Who wants to fight with Tom Ford?

Tom Ford boxingAt last night’s GQ party honoring the CFDA menswear nominees, gorgeous dudes and fashion talent abounded–but where was Menswear Designer of the Year nominee Tom Ford? It seems the gentleman, whose nude cameo in a W editorial exposed a divinely Olympian physique, was out of the country. So we asked the boys: Who would win in a fight, you or Tom Ford?

Adam Rapoport: “I have a feeling that Tom works out a lot more than I do, plus he’s really driven and motivated. But I do think I could kick Thom Browne’s ass.”

Thom Browne: “I’m a stubborn Irishman, so I’d probably win.”

Paul Wilmot: “Tom Ford would kick my ass. He’s younger, he’s more handsome, he’s much richer than I am. I would bet against me so I could make some money on the deal!”

Glenn O’Brien: “Why would I fight with Tom Ford? I love Tom Ford!”

Patrik Ervell: “I have a feeling that Tom Ford would go down pretty quickly.”

Jim Nelson: “Tom Ford would kick my ass so bad I’d end up in a lame little puddle of tears.”

Tim Hamilton: “He has guns! But I would kick all of their asses, actually.”

Michael Bastian: “A physical fight? I’m a lover, not a fighter, baby.”

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CFDA Picks: The Great Contenders

Tom FordThe field of men’s wear designers nominated for the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Fashion Awards this year is a testament to the fresh blood coursing through the industry’s reinvigorated veins. Of all six nominees, Thom Browne’s label has been around the longest—a mere eight seasons. Tom Ford’s giant profile dwarfs the competition’s, but his business is the newest, having launched just last year. They’re both up for Menswear Designer of the Year against Michael Bastian, who graduated into that senior award category from the emerging-designer group, perhaps by dint of his creative directorship at Bill Blass. Among the nominees for the Swarovski Award for Menswear, Tim Hamilton is the sole returnee. He faces the former fashion editor Patrik Ervell and Band of Outsiders’ Scott Sternberg, a former Hollywood agent and the only West Coaster in the bunch. Here we present a cross section of all these fresh perspectives.


Nominee: Tom Ford

Tom Ford’s choice of men’s wear—supremely luxurious, head-to-toe wardrobing—as the vehicle for his big comeback glamorized the industry, especially the tailored clothing sector, immeasurably. “I felt that there was a tremendous niche in the market that was not being addressed,” Ford says. He envisioned stores that offered not just world-class tailoring, but an experience where the service, packaging and sales environment are as exceptional as the product. He and his manufacturing partners quickly launched a staggering array of goods for the new label, with velvet slippers and silk robes being early hits. The tailoring is moored in tradition but distinguished by unmistakable styling. A form-fitting, three-piece suit with wide peak lapels is a house signature. Under Ford’s direction, every yard of cashmere becomes a talisman of power, maturity and virility. For now, Ford eschews the machinery of the fashion industry that demands exorbitant runway shows and constant brand reinvention. By his assessment, men don’t need such persuasion if the product is gorgeous and the quality unassailable.


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Photography by Marilyn Minter

Her photographs and works often include sexuality and erotic imagery. Her method of painting involves many coatings of translucent enamel paint on metal to produce a luminous, almost hallucinatory finish. Her photographs are all taken in order to create a painting, yet sometimes she uses the photograph as is, without converting it. She does not use a graphic-editing program on her images, nor does she crop them, but rather uses different aspects of the image to create the painting.

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Marc on… hiring tom ford

Tom ford himselfIT IS fashion lore that Marc Jacobs hired Tom Ford to work with him during his days as vice president of Perry Ellis in the early Nineties – but in fact, Jacobs explained during his talk for Central Saint Martins yesterday evening, it seemed a natural decision at the time.

“Tom was a different person then,” the designer mused, to the delight of his audience. “He was this waspy, preppy, tasteful person – or at least, that was the look he had at the time. I wanted him for Perry Ellis America, which was our jeans line, because I thought it would be interesting to bring a touch of sophistication to that. He used to make fun of the way I look, I remember.”

So what does a designer of Jacobs’ calibre look for in hiring design assistants?

“Well, I don’t have a checklist,” he laughed. “I think it’s a feeling. I am always looking for someone who is passionate, full of energy, friendly, patient. Anxious. I decide on impulse. You never really know whether you’ve made the right decision until you work with someone, anyway.”

