Ford Tough

Tom Ford’s sensual new beauty collection.


When Tom Ford quietly entered the cosmetics arena last fall with a lipstick collection, beauty addicts clamored, “Where’s the rest?” Never one to rush things, Ford made us wait a full year before revealing the complete Tom Ford Color Collection—all 132 pieces of it, covering not just makeup but brushes, nail varnishes, and even skincare. While the line includes a healthy offering of nudes and beiges, the majority of the shades—from the shimmery eye shadow quads to the intense lip colors and the blacker- than-black mascaras and eyeliners—are every bit as titillating as you might expect. Just don’t call them sexy. “‘Sensuous’ is a word I like to use a lot in reference to the color,” Ford says. “Beauty that is sensuous is touchable, and sensuality is more important to me right now. ‘Sexuality’ implies you’re actually going to have sex; sensuality is something else.”

Makeup by James Kaliardos. Hair by Gavin Harwin for Redken at Art Department. Model: Coco Rocha at Wilhelmina NY. Photography assistants: Brian Kennedy and Gregory Costanzo.