Now that Oprah, queen of everything that has ever mattered in the world, has left her daily hour-long sermon to take her place as commander-in-chief of a full blown network, OWN, she's free to extend her hour of power into a full, 24-hour telethon of knowledge, passion and humor. Live your best life and all that, you know? One show we're particularly interested in is called Visionaries: Inside the Creative Mind a one-hour exploration into the psyche's of people that "see beyond what's there, to invent something original." So it comes as little surprise that one of O's first subjects would be the fertile imagination of fashion designer and film director Tom Ford. Racked's Danica Lo got the scoop on the one-hour documentary that will focus on Ford's creative process. The impeccably groomed, perfectly dressed gentleman allows cameras to track him from the preparations for his notoriously secretive release of womenswear under his eponymous label to his guest editorship at Vogue Paris to the opening of his Beverly Hills store. From Racked:
Visionaries: Tom Ford changes things entirely--Ford opens up to the audience in a way that we never imagined possible, revealing his own struggles with depression, mid-life crisis, and professional reinvention. He also reveals that he takes between three and five baths a day, a fact which, somehow, makes us really like him.
After a long career in the luxury establishment creating 16 collections each year, constantly shuttling between the Gucci studios in Milan and the YSL studios in Paris--and despite having homes, horses, hounds, and every material object he could ask for--"Something was missing from my life," Ford says. That's when he walked away from everything.
It will be nothing but fascinating to see and hear how a man who dominated the fashion industry in the early nineties with his sexual, seventies-drenched designs for Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent walked away from it all to start over and launch his own label in addition to directing his first ever feature film. As you know, we learned all about Ford's relationship with Richard Buckley and his tenacious, driven motivation when starting off in the business, but he rarely talks about the transition he made from serving as the face of an existing global empire to building a brand from the ground up on his own terms. The documentary is set to air on June 24th and you better believe that we'll be tuning in.