Things Tom Ford doesn't like: penis fear; immediacy; rules other people follow; naked fear; being pressured to design things that are "new" when actually he'd rather just make the things he made last season. He spoke to the L.A. Times about his fall 2011 womenswear collection — his second showing of namesake ladies' things — which a select few editors get to view in London. Critics are not special enough to be on that list this season:
"I don't want to be reviewed," he says. "I'm not an artist with an opening; this is not a film. I'm just trying to make pretty clothes. And beautiful clothes make beautiful women, but sometimes they don't make fashion news. I don't want to be pushed to think about what we have that's new when we don't need anything new except another version of what we did last year that still looks good to me."
Fashionista reports that the people who got to view the new collection in London during Fashion Week were forced to sign nondisclosure agreements. Otherwise, how could Team Tom let the people with the cell phones ... near the clothes?!
But for all the exuberant praise that's been lavished on Ford's signature perfectionism and fabulousness, he refreshingly admits that he has a human side to his nature — a human side that thrives off packaged doughnuts and prime-time soap operas.
When asked about weaknesses in the facade, the only things he can come up with are fondnesses for Hostess doughnuts and "Desperate Housewives." "Maybe I do project an image that's a little hard," he says. "Though it seems to work, so maybe I better not mess with it."
In that vein, on turning 50 this year:
"When I was a kid, I always wanted to be 50," he says. "I didn't feel comfortable as a kid. I wasn't good at sports. I wanted to read things other kids weren't reading. I wanted to be at my parents' cocktail parties and mix martinis..."