Sex, style, gloss: Ford knows how to tease in his new book
Texas’ most stylish export is back with a new status tome from Rizzoli documenting a life very well lived.
Sex, style, shine. Tom Ford knows how to tease us.
He’s the original Texan (via Austin) who went on to dominate the runway, first as creative director of Gucci, then as the smoking dad of his own eponymous fashion empire. Along the way, he also wooed Hollywood. His meticulous 2009 film, A Single Man, earned Colin Firth an Oscar and Ford rave nomination. Just a fluke? Barely. It was followed by the 2016 arty thriller Nocturnal Animals (“which alternates between the nightmare of West Texas and the boredom of Los Angeles” described our former reviewer, Chris Vognar) and scrolled down with Amy. Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal.
But Ford in print is a whole different obsession. And it’s about to get even hotter.
It all started with Ford’s eponymous first volume in 2004, originally published in two editions – one with a black fabric cover, the other in white leather. Dallas swells turned out for a book launch party in downtown Neiman Marcus, with shirtless waiters, where Ford signed copies. [His missive for KDFW-TV (Channel 4) news anchor Clarice Tinsley: “For Clarice (I’m drunk, Clarice) Tom Ford.”]
The book has become such a ubiquitous status symbol among a certain Dallas crowd that the former style magazine of The News, FD, once published an interior design with photographs showing copies in the living rooms of 10 owners. different.
Today, 17 years later, Ford, sort of 60, is back with a second volume, “Tom Ford 002” (Rizzoli, $ 135), launched last week. No surprise, it’s an amazing product: Slip-case, 444 pages, preface by Anna Wintour of Vogue, introduction by former Vanity Fair taste designer Graydon Carter, conversation with fashion thinker Bridget Foley. And all of this is just a noble foundation for the real draw, an orgy of photos of Ford – for him, of him, even by him – chronicling his life after Gucci, the launch of his brand and his adventures in Hollywood with beautiful friends.
Free up space on your coffee table.
“Tom Ford 002”