Our Haute 100 list details the accomplishments of the most influential people in each of our markets—Miami, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. These people continue to make moves, so rather than waiting for the next Haute 100 issue to come out, we thought we’d provide you with regular updates on those Haute 100ers who are making headlines. Check back daily for more info on the most powerful people in your city. Today’s edition: Designer-cum-director Tom Ford.
Company Tom Ford
What Made Him Haute Formerly the creative director of Gucci, he now heads Tom Ford Fragrances and a dapper menswear line, all of which are housed in his famed Madison Avenue boutique. He is credited with turning the almost-bankrupt Gucci house into an empire valued at $4.3 billion upon his departure. He was named Menswear Designer of the Year in 2008 by the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
What Makes Him Haute Now One of his recent accomplishments, his directorial debut in A Single Man, has proven popular across the board. The movie was nominated for an Oscar, won the Austin Film Critics Award, and BAFTA Film Award for best actor in a leading role (that would be Mr. Colin Firth). What’s even more exciting, credible buzz has been swarming around Tom Ford’s highly-anticipated women’s line. Women everywhere rejoice! WWD reported the demigod designer has been assembling the fashion troops for the job. NBC New York adds to the reports by stating Ford has been eyeing Givenchy’s women’s ready-to-wear designer Caroline Tixier and Pablo Coppola, an accessories designer at Alexander McQueen to be a part of his project. Though the anticipation is unbearable, the good news is we have Ford’s new line of lipstick to hold us over until his Spring 2011 unveiling comes around. Ford’s Private Blend Lip Color comes in 12 bold shades and will be available June 1 at Bergdorfs, Saks and Neiman Marcus for $45 a pop. It seems as though for Ford (and his fans), the only way to go is up.