Tom Ford is furious with Amal Clooney for her last-minute Met Gala wardrobe change

Although the Met Gala is over, the outfit drama still lingers on between Tom Ford’s design team and Amal Clooney over a wardrobe change. After weeks of painstaking effort working on Clooney’s dress for the big event, the human rights lawyer decided not to wear it.

Instead, Amal showed up wearing her “backup” outfit by young British designer Richard Quinn: a metallic bustier, cigarette trousers, and billowing floral train. According to Page Six, Amal notified the designers of her last-minute wardrobe change. They were reportedly not pleased with the decision but gracefully accepted her choice to go with another designer. The team also said they would prefer it if Amal did not wear the dress at all that night (if she wasn’t going to wear it on the red carpet) so they would have the opportunity to allow another star to debut the creation at another A-list event.

Vogue staffers pushed Amal to stick with the original wardrobe plan in order to avoid unnecessary drama. After all, Clooney was the co-chair of this year’s Met Gala and cover girl of Vogue’s May issue. But of course, to stir the pot even more, the modern-day fashion icon made the bold move to ignore the design team’s request and changed into their crimson stain-glass window-inspired full-length gown later that evening at a private after party.

Tom Ford doormen

Leave it to Tom Ford to put together the perfect show for his first women’s wear line since 2004. Even the doormen were hot! The models were beautiful women that inspire him, among them Daria Werbowy, Natalia Vodionaova, Julianne Moore, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, Daphne Guinness and Amber Valetta to name a few. Sadly we will not be able to see the clothes until January as no one was allowed to take pictures. I kind of like the old school way of doing it, I love the anticipation.

Preshow Tom FordPreshow Tom Ford

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Beyoncé modeled in Tom Ford’s secret fashion show

Tom Ford showcased his first womenswear collection in six years with celebrity cast including Beyonce, Lauren Hutton, Daphne Guinness, Julianne Moore and Stella Tennant with very small, but glamorous show.

The extraordinary show was held in the designer’s store on Madison Avenue before an audience of perhaps 100 editors. Each of the beautiful celebrities looked sensational and as individual as she could be. The collection includes sharp pantsuits in black silk or leopard pattern, gorgeous black evening clothes with sheer blouses, corsets with details like hammered gold, jewelry, stilettos with ankle ties and seamed black stockings.

The collection was very chic and womanly, with the signature style of Tom Ford.

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Tom Ford and Colin Firth at the BAFTA After-Party

Tom Ford and Colin Firth

LONDON, Feb 25, 2010 / FW/ — With Colin Firth winning Best Actor for “A Single Man”, the directorial debut for Tom Ford, the after-party sponsored by Grey Goose at the Soho House caught the attention of the fashion world.

Known to fashionistas as the designer that revitalized Gucci and made the then tired label, the coolest of cool, Tom Ford might have left fashion several years ago but he still casts a long shadow.

That he had started a second career in film making is already amazing; and for his directorial debut to be recognized by the movie world is a phenomenon.

Now… back to the BAFTA After Party…

Set over two floors of Grosvenor House on Park Lane, the Soho House Grey Goose After Party spanned a series of suites and spaces.

This was the first time that this part of the hotel has been used for the official after party – a departure from The Ballroom which has traditionally been used for this event.

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Tom Ford and Celebs Looking Handsome as Ever

Tom Ford fashionLadies and Gentlemen get your men in Tom Ford Suits… throughout the MET Tom Ford has the men looking Eye Candy…

Just a reminder Tom Ford is available at the Tom Ford Boutique, Fashion Avenue, Dubai Mall.

Martha Stewart to host designers Tom Ford, Roberto Cavalli

Tom Ford on The Martha Stewart Show

Fashionistas, take note: Designers Tom Ford and Roberto Cavalli will appear live on The Martha Stewart Show this week.

On Wednesday, Ford will join Martha in-studio to chat about his new movie, A Single Man. He’s pictured with Julianne Moore, right, at a special screening of the movie at the Museum of Modern Art in New York Sunday

And on Thursday, Roberto Cavalli  will be promoting his clothing line with a fashion show. Cavalli recently contributed to a show in London that featured “pet couture,” including the stylish headgear on the bulldog model, below. Not sure whether Cavalli’s doggie couture will be included on martha’s show, but I rather hope so!

Cavalli’s doggie couture

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Tom Ford Goes Out With a Roar

One of the greatest rides in fashion history ended Wednesday night as Tom Ford, a gardenia in his lapel, came down the runway at Gucci, stopped to kiss his companion and walked the rest of the way alone as a thousand people rose to their feet and cheered.

