Photo: Craig McDean
He is famously private, and even refuses access to photographers at his catwalk shows. So news that Tom Ford has been quietly working on a fly-on-the-wall documentary will come as a surprise to many of his fans.
Visionairies: Tom Ford will premiere on June 24 on the Oprah Winfrey Network - and early reviews indicate that it will not disappoint.
In the hour-long documentary, the fashion designer admits his insecurities about the influence of the fashion industry, and shows unseen footage of the run-up to the launch of his much-anticipated womenswear line.
He says in the film: "I have mixed feelings about what we do because we convince people they're not perfect enough."
"We promote materialism, which is ultimately not the thing that brings you happiness in the world."
He also discusses how he felt after he walked away from his high-profile post at the helm of Gucci, where he had been creating 16 collections each year.
"I remember the day I left Gucci...Mr. Ford is filmed saying, "I came home, pulled all the drapes, and went to sleep. I woke up the next morning and looked at my calendar. It was usually so full, and there was just nothing. I didn't know who I was, I didn't know what I was supposed to be."
Visionairies: Tom Ford will air at 10pm on June 24 on OWN.
Photographer: Benjamin Lennox
Model: Madison Ritland
Fashion Editor: Vittoria Cerciello
Photographer: Jean-Baptiste Mondino
Models: Natasha Poly, Iselin Steiro, Kasia Struss, Ginta Lapina and Daria Strokous
Photographer: Henrique Gendre
Model: Raquel Zimmermann
"Louis Vuitton Voyages" at National Museum of China in Beijing From May 31th to August 30th 2011
The “Voyages” exhibition retraces the crowning moments in the history of the Maison, which since 1854 – the date when it was established – has beautifully paired form with function, creating travel items that bear witness to the French way of life.
Visitors are welcomed by the artist Zhan Wang’s “The Beginning” from his new series “My Universe”, which the artist took a shot of a five-meter long rock explosion scene, using the latest high-speed camera capable of 2,000 frames per second and capturing it from six different angles. The concept of “The Beginning” removes the boundary of time and showcases power in its most primitive form. It explores the process of the initial formation of origin and order; it can be said to be the beginning of all shapes, a starting point; an extension of traditional forces, one with the potential of numerous possibilities.
It’s the story of a beginning, an initial voyage, a long journey through time, one of those fundamental expeditions that, in the space of a visit, transform our perception on life.
Stroll through the ages and dive into the excitement of the nineteenth century – inventor of modernity and industrialization – relive the first exploits of those who created a legend. From the past of Louis Vuitton – luggage packer then trunk-maker, the paragon of elegance on the go – to its present, the history of this entrepreneurial dynasty has been profoundly marked by a flair for innovation.
In step with the discoveries of great explorers, the requests of the prominent feminine figures of the nineteenth century and the inventions of that time period, Louis Vuitton’s endless ability to reinvent itself while maintaining its legacy of expertise is undeniable.
For more than a century, important figures, collectors and passionate enthusiasts have embraced these trunks, these life-long companions.
Over time, Louis Vuitton accompanies these globetrotters, wherever they roam. Each piece bears witness to this meeting between an artist’s dream, their desire, and the Maison’s vision and inventiveness.
By overturning Louis Vuitton’s identity codes, just like its Artistic Director Marc Jacobs, the different artists have produced new creations synonymous with urban elegance, offering the opportunity to explore a fashion terminology enlivened by the freshness of their vision.
Photos by Luc Castel for Louis Vuitton.
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Model: Ashley Smith
Chanel Fall 2011
Photographer: Karl Lagerfeld
Model: Freja Beha Erichsen
Stylist: Carine Roitfeld
Photographer: Benny Horne
Model: Aline Weber
Stylist: Stevie Dance
Photographer: Greg Kadel
Model: Daphne Groeneveld
Photographer: Jamie Nelson
Models: Tehila Rich, Ania Kisiel
Stylist: Anna Katsanis