Tom Ford –real earthy dude under the hood — in a piece by “it boy” artists Dan Colen and Nate Lowman
Who doesn’t want to be Tom Ford? The gay, but super masculine and meticulous designer, who rebirthed Gucci from Italian licensing oblivion and took over for a stint at YSL, makes some of the best men’s clothes and fragrances on the planet. And now, critics have it, he’s scored (even Oscar buzz!) with his movie, A Single Man. Hell, even straight cock on block art stars like Dan Colen and Nate Lowman (who dates Mary Kate Olsen) parody this guy as a god among us.
Tom Ford can do anything. At least, I was briefed at dinner last night with a former executive from the Independent Film Channel. Apparently, said IFC executive hosted Ford, and while dubious at first, since he’s a fashion bloke and all, Ford sold him in less than an hour. “I was convinced he had what it takes.” The guy told me. So he bought into the film for distribution. “It’s not the same with Madonna.” He went on. “Every film she does, sinks. No one will touch her.” Not that Madge needs IFC sales distribution, but apparently Ford has scored.
The flick, in limited release second week of December, portrays a gay man played by Colin Firth (and modeled after Ford) who loses his lover to sudden death and strikes up a friendship with a comely lass, aka Juliane Moore.
Ford stated at the private preview in Midtown NYC: “I am fortunate enough to have experienced extreme materialism in my life, but the point of the film is to remind us of the little things in life — not some new shoes you bought or a new car. Life’s about living in the present. We live in an artificial world. In the fashion business, you live in the future for the next collection. But when I spend time on my ranch in New Mexico with the sun above me and the rattlesnakes growing under the bush — I appreciate the present.” Indeed. Given the following trailer, it looks like living in Ford’s “present” moment equals a visceral sensual tour de force.