Dark eyed, sultry, stylish, seductive and boundlessly talented: Tom Ford is this week’s Hello Giggles Honorary Husband. Have you guys ever been addicted to someone’s talent? Have you ever wanted to sit down on your sofa, open a bag of someone’s talent and voraciously consume it to the point where you find the entire bag of talent gone? In your voracity, you might have let all the talent crumbs fall on your chest like a sloppy mongrel; nonetheless, you eat those talent-crumbs too because you’re addicted. That’s how I feel about Tom Ford’s motley, epic talent.
Some people might call Tom Ford the messiah of Gucci, but he’s so much more than just a fashion messiah – he’s also a genius. Back in the early ’90s, when Gucci was struggling financially and was on the brink of bankruptcy, Tom Ford was promoted to creative director of Gucci/YSL and Gucci saw a 90% increase in sales. After 5 years with Tom Ford as creative director, Gucci was valued at over $4.3 billion – extremely remarkable, considering Gucci was almost completely broke prior to Tom Ford’s epic fashion turnaround. Still, Tom Ford is more than just a savvy, successful designer.
Transcending his title of “creative director” at Gucci/YSL from one aesthetic medium to another, Tom Ford embodied his vocation to its fullest potential, transitioning from fashion to film. In 2009, Tom Ford made his feature film-directorial debut with a beautiful, lush, poignant, highly stylized adaptation of Christopher Isherwood’s iconic novel, A Single Man. Thankfully I was with friends, because this single man left the theater crying, vulnerable, shaken and just a tiny bit destroyed (only a tiny bit) but in an incredibly inspired, cathartic sort of way!
Inspiring more than just fashion and film, Tom Ford has also inspired the cultural notion of being a “modern gentleman”. Being a classic Southern gentleman himself, Tom Ford cultivated his regality, spending his early adolescence in Texas and later on a ranch in New Mexico before moving to New York to pursue architecture and eventually fashion. An0ther Magazine interviewed Tom Ford on what constitutes a “modern gentleman”: “You should put on the best version of yourself when you go out in the world because that is a show of respect to the other people around you,” he said.
Being the best version of oneself is definitely a rule to live by. By far, my favorite Tom Fordian rule on what it takes to be a “modern gentleman” is this: “Manners are very important… I always open doors for women, I carry their coat, I make sure that they’re walking on the inside of the street. Stand up when people arrive at and leave the dinner table.” You hear that ladies? Chivalry isn’t dead. Undeniably, a Hello Giggles Honorary Husband is a man who knows how to treat a lady! Whether he’s designing, directing or reflecting, Tom Ford is definitely a man to love.
Photo by Jeff Burton courtesy of An0ther Magazine.