There’s no doubt about it, Tom Ford is a fashion icon. Immaculately groomed and dressed to perfection wherever he goes, he makes a black suit and white shirt look effortless. He is Inhale Fashion’s Man of the week.
The former graduate of architecture is famed for his transformation of the near bankrupt House of Gucci, putting luxury back into its name and bringing the brand into the limelight again. As if that isn’t impressive enough, Tom Ford established the position of creative and communications director of Yves Saint Laurent’s ready-to-wear business whilst still designing for Gucci.
Now the American designer and fashion legend is celebrated for his success in establishing his own brand, Tom Ford. His many talents include filmmaking after his debut as a director, co-writer and producer of The Single Man 2009, starring Colin Firth & Julianne Moore. With achievements like these and style excellence, its no wonder Tom Ford is Inhale’s Man of the Week.
His love of luxury and exclusivity are at the centre of his design, describing his approach Ford states ‘I want to make beautiful clothes for women and men who appreciate detail and quality’. Tom Ford is the epitome of the traditional gentleman, dressing with simplicity of cut and classic shape.
Never seen without a suit, Tom Ford knows how to dress for any situation, from red carpet events to simply walking down the street. At important events he wears his suit with a white buttoned up shirt, tailored trousers and a classic tie or bow tie. Keeping traditional elements of a true gent Ford adds a pocket-handkerchief, cufflinks and high-shine leather shoes to his look. To dress down he keeps key elements the same whilst simplifying the look wearing his shirt unbuttoned without a tie or pocket-handkerchief and perhaps without the jacket. He keeps casual attire fresh and elegant with a sharp edge. Jewellery should be minimal, a watch and simple gold bracelet looks elegant. When wearing patterns, Ford believes mixing them without over thinking is key to great style.
It is this great style that generates much celebrity interest, as Ford is infamously known for dressing icons immaculately for the most classy and honourable events. For example you may have spotted Daniel Craig at the Olympics opening ceremony looking every bit the 007 spy, wearing a Tom Ford midnight blue tuxedo. If it’s good enough for James Bond, then it’s good enough for us.
The key to emulating Tom Ford’s fashion presence is to remember that a well-fitted suit is a must. Keep the look traditional with simplistic luxury and the classic colours of a dark suit and white shirt. Always wear with confidence and in the words of Ford himself ‘never wear anything that you’re not comfortable in’ – our favourite fashion secret from our man of the week, Tom Ford.