Tom Ford in Prestige Hong Kong

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Tom Ford in Prestige Hong KongThe straight mans gay man, Tom Ford, spent some time topless (big surprise) with the writers of Prestige magazine, a Hong Kong fair that talks about real issues, like Tom Ford’s diet secrets (he lays of the man jizz and eats his vegetables when he’s feeling fat, oh big surprise there Tommy boy). Here are some highlights. You can read the full article here…

Which guys in the past or the present would you like to dress?
I wouldn’t mind dressing Barack Obama. I think he’s a great-looking guy but I think his suits don’t fit him very well. I think he’s a terrific potential presidential candidate and I’m very excited as a Democrat, so Hillary or Obama, I like both options. So, I wouldn’t mind dressing Obama. I wouldn’t say he’s badly dressed, but he could sharpen up his look a little better.

Did you think you would come back to fashion when you left in 2004?
No, I thought I was never going to do fashion again. I was a textbook-case burnout. I’d been burned out from not only designing two collections, which I was very proud of, but the last two years of my time at Gucci were complex contract negotiations almost every day with PPR. And it was more and more apparent that what they wanted was not what we wanted. I just saw François [PPR Chairman and CEO François-Henri Pinault] the other night, actually. I gave him a big hug and a kiss. We’re friendly, I like him enormously as a man, but as business partners we had different visions. And so it started to become apparent that we were going to have to leave and that was very traumatic because I had devoted an enormous amount of myself to the company, as had Domenico. So, no, I really thought I was not going to come back to fashion.

Who’s your target customer – you?
I am. I like to design for me as I am, me if I was 60, me if I was 25, me if I were thin, blond, six foot tall and 25; everything runs through a filter of “Would I wear that if I were that person? Would I want to see my father in that or my nephew in that?” But I happen to be our actual target customer. Our real target is men in their 30s and 40s, urban customers, very sophisticated, [a man who] knows himself, who wants beautiful tailored clothing but with a bit of a modern shape.

Tom Ford in Prestige Hong Kong

Are many women coming into your New York store and trying to buy a Tom Ford menswear suit?
Yes they are.

And are you serving them?
No. I haven’t made a suit for a woman. I may one day, but the reason I haven’t is . . . and I know this from working at Saint Laurent. A Saint Laurent suit may look like a men’s suit but it’s not a men’s suit. It’s not made like a men’s suit. Even though the details may look like a men’s suit, it really has got to be cut to a woman’s body. It’s a completely different way of manufacturing. I’m not currently set up to be able to do that and I’m not sure I want to open that door yet.

Tom Ford in Prestige Hong Kong

Cigarettes Cause Cancer and Cool. (don’t deny it, you know it’s true)


What’s the last book you read?
Well, this is perfect . . . it’s the Christopher Isherwood diaries, because I’m having a little problem in Act Two of my screenplay and I was trying to find something in Christopher’s life or his thoughts about something. Because all of his books are autobiographical, so I was trying to find a clue as to what to do with the second act of my screenplay.

I also read the Dana Thomas book [Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Lustre]. She went out on a limb with that. She said what she thought. I thought it was a great book, especially for anyone who’s not in our business, to understand what we do. I’ve given that book to a few friends, saying, “If you want to know what our business is like, read this book.”

Tom Ford in Prestige Hong Kong

The Nude Designer. Are we seeing a trend? 

What’s the first thing you notice when you meet a man?
Confidence, confidence, confidence! And you can fake it. I mean, it’s best if it’s real. Actually, I’m a very shy person, and you might say that’s bullshit, but I am and I guess I developed that ability to project from an early age. It’s armour. A lot of performers have it, and I’m not saying that I’m a fake at all. In fact, sometimes I’m too honest when I talk to people – often when I talk to journalists. But you project that – the confidence – and the way you carry yourself and the way you walk. That’s the first thing I always notice, the thing that makes people jump out: somebody who walks right up to you and says, “Hi, how are you?” and looks you right in the eyes.

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