Signature line of dishdashas by Tom Ford

Tom Ford, who turned Gucci into a global colossus during his ten years as creative director for the fashion house, is creating a signature line of dishdashas for fashion-conscious Arab men.

Sheikh Majed Al-Sabah, owner of Villa Moda, confirmed the news in an interview with fashion magazine Grazia. Al-Sabah did not announce a date for the arrival of the Arabic men’s line, but hinted that it would be “very soon”.

The range looks certain to create a buzz for Villa Moda’s new multi-brand store, which is set to open within weeks at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) mall.

The store will be the first to offer Tom Ford fashion in the Middle East.


Tom Ford Lays Fresh Claim to Milan

Tom Ford Store in Milan - Photo: Julien-BerticSome 40 months after exiting Milan in tears on a Gucci runway, Tom Ford returned to the city in triumph this week, opening a superb signature label boutique and staging a rollicking, late night party in a dazzling Milan palazzo that attracted the great and the good of international men’s fashion.

And, though he claimed it was “purely a coincidence” Ford staged his bash on the same evening as Gucci mounted a major launch party for its new men’s cologne, with chanteuse Roisin Murphy performing live. Inevitably, Monday thus became a celebration competition and, in chatter among editors and groovers the following morning in Milan for men’s fashion season, there emerged one clear winner – Ford.

Tom has always had plenty of star power, and his ability to attract the right crowd remains uncanny. So even though he boasted merely a DJ – albeit a super young spinmaster called Jesse Marco who segued easily between techno, New Wave and cheese – the right people all seemed to drift to Ford’s fete.

His evening had begun with an opening at his new store, equipped largely in the style of his debut space on Madison Avenue – gray marble, African macassar ebony and some admirable works of art, from a charming Calder mobile to an Anselm Reyle panel in the main entrance.

Tom Ford Store in Milan - Photo: Julien-Bertic“We’ve had no price resistance to our products,” bragged Ford, not a stranger to the art of a quietly spoken boast, explaining that the crocodile boots he was wearing cost $12,000, as he posed in front of a counter in which a better pair of cufflinks were priced at $40,000,

The four-floor space is located in a Fascist era building in the Rationalist style, and it’s mood, half way between a posh townhouse and neo classical gents club, convincingly adds the needed dollop of grandeur.

Ford refused to reveal the size of his company’s annual sales figures. “That’s one nice thing about being a private company,” or say what the expected per meter turnover was, “they are above industry averages and we are away ahead of our business plan.”

So, we will just have to take his word for it, we suppose. Nonetheless, the anecdotal evidence, and the keen demand from experienced retailers to open Tom Ford franchises would appear to indicate that everything is pretty much hunky dory. Ford has unveiled some 18 boutiques so far including the biggest men’s shop-in-shop in New York’s Bergdorf Goodman, the world’s most luxurious store, and a major space in the planet’s private banking capital – Zurich.

Yet we wondered why there was such a huge dichotomy between his new oeuvre, a beautifully made but overly traditional choice of clothes for those some might view as rich in coin but poor in imagination, and the glossy chic he invented at Gucci?

“I was 35 then, now I am 47. I think we all evolve,” was the Texan-born designer’s astute reply. But one thing certainly has not changed – Tom’s party master powers. Yet again, at way into the wee hours, he created the best bash in a Milan men’s season in the past few years.

But don’t think his clothes are not about taking the odd risk: Ford just signed a deal to dress Daniel Craig in the next James Bond movie, “Quantum of Solace.”

Source: by Godfrey Deeny, photo by Julien-Bertic

Tom Ford does Versace

Tom Ford and Alegra VersaceFashion Designer, Tom Ford and heiress, Allegra Versace, 22, at the Versace fashion show as part of Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2009. Allegra is the daughter of Donatella Versace. The young, thin beauty is late Gianni Versace’s niece, who he left in his will 50% of his fashion empire, which is approximately, nothing less than over half a billion. Allegra has been battling Anorexia for some time now.


