A Very ‘Vogue’ Holiday with Tom Ford

The fabulous Tom Ford is the guest editor of the December-January issue of French Vogue. According to WWD, French Vogue‘s editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld invited Ford, who has recently plunged back into women’s wear, to take up the guest editing task a year ago and true to form, he embraced it fully, art directing the entire issue, writing articles, playing photographer and stylist. “I always say, ‘Tom has an eye like a scanner,'” Roitfeld says. “He took his role very seriously. He is truly multitalented.”

The cover has Ford posing with 15-year-old Dutch model Daphne Groeneveld, though the photo is not indicative of the issue’s contents, as Ford photographed 67-year-old style icon Lauren Hutton, 50-something curator and book publisher Lisa Eisner, and a host of other female muses of his who have chosen to forgo plastic surgery and age gracefully. Bravo, Tom Ford!

Tom Ford Designs Real Clothes for Real Women

The private unveiling of Tom Ford’s womenswear collection after a six-year hiatus was definitely the news that generated the biggest buzz this past fashion week. Privileged guests invited to the intimate event were refrained from taking photos and were asked to withhold detailed reviews of each look until the official release. What ultimately wasn’t a secret was the model line-up, which included a range of influential women like Beyoncé, Daphne Guinness, and Lauren Hutton, whom Ford hand-picked and introduced with every garment himself during the presentation. “It’s about individuality. Real clothes, real women. For a fashionable woman aged 25 to 75. That’s why I literally put many of my own muses in the show. I hear them say, ‘God, I can’t find that anywhere!'” Ford tells Vogue in an exclusive interview.

His newly refined viewpoint may be a farewell to his trendier Gucci days. “I don’t think fashion has to change every five minutes. I’d like these to be clothes you can wear for a long time—10, 20 years; pass on to your daughter. Why buy vintage when you can open your own closet!” Looks from this collection are sure to become the investment pieces to covet with their release, possibly in late December, along with the highly-anticipated event photos shot by Terry Richardson. Look for both on the revamped Tom Ford website.

RIP Malcolm McLaren: The End of the Great Rock N’ Roll Swindle

In the end, all who are writing about the passing of Malcolm McLaren are merely putting their two cents in. Maybe that’s the price for sharing memories and all the talk and recollecting only add up to two copper pennies. But it feels like if we put in anymore than our two cents Malcolm would laugh at us or pocket the change himself. That’s the kind of guy Malcolm was, he was one of us and in a lot of ways he was all of us. He helped define the world I live in, forcing me to think outside the box, gather no moss and try not to be a cliché. I got a text from my friend, interior designer Jim Walrod. “Malcolm’s dead!’ He had just got a call from McLaren’s girlfriend and admitted that he hadn’t known he was ill. I asked Jim to write something about Malcolm. He knew him well and would often tell me amazing stories that gave me insight to the genius. Here’s what Jim had to say.

“The man never stopped looking at the world, and he always had a fresh perspective. When you spoke to Malcolm you felt that anything was possible. He always had something going on – from video art installations, to a line of children’s clothing, to a musical on the life of Christian Dior. Malcolm made it seem as if it was all happening NOW and if it wasn’t going to begin immediately he was going to pound on doors until it did!

The man changed the way people view pop culture. He treated hip-hop as if it were folk music and opera like it was disco. The man sold clothing and mocked fashion simultaneously. He stood for everything that we wanted to stand for and he always made you feel as if you were in on whatever it was that he was scheming, even if you weren’t. Boy will I miss him.”

When you lose a Warhol or a Rubell or a McQueen, there is no one who will ever fill that creative niche. Until the last few years Malcolm led the way. The New York Dolls, Bow Wow Wow the friggin’ Sex Pistols– the fashion collaboration defining the punk movement with Vivienne Westwood. The attitude. Where Warhol came off as a gentle genius, Malcolm was hard, angry, deviant unpredictable, unstoppable. He didn’t just open doors, he kicked them in. He was vogue-ing before Madonna. My mentor Chi Chi Valenti provided lyrics for “Deep in Vogue” which featured my lost friend Willy Ninja:

“Sometimes on a legendary night Like the closing of the Garage When the crowd is calling down the spirits Listen, and you will hear all the houses that walked there before”

In the early 80’s, McLaren stopped me in my tracks as I watched buffalo gals and double dutch. Now it seems so dated but it was jaw dropping new as so much of what he gave us. The Bow Wow Wow lyrics turned me and my generation onto DJ scratching. “All that scratching is making me itch.”

