>> Mr. Tom Ford, who quit designing womenswear until he made his first movie, may be back like old times before you know it -- he is set to start shooting a "tight, independent film" come July. He's been dabbling in perfumes, sunglasses, and menswear, but maybe he'll finally get his feet on solid ground again? He still doesn't seem to have his energy focused well enough. But as Suzy Menkes points out in today's IHT:
[Ford's] problem is that he gave his powerful and particular persona to Gucci. That brand may be changing, but, significantly, two almost identical invitations arrived on fashionistas' desks last week: both square, black and shiny with insets of gold. One was celebrating a new Gucci book being released on Wednesday; the other was inviting guests to the Black Orchid launch on Thursday. What was the difference? One was for the 85th birthday of a two- billion-dollar brand; the other was, even accounting for Ford's proven talent and name recognition, a start-up.
It's almost sad, really, for a man whose self-professed strength is marketing to have the carpet pulled out from under him by Gucci like that -- even now. Emasculating, really. Not that we should pity Mr. Ford, he's doing just fine I'm sure, but I'm rooting for him.