Tom Ford Beats Budgets by 100%

Designer Tom Ford ‘s closely held fashion company beat sales budgets by 100 percent in the year after opening its first store on Madison Avenue in April 2007 as shoppers flocked to buy $5,000 made-to-measure garments….


Designer Tom Ford opens Milan store as sales gain

Tom Ford store in MilanoMILAN (Reuters) – Fashion designer Tom Ford’s sales are not feeling the impact of the credit crunch, he told reporters on Monday, as he launched his first directly-owned store in Europe where suits will sell for upwards of $3,800.

“Absolutely not at all,” said Ford, when asked if customers were feeling the pinch.

“Our customers are maybe not buying a house or a Warhol, but they are still buying clothes,” he said, without giving detailed figures. “We are way ahead of our projections.”

Ford set up his own design line in 2005 with Domenico De Sole after the two left Italian fashion house Gucci following a failure to agree contract terms.

The impeccably dressed designer — whose boots alone cost $10,000 — already has a store in New York and more are planned in over a dozen locations including London, Los Angeles and Dubai.

The Milan store is in a clean-lined grey building which was previously home to Ermenegildo Zegna, the self-styled world leader in luxury men’s clothing which has moved further into Milan’s “golden quadrangle” of luxury boutiques.

Tom Ford’s store is just under 12,000 square feet over five floors, sumptuously decorated in deep brown velvets, mahogany and marble. In the entrance hangs a dramatic black artwork commissioned by German artist Anselm Reyle — but no merchandise.

“It should feel like a house … much more private than a store,” Ford said.

On the top floor are two private salons for clients considering made-to-measure suits, with a terrace and a bar.

“They love to have a glass of champagne and drink and drink and shop and shop,” he said, declining to disclose client names.

One well-advertised customer is Daniel Craig, who wears Tom Ford outfits in the next James Bond movie, “Quantum of Solace.”

“I think Daniel Craig is the best Bond since Sean Connery,” Ford said. “He likes very simple things. It’s hard to get him even to wear diamond cufflinks with a tuxedo.”

Source: – Reporting by Jo Winterbottom; Editing by Matthew Jones – Photo: Stelline

Tom Ford and Uomo Vogue 40th Anniversary party

Tom Ford and Gerard ButlerSunday night celebrities gathered for the Uomo Vogue 40th Anniversary party. Sitting around a long candle lit table for 300 : Donatella Versace, Giorgio Armani, Alberta Ferretti, John Richmond, Albino d’Amato, Dean and Dan Caten from DSquared, Luisa Beccaria, Frida Giannini from Gucci, Alessandra Facchinetti from Valentino, Stefano Pilati from YSL, Vivienne Westwood, Tom Ford, Riccardo Tisci from Givenchy, and many more.Dinertime

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Tom Ford to Return to Womenswear!

Tom FordTom Ford is long overdue to make a dress or two … or a thousand. But he’s said he has no plans to return to womenswear. We’d been hoping that was just something he was saying, and today we learn it was! He finally definitively stated he will make women’s clothes again. Lovely news! Though he’s been focusing on menswear, for which he just won a CFDA award, he also won a trophy for womenswear back in 2001. In a WWD article about his new 10,000-square-foot six-floor menswear shop in Milan and new women’s fragrance we noticed this gem of a paragraph:

So is he saving room for women’s wear in the Milan location? “Not yet,” said Ford. “Logistically, I don’t think I could take that on right now. I have to find a niche to give women what they don’t already have. Once I figure that out and get the men’s distribution exactly where I want it, I will return to it. That’s probably at least two or three years from now.”


Tom Ford Q and A

Tom FordCome Saturday, the fashion crowd descends on Milan to see Men’s Spring Summer 09 collections and one name will be on everyone’s lips: Tom Ford. It’s been four long years since Mr Ford vacated the creative director position at Gucci but he’s returning to Milan in timely style to open his first retail store in Europe. Fashion notables will be given a walk around the five floor, 9,000 sq ft space at Via Verri 3, on Monday 23rd, in the middle of fashion week. But we couldn’t wait till then so quizzed the man himself a few days before to find out how he feels about returning to the city where he made his name…

We love your label for its unapologetic formality. Where does your passion for formal dressing come from?

