For her fourth issue of CR Fashion Book, Carine Roitfeld tapped all her best fashion pals to put their own high-fashion spin on fairytales. But Tom Ford, not to be outdone, didn’t just shoot a spread — he wrote his own accompanying version of a beloved fairytale, “Flowers for Ferdinando.”
His fairytale is based off of “Ferdinand and the Bull,” a story about a bull who would rather spend his days smelling flowers than fighting. (Fun fact: The original book, The Story of Ferdinand, came out just before the Spanish Civil War and was subsequently banned in several countries, including Nazi Germany, for its pacifist message. It was reportedly Ghandi’s favorite book. Thanks, Wikipedia.)
In Ford’s fairytale, Ferdinando Del Toro is a fragrance-obsessed fighter based in Las Vegas, who prepped for his fights by dousing himself in Miss Dior — his favorite perfume. Unfortunately, Fernando is pitted against an opponent in AXE Body Spray (gross) and finds himself knocked out, both by the awful scent and his opponent.
How does the story end? Well, you’ll have to pick up the latest issue of CR Fashion Book to find out, but let’s just say it’s a happy ending for Fernando, if you get what we mean.
Check out Ford’s “Flowers for Ferdinando” here: