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Do We Need A Tom Ford Watch?

Launching this month in Ford’s stores and in select retailers, Tom Ford’s first watch, the Tom Ford 001, joins the cavalcade of timepieces from fashion brands turned watchmakers. Oddly, while Tom Ford’s main collection $42,000 alligator briefcases, casual suede jackets for $7,000, and sunglasses for $1000, the prices of his new watch line are intentionally less stratospheric. At its most affordable, the Tom Ford 001 retails US$2000 with a curved back watch offered in 2 sizes, 44mm and 40mm, in four different metals and a wide selection of interchangeable bands – each sold separately. But the question is, do we need a Tom Ford watch?

The growing number of fashion brands entering the world of haute horlogerie hasn’t been large but it denotes a trend – Tom Ford wasn’t the first nor would it be the last. That said, some brands like Ralph Lauren do it with arguably greater promise. Ralph Lauren’s watch collections have, developed a cult following thanks to their irrepressible charm. Case in point (no pun intended), the 27mm square 867 model is considered by connoisseurs to be one of the best interpretations of the Tank watch right now; the greatest irony is that like many other fashion designers, Ralph Lauren himself was an ardent admirer of Cartier and sought muse in the original pioneer in form (aka shapes other than round) watches. Even then, like many fashion giants, Ralph Lauren doesn’t make its own movements but instead, depends on a stable of Richemont Group watchmaking brands to create exclusive movements for them.

In the instance of Ralph Lauren’s exquisite square Art Deco tank, the ultra-thin caliber RL430, which, drives it is based on the Piaget calibre 430P: a coin-sized hand-wound mechanical movement. It is a serious calibre for serious watch collectors and as such, the resulting official retail price puts Ralph Lauren’s offering on par with the traditionalist watchmaking brands in Richemont. In that sense, it is understandable why there is some reticence in putting money down for a Ralph Lauren watch when your money could go to a more classical, specialist watchmaker, even if the Ralph Lauren Slim Classique looks like something anyone of those heritage brands might have made themselves.

That said, while provenance is the coin of the watchmaking world, some fashion brands develop a language and DNA that is truly authentic to its history in its own right, albeit one rooted in haute couture, fashion and travel. Nicolas Beau, international watch director for Chanel once expressed that “there are very few brands that have enough power to become specialists in different things”. However, that is not to say that luxury fashion brands should never be considered as a total outsiders to the world of watches, only that very few can do so and offer products which consumers will not perceive as cynical money-grabs.

Entering A Complex World Of Luxury Timepieces

Despite a relatively short foray into watchmaking, luxury brands like Chanel and Louis Vuitton have developed iconic timepieces that are recognised for their sublime design – The former had the Ceramic J12 collection launched in 2000 and the latter, the Tambour collection. Some maisons like Hermes actually acquire stakes in serious watch manufactures to make timepieces which truly resonate with the brand’s culture and philosophy, case in point – 2017’s Slim d’Hermes L’heure Impatiente and the Slim d’Hermes Perpetual Calendar.

Hermès cultivates the extravagant idea of reconciling the rigorous discipline of mechanical high complications with whimsical fancy – as such their 2017 novelty played upon that quintessential experience of anticipation. The L’heure Impatiente invited watch lovers to set the counter of the watch to the time of the eagerly awaited event that will take place in less than 12 hours. An hour before it occurs, the mechanical hourglass is set in motion and its progress can be followed at 6 o’clock on the dial.

The complication is classically Hermes, emotively stirring while heightening the sense of pleasurable anticipation, as if on the shortlist for a Kelly Birkin, all culminating when the note rings out. The striking mechanism has been designed to ensure a lasting, velvety-smooth sound delightfully modulated for the wearer’s ears only. Whereas the Perpetual Calendar took horology’s most classical of high complications and bequeathed it with an undeniably Hermes aesthetic.

Designed by Philippe Delhotal, Creative Director of La Montre Hermès, Slim d’Hermès and the resulting Perpetual Calendar model which accompanied the collection’s debut testified to the graphic approach of Hermes.  Using original typography created by Philippe Apeloig to mark the hours, the light, airy outline of the numerals imparted a pleasing cadence which contrasted with one of the most demanding horological complications. The Slim d’Hermes Perpetual Calendar counted off the days and months while taking account of leap years while exhibiting an exquisite moon-phase indication in natural white mother-of-pearl set against an aventurine glass sky with dual-time display, all delivered in an ultra-thin body – there could be no argument that this Vaucher Fleurier creation was unmistakably watchmaking at its finest while conveying that all too familiar Hermes flair for understated yet unmistakable design.

That said, Christian Dior was a pioneering fashion house in the watch arena but Gucci is widely remembered for the first commercially successful fashion watch venture. In 1972, the Italian house partnered with Severin Wunderman to produce Gucci watches. Setting the benchmark measure for success for fashion watches, the first year saw the company make a profit of approximately $3 million and subsequently, Gucci watch sales rose to $70 million a mere three years later and $115 million in 1988. For 10 years, Gucci’s watch supplier Severin Montres enjoyed exponential growth, making it an appetising target for acquisition, Gucci finally took the bait in 1997. This was indicative of how a successful watch collection could become an important source of profit for a fashion brand.

In 2012, the least expected brand to enter the watch arena did. Just when one thought it would be impossible to create a watch inspired by trenchcoats, Burberry debuted a range of timepieces dubbed “The Britain” as an accompaniment to the brand’s signature garment. One can either approach this trend as a mere trend or given that fashion watchmaking has been around since the 60s, consider the genre as part and parcel of an evolutionary process that is not only aesthetically experimental or mechanically inventive within the confines of brand DNA which isn’t necessarily beholden to centuries of watchmaking history.

The financial perspective

General consensus is that traditional names in Swiss watchmaking like Patek Phillippe, Rolex and Omega are ones that have been and will most likely be, around for the foreseeable future. By virtue of their enduring collections throughout history, it is indisputable that these heritage watchmakers endure the vagaries and transience of fads and fashion – one has to simply look at all the vintage re-issues that are making a comeback, these classic designs are not beholden to “trends” as these fashion watches are. However, what fashion brands offer is a more aesthetically driven option for those who already own a couple of luxury watches and simply prefer something which doesn’t take itself too seriously. That is not to say that watches from fine watchmakers are not fashionable, it is simply the fact that for every Michelin star meal, one can still enjoy cheese burgers from McDonald’s.

However, biggest thing that sets fashion accessory watches apart from the classic timepieces is naturally, the price tag. For watch aficionados, the value of watches lies in the quality, style and most importantly, the brand status. But with the rise of maisons like Chanel and Louis Vuitton producing high quality watches at less eye watering price ranges, it poses a situation that is enigmatically attractive even for the most discerning of customers. Needless to say, that while heritage watchmaking will always stay relevant, it can be argued, especially given the rise of kickstarter brands producing horological facsimiles of out-of-production models, coupled with the value-cost equation, the correlation between propensity to spend relative to desirability of provenance becomes decidedly murkier. To wit, on the rare occasion where the designs of fashion watches seem to replicate that of a classic timepiece, if Ralph Lauren watches were priced more attractively, they would very well be making a bigger dent in the market right now.

