Director and designer Tom Ford insisted that costume designer Arianne Phillips couldn’t use any of his sartorial creations in “Nocturnal Animals”, even though she felt they would be perfect for actress Amy Adams’ character Susan.

“I wanted to use Tom’s glasses (for Susan), but he was really clear he didn’t want the audience to be taken out of the film, that he wasn’t making ‘a branded film’ to sell clothes – to his credit,” Phillips told website The Daily Beast.

However, the former Gucci creative director was able to put his fashion credentials to good use when he called in a favour from Chanel chief Karl Lagerfeld, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

“You learn in flashbacks the complicated relationship between Susan and her mother. Laura Linney’s white suit was Chanel, made just for her. That was the time I said, ‘Tom, I need you to pick up the phone and call Karl’.

“Tom agreed that Susan’s mother, a conservative Texas socialite with helmet-head hair, would wear Chanel, so he reached out. That’s the power of Tom Ford – the perk is the access!” she said.

Though Susan’s tricolour fur was produced by Tom Ford atelier’s furrier, and most others were custom made, Phillips says none of the piece are likely to end up in one of Ford’s future fashion collections.

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