After leaving Gucci in 2004, designer Tom Ford focused on building his own fashion brand and conquering Hollywood. Now that he’s made his filmmaking debut (he wrote, produced and directed 2009’s A Single Man), become the official tailor of Daniel Craig’s James Bond, and counts leading men like Bradley Cooper among his most loyal customers it seems that Ford has set his sights on the music industry.
In an email sent by his public relations team this morning, Ford announced the details of his sartorial contribution to the album artwork and first video from Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience.
In the lyric video for the album’s first single, “Suit & Tie,” Timberlake models everything from a Tom Ford signature 3-piece peak lapel suit to black onyx and white gold cufflinks and black-and-white leather loafers. And it looks like there’s lots more sartorial eye candy to come as Timberlake rolls out his new album, including, according to Ford PR, “Made-to-Measure tailoring, including eveningwear, suiting, shirting, ties, shoes and accessories that will be a focal point of the The 20/20 Experience.”
“I adore Justin. He has innate style and enormous talent. It has been such a pleasure and honor to work with him throughout this entire creative process,” reads a statement from the designer.
Timberlake isn’t the first music industry heavyweight to wear Tom Ford – Jay-Z has sported the label everywhere from the stage at Carnegie Hall to the Presidential Inauguration – but he is the first to form an artistic collaboration with the designer.
When it comes to celebrities, Ford has a reputation for being notoriously selective about who he will and will not dress.
After hosting the exclusive, no-press-allowed launch of his womenswear line in 2010, he told Vogue.com; “I do not understand everyone’s need to see everything online the day after a show. I don’t think it ultimately serves the customer, which is the whole point of my business—not to serve journalists or the fashion system. To put something out that’s going to be in a store in six months, and to see it on a starlet, ranked in US magazine next week? My customer doesn’t want to wear the same thing she saw on a starlet!”