Fantastic Man magazine boasts Tom Ford as its current cover model — we've always thought Ford was pretty fantastic, so this makes sense. But when we noticed that he was mugging with his chest hair hidden underneath his shirt, we were downright intrigued. Apparently we're not alone: Some pavement pounding and fervent phone calls reveal that the issue is sold out on magazine racks all over the city. Before we could douse our sorrows in Moët, however, we were fortunate enough to catch an excerpt of the Ford Q&A on the Fashion Spot. Some fantastic highlights:
The clothes he designed at Gucci may have been fabulous, but working there? Not so much:
"…having to design 16 collections a year and make a lot of silly stuff I really didn't care about. Leaving Gucci taught me a lot about who is a real friend and who is a friend for business. The Gucci experience was horrible. I was burnt out from working too hard and I was exhausted from the experience and a certain disillusionment and an inability to see my future."
Ford will have a kid in 2008 with his partner, Vogue Hommes International editor Richard Buckley:
"Richard knows I've wanted this for a long time. He's just resisted it. He would be a spectacular father. It's going to give his life new meaning … It will be biologically mine. I mean, I'm a lot younger. If things follow their natural order he'll [Richard] probably leave the planet ahead of me and I can't not have had something I've wanted forever. I've always wanted kids. I don't want to get to 75 years old and just have made a lot of dresses, done some houses."
He thinks penises and vajayjays are "beautiful":
"I don't find the human body offensive. I don't find a guy's **** or a woman's vagina offensive; in fact, I find them beautiful. I would put them on an ad with a perfume bottle if I could get away with it."
He doesn't really give a damn about Paris when it comes to retail expansion:
"[We'll have] about 50 stores in the next two years. Except Paris. Paris is not a priority. Our stuff is not aimed at tourists coming in and taking a lot home — and Parisian men don't know how to dress!"
He was really ridiculously good-looking as a pubescent teen:
"I didn't play American football [when I was 12], so I wasn't so popular. At fourteen or fifteen all of a sudden I became very popular because — and I'm not saying this in an egotistical way — I became good looking. I wasn't even aware of it but other people were all of a sudden aware that I was handsome. I was having sex with girls when I was 14, and that was because they were pouncing on me. I wasn't even aware that I preferred men."
He's not going anywhere anytime soon:
"I will not retire until I literally drop dead."
Fantastic Man Spring/Summer 2008 : Tom Ford by Jeff Burton [Fashion Spot]