Don't Expect to See Tom Ford in a Heel Anytime Soon
Sep 07, 2011 - by Lester Brathwaite
Though no stranger to caking his face in a little -- or a lot of -- make-up, Tom Ford wouldn't be caught dead in drag. While extolling his love of cosmetics to the Daily Telegraph, Ford noted: "I was never drawn to walking in women's shoes that's maybe why some of them hurt. I never had a desire to wear the clothes. I'm probably the only man in England who doesn't want to dress in drag. But make-up? That I'm serious about." Whatever happened to taking one for the team, Tender?
Other topics Ford explores in his interview include his return to fashion and the why of it: "Because I'm not Doing The Fashion System. I don't do shows. I don't have reviews. I'm not putting the clothes on every celebrity so that by the time they reach the store the customers are sick of seeing them." *Cough, Prada, Gucci, Dolce and Gabbana, cough.*
Speaking of Gucci, Ford compares his time at the Italian luxury house to the work he does now: "At Gucci, it was all about creating The Look each season The Shoe, The Bag, The Hair. But now I have no desire to create The Look. I just want to make beautiful, glamorous clothes.'' Pity he won't wear them, though."
But before sending a look down the intimate, exclusive runway, Ford always has his PR lady Whitney or Carine Roitfeld when she's not pussyfooting with Karl Lagerfeld, try it on: "If they don't wear it, it doesn't go into production."
As for that infamous French Vogue he guest edited for Roitfeld, Ford explains his reasoning behind all the geriatric grinding: "My mother doesn't like me saying this but she's in her late seventies and her boyfriend's in his late sixties. The point is she's active and looks amazing, and yet we've taught ourselves to think that ageing's embarrassing. That's why I left all the wrinkles in the story shot for French Vogue of an old couple having sex".
[Quick joke, what does one call a 78-year-old cougar? Madonna,10 years ago. *Rimshot.*]
And then there's Ford's burgeoning film career after 2009's wonderful A Single Man. While his next film, allegedly a comedy, is "ready to go," the life of a filmmaker has its difficulties: "I would lose my mind if I just did films...I enjoy the speed of fashion. I love doing different things and I think I still have something valid to say in fashion." I fully support that -- I always find whatever Tom Ford says to be valid, no matter how batshit it is. [Telegraph]