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.
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.
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.