Food for Thought: Tom Ford on Style

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 “Style for me is something completely different. You can be what we consider in our culture unattractive and have great style. You can have no money and have great style. You can have a lot of money and have great style.”

“Style for me is someone who figured out who they are, what works on them, what they feel good in them, and develops that, develops their character, and the outer expression of their character is what is style.”                                                           

– Tom Ford

After sitting on my DVR for what felt like a lifetime, I finally finished watching Tom Ford: Roots of a Perfectionist – Visionaries: Inside the Creative Mind. This was a documentary on the Own Network that filmed Tom Ford as he prepared for his first eponymous collection debut. It was fascinating to see what goes into creating a collection, and to hear Ford's ideas on fashion, style, filmmaking, and life in general. A must-see – check your local cable operator to see if there will be another viewing of this Visionaries: Tom Ford documentary.  A clip from the film:

I find it awesome when a fashion “guru” such as Tom Ford admits that style isn't about money or beauty, and that style is something that every person on this planet can achieve. He states that he hates it when people wear his clothing exactly as it was shown on the runway – he wants to see how the woman mixes it up to fit her style. He even talks about his iconic style of the white unbuttoned shirt – he said it came from the fact that ties give him a headache so going tie-less became his personal style. Such a perfect example of creating personal style to fit your specific self and specific life! Great food for thought as we start this week…

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11 Comments

  1. Christian Louboutin
    December 5, 2011 / 7:32 am
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    December 5, 2011 / 7:30 am
  3. November 17, 2011 / 3:27 pm

    Tom for can be defined in one word in my book. Sex. Everything he does just seems to be inspired by or hopes to entice it. Especially when he has those ads with the damp skin. (this is the most naughty I’ve ever talked in public. I am such a prude)
    I am a big fan of him but I am not fan of the rumor of that he didn’t want Posh wearing his stuff and when they told him she paid for it herself he still wanted them to stop her. urg.

  4. November 16, 2011 / 10:56 am

    Oh yes, I saw it when it was out in the theaters and LOVED it. It’s on my Christmas list!

  5. alice
    November 16, 2011 / 5:27 am

    Have you seen the documentary about Bill Cunningham?  I watched it twice this weekend because I loved it so much, he’s absolutely wonderful.

  6. Bunny6269
    November 14, 2011 / 11:21 pm

    He just looks like sex. Too bad he plays for the other team. I would gladly be his beard though.

  7. November 14, 2011 / 7:25 pm

    I’d like to see this documentary. I admit I am surprised he would think this way. After reading/hearing interviews with him, I thought he might be more of an aesthetic perfectionist. I do think he’s a terrific designer, and I loved A Single Man. 

  8. Angela
    November 14, 2011 / 7:11 pm

    Regardless, he ain’t hard to look at 🙂

    Swooning right now

  9. November 14, 2011 / 4:39 pm

    I wasn’t trying to say he’s some wonderful open-minded person, and even when watching it I was thinking, I bet he’d have plenty to say about most women’s street style. But it is refreshing to have an individual with his… fashion rank admit that style doesn’t equal money. And as he didn’t come from extreme wealth but had a sense of style since a very young age, though he may be a perfectionist (and many consider a jerk), he is an example of one who has honed and strove to express his style and has done so without the “right” training, the “right” family, etc.

  10. November 14, 2011 / 4:30 pm

    What he says is very true but he’s a known perfectionst and an icredibly fussy designer. He’s also known for his tunnel vision regarding the perfect figure and body proportions when it comes to models as well as “real” people. Don’t get me wrong, I love Tom Ford and if I had tons of money, I’d buy loads of his clothes. But Tom trying to come off looking amiable and broad minded on the subject of style? Hmmmm….highly unlikely.

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