So, after a career which has so far involved being the head designer at both Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent what do you do next to keep your place at the top of fashion’s A list? If you’re Tom Ford, some rumours have suggested that he was set to embark on a new venture with his established friend and former editor of French Vogue Carine Roitfeld. However, what could have been the most stylish partnership since Dolce and Gabbana has recently been denied by none other than Mr Ford himself, although the designer hasn’t ruled out some form of collaboration in the future.
After debuting his menswear collection in 2009 Ford then followed up with a womenswear Spring/Summer 2011 collection. As well as models there were celebrities such as Beyonce and Lou Doillon taking to the catwalk, with the designer showing that age is not necessarily always an issue in fashion. He also featured 1970’s supermodels Lauren Hutton and Marisa Berenson alongside contemporary models like Joan Smalls.
If the clothes are slightly beyond your personal budget (and let’s face it, I definitely find my range is more high street than designer), there’s always the option of the designer’s make-up range. After starting out with a line of fragrances, including the continually successful Black Orchid and Private Blend, the products come in a typically understated yet stylish black and gold motif. With prices starting at around £25 per item they may not be cheap but will certainly cheer you up when it’s cold and rainy during winter.
Then again, during his time since leaving Gucci, Ford has shown that he’s not just a great designer but a versatile one too. After directing Colin Firth in the Bafta award winning and Golden Globe nominated film A Single Man, there could well be a new career path opening up for him. Whatever he does, it’s bound to be a stylish affair.
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