>> It was hinted earlier this month that Tom Ford was actively recruiting for his womenswear design team; now comes word that he has hired Caroline Tixier, a women’s ready-to-wear designer at Givenchy, and Pablo Coppola, an accessories designer at Alexander McQueen, although neither a Tom Ford spokeswoman or Ford's business partner Domenico De Sole would comment to confirm.
Speculation out of Europe sets Ford's return to womenswear for just less than a year from now during the Fall 2011 season. The designer is said to be thinking of starting up again with a presentation instead of a runway show, set in either New York or Milan. He's also reportedly in the process of squaring away launch exclusives with top retail partners.
>> Tom Ford Already Working on New Movie —Now that Tom Ford has A Single Man nicely squared away in a distribution deal with The Weinstein Company, he's already looking forward: although Ford's business partner Domenico De Sole declined comment on reports that they were looking for funding to launch a signature womenswear line, sources say the plan is to have the first collection for the Fall 2011 season. And he's already writing a new film project, "very different" from A Single Man: “I don’t want to talk about it yet. I want to live through the rest of this experience. I just finished editing two weeks ago, so it’s not out of my system yet.” [WWD, Times UK]
>> 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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