By  on June 4, 2008

Tom Ford doesn't fancy taking direction from anyone under any circumstance, great or small. Hello, Gucci Group. So when WWD heard by accident (all CFDA Awards films are shrouded in secrecy until shown at the event) that the film celebrating the men's wear nominees would star the designers themselves — Thom Browne and Michael Bastian along with Ford, the eventual winner — and that it would have a serious director in Douglas Keeve, we were intrigued. Since Ford's segment had yet to be filmed, this snoop had to crash the party to see if he is capable of surrendering a modicum of control.

Producers Nina Santisi and Nian Fish demanded strict confidentiality until after the event, with Fish trying to suss out the leak in their iron-curtained production ring. But in the end, she capitulated. The setting was an ancient, creaky West Village residential carriage house. With its endless, overstocked rustic bookshelves and the addition of a worn leather rental sofa, the space transformed easily into a therapist's office. The ruse: to spoof the HBO series "In Treatment," with Gabriel Byrne's shrink acting as a foil to each nominee. The finished film cuts between Byrne's actual therapy session scenes and the nominees, who have replaced his on-screen patients and answer his questions with deep fashion thoughts.

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