Formality feels right to me right now. At a time when fashion is getting increasingly more casual and broken down, I think that ‘dressing up’ shows that the wearer has self-respect and respect for the people around him. Maybe it is also a reaction against all the trends out there in menswear at the moment. Formal is just how I want to dress right now.

What inspires you?

I am inspired by everything around me.

What does it mean for you to be opening a store of your own label, under your own name, in Milan particularly, given the success you had here under Gucci?

It is great to be doing something that is purely 100% my own taste, my own vision, my own creation from the ground up. It is also wonderful to be returning to Milan which is one of my favorite cities in the world. It is not only Italy’s fashion capital, but it is also the Italian home of luxury menswear.

Do you see a progression in your work as a designer?

The progression of my work as a designer very much follows the progression of myself as a person. As I grow older, I see myself and the world differently. I have different role models and different values. Authenticity has become increasingly important to me in my life and in my work.

What bespoke services are available in your Milan store?

We will offer the same made-to-measure services in all of our Tom Ford flagship stores. It is not a bespoke service from the ground up. We work off four different bases, we take your measurements, work out which base is right for you, modify it, send it to our factory, and when it comes back we have a sample room in the store where we can do dramatic alterations. When you go to a bespoke tailor, you can have almost anything made. When you come to us, you come for a certain Tom Ford look and then it’s modified. This is a hybrid that did not exist. We offer much more customization than you can get from any other design company. At the same time, it has more of a personal stamp than Savile Row.

This is your second flagship – how many more have you planned, where and when?

We will be opening directly operated Tom Ford flagship stores in Milan, London, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas over the next 2 years as well as free standing stores in Baku, Moscow, Dubai, and Puerto Banus which will total over 100 free-standing Tom Ford retail stores worldwide over the next 10 years. We have also just opened a shop this spring in Zurich, with shops in Daslu, Bergdorf’s, Harry Rosen, Lane Crawford Hong Kong and Neiman Marcus to follow in September.

Is retail design more significant now than it was 10 years ago?

Retail design has always been significant in helping to define a brand and has become more important than ever as the entire luxury industry has become more homogenised. More than ever, the brand experience is, in part, determined by the retail space.

You’ve turned your hand to fashion, accessories, beauty and fragrance. Have you any plans to branch into homeware?

For the moment, we are focusing on the existing categories and have no plans to branch into homeware.

What single thing would improve the quality of your life?

More time.

Describe Tom Ford in three words.

Loyal, shy, perfectionist.

Source: Image: Tom M Johnson

Erykah Badu For Tom Ford White Patchouli Perfume

White PatchouliThe new fragrance for women White Patchouli by Tom Ford arrives to the market in September 2008. Besides this edition, Tom Ford is opening his flagship stores chain and each of them will have a perfume dedicated to that particular town.

In the first shop in Milan, which will be opened on Monday, 23rd June, a perfume from The Private Blend collection, named Italian Cypress will also be presented. The perfume prepared for September is named Arabian Wood and it will be presented together with Ford’s store in Kuwait.

“For this project, I wanted to reinvent patchouli,(…) I loved the idea of mixing patchouli with white florals. We used patchouli orpur, which takes out some of the darker, smoky notes of patchouli. We mixed that with peony, bergamot, and jasmine. Additional notes include rose, coriander, and ambrette seed.”

White Patchouli is created in cooperation with perfumer of the house of Givaudan and it is mixed as a game of white flowers, patchouli, peony, bergamot, jasmine, rose, coriander and ambrette seed. the perfume is available in a white glass bottle in three sizes: 30, 50 and 100ml edt, and as body lotion.

Commercial for this perfume was done in black and white. Photographers in charge of the quality presentation are Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, while the face on the commercial is popular singer Erykah Badu. The commercial will be present in fashion magazines from September, when campaign for sale of White Patchouli will also begin.