Tom Ford might have come down with a case of what we call Lagerfelditis, the incessant need for some designers to create and beautify and improve things that are not clothes. That’s the only thing that explains the amount of work Ford did on the holiday issue of French Vogue.
Carine Roitfeld asked the designer to take the lead for this issue over a year ago, before he even conceived of creating a women’s collection. WWD reports that Ford “wrote articles, photographed and styled well features, cast models and art directed everything with the exacting style for which he’s famous. He even spent a couple of days in Condé Nast France’s offices on the Faubourg Saint-Honoré smack in the middle of Paris Fashion Week. ”
Given the number of other things he could have been doing in Paris during fashion week, his commitment to the project sounds pretty stalwart, no?
The issue features Daphne Groeneveld on the cover (accompanied by a half-hidden Ford), and wishes the designer a Merry Christmas in French. Inside, readers will find photos of his muses wearing the clothes from his forthcoming women’s collection, articles by his longtime partner Richard Buckley and friend Lisa Eisner and family photos.
And while the issue is mostly about Ford, it’s not all about Ford — Terry Richardson shot a story on Ford’s ranch in New Mexico, and there are features on jewelry and on women who refused to have plastic surgery. (Actually, that‘s something we’re dying to see.) For someone who kept his last collection a secret, he’s affording readers a pretty personal look at his life.
The issue will hit French newsstands by the end of November, but American fans will have to hold their breath until it pops up stateside.
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