Striking a balance

Very astutely, Tom Ford placed himself in the shoes of his customers when deciding on the price for his new timepiece. “I don’t know if I would buy a $20,000 watch from Tom Ford,” he said, “But would I spend $2,700 for a really great watch in steel with a black face and interchangeable bands, or $8,000 for a gold one? Yes.”

The Tom Ford 001 comes in one style, designed to be functional and a modern take on a classic accessory. Mr Ford was inspired by the unisex style of Rolex and Cartier. He “doesn’t think that a watch is necessarily masculine or feminine”. The focus of the quietly branded collection draws on the appeal of interchangeable straps, priced from US$420 individually. The collection features a luxurious take on webbing straps, a braided band – also available in plain alligator and leather bands in a wide range of colours – will the Tom Ford eye for design and brand appeal be enough entice consumers? Perhaps. History has shown that consumers will always crave options. More importantly, given the rise of couture watch brands in a free-market economy, there’s a much simpler explanation – Are you ready? The watch industry has not yet met the needs of all consumers. Don’t believe us? Why else would Richemont Group decide to launch a brand like quartz-centric brand like Baume?

Debut of Tom Ford’s 001 Watches

After Tom Ford’s announcement back in January 2017, we finally get the first real look at Ford’s first timepiece. The Swiss-built timepiece sports a simple, rectangular design with Arabic numerals, made in collaboration with Bedrock Manufacturing.

Tom Ford 001 Timepiece with Black Braided Leather Strap and 18KT Gold Case

An avid watch collector himself, Tom Ford brings more than a little knowledge to bear on his eponymous 001 Watch. The sophisticated Swiss-made timepieces are finally launching to join Ford’s timeless empire of ready to wear, sunglasses, fragrance, handbags, and makeup.

Tom Ford 001 Timepiece with Blanc Alligator Strap and Black DLC Case, $3,490

Two sizes will be available, in a variety of case materials such as 18-karat yellow gold and matte black DLC. The collection also features a 62 interchangeable strap options in 30 shades, from hand-woven braided leather, pebbled grain leather to alligator. Colours span from neutrals like black, cognac, nude to brights like cerulean and saffron, which Ford emphasises that characterizes it as a uni-sex watch.

A myriad of interchangeable straps for personalisation

The watch are built alongside with Bedrock Manufacturing, the company behind Shinola and Filson. Ford’s pieces may thus be designed with Ronda calibers with quartz, which is the supplier of the base movements used in Shinola and Filson watches. However, little is revealed on the movement from the release and we wait on Tom Ford for further details.

Depending on an individual’s configuration, prices will range from $2,190 to $10,100. Catch the release here.

Spring 2018 Menswear: Men’s Sartorial Report – Tom Ford, Brunello Cucinelli and Armani

To be a men’s sartorial conservative (I prefer my suits tailored to classic proportions even though I am adventurous when it comes to suit separates) and then provide commentary on Spring 2018 Menswear trends has been a bit of a mixed bag for me, particularly since I have a greater interest in Pitti Uomo, the Florence menswear trade show, sandwiched between London and Milan fashion weeks. Nevertheless, duty beckons and for Luxuo’s first Men’s Sartorial Report, I will be reporting on Spring 2018 Menswear from the perspective of sartorially conservative brands like Tom Ford, Brunello Cucinelli and Armani.

While both brands offer impeccably tailored ready-to-wear Spring 2018 menswear collections, only one of them looks like he's wearing his father's blazer. Guess which

While both brands offer impeccably tailored ready-to-wear Spring 2018 menswear collections, only one of them looks like he’s wearing his father’s blazer. Guess which

Spring 2018 Menswear: Men’s Sartorial Report

First, I am glad to report that the slew of superhero movies helmed by the likes of Henry Cavil, Chris Hemsworth and Hugh Jackman haven’t raised the bar on masculine physique beyond what is mortally achievable with your average salaried employee, furthermore, there seems to be a slight regression from the uber-masculine David Gandy form to the gentler, more refined musculature of slimmer proportions. Most surprisingly, Tom Ford opted for the sharp jawed man-boy instead of the square jawed man-men of Brunello Cucinelli and Giorgio Armani. Second, for these key brands, classic proportions and slim-cut profiles reigned supreme

Brunello Cucinelli Spring 2018

As a predominantly menswear oriented company, Brunello Cucinelli stands impressively in terms of market cap with €1.3 billion. Over the years, the Italian brand has expanded into ready-to-wear women’s wear and accessories in key territories – Switzerland, Belgium, the United States, France, Germany, Austria, Canada, China, Japan and three years ago, Singapore.

The man informally dressed in Brunello Cucinelli spring 2018 menswear looks impeccable either on court or off the Saharan plains with hold all and fitted safari jacket.

The man informally dressed in Brunello Cucinelli spring 2018 menswear looks impeccable either on court or off the Saharan plains with hold all and fitted safari jacket.

Brunello Cucinello is headquarter in Italy's "Green belt", a castle on top of a hill.

Brunello Cucinello is headquarter in Italy’s “Green belt”, a castle on top of a hill.

Headquartered in a 14th century castle in the middle of Umbria, Italy, Brunello Cucinelli’s spring 2018 menswear collection is a reflection of that nobility and regal elegance. It’s a deeply humanist company unlike most purveyours and producers of fashion today – Brunello Cucinelli donates 20% of its profits to charity, pays its employees 20% higher than industry average and most surprisingly, does not allow after-hours e-mails – all while maintaining production in Italy where other companies have turned to most cost effective European cities to improve margins.

My dream is to set up a form of modern capitalism where business profit must be sought while respecting the human being’s moral and economic dignity. Hence our idea to act as guardians of the creation.

It is little wonder that their namesake founder was recently awarded the Global Economy Prize by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. As a merchant and a humanist, Cucinelli has managed to circumnavigate his brand through tough economic waters without sacrificing its humanist values in support of its bottomline. With Cucinelli’s family owning a majority 57% stake in the company, spring 2018 menswear collection is fully consistent with the founder personal style – the Italian penchant for sprezzetura, that is to say, the formally informal outfit, well tailored blazer, lived in and thrown over an informal shirt, crew-neck even sometimes, all while rocking ankle length pants sans socks.

Even dressed informally, the garments of Brunello Cucinelli spring 2018 menswear still bear a regal formality even with a colour palette which eschews the funereal and embraces sensual, warm and earthy hues of tobacco, iroko wood, and amber; accented with orange and red tennis knit pullovers.

Even dressed informally, the garments of Brunello Cucinelli spring 2018 menswear still bear a regal formality even with a colour palette which eschews the funereal and embraces sensual, warm and earthy hues of tobacco, iroko wood, and amber; accented with orange and red tennis knit pullovers.

