Tom Ford

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Style Cannes do: Brad Pitt cuts a dashing figure in Tom Ford - Los Angeles Times
What we could tell -- instantaneously -- was that it was Tom Ford Menswear (the shirts always seem to lead with the collar). And sure enough, when Curry finished with Pitt -- there to promote his new Quentin Tarantino movie "Inglourious Basterds," she...
Pricing Designer Shorts? Think Deep Pockets - New York Times
By ERIC WILSON What are the odds, after all, that many men will be seduced by Tom Ford's cotton chino tennis shorts that cost $650? Or Giorgio Armani's cotton drawstring shorts for $775? Given the tone of the times, it is also a safe bet that there...
Tom Ford's Film Shrouded In Secrecy -
If like us your very excited to see Tom Ford make his directional debut, then news is he may be making a big reveal later this year. His movie, A Single Man is easily one of the most anticipated films this year and stars the likes of Colin Firth and...
The entry titled "Got $1475 to spare? Get yourself a designer man ... - Austin American-Statesman
Moments ago, I read a style piece by Eric Wilson in The New York Times about the last offerings from luxury designers, including Austin-born Tom Ford, in the shorts market. These aren't any old shorts. They are high-dollar selections ranging from...
'Lowside of the Road: A Life of Tom Waits' by Barney Hoskyns - Los Angeles Times
It was only in 1980, when he met Kathleen Brennan while scoring the Francis Ford Coppola film "One From the Heart" that Waits saw a way out. They married soon afterward. As Waits took on increasingly challenging projects like "Swordfishtrombones" and...
Opposing coaches in awe of Kentucky's haul - ESPN
If Calipari had turned down UK, alum and current Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford may have been the next call. "I'll be honest with you, I'm not sure this has ever been done before and or will be done again," Ford said of Calipari's late-spring...
Lions lose hooker Flannery - SkySports
Lions management have yet to name a replacement but must choose between Ireland's Rory Best and Ross Ford of Scotland, who are on the standby list for the position. Set-piece specialist Best, who has markedly improved his all-round game in recent...
TOM WARD - Our diminishing freedom - Valley Breeze
And then there's Ford, with (in my view) the best lineup on the road, hobbling but telling the US "Thanks but no thanks" on bailout money. I'd like to think Ford will win this battle of US automakers in the short term, as some Chrysler and GM owners...
Christian Bale: Why the 'Terminator Salvation' star's on-set ... - Entertainment Weekly
Will Smith won't costar opposite Tom Cruise. Harrison Ford never shared the screen with Tom Hanks. It's the unspoken law of the Hollywood jungle: The alpha-males constantly circle each other, defending their own box office turf, while keeping a...
Ford: Long Beach Democrat who votes Republican, mostly, attends ... - Newsday
“We are 10 Democrats, joined by Denise Ford when we make tough decisions,” she said in describing the 19-member legislature. Ford beamed throughout. Afterward, she was asked what she was doing at a Democratic rally. “I am a Democrat. I'm here for Tom....

Tom Ford

Thomas Ford (born August 27, 1961) is an American fashion designer. He gained international fame for his turnaround of the Gucci fashion house and the creation of the Tom Ford label.

Ford was born August 27, 1961 in Austin, Texas to realtors Tom Ford and Shirley Bunton. He spent his early life in the suburbs of Houston, Texas and in San Marcos, outside Austin; his family moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico when he was 11. In Santa Fe, he entered St. Michael's High School and later moved to Santa Fe Preparatory School, from which he graduated in 1979. Ford left Santa Fe at age 17, when he moved to New York City to study art history at New York University.

Ford dropped out of N.Y.U. after only a year, preferring to concentrate on acting in television commercials; at one time, he was in twelve national advertising campaigns simultaneously. Ford then began studying interior architecture at New York City’s Parsons School of Design. During his time in New York, Ford became a fixture at the legendary nightclub Studio 54, where he realized he was gay. The club's disco-era glamor would be a major influence on his later designs. Before his last year at Parsons, Ford spent six months in Paris, where he worked as an intern in Chloé's press office. Though his work primarily involved sending clothes out on photo shoots, it triggered his love of fashion. He spent his final year at Parsons studying fashion, but nonetheless graduated with a degree in architecture.

When interviewing for jobs after graduation, he said that he had attended Parsons but concealed that he graduated in architecture and that his work at Chloe was a low-level public relations position Despite his lack of experience, Ford called American designer Cathy Hardwick every day for a month in hopes of securing a job at her midprice sportswear company. Eventually, she agreed to see him. Hardwick later recalled the incident: "I had every intention of giving him no hope. I asked him who his favorite European designers were. He said, 'Armani and Chanel.' Months later I asked him why he said that, and he said, 'Because you were wearing something Armani'. Is it any wonder he got the job?" Ford worked as a design assistant for Hardwick for two years.

Ford would soon have the opportunity to enter the world of European fashion: Gucci, a faltering luxury goods company, was seeking to strengthen its women's ready-to-wear presence as a part of its brand overhaul. At the time, "no one would dream of wearing Gucci," said Dawn Mello, then the company's creative director. Mello hired Ford—then a near-unknown—as the brand's chief women's ready-to-wear designer in 1990. "I was talking to a lot of people, and most didn't want the job," Mello said. "For an American designer to move to Italy to join a company that was far from being a brand would have been pretty risky." Ford and his longtime partner, fashion journalist Richard Buckley, relocated to Milan that September.

