>> Tom Ford Casts A Single Man Star for Spring 2010 Eyewear Campaign —Tom Ford definitely has his favorites — he gave his perpetual campaign model Jon Kortajarena a role in A Single Man, and now he's switched gears and cast one of the film's stars, Nicholas Hoult, in his Spring 2010 eyewear campaign. Hoult joins Carolyn Murphy in front of Ford's lens. [TFS]
>> A Single Man, which Tom Ford directed, coproduced, cowrote and called "the most personal thing" he's ever done, premiered today at the Venice Film Festival. The first trailer for the movie — which features a cameo by Ford's favorite ad model, Jon Kortajarena, as hustler Carlos — has also hit YouTube: see below; the colors and work of Mad Men's production designer Dan Bishop, who filled the same role for A Single Man, is instantly recognizable, and apparently the show's star Jon Hamm does an uncredited voiceover in the film.
The movie is already receiving good reviews — the Times UK called it "a thing of heart-stopping beauty . . . There will be critics who will be unable to get past the director’s background, but rest assured: Tom Ford is the real deal." Variety's verdict: "Luminous and treasurable, despite its imperfections. An impressive helming debut for fashion designer Tom Ford."
And Ford himself is finally talking about the film: “People who don’t know me well will be very surprised by the film. It shows a different side of me." Despite Ford's fascination with sex in the fashion arena, the film contains no sex scenes.
He just finished editing A Single Man two weeks ago, and hopes this is the "the beginning of a parallel career alongside fashion," he tells WWD. "The process seems really natural to me, and I'd ideally like to make a film every three to four years." But he's trying to keep his two careers separate: "I didn’t want to be perceived as some fashion designer who’s come to Venice and decided to make a film . . . I wanted to avoid anything to do with fashion, and I wanted the film to speak for itself."
High heels, fine models, and lots of skin. Is it just me, or is it hot in here? For his Spring '09 ad campaign, Brian Atwood took the sexy route and showed us how wearing the perfect pair of shoes can make any guy swoon. Shot by Tony Duran, the ad depicts Jon Kortajarena lusting over Rene Russo (random)'s sexy array of footwear. Jon is so close to Russo's feet, he's practically making out with Atwood's racy collection of python sandals and gold heel stilettos. Talk about having a foot fetish! What do you think about the hotness?
>> Tom Ford was never one for low-dollar apparel; As he introduced reporters to his new store in Milan yesterday, where suits will sell for upwards of $3,800, he himself was wearing $10,000 boots.
Later, the man of the hour and his business partner through thick and thin, Domenico De Sole, celebrated the store opening at a Milanese palazzo with a chatty Anna Wintour, Tom Ford campaign model (NSFW) Jon Kortajarena, and a camera shy Miuccia Prada. Full gallery of the festivities below.
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