For Brunello Cucinelli spring 2018 menswear, a dressed up sombre double breasted ensemble can be dressed down with grey chinois and tassel loafers worn sockless. Alternatively, exchange shirt with t-shirt and pull a disheveled jumper over the shoulders for that well-worn look.

For Brunello Cucinelli spring 2018 menswear, a dressed up sombre double breasted ensemble can be dressed down with grey chinois and tassel loafers worn sockless. Alternatively, exchange shirt with t-shirt and pull a disheveled jumper over the shoulders for that well-worn look.

Filled with earth tones and rust hues, Brunello Cucinelli’s new Spring 2018 menswear collection has a definite safari-adventure vibe which becomes all the more clear when Cucinelli himself refers to Out of Africa as his inspiration. Harkening back to the classic age of fitted double-breasted blazers and safari jackets in a variety of light weight wools and linens for Spring 2018.

Giorgio Armani Spring 2018

Over 40 years on, Giorgio Armani has made a name for himself not just in native Italy where the brand is still one of the peninsula’s most storied fashion house but the potency of the Armani cut and sense of style also encourages Hollywood to eschew their own costumers and wardrobe specialists for Giorgio Armani himself.

Movies like Gattacca are impeccably dressed and styled by Armani himself. For Giorgio Armani Spring 2018 menswear, the same silhouette and sombre colour palette returns.

Movies like Gattacca are impeccably dressed and styled by Armani himself. For Giorgio Armani Spring 2018 menswear, the same silhouette and sombre colour palette returns.

Stone, silver and slate featured strongly in the initial looks for Giorgio Armani spring 2018 menswear. At one point, an Armani overcoat was reminiscent of a pivotal scene in Gattacca and The Untouchables albeit in grey.

Stone, silver and slate featured strongly in the initial looks for Giorgio Armani spring 2018 menswear. At one point, an Armani overcoat was reminiscent of a pivotal scene in Gattacca and The Untouchables albeit in grey.

Giorgio Armani Spring 2018 menswear was home to larger than life menswear staples like a mixed linen long double-breasted trench and a relaxed grey double-breasted notch-lapel ensemble.

Giorgio Armani Spring 2018 menswear was home to larger than life menswear staples like a mixed linen long double-breasted trench and a relaxed grey double-breasted notch-lapel ensemble.

While shades of grey featured strongly for Giorgio Armani Spring 2018 menswear, the river of slate made way for light silvery, almost iridescent offerings as the collection transitioned from its more sombre offerings and made way for something almost equatorial – a welcome respite, as if a wintry gloom had lifted and as if to say, “spring hath sprung!”


Among the most prolific of Italian designers for spring 2018 menswear shows, Giorgio Armani commanded a runaway of consumer-friendly and fashion-savvy pieces within a massive collection of suits, knits and texture tailoring – fuschia paired with turqoise, a masterstroke for opening the palette tastebuds of a general audience in a fashion-forward manner. The Giorgio Armani spring 2018 menswear show finally closes with a slew of navy executive suiting and blue cotton worksuits.



Having designed Daniel Craig’s suits for his last three James Bond films: Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, and Spectre, Tom Ford is well-known as having single handedly undone the nightmare that was skinny suits and slim lapels and revived a dormant classical male penchant for wide and peaked lapels, boys were out and men were in.

In even before he left Gucci, the later collections of Gucci menswear started to bear the aesthetic trademarks of Ford’s signature hyper-masculine style. As a designer, Ford was a power-house, his departure from Gucci Group necessitated the hire of four others to do the work that he was singularly managing. At Tom Ford, the aesthetic vision he heralded came to fruition, hyper-sexuality, and equal opportunity objectification, Ford built his empire on sex appeal and it worked. Ford once described the “the Tom Ford customer” as international, cultured, well traveled, and then for Tom Ford spring 2018 menswear, the deft, sharp cuts of suits remained but the models he chose somehow looked like they were wearing dad’s suits rather than their own. Was the “Tom Ford customer” suddenly a man-child with an allowance?

Tom Ford Spring 2018

Nevertheless, Oscar-nominated, statement-making and a creative genius equally adept on runway as on film, the master designer in signature black watch is Tom Ford Spring 2018 menswear collection ushered through Via Borgonuovu, wide shouldered suits with peak lapels and narrow waists draped on the shoulders of boys.

Ford’s mastery of colour combinations, even the ones that on hindsight seem sartorially adventurous actually become safe choices in the careful hands of Ford. Mustards, pinks and even leopard prints become less outlandish when carefully dressed with gold-chained loafers and retro sneakers – there is an art to trendy men’s fashion and Tom Ford spring 2018 menswear collection proves that Ford really knows how to help you, the straight (or otherwise) male work it.

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Tom Ford Private Collection: Les Extraits Verts

Three new fragrances join the Tom Ford private collection, centered on reintroducing lush green scents for today.

Vetiver is the note most immediately thought of when green is mentioned in perfumery. It is, however, nefariously capricious. Depending on where the plant is from and the extraction methods, you can get a spectrum of crispy astringence to earthy woodiness. Tom Ford’s unisex Private Collection Les Extraits Verts ($330 each, for 50ml) is his foray into unearthing – pun unintended – and savouring the varied qualities of these green notes.

Perhaps the most feminine of the collection, Vert Bohème plays up a gorgeously sun-kissed jasmine and magnolia accord, and juxtaposes that warmth and brightness with the moodier sulk of Haitian vetiver. There’s a lilting quality to this scent – at times, sunbursts of honey break through and lift the scent up again, bringing it life through its impressive lasting power. Bohème simultaneously summons the plushness of footstep-muffling carpets with its inviting floral accords and the wet crunch of leaves underfoot from crisp vetiver – a commendable feat of charming perfumery.

The incense quality of Vert d’Encens is created through a smoky accord of oud and ambergris. After the initial explosion of heavy woods and spiced smoke, a striking note of bitter orange comes to the fore, wrapping up the scent with a modulated geniality. There’s also a crunchy effect of starfruit – you can almost feel the stark bite, swirling ever so slightly underneath the namesake haze of incense. Encens isn’t so much an ode to the religious rituality of Japanese or Indian incense sticks, but leans toward a Lutensian treatment of oriental bases with overripe and sweetened plums. While the opening is polarising and vivid, it settles very quickly into a smoky skin scent with a refined side of complimentary greens.

The woody entry in the range, Vert des Bois brings a more masculine smouldering sensuality to the other’s relative femininity. Its opening blast is redolent of sandalwood and spicy pepperwood. It’s a dichotomising entrance that recalls the sour acridity of dried woods: easy to hate, but rewarding when endured. Minutes in, the floral notes of jasmine, olive leaves, and aged plum come to the fore, smoothing the edges of the opening’s brusqueness. This isn’t a fragrance for fans of evanescence dancing atop skin – rather, it sits with legs firmly crossed. This fragrance has a duality that recalls the great Orientals of the ’70s with its unabashed weight and smokiness, along with modern gourmand tastes (jasmine, poplar seeds, and tonka bean).

This story was first published in l’Officiel Singapore.

3 Celebrity Homes: Redefining Luxury Country Living

3 Celebrity Homes: Redefining Luxury Country Living

There’s nothing like living in the middle of nature that inspires a sense of tranquillity and respite away from city life. In the latest issues of Palace magazine, the editors took a look at three celebrity residences that are icons of elegant living.

TOM FORD3 Celebrity Homes: Redefining Luxury Country Living

Possibly one of the most stunning creations from Japanese architect Tadao Ando, designer of the Armani Teatro in Milan and the Ground Zero Project in New York, is the Cerro Pelon Ranch. This 20,662 acre New Mexico property owned by visionary fashion designer and filmmaker Tom Ford is now on the market for sale with the Kevin Bobolsky Group. Fusing design aesthetics with the spirit and beauty of the Galisteo Basin, this exquisite estate features a striking glass-walled main residence seemingly suspended over a sleek reflecting pool, an adjoining state of the art eight-stall horse barn, indoor and outdoor riding arenas, and the Cerro Pelon Mountain, a significant Galisteo Basin landmark located right in the heart of the ranch. Commanding $75 million, Ford’s Sante Fe retreat not only offers an exclusive private airstrip and hangar, but also accommodates the Silverado Movie Town, an Old Western movie set originally constructed for the 1985 film Silverado. The town has since been further developed to include usable building structures, and is regularly leased for television and movie productions, most recently: Cowboys and Aliens, 3:10 to Yuma, and Thor.

Tom Cruise3 Celebrity Homes: Redefining Luxury Country Living

Cloistered amongst the mountains just minutes away from the resort town of Telluride, Colorado, lies a sprawling 298-acre estate graced by an elegant Storybook main residence and guesthouse. Surrounded by wooded grounds affording scenic mountain beauty and serenity, the home boasts a private trail system with views overlooking the region’s 14,000-foot peaks, as well as amenities such as a private helipad, an in-house fitness center, separate staff quarters, and a private elevator. This property is known for having had only two owners in the last century; namely a family of Basque sheep-herders who settled in the area in the 1920s, and Hollywood movie star Tom Cruise. Featuring a massive 10,000 sq. ft. home consisting of four bedrooms and six full bathrooms as well as a 1,600 sq. ft. guesthouse with three bedrooms and three full baths, the Cruise estate is priced at $59 million and available through Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis3 Celebrity Homes: Redefining Luxury Country Living

The former First Lady and international style icon’s childhood Hamptons estate is now on the market for sale with The Corcoran Group. Originally belonging to Onassis’ paternal grandparents, the Bouvier summer home, dubbed Lasata, was purchased by fashion designer Reed Krakoff in 2007 and lovingly restored according to its original Arts and Crafts architectural style. Built in 1917, the estate encompasses a light and airy 10-bedroom main residence, a one-bedroom guesthouse, a two-bedroom pool house, and beautifully landscaped gardens. Classically elegant and uniquely American, this Hamptons-style property is offered for $39 million.

This article was first published in Palace.

Creative Renaissance Expected at Paris Fashion Week

Seasonal changes are transformative but Paris Fashion Week this September is expected to reveal major creative shifts at some of the biggest names in luxury fashion. With so many new creative directors in place at France’s biggest fashion houses, this season’s Paris Fashion Week is supposed to bring a breath of fresh air to the capital.

These changes at the creative helm, collectively, represents a transformative time for labels, and one gets the sense that if revival and renewal don’t make a strong showing in the spring/summer 2017 season, the fashion world will be disappointed. This is likely because many of the wider changes in the fashion business will not be evident in Paris.

Paris Fashion Week is unlikely to see many – if any – of the combined menswear and womenswear collections on the agenda in Milan, New York and London. The same goes for the “see now buy now” concept. While fashion houses such as Burberry, Tom Ford and Michael Kors are bringing their latest collections to stores straight after their runway shows (globally in some cases), French fashion is resisting this revolution. Most French fashion houses will continue to operate on the traditional industry schedule for the upcoming round of shows.

So, the weight of expectations if fully on the creative directorship changeovers at many big houses, putting the French capital firmly in the spotlight. Some of the incoming designers’ first collections for their new employers are eagerly awaited in the fashion world.

Dior, Lanvin, Saint Laurent

The upcoming Dior show will be a particular focus of attention, overseen for the first time by Maria Grazia Chiuri. A former co-creative director of Valentino, the Italian fashion designer is the first woman to take the reins of Dior’s haute couture, ready-to-wear and accessories collections. The new ready-to-wear line is expected to mark a fresh start for the label, with particular emphasis on accessories, a domain in which Maria Grazia Chiuri notably excels.

Since a traumatic parting of ways with its emblematic creative director, Alber Elbaz, almost a year ago, Lanvin is also set to enter a new era in September. The label’s Paris show, scheduled September 28, will allow Bouchra Jarrar, now heading womenswear collections, to showcase the full extent of her talent and to bring a feminine, modern touch to Lanvin’s style.

The fashion world will also have its eyes on Saint Laurent this season, again due to a recent change in creative director. The upcoming show from Anthony Vaccarello, who replaced Hedi Slimane, will be especially eagerly awaited since his predecessor’s style was so intrinsically linked with the spirit of the brand. What’s more, his arrival has brought a few changes to the Paris schedule. Not only has Saint Laurent chosen to move its show to the first day of Paris Fashion Week, September 27, but Anthony Vaccarello also announced that he was putting work for his own label on hold, with no show in store for the Paris event.

Sonia Rykiel in the spotlight

The Sonia Rykiel show is likely to be emotionally charged at this season’s Fashion Week. Scheduled October 3 – barely a month after the death of the brand’s eponymous founding designer – the show could take the form of a final homage, both in terms of its staging and the pieces in the new collection. The show could prove a fitting farewell for this French designer who revolutionized fashion, liberating women from stuffy bourgeois looks and introducing a hint of relaxed chic that characterizes French style today.

Victoria Beckham New York Fashion Week 2016

New York Fashion Week 2016: 4 Highlights

New York Fashion Week is winding down and it showcased some high-profile shows that not only surprised but also grabbed headlines for many reasons. To help catch you up on what has been happening in the Big Apple, we rounded a few highlights that made through our news filters.

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Model Gigi Hadid walks the runway during the Tommy Hilfiger fall 2016 collection presented at New York Fashion Week in New York, September 9, 2016. © TREVOR COLLENS / AFP

Model Gigi Hadid walks the runway during the Tommy Hilfiger fall 2016 collection presented at New York Fashion Week in New York, September 9, 2016. © TREVOR COLLENS / AFP

We start with Tommy Hilfiger and Gigi Hadid who have produced a collection that was made available for purchase once it hit the runway. The collaboration was presented over the course of two days with a public fun fair followed by the runway presentation. With a full house and Taylor Swift in attendance, the show certainly was not short on star power. We look forward to learning the results of this experiment, which leads us to the next point…

Real Time RunwayTom Ford New York Fashion Week 2016

We love how technological advancements have brought us numerous opportunities enjoy the collections from across the globe. Tom Ford was one such label that invited the world to watch as it kicked off New York Fashion Week live on websites, well everywhere! Like Hilfiger, the designer made his collection immediately available for purchase. Other brands that are made their shows available for all, include Kanye West and Rebecca Minkoff who relied on Tidal and Ripple respectively for their showcases.

Relaxed Fitlacoste-nyfw-2016

Over at Lacoste, the designs were slightly more relaxed thanks to softly draped terry dresses in hues that evoked a sense of calm. Embracing the idea of a summer getaway, the brand paired comfy fits with minimalistic lines. Also at New York Fashion Week, was Victoria Beckham (main picture) whose show was held exactly 15 years after the attacks on the World Trade Centre. Before sending models down the runway, the designer observed a two-minute silence to honor the victims of the attacks. Her collection featured unstructured designs, asymmetrically panelled skirts that joined the list of relaxed designs that have now become staples on the runway (most especially at NYFW). Filled with plush colors and contrasting materials, the flirtatious collection was a departure from previous designs that were structured. Beckham also used the runway to showcase her upcoming beauty collection with Estée lauder.

StreetwearAlexander Wang New York Fashion Week 2016

Another highly anticipated collaboration was from Alexander Wang and Adidas Originals. The collection focused on unisex streetwear basics with an urban and subversive feel. The designer also presented the Spring/Summer 2017 collection from his eponymous label. Bringing a Californian vibe to Manhattan, the designer brought out sexy black leather pieces that featured contrasting retro neon hues. Hood By Air provided this youthful allure just a few notches higher with a conceptual show that featured double-ended boots, transparent ponchos and oversized outerwear. Also, porn logos for some reason…

Tom Ford Livestream From New York

New York Fashion Week kicks off today and with it comes a list of fashion shows that we would simply love to watch from the front row. While that isn’t possible, Tom Ford has kindly invited us to watch its Menswear and Womenswear collections as they walk down the runway in the Big Apple.

To catch the livestream and find out more about the runway show, visit L’Officiel Singapore and Men’s Folio.

4 Luxury Summer Fragrances for Men

Confidence comes from the perfect outfit and the right attitude. At Men’s Folio Singapore, they know that what seals the deal is the right fragrance. We share an office with them and can always smell them before we see them yet they never overpower our senses, which is a compliment, we assure you. The experts at men’s fashion and lifestyle share with us four luxury fragrances for men that will not only add character but also shape your identity.

To read on about the fragrances, visit Men’s Folio Singapore.

Insider: 9 Beauty Notes

In a world where the benchmark of beauty glamour are dictated by sirens of the celluloid screen, we bring you 9 insider tips to help you sparkle and shine in your unabashed realness.

On Brigitta: Mesh bodysuit, La Perla. Leather whipstitched booties with tassels, Roger Vivier. Gold brass necklace, Louis Vuitton. Gold brass bracelet, Céline. On Fabio and Matthew: Swimming briefs, Calvin Klein Underwear.

On Brigitta: Mesh bodysuit, La Perla. Leather whipstitched booties with tassels, Roger Vivier. Gold brass necklace, Louis Vuitton. Gold brass bracelet, Céline. On Fabio and Matthew: Swimming briefs, Calvin Klein Underwear.

Beauty note 1:

Opium from Yves Saint Laurent is a behemoth of an oriental spicy scent. The time-tested classic conjures cigarettes left burning and the shadow of a demi-mondaine. M.A.C. Face and Body foundation is fantastic for giving exposed skin coverage and an even finish. To achieve an all-over glow, Tom Ford’s Soleil Blanc Shimmering Body Oil will leave a decadent cast of gold.

On Nicolai: Acetate sunglasses, Loewe.

On Nicolai: Acetate sunglasses, Loewe.

Beauty note 2:

Red is as timeless as it is powerful: a strong lip in the classic M.A.C Rubywoo lipstick is faultless and universally flattering. NARS Audacious Lipstick in Jeanne is a vampy alternative. On the eyes, try the Matte Eyeshadow in Persia from NARS for a colour-blocked statement on the lids.

For colour-treated hair, Sachajuan Silver Conditioner deeply moisturises and tones the colour to prevent brassiness and dullness. Hanz de Fuko Claymation gives good lift and structure to hair, allowing you to style it any way. A bit of the timeless L’Oréal Elnett Hairspray will keep things in place, with a subtle flaxen finish.


Beauty note 3:

The waft of seduction and desire is captured in Tom Ford’s Tobacco Vanille, a spicy-sweet fragrance that combines the heaviness of a musky wood base and the masculine sweetness of cloves and cacao – the kind of accords that make you stop and take a deep breath.

On Brigitta: Mesh body suit, La Perla. Gold brass necklace, Louis Vuitton. Gold brass bracelet, Céline. On Fabio and Matthew: Swimming briefs, Calvin Klein Underwear.

On Brigitta: Mesh body suit, La Perla. Gold brass necklace, Louis Vuitton. Gold brass bracelet, Céline. On Fabio and Matthew: Swimming briefs, Calvin Klein Underwear.

Beauty note 4:

Express your inner lady-in-red with a spritz of Frederic Malle’s Carnal Flower, rendering a piercing gauze of animalic camphor married to the feminine wiles of tuberose. Mousse Fort and Volupt Spray from Sebastian Professional build volume and give silken lightness to hair. Define and introduce mystery to the eyes with the Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen, NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Pasiphae and Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in Mirage.

On Brigitta: Silver loop earrings, Hermès. Tribale earrings, Dior.

On Brigitta: Silver loop earrings, Hermès. Tribale earrings, Dior.

Beauty note 5:

To achieve hyper sculptural facial structure, put a shadow to the cheekbones with Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate, using the namesake Shade & Illuminate brush. Head-turning highlights can be achieved using NARS The Multiple in Copacabana, copiously smeared on the high points of the cheekbones, nose bridge and brow bones. Coat the eyelashes in these layers: Tom Ford Extreme Mascara, Chanel Le Volume, finished with M.A.C Opulash to tube and set.

Prep the hair with Shu Uemura Art of Hair Volumizing Mousse to give a voluminous start, followed by Sachajuan Styling Cream for a sleek finish. A light spray of OSiS+ Extreme Hold Hairspray will lend a pliable but finished gloss for hair that flies and defies gravity.

On Brigitta: Transparent hoodie, Longchamp. Mirrored earring, Loewe.

On Brigitta: Transparent hoodie, Longchamp. Mirrored earring, Loewe.

Beauty note 6:

A good pucker takes effort – Clé de Peau Lip Treatment is a luxuriously smooth and refined serum that leaves lips soft and plump. Follow that with a swipe of Tom Ford Matte Lip Colour in the delicious shade Black Dahlia to enhance the pout – all the better to kiss with.