Ford's role at Gucci rapidly expanded: he was designing menswear within six months, and shoes soon after that. When Richard Lambertson left as design director in 1992, Ford took over his position, heading the brand's ready-to-wear, fragrances, image, advertising, and store design. In 1993, when he was in charge of designing eleven product lines, Ford worked eighteen-hour days. During these years, there were creative tensions between Ford and Maurizio Gucci, the company's chairman and 50% owner. According to Mello, "Maurizio always wanted everything to be round and brown, and Tom wanted to make it square and black." Though Maurizio Gucci wanted to fire Ford, Domenico de Sole insisted that he remain. Nonetheless, Ford's work during the early 1990s was primarily behind the scenes; his contributions to Gucci were overshadowed by those of Mello, who was the company's public face.

In 1994, Ford was promoted to creative director. In his first year at the helm, he was credited with putting the glamor back into fashion introducing Halston-style velvet hipsters, skinny satin shirts and car-finish metallic patent boots. In 1995, he brought in French stylist Carine Roitfeld and photographer Mario Testino to create a series of new, modern ad campaigns for the company. Between 1995 and 1996, sales at Gucci increased by 90%.

By 1999, the house, which had been almost bankrupt when Ford joined, was valued at about $4.3 billion.

When Gucci acquired the house of Yves Saint-Laurent, Ford was named the creative director of that label as well. During his time as Creative Director for YSL, Ford won numerous Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards. Like his work at Gucci, Ford was able to catapult the classic fashion house back into the mainstream.

His advertising campaigns for the YSL fragrances Opium (with a red-haired Sophie Dahl completely naked wearing only a necklace and stiletto heels in a sexually suggestive pose) and YSL M7 (with martial arts champion Samuel de Cubber in complete full-frontal nudity) have been famous and provocative by pushing fragrance ads to a new level of creativity in artistic expression and commercial impact. Some of his hats for Yves Saint Laurent were created by Prudence Millinery.

In April 2004, Ford parted company with the Gucci group after he and CEO Domenico de Sole, who is credited as Ford's partner in the success story that is Gucci, failed to agree with PPR bosses over creative control of the Group.

Following his departure from Gucci (and YSL), Ford opened the fashion house, Tom Ford. Ford began with accessories; his line of eyewear was the first to become successful through a continuing partnership with Marcolin SPA. The Tom Ford line now covers Menswear, Beauty, Eyewear, and both Men and Women's Accessories. In 2006, he also established a fragrance line called Tom Ford Beauty. In early 2006, Ford attracted media attention for appearing fully clothed on the cover of Vanity Fair alongside Keira Knightley and Scarlett Johansson, both nude.

Ford's first 'Tom Ford' flagship store opened on April 12, 2007 on New York City's Madison Avenue. In Spring 2008, Ford opened his first boutique outside of the United States in Zurich, Switzerland located at Munsterhof 17. In September 2008 Ford opened a boutique in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the Harry Rosen store on Bloor street.

As of December 2008, Ford's directorial debut, A Single Man, has been in production. The film is based on the novel by Christopher Isherwood and has been adapted to screen by Ford and David Scearce. The cast includes Colin Firth, Julianne Moore and Lee Pace.

Ford and his partner, journalist Richard Buckley, have been together for over 20 years. Buckley was the former Editor in Chief of Vogue Hommes International. Ford has expressed a desire to have children while Buckley has previously said he was against the idea.

Noted for his interest in modern architecture, Ford has commissioned houses from the Los Angeles firm of Marmol-Radziner and Associates, the Spanish architect Alberto Campo Baeza, and the Japanese architect Tadao Ando.

Ford has been recognized by important design and cultural councils worldwide including the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum and TIME.

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Tom Ford (presenter)

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Tom Ford is a motoring journalist and television presenter sometimes referred to by the nickname Wookie. He is married with 2 children.

Ford currently appears on Five's Fifth Gear where he was promoted to the co-host slot in Spring 2007.

Ford's writing includes a stint at CAR Magazine where he rose from Staff Writer to Road Test Editor. Ford currently writes for Top Gear Magazine as a Contributing Editor for the publication having previously held the position Deputy Editor for the publication.

While studying for his philosophy degree at university Ford joined a performance art group called Kiss My Axe before a brief time with a circus. He later returned to education and obtained another degree in journalism.

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Tom Ford Beauty


Launched in Fall 2006, Tom Ford Beauty is a luxury brand of fragrances comprising Tom Ford Black Orchid, and a secondary floral edition Tom Ford Black Orchid Voile de Fleur; Private Blend, a twelve-piece unisex fragrance collection; and a new men's scent, Tom Ford for Men along with its more intense version, Tom Ford for Men Extreme. Each scent was designed and developed by the designer himself. Within the subsequent years, the company added three more unisex fragrances to the Private Blend collection, latest in 2009, and developed the collection to 15 individual, and unique, creations as of spring 2009.

Tom Ford chose to promote his mens fragrance debut with a very provocative advertising campaign featuring the fragrance bottle placed between the dewy breasts and thighs of a naked woman. The suggestive nature of the ads mimic the designer's previous creative choices, which made him infamous, back when he was at the helm of Gucci and YSL.

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Tom Ford (snooker player)

Tom Ford (born 17 August 1983 in Leicester)is an English professional snooker player from Leicester.

As a junior, he played against Mark Selby frequently. His best run to date was in the 2005 Malta Cup where he beat Ken Doherty, but eventually lost to Stephen Hendry. In the 2007 Grand Prix, he made a 147 against Steve Davis, after having just come out of hospital suffering from gastroenteritis, but still missed out on the last 16 eventually finishing 3rd in his group. He secured the high break prize, but unfortunately it was not televised. In the last 32 of the Northern Ireland Trophy he held Ronnie O'Sullivan to 4-4, before missing the final blue, allowing O'Sullivan clinch the frame. He is officially ranked 48 in the 2007/2008 World Rankings.

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