5 Things You Didn’t Know About Tom Ford

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Tom Ford is a lot of things. A Los Angeles–based fashion designer, who confidently schedules his men’s and women’s runway shows a mere 48 hours apart at New York Fashion Week. A filmmaker, who has directed, written, and produced the likes of A Single Man and Nocturnal Animals to Oscar fanfare and critical acclaim. An activist, who was the recent recipient of the Hero Award, given to him by nonprofit The Trevor Project in honor of his work for the LGBTQ youth community. A powerhouse beauty behemoth, whose cultish line of perfume (including the sweet, leathery, and currently sold-out F*cking Fabulous) is rivaled only by his full-throttle makeup range and his glittering circle of celebrity muses. And now, apparently, a devoted vegan—as he disclosed, to the surprise of even his most obsessive fashion fans, in an interview yesterday.

In other words, there is so much more to the 6-foot-2 former model and notoriously fit man than meets the eye. From multiple baths a day to the reason he switched to a plant-based diet last year in a turn he says has impacted his designs greatly, here are five things you might not have known about the American designer we think we know so well.

He Is Vegan

“I’ve been vegan for about a year,” Ford said in an interview. “When you look at how most of our meat, our animal products, are raised, from a health standpoint, I didn’t feel that I should eat those things anymore.” And while the plant-based diet has translated to the runway for Ford, in the form of less real fur and more fake fur and food by-products such as cowhide and shearling, he is careful not to call himself completely “fur-free.” In fact, he’s careful not to call himself a complete vegan, too. “I cheat with baked goods,” he said. “Most vegan baked goods just don’t do it like a box of Hostess donuts.”

He Is Bath-Obsessed

In a single day, Ford has been known to take not one but four hot baths. One at 4:30 a.m., when he rises; another at 9:15 a.m., after his workout; and more at 6 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., two solid soaks that sandwich the evening’s social obligations. “Often, I lie in the tub for a half-hour and just let my mind wander,” he said in an interview. “I find a bath meditative.” What’s not surprising? Afterward, he has a strict beauty regimen, replete with a beard trim and a swipe of foundation for dark eyes or blemishes. “Naturally, I use my own beauty products.”

He Does Not Gain Weight

Every morning, before his first bath, the 56-year-old weighs himself. “If I gain more than three pounds, I eat vegetables for two or three days until I get back down to my weight,” Ford once told artist Lisa Eisner. “I’m the same weight now that I was when I was 33 years old.” Of course, his strict fitness regimen, a mix of Pilates, 30 to 45 minutes of cardio, and a half-hour of free weights, doesn’t hurt his cause. What does? Those donuts. “I often completely ruin my diet by eating a donut or two when I arrive [at the office by 10:00 a.m.],” he’s admitted.

He Doesn’t Talk on the Phone

“I don’t carry a phone with me because I hate talking on the phone, especially cell phones,” he once said. And while, yes, he does have gadgets, an iPad for reading books or screenplays, and a MacBook Air for the many Skype conversations he must take at the office, his iPhone is used primarily as a camera. “In an emergency, of course, I use it as a phone,” he continued, but “I am not really even sure what my number is.”

He Is Getting Into the Skin-Care Game

With cosmetics, fragrance, and men’s grooming already under his belt, Ford recently admitted to a forthcoming women’s and men’s skin-care collection. And while he’s “not ready to talk about it yet,” he has promised the range has been top of mind for the last two years. The good news is that there will be a new iteration of his luxury cosmetics line that he says is “more daring” than ever. The name? Extremê. The launch date? Tomorrow, at his women’s show.

Source: https://www.vogue.com

Tom Ford: I am really a loner after all

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Mr. Ford, have you had a midlife crisis?

Yes. Leaving Gucci was devastating for me. Devastating because I had really put everything into that for fifteen years and all of a sudden I had no identity. “Who am I? What am I doing? I have no forum to speak to anyone anymore or to convey my thoughts or ideas.” Maybe I drank a little too much – living in London that’s a very easy thing to do. The emphasis in my life maybe switched to things that were not the important things. So yeah, I had a bit of a midlife crisis. I wish there was a better term for that. It comes to everybody, maybe in your thirties, maybe in your forties, maybe in your sixties or seventies, who knows. You get to the moment where you feel the clock is ticking and you are wondering if you are really getting the most out of your life.

If you have everything in life it is easier to lose yourself, it seems.

And if you do have everything it is also easier to understand that those are not the important things. Unfortunately a lot of people don’t get to that point. They spend their lives striving and still don’t learn those lessons. Other people figure it out at age twenty and they’re completely balanced and together and understand how to keep things in check from an early age.

How would you describe your current state of mind?

I feel that I don’t need anything for a good life. I grew up in New Mexico and the older I get I have less need for contemporary culture and big cities and all the stuff we are bombarded with. I am happier at my ranch in the middle of nowhere watching a bug carry leaves across the grass, listening to silence, riding my horse, and being in open space. So I have some sort of security that if I lost everything in my life, I would be very happy with the simple things because they are the ones that are important.

So the glamour you stand for doesn’t interest you?

After just being in New Mexico for two months, I realized that I could really work from anywhere. I am really a loner after all; I am really not a social person. Because of my job people think I am out every night, but I really hate all that. I am somebody who likes to be alone and see some close friends. I am a shy and introspective person.

Do you get the most inspiration from nature? It is the ultimate beauty, after all.

Yes, nature is the closest thing to God and I don’t mean God by any sort of religion but by the connection to the universe, which I think we have lost. The American Indians had that and where I live is actually the center of the Anasazi Indian civilization. I even have two huge Anasazi ruins on the property of my ranch. I am not saying that there definitely is some sort of spirituality coming from there, but there might be. When you are close to the earth and you get up when the sun comes up and you go to sleep when it goes down, it puts everything in perspective.


Yes, all the rest of this crap just fades away. We’ve lost our contact with the earth. Dogs don’t have guilt, dogs don’t have insecurity complexes, dogs don’t think that they need a bigger house than the other dog. Dogs are just completely themselves. They’re very in touch, they’re not thinking about their death. They are just rolling on their back, enjoying what that feels like. I think that is sort of the appeal of animals in our lives; that is what’s important.

Are you a spiritual person?

I am a spiritual person in an eastern religion kind of way. I learned that happiness for all of us is a switch that you flick in your brain. It doesn’t have anything to do with getting a new house, a new car, a new girlfriend, or a new pair of shoes. Our culture is very much about that; we are never happy with what we have today. We always think that we need something else to be happy.

This all sounds like you have a tough time living the Hollywood life that everybody expects you to.

I did have a tough time dealing with it and I have learned how to separate it. It is a performance; it is me playing a role. I am not saying that there are no aspects of it that I enjoy; I love beautiful women, beautiful dresses, and beautiful flowers. But all those things have to stay in perspective. There is nothing wrong with loving the fact that we are physical beings but you have got to keep them in perspective. It is just a diversion. It’s one of the nice things in life, like eating a great steak or kissing a good kisser – well, kissing a good kisser is maybe more valuable than all the other stuff – but these are things you have to leave behind when you leave the planet. When I am on my deathbed, I don’t think I will be thinking about a nice pair of shoes I had or my beautiful house. I am going to be thinking about an evening I spent with somebody when I was twenty where I felt that I was just absolutely connected to them.

Are you really that much of a romantic?

Yeah, I’m really a romantic.

How long does it take every morning for you to become that Tom Ford you were talking about before?

It takes me a long time in the morning to become the person that other people expect me to be. When I feel depressed and I have a bad day or something terrible has happened or I have to face something, I go through a very precise ritual getting dressed in the morning. In a sense it is armor; I’m building up a layer. If everything in my material world is in order, I will be able to get through it. That perfectionism comes from me being a Virgo. My inner world is related to my outer world. If my house is a wreck, I’m a wreck. If I am together, that’s together. That’s a kind of balance.

For many years you’ve shared your life with your boyfriend Richard Buckley. Is he your idea of a good life?

Richard is the person I love the most in the world and the person I have been together with for 23 years. So yes, but so are my dogs. I’ve asked myself, “If I were to die tomorrow what are the things that I will remember?” and I realized that nuzzling up with one of my dogs is one of the most precious things in my life! That would be something I would miss so much.

It must be important to have somebody that goes with you through that whole journey of life, somebody that shows you that it is not about the next fashion show or advertisement you shoot.

Of course it is. I am still friends with the people I went to school with. A lot of them have been working with me for the past 18 years. When you find somebody good, keep them! Keep them in your life.

Do you especially treasure the people you are close to because it is difficult for you to meet new people?

Honestly, I don’t meet very many people. I am married but no one comes on to me, ever. It is like I don’t exist sexually. No one, no one.

You are Tom Ford after all, so people probably think they don’t have a chance anyways.

Maybe that is the reason, but no one, no one flirts, no one comes on to me. Usually when people are personal with me, then they want to give me their business card at the end of the conversation.

So you wish you would get hit on more often?

Of course! (Laughs) Why not? I am not saying I would act on it, but it would be nice.

Source: The-talks.com

The libertine world of Tom Ford

Tom FordBack 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. He¹s 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.


Source : Nypost.com

London Fashion Week biggest attraction: Tom Ford

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

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The New Face Of Tom Ford Does Elle

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

Tom Ford to Mr. Porter: Cease and Desist

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!

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Tom Ford to show at London Fashion Week

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

Tom Ford Review, Plus Audio From The Show

If there were ever a true gathering of fashion’s extended royal family in New York, it happened last night at 845 Madison Avenue at the corner of 70th Street. At precisely 7pm when the guards dressed in black tuxedos locked the front gates, and the light was turned down momentarily, Mr. Tom Ford appeared at the end of the main room of his menswear store, which was decorated with large floral arrangements. About 100 top tier international editors and journalists sat anxiously after a long wait–six years–for his return to womenswear.

“Richard (Buckley) knows that for years when I was at Gucci and Yves Saint Lauren, I had a recurrent nightmare and it would last for a week before the show that the clothes would not arrive, that something went wrong, that the atelier burn down and that I had to stand up in front of all of you and talk for 20 minutes. It’s a tough crowd! I am happy to say that tonight I am very proud. We have, I think, wonderful clothes to show you and we also have I think many of the women–the most inspirational women–to model for us. So I’d like to present to you now my Spring 2011 ’Women’ collection,” said Ford just prior to narrating his entire show, describing each of the models and the specific look they were wearing. And the most fabulous women they sure were.


Click play above to hear Long’s audio recording from the show.

“Ladies and Gentlemen. Miss …” was the introduction Tom gave to each look by calling each model by name. There was off course the most talked about Beyoncé Knowles, who teased the crowd in a short midnight blue and silver all sequined dress; Julianne Moore and Karen Elson (whose album “The Ghost Who Walks” was part of the soundtrack) in a charcoal and navy dress with dangling fringes respectively; Emmanuelle Seigner in a tight cut black wool jacket worn open with slim pants and crocodile sling-backs; Lou Doillon in classic black tuxedo; Lauren Hutton in a white silk trouser suit with fedora; Natalia Vodianova in a silk georgette dress; Rinko Kikuchi in a silk tulle and georgette cocktail dress; The Honorable Daphne Guinness in a leopard print dress with her own platinum and diamond jewels; and Julia Reston Roitfeld in a black leather bomber and hand stitched leather skirt. And this wasn’t all–there were also Rachel Feinstein, Lisa Eisner, Stella Tenant, Farida Khelfa, Rita Wilson, DuJuan, Victoria Fernandez, Marisa Berenson, and Chanel Iman. Different types of women but each wore the perfect outfit.

But when Amber Valletta emerged from behind the curtain wearing a print single-breasted suit with a black chiffon blouse, unbuttoned to her navel, there was a momentary gasp of silence. At that instant, her allure and the way the suit envelope her silhouette stopped time for a few seconds. Surely this collection heralds a return to elegance and a move away from the current minimalist chic. And it will be available at Tom Ford stores worldwide towards the end of January.

Fashion has the power to transform, but so few designers can marshall this power the way Mr. Ford did last evening. Ford somehow knew that it was time to turn the page on the current obsession with fast fashion, and to return to what he has always known and proposed–that detailed, well-cut clothes in sumptuous fabrics can bring fashion to a different realm. He banned photographers and asked attendees to restrain from taking pictures. Sadly, many of the editors were still busy tweeting away instead of savoring the magnificent fashion moment taking place in front of them.

When I left the show, I kept thinking about the images of the Jamaican runner Usain Bolt at the Olympic games 100 meters dash final. In a record setting time, Mr. Bolt was so far ahead of the crowd that he had to turn his head back to verify that he was still in a race. I think after a six-year wait, Mr. Ford can now sit tight. If he looks behind him, he probably won’t see any competition.


Click play above to hear Long’s audio recording from the show.

Source : Fashionista.com , Thanks to Fashionista contributor Long Nguyen is the co-founder/style director of Flaunt.

Tom Ford Wants People To Embrace Nakedness

Former Gucci designer Tom Ford believes people look better naked as clothes can sometimes be unflattering.

Tom Ford believes people look better naked.

The former Gucci designer says clothes can sometimes be unflattering and thinks it is a good idea to embrace nakedness to help give people confidence in their bodies.

He said: “I spend most of my time at home naked. You know, most people actually look better nude. We are all one harmonious colour, with a symmetry and an innate elegance. Fat women almost always look better without the constraint and lumpy pinching of clothes, all the straps and elastic squeezing and sucking.

“We are the only animal that wears clothes, and that can’t just be because dogs can’t do up buttons.”

While he believes most people look better naked, Tom – who recently released his first womenswear collection in six years – says he wants his clothes to be flattering and timeless.

He told Style magazine: “You make your own look and add what you like. I wanna make things that are classic. Imagine how great to have invented the Chanel suit or the blazer.”

Source : Contactmusic.com