On Brigitta: Denim jeans, Calvin Klein Jeans. Silver earrings and Kelly bracelet, Hermès. On Fabio and Matthew: Denim jeans, Calvin Klein Jeans.

On Brigitta: Denim jeans, Calvin Klein Jeans. Silver earrings and Kelly bracelet, Hermès. On Fabio and Matthew: Denim jeans, Calvin Klein Jeans.

Beauty note 7:

Prep the face with a dollop of Illamasqua Radiance Veil for a lit-from-within lustre. The high points of the face can be brought forward and given light using Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector. For a golden pout, try NARS Larger Than Life Lip Gloss in Gold Digger.

On Nicolai: Acetate sunglasses, Loewe. Silver Collier de Chien bracelet, Hermès.

On Nicolai: Acetate sunglasses, Loewe. Silver Collier de Chien bracelet, Hermès.

Beauty note 8:

Pamper the body with a generous layer of Les Exclusif de Chanel Crème Pour Le Corps body cream from Chanel, designed to maximise and increase the longevity of perfume worn after – Coromandel from the Les Exclusifs range is a spicy balsamic inspired by Chinese lacquered screens. Follow with Guerlain Sunless Tinted Self-Tanning Gel for a bronzed finish – vacation in Ibiza not necessary.

On Brigitta: Neoprene bodice; La Perla. Gold brass necklace, Louis Vuitton. On Fabio and Matthew: Swimming briefs, Calvin Klein Underwear.

On Brigitta: Neoprene bodice; La Perla. Gold brass necklace, Louis Vuitton. On Fabio and Matthew: Swimming briefs, Calvin Klein Underwear.

Beauty note 9:

Seduction for boys and girls comes in Sege Luten’s Five O’Clock Au Gingembre, combining the unexpected spice of candied ginger and the sweetness of over-ripe fruits. Call it bronze or call it gold — NARS Monoi Body Oil I can be used on for daily for moisture and the subtle glimmer of gold flecks. Chanel Le Vernis in Pirate is a timeless red that, when worn, imbues the hands with a beguiling pop of color.

Story credits:

Photography Chuando & Frey

Styling Joshua Cheung

Hair Marc Teng/ Atelier using Sebastian Professional; Sean Ang FAC3INC using La Biosthetique

Makeup Rick Yang, FAC3INC, assisted by Hong Ling using Make Up For Ever

Model Brigitta Liivak, Fabio Toledo, Matthew Djordjevic, Nicolai Otta

This story was first published in L’Officiel Singapore.

9 Beauty Superstars in Focus

From Chanel to Shu Uemura, these are the beauty products to keep you in a maximally tip-top shape for the occasion. Add them to your basket. Now.


Shiseido Bio-Performance Liftdynamic Serum ($145)

Shiseido labs have discovered that when the structural support system in ageing skin breaks down, sub-derm pockets are left behind beneath the skin’s surface. The result: a loss of firmness, followed by wrinkles and sagging. The Bio-Performance LiftDynamic Serum promises to fill these pockets with the use of rosemary phyto-essence. It also boasts other ingredients like wild thyme, a vitamin E derivative and Super Bio-Hyaluronic Acid N to make skin softer, smoother and more hydrated.


YSL Beauté Le Cushion Encre De Peau ($88)

We’ve seen our share of cushion foundations in recent years, but this one’s the most gorgeous by far. And the formula of its debut cushion foundation is said to give a matte yet luminous finish and a touch of freshness on skin. Use it sparingly, dabbing the foundation on areas where you need a little more help, like the reddish corners of your nose or on the chin. Then build up the coverage as you go along or whenever your skin needs a pick-me-up throughout the day. Because we too would find every opportunity to take this stunner out for touch-ups.


Dior Diorshow Maximizer 3D ($53)

An upgrade of its original launched in 2010 and now with the 3D in its moniker, Dior’s lash primer uses an oil-serum with ingredients like fatty acids, vitamin E and a seaweed extract known for its self-repair ability. The formula also has hollow silica beads that don’t weigh your lashes down. Think of it as applying a mask for lashes each time you want to boost their volume – by three times, if you use the Diorshow Maximizer 3D with a Diorshow Designer mascara.


Estée Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Diamond Revitalizing Mask Noir ($620)

Ever been dry-brushed at the spa? Here’s the less rustic version of that therapy… for your face: Estée Lauder’s luxury line Re-Nutriv now has a two-step brush-and-mask routine. Massage the brush – specially crafted with the softest, smoothest fibres – on clean, dry skin to re-energise your complexion. Then, apply the mask, which has bamboo charcoal and concentrated levels of black diamond truffle extract to make your complexion look less tired and more youthful. We’ll be saving this power duo for important evenings.


Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo ($49)

Even the most savvy and well-informed among us have to confess: every makeup brand now has so many lipstick types in its stable that we just lose track of the one that has the matte yet hydrating texture, the one that’s good for super-glossy brights and the one that leaves indelible lip marks on him. Chanel has made things easier with its Rouge Coco Stylo, a hybrid formula that gives you all you need in a lippie. It’s intense like a lipstick, shiny like a gloss and comforting like a balm. Really, do you need anything else? In eight shades.


Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint SPF30/PA+++ ($72)

OK, so there are numerous apps out there with a multitude of skin-perfecting filters. But real life still exists. And for that, you’ll need this all-in-one product. Vitamins C and E in this help to nourish and protect your complexion. Additionally, this oil-free tint is said to create a soft-focus effect by using Transparent Blurring Powders that even out your skin tone and blur out imperfections, while giving a natural finish and a velvety feel. And the last bit is something you’ll never get from an Instagram filter. In nine shades.


Tom Ford Black Orchid EDT ($100-$210)

About a decade after the launch of the iconic Black Orchid EDP, Tom Ford fans have something else to obsess about now: the equally sophisticated and seductive EDT. Don’t expect a watered-down version – it’s Tom Ford, after all – as this new variant packs in top notes of black truffle, bergamot and blackcurrant, as well as lotus wood, patchouli, incense, vetiver, vanilla and sandalwood. At its heart is the eponymous Black Orchid, the designer’s idea of the ultimate luxurious ingredient made up of florals and rich fruit accords. And forget the ubiquitous transparent glass bottle. This one’s going into its own matte black flacon. Classy.


Shu Uemura Laque Supreme Shimmer ($42 each)

Laque Supreme is more or less a liquefied lipstick that’s applied like a lipgloss. This year’s Laque Supreme Shimmer is said to use a special shimmer made up of gold and silver powders that are inspired by the making of Japanese lacquerware – it glistens, like a lipgloss, but is more long-lasting and opaque, like a lip stain. The newly designed applicator is a work of art in itself. Slanted at a magic angle, it fits the cupid’s bow and is made of a special material that releases just the right amount of lip product at once. No streaking or clumping here. Brilliant.


