The former Gucci creative director admitted he found it hard "to see the humor and camp" in Sir Ridley Scott's film, because he was so close to the story, which revolves around Patrizia Reggiani's relationship with Gucci heir Maurizio Gucci. GaGa's real-life character was convicted of hiring a hitman to kill her ex-husband.
In an essay for digital weekly Air Mail, designer and filmmaker Ford wrote, "I recently survived a screening of the two-hour-and-37-minute film that is 'House of Gucci'. The shiny, ambitious, beautifully filmed and costumed tale of greed and murder is stunning by the sheer number of stars that have been cast. The movie rivals the nighttime soap 'Dynasty' for subtlety but does so with a much bigger budget..."
"I was deeply sad for several days after watching 'House of Gucci', a reaction that I think only those of us who knew the players and the play will feel. It was hard for me to see the humor and camp in something that was so bloody. In real life, none of it was camp. It was at times absurd, but ultimately it was tragic."
But Ford still thinks the film will be a big hit, singling out GaGa and Adam Driver's "strong performances" and "powerful over-the-top portrayals by the entire cast", including Salma Hayek and Jeremy Irons.
"The film, I suspect, will be a hit," Ford added. "Splash the Gucci name across things and they usually sell."
"Leto's brilliance as an actor is literally buried under latex prosthetics," he explained. "Both performers are given license to be absolute hams - and not of the prosciutto variety. They must have had fun. Paolo, whom I met on several occasions, was indeed eccentric and did some wacky things, but his overall demeanour was certainly not like the crazed and seemingly mentally challenged character of Leto's performance."