In less than a decade as creative director, the American-born Mr. Ford transformed Gucci, a moribund Italian label, into a coveted symbol of sex and glamour, reaching worldwide sales of $1.5 billion a year. But in a decision in November that will probably be debated for years to come, executives at Pinault-Printemps-Redoute, Gucci’s parent company, chose to let Mr. Ford and his business partner, Domenico De Sole, go, saying the Gucci brand was bigger than the designer.

Well, tonight Mr. Ford begged to differ.

In one of the classiest presentations of his career, Mr. Ford showed them how it was done. This was big-time fashion. From the first exit to the last, there wasn’t an outfit that looked wrong, a hair out of place. The clothes reflected not only the high points of his career, but also his ability to project an idea beyond the small, limited world of fashion.

Minutes before the show started, as the models were lining up backstage, Mr. Ford said: ”I feel really sad, but I’m happy to say I love this collection. I wanted to go back and revisit certain elements at Gucci but also to think about why I had wanted to be a fashion designer — what were the iconic moments of my life?”

To a soundtrack of love songs, including a remix of ”Killing Me Softly,” Mr. Ford sent out lush fur jackets over slim, shiny skirts pinched and pleated across the fanny. The palette was the Gucci palette: graphic black and white, pale pink, the indecent shock of electric blue and livid green. Mr. Ford skipped the daytime clothes, unless your idea of day wear is a dark purple suit in stretch taffeta crisscrossed with bondage seam work or a lunar white coat with a black fox pelt draped around the collar.

The nighttime world is what Mr. Ford understands best — that sense, so implicit in necklines plunging toward the navel or in the way a piece of black chiffon pulls tautly over the shoulders, that anything might happen if the lights are low and the mood is right. The gift of all great designers is to be able to translate emotions into clothes. The particular gift of Mr. Ford was to recognize in the mid-1990’s that those emotions — whether for love or seduction or hedonism — could change rapidly, and to seize on them.

People talk about Tom Ford’s ”vision,” as if it were something that comes along every day. But it comes to only a few individuals in this business. People forget that Gucci was a leather-goods house when Mr. Ford arrived in 1990 — and practically a bankrupt one. But he gave Gucci fashion, and then he gave the fashion, through his marketing and advertising skills, meaning.

If there was one thing this immaculate show made loud and clear, it was that Mr. Ford is, to the last, a designer. (On March 7 in Paris, he will present his final collection for Yves Saint Laurent, the second label he designs.)

As he strode down the runway here and the ceiling opened up with rose petals, the crowd along the front row edged forward. Then about half the people in the audience followed him toward the backstage area. It seemed that everyone was aware of what had just transpired in that room.

”He took the whole house with him!” said Michael Roberts, the fashion editor of The New Yorker. ”Lock, stock and barrel.”

”It was spectacular,” said Burt Tansky, the chief executive of Neiman Marcus. ”Of course it bothers us that he’s leaving. As one of Gucci’s biggest clients, we’re very sad. But what a fantastic way to go out.”

”What I admire about this show,” said Elizabeth Saltzman, the fashion director of Vanity Fair and a close friend of Mr. Ford’s, ”is that it wasn’t overly dramatic or emotional. He didn’t shove humble pie in anyone’s face.” She smiled. ”He just let us all know what we’re going to miss.”

The Gucci show didn’t overshadow the other strong collections of the day, notably by MaxMara and Pucci. Laura Lusuardi and her design team at MaxMara cut the fashion mustard with a refreshing silhouette based on full skirts in wool that fell just below the knees. Shown with saddle oxfords on a stacked heel, the skirts, including a pumpkin-colored one worn with a tight, diagonally fastened beige wool jacket, looked as chic as can be — and not at all encumbered by reference or trend. Rare this season.

Christian Lacroix insisted after his show for Pucci that he really had not put more of himself into the collection, but he was being modest. For the first time since he took over the designs of Pucci, Mr. Lacroix came up with the right modern blend of Paris and Mitteleuropa with a dash of those Italian prints thrown in.

A couple of thoughts came to mind as Mr. Lacroix showed cropped trousers, sturdy coats and vests and slim wrap dresses worked in combinations of gray tweed and somber geometric prints. One is that the world doesn’t need more jet set fabulosity. It wants easyJet. Get me there and shut up. The other is that people can’t take too much more change. They’re already so hyped that they’re not paying attention anyway.

Mr. Lacroix spoke about wanting to give women clothes they could wear to work. That’s a rather mundane way of saying they want something authentic. Both MaxMara and Pucci had that quality in common.

As Mr. Lacroix said, ”It’s a sense of eccentricity that’s more straight, stronger.”


Tom Ford, Partner, Take In a Little “Mamma”

Tom Ford with his longtime partner Richard BuckleyTom Ford with his longtime partner Richard Buckley attend the Mamma Mia! movie world premiere held in London, England. They were not the only stars of the night Executive Producers, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson along with Valentino, Amanda Seyfried and Pierce Brosnan also attended.


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.