Archive for month: February, 2011
Back in Womenswear, the Designer Seduces Anew
When Tom Ford announced he was leaving Gucci Group in 2004 — a company he saved from collapse and transformed into the world’s third-largest luxury goods brand — the fashion world was disconsolate.
“This changes the landscape,” Harper’s Bazaar editor Glenda Bailey told The Post when the news broke. Celebrity fans such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Rita Wilson publicly mourned the loss. Fashionistas bought and and hoarded. “[This] parallels Christian Dior’s span at Dior, also just a decade,” Vogue’s Hamish Bowles said at the time.
The New Yorker even ran a (semi-)comic essay, “No. Please, No,” which read, in part: “It sounds so stark, a sentence that should never be said: Tom Ford has left Gucci … There’s no rhyme or reason.”
Parent company PPR announced it would have to hire four people to replace him.
So it’s no small thing that Ford, one feature film (“A Single Man”) and a menswear line now behind him, has finally re-entered womenswear. The designer showed his inaugural S/S 2011 line in New York last season, in a retro way that was, typically, also forward-thinking. Ford’s muses and fans, including Julianne Moore, Lauren Hutton and Beyonce (a surprise get with no prior connection to Ford, a control freak herself who, tellingly, yielded to his vision), walked in an invitation-only show at his Madison Avenue store. Cameras were not permitted, which exponentially added to the mystique.
“What happens in fashion is that you’re creating perishable goods,” Ford told his friend, the artist John Currin, in this month’s Interview. “I was trying to create goods that are not as perishable; [because of the Internet] they lose their freshness [and] spontaneity and my customer doesn’t want to wear the same jacket she’s seen photographed over and over on every single woman for six months.”
During his pre-Internet tenure at Gucci and, later, Yves Saint Laurent, Ford proved himself the master of guessing what women want, at classing up kink. He created liquid, slinky clothes that referenced the louche glamour of the ’70s — Halston, Studio 54, Le Smoking — that also felt ineffably modern. He could generate controversy with a print ad featuring the Gucci logo shaved into a model’s pubic hair, yet also speak with complete authority on the perils of poor taste.
“Just look at the Paris Hilton phenomenon,” he once said, “and the way every other teenager looks like a prostitute.”
He convinced Scarlett Johansson and Keira Knightley — known for prestige projects — to pose nude with him (Ford was fully clothed) for the cover of Vanity Fair’s 2006 Hollywood issue, which he guest-edited.
“If I could boil the Tom Ford experience down to a single element,” VF Editor-in-Chief Graydon Carter wrote, “it would be the yellow Post-it note I found [on] a photograph of Angelina Jolie pinned to the wall of Vanity Fair’s planning room. In small handwriting were the words, OLeave in butt crack. TF.'”
He went on to describe Ford as “a gentleman and a wonderful collaborator.”
It’s this very tension — the control freak as libertine and vice versa — that makes Ford, his abundant talent notwithstanding, so compelling. HeÂ¹s an immaculate man with a dirty mind. He’s the most aggressively sexual American designer working, and also the most elegant. He identifies as an American and a European. He’s known for sex and worships beauty.
“I have a reputation for sex and making a woman sexy,’ he told Interview. “But I don’t start out saying, ‘Oh, I’m gonna make this woman look sexy or sexual.’ I simply . . . put her in front of me and say, ‘What can I do to make her more beautiful in my eyes?'”
The women’s collection arrives early March at Tom Ford, 845 Madison Ave.
BY MAUREEN CALLAHAN, PHOTOS BY TERRY RICHARDSON and FRANCOIS DURAND/GETTY IMAGES
Source : Nypost.com
From Burberry to Erdem, London Fashion Week hosts some of fashion’s biggest names each season, but this year will see one of the industry’s most renowned designers come to the capital.
Tom Ford will show his second womenswear collection at fashion week later this month. A spokesperson revealed that instead of a catwalk show, “there will only be a small presentation for international monthly magazines”. However, the presentation alone will be a huge draw for London, particularly as it’s Ford’s second collection after returning from a six-year break last year.
We can’t wait to see what the famous Mr. Ford has in store for us.
Source : Mydaily.co.uk
Today Tom Ford brings us his latest menswear collection for spring/summer 2011. Influenced by one of spring’s biggest trends the collection give us a 70’s flair featuring skinny belts, cool silk scarves, and classic two piece suits. The lookbook stars Luis Borges and Max Motta.
Keira Knightley has landed on the cover of Elle UK’s March issue, making this her second cover of 2011.
For her spread, the Brit wears pieces from Tom Ford’s new collection because she’s been tapped by the designer to model his womenswear for the next 6 years.
Tom says of Keira:
“I absolutely love Keira. She is spectacular, very professional and I love her spirit. She’s beautiful in an English way; she has a little 1940s feel to her face — yet at the same time she always looks so young and modern.”
We think she’s a lovely choice, but we’re kinda over the collection since it’s been featured in every magazine imaginable.
[Images courtesy of Elle UK.] Source : Cocoperez.com
Seems like Net-a-Porter’s new men’s site, Mr. Porter, has been signing Tom Ford’s name to emails and letters sent to fashion press and other industry insiders. Today, Mr. Ford’s reps sent out their own letter in response to this very intriguing bit of identity theft. J’accuse!
Source : Thefashioninformer.typepad.com
Designer Tom Ford will be showing his second womenswearcollection at London Fashion Week this month.
A spokesman at Tom Ford confirmed the rumour, but said that instead of a show, there “will only be a small presentation for international monthly magazines.” Dates and location are yet to be revealed.
New York Fashion Week: Tom Ford’s fashion comeback
The much-missed Ford returned to womenswear after a six-year break, with a collection that drew raptures at New York Fashion Week last September. The riotous show featured long-time Ford devotees, including Julianne Moore, Lauren Hutton and Beyoncé, sashaying down the catwalk in his glamorous Seventies-inspired beaded gowns.
Watch the Tom Ford spring/summer 2011 catwalk show
Ford’s presentation in London cements the city’s importance on the fashion week calendar, showing how it’s now a serious rival to New York, Paris and Milan. Its international press-pulling power was bolstered by Burberry’s decision to show in 2009. The luxury brand continues to show in the capital, attracting big-name stars like Emma Watson and Sarah Jessica Parker on the front row.
London Fashion Week, February 18 – 23, londonfashionweek.co.uk
Source : Fashion.telegraph.co.uk