Tom Ford was once slapped over a broken shoe heel

Tom Ford was once slapped by a woman who was furious with him because the heel of her shoe broke.The designer and filmmaker told the shocking story during a recent interview with actress Julianne Moore held as part of Vogue’s Forces of Fashion conferen…

Tom Ford was once slapped by a woman who was furious with him because the heel of her shoe broke.

The designer and filmmaker told the shocking story during a recent interview with actress Julianne Moore held as part of Vogue’s Forces of Fashion conference and revealed he had been assaulted by the unknown fashionista outside of an exclusive Hollywood hotel.

“I had a woman slap me one time because her shoe heel broke. She took it so personally,” he recalled at the event, according to the Associated Press. “I was standing in front of the Beverly Hills Hotel waiting to get into a car, and a woman came up and slapped me and said, ‘I bought your shoes and wore them to an event, and the heel broke and I looked like a complete fool.’

“She thought I had decided to personally ruin her night by making that heel break. It was scary.”

During the candid conversation with his close friend – and leading lady in his 2009 movie A Single Man – Ford also revealed the inspiration for his spring/summer 2020 collection, which he unveiled during New York Fashion Week last month.

“This season for me is about simplicity. Which is not to be confused with simple,” the 58-year-old shared. “I think that it is a time for ease, and in that way a return to the kind of luxurious sportswear that America has become known for all over the world.”

Meanwhile, Moore told the audience at the annual Vogue Forces of Fashion conference that the designer became very broody the first time he met her son, Caleb Freundlich.

“The first thing Tom did was pick up my little boy, who’s now 21, and said, ‘I want one of these,'” she laughed.

Ford and his husband Richard Buckley welcomed a son, Jack, in September 2012 via gestational surrogate.

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Julianne Moore: ‘Tom Ford taught me about fashion’

Julianne Moore has credited designer Tom Ford with teaching her valuable lessons about fashion.The actress was a muse of the American designer and his leading lady in his directorial debut, A Single Man, back in 2009.In an interview with supermodel Hel…

Julianne Moore has credited designer Tom Ford with teaching her valuable lessons about fashion.

The actress was a muse of the American designer and his leading lady in his directorial debut, A Single Man, back in 2009.

In an interview with supermodel Helena Christensen to mark InStyle magazine’s 25th anniversary, Julianne shared the fashion knowledge that her close friend imparted on her.

“Tom, for all of his glamour and everything, is never mysterious about fashion. He’s not precious about it. He’s like, ‘Oh, that armhole needs to be tighter; the skirt needs to be this length; that colour looks good on you.’ He’s very specific about it, so I always think it’s nice to demystify fashion,” she explained.

“Get a good tailor and make sure it fits. Do you feel good in it? Do you feel like it’s appropriate for the occasion? And the best thing that’s happened to me regarding fashion is the iPhone, because taking a picture of your outfit before you leave is one of the best things you can do.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the Oscar-winning actress shared that she was obsessed with jumpsuits and Birkenstock sandals.

“I have a dressy one, a blue linen one, a green zip-up Rachel Comey one, and another shiny Rachel Comey number. I wear them a lot, which is why you think I have more,” she told Helena about her jumpsuit collection.

However, she admitted she couldn’t even remember how many pairs of the comfortable sandals she had in her closet.

“I’ve stopped buying them because I have too many, and I want to make sure I wear them until they die. My favourites right now are the Rick Owens. Then I also have an all-green pair that’s a special edition I got in Berlin. They’re excellent,” the 58-year-old gushed.

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Tom Ford gearing up to launch ‘science-based’ skincare line

Tom Ford is close to unveiling his “science-based” luxury skincare range.The 57-year-old served stints as creative director at Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent before launching his eponymous fashion and beauty brand in 2006 and has more recently delved int…

Tom Ford is close to unveiling his “science-based” luxury skincare range.

The 57-year-old served stints as creative director at Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent before launching his eponymous fashion and beauty brand in 2006 and has more recently delved into filmmaking with critically acclaimed movies A Single Man and Nocturnal Animals.

While Tom Ford Beauty currently contains a range of cosmetics and fragrance, Ford has been developing a line of skincare formulas for several years and will begin rolling out the line next month.

“I wanted to start a serious skincare arm and have it be science-based,” he told WWD. “This is a real skincare product and regimen. I’m not a designer who has thrown his name on a beautifully packaged cream.”