Clé de Peau Beauté La Crème ($875 – $1,200)

In its new research, the luxury brand found that, like the brain, the epidermis can process information and, therefore, restore itself to an optimal state of calm even when it is subject to damage from environmental factors. Based on this finding, the iconic La Crème night cream has now been reformulated to include the ingredient theanine, which is said to encourage skin to “reset” itself when it suffers damage caused by previous stressors. Expect bright, moisturised and translucent skin with less sagging and less noticeable nasolabial lines. Now, that’s something all of us think about having 24/7.

Story Credits
Art Direction by Stephanie Lim
Digital Imaging by Mossy Chew

This article was originally published in L’Officiel Singapore

Uniform By Design: Tom Ford Made-to-Measure

Making wholesale changes to the way he dressed and carried himself has never been part of Tom Ford’s razor sharp pedigree. A Google Image search will often reveal a pitch-black single-breasted number, coupled with a pristine white shirt made from Egyptian cotton, and an elegant, yet non-descript black tie. The man himself insisted that it’s “a myth that great style requires constant reinvention” and that “personal style, unlike fashion, derives its power from consistency.”

It may be blisteringly hot and humid in Singapore, but enhancing one’s standing in any social situation with Tom Ford’s Made-To-Measure (MTM) that isn’t about flaunting one’s net worth but recognizing that we are often the first impression we make – with shoddiness often associated with ineptitude and sluggishness. Mark Twain once quipped that “naked people have little or no influence on society”. This being a figurative dig that the threadbare often do not have what it takes to preside over commoners.

We do acknowledge that there is no dignity in suffering a heat stroke and looking like the American designer’s doppelganger… We suggest you banish those joggers and espresso-stained tees for an appointment with an MTM whizz who makes the journey from Milan to Singapore twice (or thrice if a dire need arises) to smarten up the act of regional high-flyers. Each private consultation session takes between 60-to-90 minutes and his next trip is (always) just around the corner.

Influenced by Saville Row suiting of the 1950s and 60s, they are nevertheless executed in lighter and more fluid contemporary fabrication. The cut respects the weft and wrap of the fabric by carefully adhering to its weave; while the canvas used for the jacket’s substructure is made from linen, cotton, and hemp. Camel hair is used for the padding where necessary.

It isn’t about flaunting your acquired wealth by reiterating that the cloth of your suit jacket is cut and sewn in the small artisan factories of Biella, Novaram and Padova but that making your corporate stand a tailored and tapered one is self-gratification at its best when breast pockets are hand sewn into place, and details such as lapel buttonholes are double-stitched manually to ensure that they never unravel.

After measurements are done, it takes between six-to-eight weeks for the suit to be made in Italy. It also isn’t beneath the MTM cohort to have a complimentary shirt thrown in with every two suits ordered by the well-heeled. You may also expedite the service at minimal cost. And it’s not only business suits and dinner jackets that can be modified to suit your every whim and fancy. Requests may also be placed on runway offerings and footwear.

Story Credits
Text by Jason Kwong

This article was originally published in Men’s Folio

6 Designer Sunglasses for Spring/Summer 2016

With the summer sun upon us, intense light is a further burden to those of us already braving the heat. Spring/Summer 2016 eyewear collections have elegant and innovative designer shades on offer, allowing one to stay fashionable and comfortable, without having to squint all day long.

Offering up a big dollop of high-glitz glamor, Jimmy Choo’s Vivy shades feature round nude colored or gloss black acetate frames with Swarovski crystals as decoration. As an added plus, the jewels are fully detachable, allowing you to adapt your style for any scenario.


Vivy by Jimmy Choo

With the geek chic aesthetic brought back into vogue by the likes of brands like Gucci, Tom Ford has decided to tap into that with the Greta model. These shades sport thick geometric frames in retro inspired colors such as ‘transparent pink’ and ‘honey/brown’.


Tom Ford Greta Sunglasses Pink

Fendi takes a leap into the future with its Eye Shine collection, yet still holding within it a bit of the retro vibe. Ingeniously featuring a ‘frame within a frame’, these round glasses have a 1970s color scheme of golden yellows and turquoise blues, but have a cat’s-eye silhouette.


Eye Shine collection by Fendi

On the other side of the spectrum, Moncler went all the way back to the 1950s with a stylized range of butterfly shaped lenses in pastel colors like taupes, corals, and mint greens. All perfect for a laid back feminine vibe.


Moncler Spring/Summer 2016

The ultra-modern Chanel went for style blended with technology by having a flat-mirrored eye-mask/visor like design engraved with laser padding. This Plein Soleil 2016 line uses colors subtly based on acetate to allow for slipping back and forth from black to blue on a solar cat’s eye, or from black to white on an oval optic.


Chanel Eyewear Spring/Summer 2016

Finally, we take a look at Cartier. Popularly known as aviators, the Panthére de Cartier features the Maison’s emblematic panther making an unexpected appearance in the lens. The three-dimensional jeweled panther is completed in gold or platinum with black lacquer, much like most of the eyewear. Choose between a golden flash or graduated grey lenses with silver toned reflections for a sleek and polished look under the sun.

The Panthére de Cartier

The Panthére de Cartier

Images courtesy of the brands.

Best Dressed at the Golden Globes 2016

Hollywood’s top stars were armored in glamour January 10 as they dazzled the Golden Globes red carpet with lots of attitude. Guess who rocked the necklace shown above? Anyway, we saw plenty to admire in terms of strapless wonders (Emmy Rossum in Armani with a Van Cleef & Arpels necklace, who has already won the Internet), amazing jewelry (Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Lopez and Julianne Moore are in a three-way tie for the win), unbeatable accessories that cannot be bought (mostly abs courtesy of Brie Larson and Kate Hudson, and Moore’s escort, Tom Ford) and properly impressive gowns (Lady Gaga, Jenna Dewan Tatum and Rooney Mara).

Here are our selections, with images via the AFP and Chopard (we are still waiting for a suitable image of Rossum), of the best-in-show for 2016. We shall see if any of these looks will make into the “Best-Of” lists for 2016…


Kate Bosworth shone at this 73rd ceremony in a pink-and-silver sequinned number from Dolce & Gabbana.


Emilia Clarke – The Game of Thrones actress channeled her fictional alter-ego with this vampy black floor-length gown and sheer-cape combo from Valentino.


Lady Gaga – The American singer channeled retro chic on the red carpet at this year’s Golden Globes, with a long gown by Atelier Versace falling perfectly across her shoulders.


Kate Hudson – Here is where a fitness regime really pays off. Hudson showed off her washboard abs in a glitzy nude ensemble by Michael Kors Collection. Aside from her abs, which is really what this look is about, the choker brings the whole thing together and is also from Michael Kors.


Jennifer Lawrence – The scintillating Chopard necklace amplifies the J-Law’s Joy. At this year’s ceremony, she shone in a magnificent, red Christian Dior Couture gown with perfectly placed cutaways.


Jennifer Lopez – The diva Latina wowed the red carpet in a flowing canary-yellow gown by Giambattista Valli Haute Couture. Apparently, that lovely necklace is by none other than Harry Winston. Oh yes and we love how the guy in the background seems so concerned about J-Lo’s train…


Rooney Mara – The American actress took to the red carpet in a beaded, floor-length number from Alexander McQueen, in a nude hue almost matching her skin tone.


