 13 inside pockets, or one jacket with no vents and another that needs to open down the back. Some other companies are like elephants. They take a long time to change direction.’

‘Our tailors would go to London for all the fittings,’ said Brioni co-chief executive Antonella De Simone. ‘Bond has always been an icon of style and sartorial elegance. And we dressed other characters, too. Mrs Moneypenny. In Casino Royale, everybody at that casino table was dressed by Brioni. And these were very strange guys. A big black man, a fat man, the models. All the people on the table.’

One thing both Hemming and Brioni insisted upon was that no money changed hands throughout the 11-year association between Bond and the fashion company.

‘This is not our policy,’ said De Simone. ‘We were chosen for our art, never for money. We want to be discreet and elegant. Outside the glamour and the noise.’

As several Bond collectors will already be aware, besides the odd film still, there was never a Brioni advertisement specifically featuring Brosnan or Craig. The only exception came in late 2006 around the release of Casino Royale when the company unveiled a £3,000 tuxedo with a stitched ‘James Bond’ included in the silver lining.

daniel_craig_small-2.jpgDaniel Craig is James Bond

Why the switch from Brioni to Tom Ford occurred isn’t quite clear to all the parties involved, but The Times article does point out that the departure of Brioni chief executive Umberto Angeloni occurred during the same time frame last year when Frogley replaced Hemming for Quantum of Solace.

British-based company Dunhill was also previously reported several times to be involved with Craig’s second Bond adventure. Craig himself wore a Dunhill dinner jacket to the premiere of Casino Royale.

When questioned, a spokesperson for the company said: ‘Nothing has been confirmed. Although there’s a possibility that it won’t be us.’

Officially, Tom Ford was even more quiet on the matter. ‘No comment’ was the spokesperson’s reply to the request for info from The Times.

Keep your eyes on the main page for all the latest news and complete coverage of Quantum of Solace.


Fashion`s favorite talks about babies, retirement, and deflowerment

suite.jpg(NEW YORK) Tom Ford’s next big foray: fatherhood? In the spring issue of Fantastic Man (The Gentleman’s Style Journal) on newsstands this week, the designer says that he has everything–the cars, the homes, the wealth, and the lifestyle–except for one thing: “I’m going to have a kid in 2008,” he reveals. “Richard [Buckley] knows I’ve wanted this for a long time. He’s just resisted it. He would be a spectacular father. It’s going to give his life new meaning.”

Pressed on further by writer Stephen Todd, Ford, whose career first began not working for Cathy Hardwick, but, rather, with an internship at Chloé, continues, “It will be biologically mine. I mean, I’m a lot younger. If things follow their natural order he’ll [Richard] probably leave the planet ahead of me and I can’t not have had something I’ve wanted forever. I’ve always wanted kids. I don’t want to get to 75 years old and just have made a lot of dresses, done some houses.”

In the candid Q&A, accompanied by a series of tame–in Ford terms–photographs by Jeff Burton, Ford, who the magazine deems “The Fashion Entrepreneur,” speaks openly and revealingly on a wide array of topics:

-On his days at Gucci: “…having to design 16 collections a year and make a lot of silly stuff I really didn’t care about. Leaving Gucci taught me a lot about who is a real friend and who is a friend for business. The Gucci experience was horrible. I was burnt out from working too hard and I was exhausted from the experience and a certain disillusionment and an inability to see my future. Luckily I had made enough money to not have to work for the rest of my life, and I seriously thought I’d play tennis and golf for the rest of my days. But I got that out of my system.”

-On physical form: “I don’t find the human body offensive. I don’t find a guy’s cock or a woman’s vagina offensive; in fact, I find them beautiful. I would put them on an ad with a perfume bottle if I could get away with it.”

-On retail expansion: “[We’ll have] about 50 stores in the next two years. Except Paris. Paris is not a priority. Our stuff is not aimed at tourists coming in and taking a lot home–and Parisian men don’t know how to dress!”

-On intellect: “No, I wouldn’t say I’m an intellectual. I think I’m intelligent.”

-On sex and childhood: “I didn’t play American football [when I was 12], so I wasn’t so popular. At fourteen or fifteen all of a sudden I became very popular because–and I’m not saying this in an egotistical way–I became good looking. I wasn’t even aware of it but other people were all of a sudden aware that I was handsome. I was having sex with girls when I was 14, and that was because they were pouncing on me. I wasn’t even aware that I preferred men.”

But perhaps, of all the statements made in the piece, his most profound one–which, by making it, puts to rest any thought of him disappearing from fashion’s future–is: “I will not retire until I literally drop dead.”


Tom Ford: You Are Invited

If you live in New York City (or in surrounding areas) – you should be at the Tom Ford Friends & Family sample sale!

The invitation is below:


Fantastic Man Spring/Summer 2008: Tom Ford

Tom Ford on coverWhen I have to be up at 6:30 tomorrow to tour a newbie I know I really shouldn’t be up late on The Fashion Spot, but if you see Tom Ford on the cover of a fairly underground men’s fashion mag it would be criminal not to post.

The news only came out on The Fashion Spot at 10:30 and at the time of writing it is 11:24 so there is not any news on contents at the moment except for the obvious presence of Mr. “My ads are so raunchy they should be banned” Ford.

Any followers of the great fashion maverick will know that he has successfully released fragrances for Estée Lauder as well as his own him and her scents. Also, Ford has released a sunglasses range and a menswear line both of which are firm fashion favourites. The sub-title of the cover states of the “wicked masterplan of the super gentleman” and I can only imagine what that wicked plan entails-ah, how much I love sartorial drama.