NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Many ladies love their handbags and will spend a lot of money for the latest and greatest, but a new study says what is inside those bags may be covered in germs worse than what you’ll find in the bathroom.
Well, sort of. The acclaimed designer's newest venture is an hour-long documentary entitled Visionaries, slated to premiere on the Oprah Winfrey Network June 24th. The film gives us a much-awaited glimpse into the notoriously private life of Ford, who spent nearly two decades at the top of fashion, running both Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent fashion houses with unprecedented neglect of the fashion standard.
Through several months of taping, Ford reveals his struggles with depression, his growing indifference to fashion-based superficiality and his ridiculously hygienic daily shower routine — he bathes three to five times a day. Seriously.
Though Ford previously valued the evolution of fashion through his own hand, he says it's not as important to him as it used to be and instead comes to terms with his potential irrelevance (his words, not mine), saying, "We promote materialism, which is ultimately not the thing that brings you happiness in the world. We don't own anything in our lives. [I think of it as] a bunch of stuff I'm swimming through in this life to go from here to wherever I'm going afterwards."
As we suspected, Ford says there's a very "squiggly line between Tom Ford the man and Tom Ford the brand." The man is impeccably dressed at all times and is surrounded by women who are impeccably dressed at all times. Still, you'll pretty much never find him in a tie. He says, "I wear my shirts open because ties give me a headache. I can only wear them for a few hours and then I start to get a migraine." I guess when you're that beautiful, you can sport chest hair whenever you damn well please. For the record, this is not a complaint.
Though Ford isn't a stranger of film — he's debuted one short film since his departure from Gucci and has another in the works — he is careful to reveal himself only through his work, securing to the camera, "You know, I've never let anyone film me like this before."
Take it from a man who has everything — "The most important things in life are your connections to other people." Well said, Mr. Ford.