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CFDA Countdown: Tom Ford

Tom FordDo you consider yourself an American designer?

I consider myself definitely, I suppose, an American, but I don’t think in terms of European designer or American designer. I think globally. I know it’s the Council of Fashion Designers of America and technically I am American, but I don’t think regionally. The whole time I was at Saint Laurent people would always say to me, ‘oh but you’re an American designer designing for a French company.’ That just never crossed my mind, it didn’t when I worked at Gucci. I think we’re a global world today and I’m afraid that those divisions by nation no longer make any sense in terms of style.

Who are you bringing with you to the awards?

Probably Richard [Buckley].

What do you know about your competition, Michael Bastian and Thom Browne?

Well I admire both of them. I don’t know Michael Bastian at all; I do know Thom Browne as a person to say hello to (we’re not best friends). I’m very happy to be in their company.

Do you feel like a category heavyweight?

No, I would never say that! I’ve been around a bit longer and I have a few CFDA Awards, but this is the first time I’ve been nominated for my own company, so it’s especially meaningful for me.

How do you celebrate if you win?

I’m scheduled to be in town only for the CFDA. Immediately following the dinner I am getting on a plane, so that is how I will celebrate. I will have myself a cocktail on a plane [headed to Los Angeles].

Your name and the CFDA haven’t been so closely intertwined despite you having won four awards. Why do you think that is?

I actually feel very American. I grew up here so I feel like an American. It could also be because I haven’t lived in New York since 1989. I have lived in Europe for the last 20 years. I think Marc [Jacobs] has always had a presence in New York and an apartment in New York.

Since this is your first nomination as your own brand, what personal significance does the nomination, and possible win, have on you?

I’m not working within a framework of an existing company any longer. I’m doing something that is purely 100 percent my own taste, my own vision, my own creation from the ground up. It’s great to be even nominated for that. Also, at this stage in my career and in life, having had a lot of success and then having stepped away from the fashion industry for awhile and coming back, it’s really nice to be nominated again because it makes you feel your vision is still resonating with people. It’s a nice stamp of approval to know people are responding to your vision. If I win it will probably mean more to me than some of the other awards that I already have. The first one was very important because the first time you are nominated and win a CFDA Award is great. I’m not saying the other ones were less important, but you become maybe a bit jaded. This one, if I were to win, may be the most important because it’s the first one for my own company. I’m not jaded about this nomination.

Were you surprised you were nominated?

I can’t say surprised is the right word, but I didn’t intend to be nominated. I was pleased to be nominated. That was my genuine reaction.

Any big summer plans?

We go to Mustique during Christmas but we usually spend the summers in Santa Fe. And I will probably be doing that this summer because we’re just moving into a new house on our ranch that we’ve been building for a few years. But I’ll also be working most of the summer. I am no longer a completely European company; I can’t take the month of August off.

How’s your closet evolved?

Well basically I took everything that had Gucci written on it and threw it out. So that’s how it evolved.

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Tom Ford Eyewear

Tom Ford EyewearThe limited-edition sunglasses form Tom Ford – the Carlos ($2,200) and the Pavlos ($2,400, pictured), available only in New York at ILORI and Tom Ford Collection. The former is rimmed with metal and comes with a brown or green lens; the latter is made of Santos rosewood or ebony and polished plated gold “for a sensual seventies sexiness.”

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Tom Ford and Natasha Richardson’s flash

Natasha RichardsonActress Natasha Richardson unveiled a foxy new look and rather more than she would have liked on the red-carpet at last night’s star-studded Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala.

In an attempt to ensure she didn’t embarrass herself by tripping up as she ascended the stairs in her high heels, Natasha came a cropper anyway. As the actress from the highly-regarded Redgrave acting dynasty hitched up her pale pink chiffon gown, she inadvertently flashed her nude-coloured thong to the assembled audience.

Well, at least she’s wearing underwear unlike most of the Hollywood starlets these days. Natasha has not fallen victim to the trend for ‘going commando’ – wearing no underwear – and her tiny thong just about spared her blushes. Natasha Richardson showed a little more skin than she would have liked at the Met Costume Institute Gala earlier this week. While walking with Tom Ford, the actress hiked up her dress a little too high and – voila – a wardrobe malfunction was born.

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