Tom Ford Unveils Spring Summer 2016 Campaign


The Seventies and disco soul are HOT! Donna Summer, Sylvester, Amii Stewart, Chic, Martha Wash, Jeanie Tracy, Jody Watley… And now, after hosting together the Golden Globes, Tom Ford has been the first to feature Lady Gaga on both runway and soundtrack as he debuted his Spring/Summer 2016 Womenswear collection in a video that was inspired by the Seventies music TV show ‘Soul Train’ starring Lady Gaga. The American fashion designer has just unveiled a complementing campaign for the same collection. Captured by Nick Knight in Los Angeles, the campaign channels all the energy of Ford’s debut runway film.

While many designers and labels are going places to unveil their new collections, Tom Ford dares to go against the tide of hosting physical runway shows. The American fashion designer has debuted his Spring/Summer 2016 Womenswear collection in a video starring Lady Gaga. He the first to feature Lady Gaga on both runway and soundtrack.

Music: Lady Gaga – ‘I Want Your Love’ (feat. Nile Rodgers), Produced by Rene Arsenault and Billy Mohler for Riot City (, mixed by Matty Green

Released in conjunction with Paris Fashion Week, the disco music video features Lady Gaga alongside models Mica Arga, Lexi Bolling, Kayla Scott, Xaio Wen Ju, Valery Kaufman, Aymeline Valade, Lida Fox, Lucky Blue Smith, Alex Dunstan, David Agbodji and Tarun Nijjer. Dancing to the music of Nile Rodgers, the models were captured in a film by Nick Knight.




I have always loved ‘Soul Train’, which used to be on TV in 70s, as it was much about the clothes as the music. I asked Nile Rodgers to collaborate on a new version of one of his greatest hits from that time, ‘I want your love’, and worked with Gaga to record the vocals.

Tom Ford





Tom Ford is also glad about the recent opening of a flagship in his hometown of Houston, his seventh directly operated unit in the U.S. after New York, Las Vegas, Beverly Hills, Chicago, Dallas and Miami. “Texas is my birthplace, so there is a special significance in opening my second flagship there,” said the designer.

The campaign has launched on Tom Ford website and is also set to break internationally in the March issues of publications including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, and Vanity Fair.


Can A Porn Company Distribute Independent Film?

James Franco has praised it. So has John Cameron Mitchell. But thanks to its controversial content, most people will only be able to watch ; I Want Your Love’ online – and that suits the film’s unconventional distributor just fine.

From the start, ‘I Want Your Love’ was a cinematic hybrid. Acclaimed indie director Travis Mathews’s feature about gay relationships was too explicit for most producers — but it wasn’t exactly porn either. This week, NakedSword, a company best known previously as a distributor of gay hardcore film, used its prowess to release “I Want Your Love” in a way that tries to bridge the gap.

“We got interested in this project because we believed in Travis, but we backed it because we believed we were the best company to help him reach that audience. We weren’t afraid of the content.

Tim Valenti, president of NakedSword

Started as an experimental collaboration, ‘I Want Your Love’ went on to become one of the most talked about gay films of the year, with a premiere at San Francisco’s Frameline Festival, sold out shows at Outfest in Los Angeles, and a screening at Lincoln Center in New York. With reviews in Variety and mentions in the New York Times, the theatrical audience wasn’t exactly a raincoat crowd.

Still, Valenti, a pioneer of online video distribution, knew from the beginning that a film that with any explicit sex, theatrical release was going to be limited. Just last week, exhibition of the movie was barred in Australia when the country’s film classification board banned it from screening at a gay and lesbian film festival.

Uproar was quick – and loud. James Franco, a co-director with Travis on the Sundance favorite ‘Interior. Leather Bar’. made a video in support of the film that soon went viral, helping the movie become NakedSword’s most popular debut ever.

There’s still a lot of unease about dealing with sexual content, even in the gay community, even in independent film distribution. But for us, that’s an advantage.

Tim Valenti

It’s also a strategic move. The adult industry has been crippled by piracy, and Valenti saw in ‘I Want Your Love’ a chance for his own company to evolve. Once primarily a distributor for studio-produced content, NakedSword has more recently moved aggressively into production — including live event coverage, a gay news blog and original series. Valenti’s media model looks less like a traditional porn studio and more like the path of an HBO or a Netflix.

“We know what gay men watch, we know how they watch and now we’re in the business of creating the content they watch”. In a piece for Huffington Post, Valenti argued that new distribution models such as his may lead to a golden age for gay filmmakers by giving them the tools to reach different audience segments at once.

When ‘I Want Your Love’ premiered this Monday on, the release straddled two worlds – one adult, one independent. NakedSword has built a stand-alone film site that features digital downloads, rentals, and DVD sales as well as a worksafe presentation that highlights the film over the flesh. Even some gay press, he says, is still hesitant about linking to a porn site.

“This is movie about gay life and relationships”, said Valenti. “If we wanted to just sell sex, we could have made another porno. But where’s the challenge in that?”