Other than Gianni Versace and Azzedine AlaIïa, there have been few designers to emerge in the second half of the 20th century as synonymous with sex as Tom Ford. From his breakout days helming Gucci to the expansion of his eponymous label, Ford’s fetishes, along with his desire to pique those in others, has been his defining trait and one he has translated to every ad campaign and glossy package. It is something that extends beyond his actual design aesthetic to shape how the public perceives his work while constantly fueling their renewed interest in where he will push them next. Though the products themselves have varying degrees of desirability once placed on the shop hanger or behind a glass case, they nonetheless draw people hoping to possess a morsel of Ford’s rarefied world.

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