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TOM FORD Noir Extreme launch. James Bond Spectre. OPEN Menswear London

So much to cover that I couldn’t quite settle on a title.

3 weeks ago (sorry for the delay) I was delighted to attend the star-studded launch of the new TOM FORD fragrance, TOM FORD Noir Extreme.

There was a huge amount of coverage of the event but unfortunately the photographer I kept catching the attention of was working on behalf of the TOM FORD New York offices rather than the bloody press photographer so I’m nowhere to be seen *rolls eyes*. I’m sure the photos will come to light at some point however.

I’m going to review TOM FORD Noir Extreme separately next week over on Old Factories.Before attending the event, I was attended the AW15 TOM FORD fashion preview hosted by Tom (and took the fabulous photo below mid-action). It was here that I first clapped eyes on the new fragrance. It’s the same bottle os the original Noir but with a gold lid.

Tom Ford talking at the AW15 Fashion PreviewOn first inspection and as a heads-up, it’s wildly Paco Rabanne. TOM FORD never release their fragrancers but I’d be willing to put money on this coming from or linking to Puig Fragrances (Carolina Herrera, 212, Paco Rabanne et al).

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs mentioned, the event in the evening was rather star studded and with no food and only exponentially strong cocktails I had a few chats with people as I’d plucked up some dutch courage:

Tom Ford

He was only there for half an hour and I’d managed to wing 3 minutes with him (and Paloma Faith). My main question was regarding his involvement in the new James Bond Spectre film. He told me TOM FORD are providing ‘everything’ including accessories, eyewear, formalwear and casual. Fabulous

Graham Norton

Truly fabulous and wildly handsome. I got talking to him about how growing up, before I came out, I’d watch SO Graham Norton at night quietly and what an inspiration he’d been (I was unashamedly gushing to be frank). He said I was so sweet and gave me a hug and a kiss. I was rather pleased with myself plus I got a selfie.

Dermot O’Leary

Didn’t dare get within a metre of him in fear of passing out from loss of blood to the rest of my body. Wearing a beautiful suit and holding court to several leggy blondes, he is charm personified; I was actually blushing. All I can tell you is that he seems alive and well.
 

N.B. It has been politely asked by the TF Global Team if some content regarding certain guests at the party could be removed from this post in fear of creating problems. I have kindly obliged as I don’t wish to create tensions between the brand and those mentioned and ultimately that’s not what MANFACE is about. At the end of the day, not that there were any threats to the contrary, I still want to be able to bring you guys exclusives and launches from TOM FORD Beauty and although it’s a shame certain sections, that were nothing but honest, factual accounts and/or opinion based, came under scrutiny, it is not the remit of this website to rely on such content and therefore I didn’t feel the tone and message of this article would be negatively impacted by its removal.

OPEN Menswear

If the right bloody photographer had got me, you would have seen before now that OPEN Menswear London had styled me for the event a few days earlier.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’d gone to their flagship store in Leeds where their amazing team had put together a fabulous outfit that not only looked great, but was so comfortable; I felt confident at the event dressed in OPEN Menswear from top to bottom including shoes, jeans, belt, shirt and coat.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe staff at OPEN Menswear, Leeds were (Scott Handscombe, Barry White and Niall Kerns) were very helpful, knowledgable and hugely accommodating to a fashion hopeless such as myself as even though I like stylish things but I don’t necessarily know what fits with what.

The stores are well laid out, items manufactured to a superbly high quality (the shoes don’t rub) and the prices speak for themselves. You have to check them out; they’re my new favourite retailer and are surprisingly part of JD Group.

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Harvey Specter
Posted at 00:46 February 25, 2015
David Morrissey
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Great article, thanks. My bottle of TF Noir Extreme arrived today. S’wonderful!

Harvey Specter
Posted at 23:46 February 24, 2015
David Morrissey
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Great article, thanks. My bottle of TF Noir Extreme arrived today. S’wonderful!

Harvey Specter
Posted at 17:32 February 11, 2015
Dominic Cope
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Great post Thom! Awesome selfie with Mr Norton, shame Kate was having an off day, but at least Tom also took the time to chat too!

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 20:03 February 11, 2015
    Thom Watson
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    So glad you enjoyed it! He was genuinely lovely and although was in ‘public mode’ you could really tell it wasn’t forced. Genuinely charming man and wildly passionate about his brand.

Harvey Specter
Posted at 16:32 February 11, 2015
Dominic Cope
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Great post Thom! Awesome selfie with Mr Norton, shame Kate was having an off day, but at least Tom also took the time to chat too!

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 19:03 February 11, 2015
    Thom Watson
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    So glad you enjoyed it! He was genuinely lovely and although was in ‘public mode’ you could really tell it wasn’t forced. Genuinely charming man and wildly passionate about his brand.

Harvey Specter
Posted at 23:52 February 9, 2015
Josh @ The Kentucky Gent
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Sounds like that Tom Ford event was quite the one to remember. OPEN reminds me a lot of Urban Outfitters, by way of aesthetic, but a lot more basic – in a good way. Looking good mister!

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 03:29 February 10, 2015
    Thom Watson
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    Well I’ve had some horrific news today, JD Sports are pulling the brand. The site has just gone down and they’re going to repurpose the shops. Absolutely gutted; heart wrenching! x

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 04:45 February 11, 2015
    Josh @ The Kentucky Gent
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    Well, hell. Thanks for getting my hopes up and subsequintally crushing them in one fell swoop Thom.

Harvey Specter
Posted at 22:52 February 9, 2015
The Kentucky Gent
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Sounds like that Tom Ford event was quite the one to remember. OPEN reminds me a lot of Urban Outfitters, by way of aesthetic, but a lot more basic – in a good way. Looking good mister!

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 02:29 February 10, 2015
    Thom Watson
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    Well I’ve had some horrific news today, JD Sports are pulling the brand. The site has just gone down and they’re going to repurpose the shops. Absolutely gutted; heart wrenching! x

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 03:45 February 11, 2015
    The Kentucky Gent
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    Well, hell. Thanks for getting my hopes up and subsequintally crushing them in one fell swoop Thom.

Harvey Specter
Posted at 21:06 February 9, 2015
Ged in London
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You’re totally ‘smizing’ in the second last picture…that, or you’re thinking unspeakable things. ;-) You got to meet/interact with Tom Ford…and Kate Moss. I want to die right now.

Awesome post, as always Mr Watson! :-)

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 03:28 February 10, 2015
    Thom Watson
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    Am I serving Tyra realness? I did, but Kate doesn’t like me so there we go, but Tom is genuinely lovely to speak with, I have to be honesty. Glad you enjoyed it Ged! xx

Harvey Specter
Posted at 20:06 February 9, 2015
Ged in London
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You’re totally ‘smizing’ in the second last picture…that, or you’re thinking unspeakable things. ;-) You got to meet/interact with Tom Ford…and Kate Moss. I want to die right now.

Awesome post, as always Mr Watson! :-)

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 02:28 February 10, 2015
    Thom Watson
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    Am I serving Tyra realness? I did, but Kate doesn’t like me so there we go, but Tom is genuinely lovely to speak with, I have to be honesty. Glad you enjoyed it Ged! xx

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