Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Tom Ford was relevant as ever when he reinvented Gucci, but with his own brand and new film, he's front and center for good reason. The following book, released in late 2008, chronicles Ford's work for Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent from 1994 to 2004 with over 375 pictures. Vogue's Anna Wintour contribues the forward while Vanity Fair's Graydon Carter gives an introduction. The 416 page book weighs in at 9.6 lbs. and is available at Amazon for $173. Also recent, Tom Ford directed A Single Man, a film released in December based on the novel by Christopher Isherwood. The film has received an 82% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which notes the beautiful costumes and art direction. I know Tom Ford receives negative attention for his ad campaigns (which have included full frontal nudity) and unreasonably high prices even for the luxury market, but he is one of my favorite designers and can pull off unique without overshooting it, something many designers lack.

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