To create the products, Ford insisted Estee Lauder bosses allow him to set up his own laboratory.

And he drew inspiration from his own experiences and advice he’s received from dermatologists in the past, especially in relation to the power of caffeine.

“Years ago, a dermatologist told me that the best thing for puffy eyes was moist tea bags. Every time I did it, I noticed that it also moisturised my skin,” the designer shared. “Caffeine became one of the most important things we researched.”

After experimenting with 75 different concoctions, Ford’s first products, the Serum Concentrate and Creme Concentrate, which are infused with caffeine from Japanese green tea, gyokuro, and rare ground white porcelain cacao beans, will be hitting shelves from August, and will be priced at $350 and $450 (£280 – £360). Three more products will debut in spring 2020.

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Tom Ford won’t ever design wedding dresses

Tom Ford will never be convinced to start creating wedding dresses.The designer served stints as creative director at Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent before launching his eponymous fashion and beauty brand in 2006, and has more recently delved into filmma…

Tom Ford will never be convinced to start creating wedding dresses.

The designer served stints as creative director at Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent before launching his eponymous fashion and beauty brand in 2006, and has more recently delved into filmmaking with movies A Single Man and Nocturnal Animals. 

While Ford is highly successful in the design world, he has no desire to enter the wedding market.

“(I refuse to design wedding dresses) because every girl has an idea of their wedding and what they want to wear is in their head and so essentially they don’t need a designer,” he said in an interview for The New York Times. “They just need a dressmaker. And it’s very hard to design a wedding dress because it’s more like, ‘Well, no, I always wanted to look like Grace Kelly,’ so there’s not a lot of creativity to it. It’s not fun as a designer.”

Ford is the go-to designer for many Hollywood A-listers, with his clients including Amy Adams, Julianne Moore, Kim Kardashian, and Rihanna. Yet, the fashion star is adamant that he generally finds red carpet ensembles to be rather boring.

“You get stylists calling you, saying, ‘She only wants to wear yellow, she wants strapless.’ People don’t wear fashion, really; they wear a kind of vintage. The one time I thought they all looked great was last year at the Golden Globes when they all wore black,” the 57-year-old smiled.

Elsewhere in the candid chat, Ford confessed that he doesn’t wear underwear, thinks kilts are the only acceptable way for a man to wear a skirt, and that he hates “Champagne breath”.

“It’s like vomit. It is! White wine and Champagne give you terrible breath. It’s like bulimic breath,” he insisted.

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Tom Ford looking to enter skincare market

Tom Ford is looking to make a splash in the lucrative skincare market.The 57-year-old served stints as creative director at Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent before launching his eponymous fashion and beauty brand in 2006, and has more recently delved into …

Tom Ford is looking to make a splash in the lucrative skincare market.

The 57-year-old served stints as creative director at Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent before launching his eponymous fashion and beauty brand in 2006, and has more recently delved into filmmaking with Oscar-nominated movies A Single Man and Nocturnal Animals.

While Tom Ford Beauty currently contains a range of cosmetics and fragrance, Ford has now confirmed that he is gearing up to launch a line of luxury skincare formulas.

Speaking to Business of Fashion, the star commented that his products will “actually do something for your skin”. He added that he wants to introduce slightly different products in various markets and is already using a “prototype” of a moisturiser.

Accordingly, Ford hopes that his new venture will replicate the popularity of his F**king Fabulous Eau de Parfum, which was unveiled following his spring 2018 runway show during New York Fashion Week in 2017. The scent, which features notes of almond bitter oil, tonka resinoid, orris accord, leather accord, and clary sage oil, is continuing to be a best-seller, and he is also about to drop another scent, entitled Lost Cherry.

“I’ve been through this before at Gucci. There’s a tipping point where all of a sudden your brand becomes very recognised – where you’re no longer known by a few and you start to become known by everyone,” the designer said. “Once that happens, growth is very fast. I have every reason to believe it will (with beauty) because I’ve seen this happen before, and I’ve been part of it before.”

While Ford has built up a reputation for being provocative over the years, especially over his adverts featuring nude women, he still can’t believe the prudish nature of company executives he works with. For instance, he had to fight against bosses at Tom Ford Beauty owner Estee Lauder to keep the words F**king Fabulous on the perfume flacons in the format he wanted.

“I kept calling it F**king Fabulous and I’d get it back with an asterisk. I was like ‘No no, we’re going to spell it out on the bottle,'” he recalled.

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