There, I’ve said it!
Something about Tom Ford makes me secretly swoon- he’s intelligent, talented, unbelievably stylish and you just know he smells good!
He first came to my attention when he took over designing for Gucci in 1994 and created some of the most recognisable silhouettes of the 20th century.
He was also one of the hardest working designers, although the pace of life being a fashion demigod wore him down.
The documentary I’d like to recommend isn’t as gritty as I like them, there’s plenty of arty farty talk (and not in the good way), but there are some gems, like when he described being a boy, looking down at the new shoes his mother had bought him and just knowing there was something flawed in their design.
It’s also fascinating to watch his designing process.
I’ve mentioned many times that despite having a degree in fashion design, I know I’ll never work in fashion.
One of the reasons is that I have little attention to detail which is essential in creating clothes.
It’s fascinating to watch Tom get his scissors out and start hacking away at a jacket I would have given the green light to.
What I admire most is that in 2004 Ford was able to walk away from a career that was slowly destroying him and turned to making another dream come true meaning directing.
In 2009 he wrote, produced and directed The Single Man, which is based on a book written by Christopher Isherwood of the same title, much to the disbelieve and amusement of the fashion world.
Ford has stated that the main character is loosely based on his own experiences, and was his way of dealing with his mid-life crisis.
How can you not just crush on this guy?