Tom Ford is an iconic figure in the fashion industry and noted primarily for being the man responsible for turning Gucci which was on the edge of becoming bankrupt into a multi-billion dollar fashion house through the reinvention of its brand image including intelligent strategic marketing and a new bold and chic design. After leaving YSL in 2005 (Gucci had bought a controlling stake in Yves Saint Laurent and Ford was appointed creative director), Tom Ford and his partner Domenico de Sole founded ‘Tom Ford’ which was a new company that produces luxury high end and uber fashionable sunglasses.
If you are a fashion and style conscious individual, a pair of Tom Ford sunglasses should be one of your handbag essentials and can transform your on-the-go look in an instant. They have very much come to the forefront in 2009 and are set to be equally successful and prominent in 2010. People love the luxurious and ultra sophisticated essence of Tom Ford sunglasses with their typically glamorous oversized aesthetic and are regularly spotted on high profile celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and Lindsay Lohan (pictured above wearing the Margaux Tom Ford sunglasses).
This season is all about being bold with strong silhouettes, colour and sharp chic lines. Tom Ford sunglasses perfectly compliment this with bold styles which are typically and dramatically oversized. If you want your look to be overstated yet chic, this is definitely the brand to opt for. The fun element of Tom Ford sunglasses is that each pair has a name to represent the style.
Here are some of the key Tom Ford styles to look out for-:
James Bond Exclusive-: As the name suggests, this is the cool aviator style that Daniel Craig in his portrayal of 007 in the James Bond film Quantum of Solace. Tom Ford was specifically asked to design the frames to perfectly suit the legendary and super charming and charismatic James Bond character!
Anais: A perfect contemporary frame for ladies that features dramatically oversized frames with a square shaped finish. This look is very much on trend for autumn and winter.
Whitney: A popular among celebrities such as the Olsen twins and Angelina Jolie, these sunglasses are very representative of the ‘bug eye’ look. A truly dramatic and glamorous frame with figure of eight style oval frames with bamboo style arms and a thick rounded frame, these are a must for every fashionista!
Andres: The Andres Tom Ford sunglasses are a unisex style and one of the sportier versions within the collection. Featuring large square shaped frames with rounded edges; this style is certainly unique with a hint of retro appeal.
Lilliana-: Tom Ford Lilliana sunglasses are largely popular as they depict the essence of drama, sophistication and class. The off white versions with subtle pink lenses are also a beautiful and unique colour combination and very complimentary against paler skins and blondes.
Tom Ford sunglasses represent an ultra high end and luxurious appeal and with their bold yet sophisticated features they are designed to make a statement about your look. No matter what your outfit, with the simple addition of a pair of Tom Ford’s you will instantly add a high fashion, couture edge to your look and feel feminine and glamorous. With a wide array of colours available including, black and brown tones as well as lighter, muted and neutral tones, you are certain to find a pair of sunglasses within the range that compliment your skin tone and hair colour. The man who put Gucci firmly back on the map has definitely injected his own unique and high end style into his range of Tom Ford sunglasses making you look and feel every inch the Style Queen (or King!) this season.
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Yves Saint Laurent, one of the world’s most prestigious fashion icons, sadly passed away on 1st June 2008 at his home in Paris aged 71. The designer first made his mark on the fashion scene in 1958 as the successor to Christian Dior and proceeded to become one of the most renowned and influential couturiers of the 20th century.
The designer retired in 2002 and throughout his career he was very much responsible for changing the face of fashion. Women now wore trousers for daywear and evening glamour, in addition to the ‘le smoking’ tuxedo jacket. He also was responsible for introducing leopard prints and the trench coat which has become a classic wardrobe staple.
Taking inspiration from what he observed on a day to day basis, Yves Saint Laurent creatively adapted Parisian beatnik style to couture runways and skilfully altered the sailors’ peacoats he found in Army-Navy stores in New York into jackets that would soon proudly be worn by every fashionable woman around the globe. His glamorous evening attire was often inspired by artists such as Picasso, and Matisse and frequently featured stunning elaborate embellishments. The designer become known for his artistic use of colour but his garments were never perceived as ‘loud’ or ‘over the top’.
The designer was a mere 21 years of age when he presented his Trapeze collection for Christian Dior (following Dior’s death), which subsequently launched his career in the industry. Laurent sustained his fame and respect throughout his working years and successfully managed to change his style from formal, custom-made haute couture to casual sportswear which was equally embraced.
Yves Saint Lauren is favoured by many stylish women including Paloma Picasso and Lauren Becall. He provides inspiration to many established designers and is a fantastic role model to forthcoming talent in the fashion industry. A deeply passionate man who took great pride in his work, Yves Saint Laurent is a figure in fashion that will be sadly missed but remembered for great things. Recognising all those years ago that masculine attire could be adapted to suit females, he could well be the reason that women wear trousers today and can still be perceived as feminine and glamorous.
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