Julianne Moore – With nothing to envy of her up-and-coming counterparts, Moore sparkled on the red carpet in this midnight-blue sequin-covered number by Tom Ford, with jewelry by Chopard. She was also accompanied by Ford himself, which gives her possibly the best arm candy at the show.


Jada Pinkett Smith – With subtly revealed shoulders and a thigh-high split showing matching heels, Will Smith’s other half looked stunning in an emerald-green number by Atelier Versace.


Jenna Dewan Tatum – Channing Tatum’s actress wife stunned the crowds at the 73rd Golden Globes in a Zuhair Murad Couture midnight-blue ball gown with delicate silver detail.


Alicia Vikander – The Swedish actress looked ethereal in this delicate white dress from Louis Vuitton, proving that ruffles can be worn properly after all.


Kate Winslet – The British actress, winner of “Best Supporting Actress” for her role in Steve Jobs, kept things simple but stylish in a long Ralph Lauren Collection gown with a subtle split.

Tom Ford Menswear Catwalk show set for London Debut

British fashion gets a boost in January 2016 with the inclusion of the first full Tom Ford catwalk show at London Collections Men.

The designer is one of the many top brands registered to showcase their Autumn/Winter 2016 collections at the prestigious fashion event next year. The event combines designer showrooms by some of the UK capital’s top menswear talent with runway shows, covering both ready-to-wear and accessories.

A provisional schedule released by the British Fashion Council reveals that heavy hitters Alexander McQueen and Burberry will also be hitting the runway. Other highlights will include shows by returning brands Moschino and Pringle of Scotland, while J.W. Anderson and BFC/GQ Designer Menswear Fund winner E. Tautz will also host catwalk shows.

London Collections Men marks the first time that Ford has put on a show for his menswear collection anywhere in the world, breaking his established pattern of showing new collections via private presentations.

Hardy Amies, Paul Smith and Richard James are among the brands displaying their luxuriously tailored collections via presentations.

London Collections Men will also feature the BFC Newgen Men initiative, which shines the spotlight on the city’s emerging design talents. Agi & Sam, Bobby Abley, Craig Green, Liam Hodges and Nasir Mazhar will host a catwalk show, while Alex Mullins, Cottweiler and Pieter will all hold presentations.

Launched in 2012, London Collections Men is a biannual event focusing solely on British men’s fashion. This season’s show will run from January 8-11, 2016. The final schedule will be announced on December 7.

Lady Gaga Tom Ford promo video

Lady Gaga in Tom Ford Spring 2016 Collection Video

Fashion designer turned film director Tom Ford released a runway music video featuring Lady Gaga Friday to showcase his new spring 2016 collection.

Lady Gaga is set to star in Tom Ford’s new Spring / Summer 2016 video.

The pop star will feature in a runway film shot by the acclaimed fashion photographer Nick Knight that shows off the designer’s new collection, WWD reports. The film will be unveiled online later today.

The news follows speculation that Ford would not show the new collection officially, having declined to reserve a runway spot at any of the major Spring / Summer 2016 ready-to-wear fashion weeks.

“Instead of having a traditional show this season, I decided to try something new,” he told the publication. “I wanted to think about how to present a collection in a cinematic way that was designed from its inception to be presented online.”

Lady Gaga Tom Ford promo video

Daniel Craig Spectre

Tom Ford dressing James Bond in ‘Spectre’

Daniel Craig Spectre

American designer Tom Ford is once again set to suit up Daniel Craig for his role as James Bond in the upcoming film “Spectre.”

The brand announced that Ford worked closely with the film’s costume designer, Jany Temime, to provide eveningwear, suits, shirts, knitwear, ties, accessories and exclusive eyewear for the James Bond character.


“James Bond epitomizes the Tom Ford man in his elegance, style and love of luxury. It is an honor to move forward with this iconic character,” said Ford.

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Tom Ford to make second movie this year

tom ford film

Tom Ford has revealed he plans to shoot his second movie later this year, following the critical success of his debut 2009 feature film “A Single Man.”

Ford wowed an A-list crowd in Los Angeles on Friday by taking the unusual step of staging his London Fashion Week fall/winter show in the heart of Hollywood as the movie industry gathers for Sunday’s Oscars.

Tom Ford made a successful foray into film-making five years ago with A Single Man, a drama based on Christopher Isherwood’s novel of the same name, which earned an Oscar nomination for Colin Firth.

Ford told AFP at Friday’s show that he is now planning to go behind the camera once more later this year.

And speaking with WWD, Ford reveals he’s adapting a not very well known book which he “refuses to name,” but that it’s a thriller.

At this point at least, he has little interest in taking on material pre-loaded with audience expectations. He has changed the title and made considerable revisions to the story. As planned, the film is in two parts, the first faithful to the original material, and the second, completely new

Tom Ford Spring 2015 eyewear

Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2015 Ad Campaign

Tom Ford eyewear Spring 2015

 has enlisted fashion photographers Inez & Vinoodh to capture their Spring Summer 2015 advertising campaign.

Dutch model Daphne Groeneveld

The face of the new collection, Dutch supermodel Daphne Groeneveld, posed for the two photographers in retro, glam rock-inspired looks.

Tom Ford Spring 2015

Groeneveld’s svelte figure is perfect for showing off the dramatic bell bottoms from the new line, in black or multicolored iridescent shimmer.

Daphne Groeneveld

Rebellious rock star hairstyles and dark eye makeup complete the 70s-inspired look. In charge of styling was Carine Roitfeld with hair by Sam McKnight and makeup by Charlotte Tilbury.

Tom Ford eyewear Spring 2015 campaign

Inez & Vinoodh also shot the latest campaigns for Emilio Pucci, Anthony Vaccarello, Isabel Marant, Chloé and Jason Wu.

Tom Ford Lips and Boys ad campaign

Tom Ford Launches Beauty Line Lips & Boys

Tom Ford Lips and Boys ad campaign

The American designer has unveiled a new line of lipsticks inspired by the different men in his life.

 got inspired by a range of men, from close family and friends to collaborators and men he finds inspiring.

The Lips & Boys collection features 50 different male names including James, Henry, Stavros and Francesco.

“I like the idea of lipsticks named after boys,” explains Ford. “Why commit to one when you can have several?” he also quips.


Tom Ford Launches The Lips & Boys Collection

n the Lips & Boys lineup, there are 10 shade ranges, encompassing nude browns, violets and plums, metallics, reds and light pinks.

The high-pigment shades are done in a base of soja seed extract, Brazilian murumuru butter and chamomile flower oil.

Each lipstick come in a small ‘clutch-size’ lipstick case, with 50 colors going on sale for one day only on November 28 priced at €33.

They will then reappear in Tom Ford stores and stockists on December 26.

Check out the typically sexy teaser film below: