Sex, style, glamor. Tom Ford knows how to tease us in his new Hollywood fashion book

Sex, style, glamor. Tom Ford knows how to tease us.

He is the native Texan (via Austin) who later ruled the catwalk, first as the creative director of Gucci, then as the smoldering father of his own eponymous fashion empire. He also courted Hollywood on the side. His meticulous film from 2009, One man, earned Colin Firth an Oscar nomination and Ford raves about it. Just a coincidence? The Arty thriller hardly followed in 2016 Nocturnal animals (“Who alternates between West Texas nightmare and Los Angeles steering,” described our former critic Chris Vognar) and steamed the screen with Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Tom Ford, from his new book ‘Tom Ford 002’ by Rizzoli.

But Ford in print – that was a completely different obsession. And it gets even hotter.

It started with Ford’s self-titled debut volume in 2004, which was originally issued in two editions – one covered in black fabric, the other in white leather. Dallas is welling up for a book launch party in downtown Neiman Marcus, complete with shirtless waiters with Ford signing copies. [His missive for KDFW-TV (Channel 4) news anchor Clarice Tinsley: “For Clarice (I’m drunk, Clarice) Tom Ford.”]

The book became such a ubiquitous status symbol among a certain crowd in Dallas that The news‘Former style magazine, FD, once published an interior design series with photographs showing copies in the living rooms of 10 different owners.

Clockwise from top: Neiman Marcus’s Ken Downing announced in August 2004 that Tom Ford will visit the retailer's downtown Dallas store to unveil his new Rizzoli book, Tom Ford.  Ford at its launch party in downtown Neiman Marcus in October 2004 and signs a book for Carol Ronkhetti.  Models prepare a collection of the white leather special edition of Ford's first book to be signed at the 2004 Neiman party in Dallas.
Clockwise from top: Neiman Marcus’s Ken Downing announced in August 2004 that Tom Ford will visit the retailer’s downtown Dallas store to unveil his new Rizzoli book, Tom Ford. Ford at its launch party in downtown Neiman Marcus in October 2004 and signs a book for Carol Ronkhetti. Models prepare a collection of the white leather special edition of Ford’s first book to be signed at the 2004 Neiman party in Dallas.(Courtney Perry for the Dallas Morning News)

Now, 17 years later, Ford, kind of 60 years old, is back with a second volume. Tom Ford 002 (Rizzoli, $ 135)that starts this week. No surprise, it’s a stunner: slipcase, 444 pages, forwarded from Fashion‘s Anna Wintour, intro from former Vanity fair Taste Maker Graydon Carter, interview with fashion thinker Bridget Foley. And all of this just a high-minded basis for the true draw, an orgy of Ford photos – for him, even for him from he – he tells about his life after Gucci, the launch of his brand, and his adventures in Hollywood with some very handsome friends.

Free up space on your coffee table.

'Tom Ford 002' by Rizzoli is in a slipcase and 444 pages with a foreword by Anna Wintour.
‘Tom Ford 002’ by Rizzoli is in a slipcase and 444 pages with a foreword by Anna Wintour.
Justin Timberlake wears Tom Ford. (Tom Munro-Stammarchiv / Rizzoli)
Justin Timberlake wears Tom Ford. (Tom Munro-Stammarchiv / Rizzoli)
Tom Ford, from his new book by Rizzoli, 'Tom Ford 002'
Tom Ford, from his new book by Rizzoli, ‘Tom Ford 002’
Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Fashion Editor Polly Mellon and Christy Turlington at The Plaza Hotel in New York City, New York


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