Category: Tom Ford

Tom Ford and the Pre-fab Line

I don’t know Tom Ford from Adam, but I’ve had his image shoved down my throat for years.  I have no interest in fashion, but I’m queer and live in an urban setting. In my world, Tom Ford is on par with McDonald’s in terms of ubiquity.  Tom Ford (the brand) would have you believe that Tom Ford (the man) is…

Tom Ford Plum Japonais, 2013

  Perfumer Yann Vasnier Fortunately, you don’t spritz on a marketing campaign. You spritz perfume.  Set aside the nouvelle orientalism of the Ford ‘Atelier d’Orient’ collection. But do smell Plum Japonais if you get the chance. More than most fruits, the plum is about the relationship of the skin and the flesh of the fruit.  A thin, intensely acidic skin…

Tom Ford Fleur de Chine, 2013

    (image, Marlies Dekkers Couture) Perfumer unknown. I can’t imagine a Tom Ford product release without a fairytale marketing strategy, and Fleur de Chine and the others in this collection (Plum Japonais, Rive d’Ambre, and Shangai Lily) don’t disappoint. The fairy tale is an unexamined take on the ‘mysterious orient / dragon lady / inscrutable east’. It relies on…

Tom Ford Lys Fumé, 2012

    (image, The Smoking Flowers) Perfumers  Shyamala Maisondieu and Rodrigo Flores-Roux The name Lys Fume is only half correct.  The lily is there, the smoke is not.  No complaint, though.  This is a handsome and well composed floriental.  Lily is the centerpiece but other elements that fly in and out of this perfume include other flowers, fruit, plastic, spices, India ink and…

Tom Ford Jonquille de Nuit, 2012

Perfumer Rodrigo Flores-Roux. The Tom Ford Private Blend Collection sells the the mix-and-match bit.  The perfumes are sold as spectacular on their own, but also amazing in combination.  I think the pairing the Bloomingdales sales associate was telling me about today was Neroli Portofino and Arabian Wood.  Interesting as a cultural notion, I suppose, but really?  Really?!  I thought the…

Tom Ford Café Rose, 2012

Perfumer Antoine Lie. This is the Rose of the twisted Garden?  Antoine Lie, l’enfant terrible, was the perfumer?  Maybe I’ve gotten high on the fumes the smoldering rose chypres of the 70s-80s, but twisted or noir this ain’t. Woody roses are easy in concept.  There is a logical fit and a mutual enhancement.  Because rose provides its own top, middle…

Tom Ford Black Violet, 2007

Perfumers Clement Gavarry and Pascal Gaurin. I’ve found the Tom Ford perfume that smells like I had expected the line to smell.  Black Violet is perfumey, plasticky, a bit harsh. The topnotes are intense and show off the construction of the perfume.  It doesn’t have the kitchen sink thrown in, but short of that, it’s a very thorough perfume.  It’s…

Tom Ford Ombre de Hyacinth, 2012

The Hyacinth of Greek mythology.  (The myth being more interesting than the perfume.) Perfumer Calice Becker The opening credits of some action blockbuster movies cram in everything but the entire film itself.  A cast of stars, flash and bang to get you riled and more exposition than you’ll need.  In fact the exposition is virtually a synopsis of the film, including…