In an incredible coincidence, I heard ex Sex Pistol Jon Lydon played the other day. Malcolm named him Johnny Rotten. Maybe Malcolm didn’t pay him or the Pistols what they wanted, but he surely gave them everything they ever had. I saw Malcolm at dinner one night a long time ago. The place was called Bernard’s in a hood that was the edge back then, but is now full of yuppies. Bernard’s was famous for mixed-matched plates and inconsistent food. McLaren was dating Lauren Hutton then and she was holding his hand in anger, digging her nails deep into the flesh. He wasn’t pulling his hand away and he was pleading for forgiveness. I winced at the violent grip even though he did not. He had gotten used to criticism and was notoriously thick skinned.

He once said “To be bad is good. To be good is simply boring.” People used to say a picture is worth a thousand words but these are much faster times. Where a picture wont do, a Youtube video might. I revisited his masterpiece, Madame Butterfly. It hit me like a ton of bricks. It’s as relevant, sexy, beautiful and hip as ever it ever was. I watched it 3 times, straining to hear the last lyrics of the song. They are “He’ll be back.” Unfortunately, that ain’t so.

Links: Evan Rachel Wood + Mickey Rourke, Jason Bourne Hates James Bond, Lauren Hutton Attacks

● It’s a good thing MTV renewed The City, as it gives Whitney’s frenemy Olivia Palermo more time to practice her acting skills. She’s reportedly using the reality show to jump-start a “serious” acting career. [THR,P6] ● Anne Hathaway describes her experience on Tim Burton’s forthcoming Alice in Wonderland adaptation like being “invited [to the] sandbox to play around.” [TheNational] ● Could those rumors be true that Evan Rachel Wood and Mickey Rourke are an item? They were seen in a lip-lock at a SAG after-party. Draw your own conclusions about the parallels between Rourke and previous Wood beau Marilyn Manson. [PopCrunch]

● Matt Damon has called the fictional James Bond character an “imperialist, misogynist, [and] sociopath” among other choice words. That does seem like the pot calling the kettle black since, Jason Bourne is no boy scout. [PopCrunch] ● Nobody on the Dexter cast was shocked when Michael C. Hall married his onscreen sister Jennifer Carpenter. I guess it’s just Dexter fans who find this creepy. [TheInsider] ● File under jobs never to apply for: Lauren Hutton’s assistant. The former model was reportedly yelling at her assistant to hurry up carrying heavy cases of Fiji Water. At least she didn’t throw her cell phone a la Naomi. [P6]

Lauren Hutton Lends Face to Olsens’ Line

imageMary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are huge Lauren Hutton fans — and the affection is apparently mutual. In addition to highlighting Hutton as a personal icon in their recently released tome Influence (for which they’ll be on hand at the Barnes & Noble in New York’s Union Square for a signing Monday 10/27 at 2:30 p.m.), the 22-year-old moguls have chosen the model, 43 years their senior, as the new face of their line The Row.

The move has already proven great for publicity. And considering that Hutton — at 61 years old — pulled off a nude shoot in Big magazine, I’m sure she’ll have no difficulty carrying the collection of sleek, classic, extremely pricey styles with which The Row is synonymous.

The Resilience of Lauren Hutton

While actresses seem to dominate the covers of your favorite fashion magazines, old school models seem to be having a renaissance. I reported several weeks ago that Vanity Fairs September issue is the only fashion mag putting models on their cover, 90’s supermodels, in fact. Now comes word that veteran model Lauren Hutton will be the face of high street Spanish company Mango‘s fall campaign. The ageless gap-toothed beauty was photographed in pieces that reflect her androgynous streamlined style–a chunky knit mini-dress and pinstripe shirts. The company even created a line of silk chemises called the “We love you, Lauren.” Mrs. Hutton, you are everlasting.