It’s time to talk about Tom Ford again. We seem to spend a lot of time discussing Tom Ford over at Chutzpah Mansions but, let’s face it, it’s his world now and we’re just living in it. Not content with completely owning London Fashion Week last February by showing in Los Angeles the very same week, just before the Oscars ceremony, Ford blew the rest of Spring/Summer 2016 out of the water with his Nick Knight –directed pop-video-cum-catwalk-extravaganza starring Lady Gaga and male model of the moment, Lucky Blue Smith.
Now the superbrand mastermind is set to invade our consciousness once again by dressing Daniel Craig in ‘Spectre’, the latest multi-million pound blockbuster episode in the James Bond franchise. Immaculate throughout, Mr Bond’s clothes are less a wardrobe and more another tool of his trade. Never since Cary Grant avoided the attentions of a trigger-happy crop duster in ‘North by Northwest’, wearing a form-fitting Kilgour two-piece, has a suit so admirably withstood the rigours of international espionage. FYI the windowpane check suit Bond sports in the opening act is available from Harrods, along with other items from the film.
Tom Ford obviously associates himself with survivors like James Bond, having been chewed-up and spat out by the machinations of big business and, more specifically, executives at Gucci-owner PPR (now Kering). After picking himself up and dusting himself down, Ford, along with business partner and Gucci cohort Domenico de Sole, has established a formidable global fragrance, beauty and apparel business, his name shorthand for unadulterated luxury.
Another survivor Ford has collaborated with is Lady Gaga, now entering the third, and possibly most intriguing, chapter of her career as a television actress, starring in FX horror series ‘American Horror Story: Hotel’. After a change of stylist and a move away from the frantic electropop which made her name, Gaga seems refreshed, renewed and finally finding her spiritual home on the Tom Ford catwalk.
Gaga partners with Nile Rodgers on a revamp of Chic’s disco classic ‘I Want Your Love’ in Nick Knight’s homage to ‘Soul Train’ and Ford’s beloved Studio 54. A perfect showcase for Ford’s Spring/Summer 2016 collections, every shot is Instagram gold, with Gaga front and centre as the new queen of reinvention. Her predecessor Madonna may have kick-started Gucci’s imperial phase, but it’s Lady Gaga, and James Bond, who are taking Tom Ford’s business to the next level.
Article by Lee Clatworthy (@bombfashion) for www.katiechutzpah.com