Façon: Is there any part of being a model for such a high end brand that you dislike?
Façon: Is it really that glamorous to be a DG Millennial and part of the DG family?
Tom: Absolutely – when we were shooting the campaign in Palermo there were hundreds of school kids who skipped school and came down to the market place (where we were shooting). There were so many the police had to come and rope off an area for us, then people started recognising me and asking for photos which was strange and fun. Another time Domenico (Dolce) fixed my tie after lunch above the La Scala Theatre in Milan and welcomed me to the family which was totally surreal.
Façon: Milan looks beautiful, what does a handsome male model get up to after hours?
Tom: The last time I was there I got in trouble because I didn’t get time to see any of my agencies (who were all in town for the shows) because I was with Dolce & Gabbana working the whole time. So there’s not much you can get up to after hours, but there’s always a great afterparty where you get to relax and have fun with the whole family.
Tom Farrelly fell into the modelling world by chance, but he has more than found his feet, being photographed for Dolce & Gabbana’s latest campaign and walking for the brand in Milan, Tom is making his mark as a male model on a global scale. Façon caught up with Tom to talk style, modelling and what it’s like to work for an iconic fashion house like Dolce & Gabbana.
Façon: Your modelling career has been skyrocketing of late, did you always hope to end up modelling?
Tom: It’s never something I thought would happen! I fell into it by accident after a stylist friend, Maia Liakos, asked me to be in a test shoot for her after a model dropped out and thats how it all started!
Façon: What is the most exciting thing about walking for an iconic luxury brand like Dolce & Gabbana?
Tom: Being around people who have not only survived, but continue to thrive in a global market is really inspiring. They’re so involved, doing every single fitting for the show and art directing the campaign, that you can tell they are passionate and still excited about what they do and that’s infectious.
Façon: The designers of Dolce & Gabbana are known to be very unique, did you meet either of them? What do you think, controversial or clever in knowing how to promote their brand?
Tom: I’ve been lucky enough to spend some time with both of them and I would say they know who they are and they love what they do and that comes through in their work which is why they’ve been at the forefront of that world for so long.
Façon: You revealed on Instagram you’ve been electrocuted twice, what’s the story behind that?
T: Haha oh god, I was in a very bad share house when I first got to London and I went to switch on my light and the light switch electrocuted me (it was terrifying). The other time I had just flown back from NYC to Hamburg (Germany) and had come home to re-pack to get on another flight for a shoot and my computer charger broke and I tried to pull the metal bit out of the socket… so I’m either terribly stupid or I can chalk it up to jet lag…
Façon: If you weren’t modelling, what would you like to be doing?
Tom: Something creative where I get to perform / make people laugh… like an accountant?
Façon: Any advice for aspiring male models out there?
Tom: Find what makes you different and work on that. No one can do you better than you and if you try to be anything you’re not it will come off as inauthentic. Also have fun with it and don’t take it too seriously.
Façon: We understand it’s summer over there, but if you were back in Oz, what’s your ‘Go To’ outfit for your winter wardrobe?
My winter wardrobe is very small because it’s more like a uniform – Balmain coat, any black turtleneck, black or dark navy jeans, Saint Laurent boots. I almost never wear anything else.