Hussein Chalayan Was ‘Devastated’ When Tom Ford Dropped Him ‘Like a Hot Potato’

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Designer Hussein Chalayan was almost hired by Tom Ford in 2001. "We met up a few times in posh restaurants," said Chalayan. "They started a business plan, but then dropped me like a hot potato and started talking to McQueen and Stella [McCartney]. I was devastated. Tom doesn't even know that. It really killed me. He told me I was too avant-garde. I thought, 'Tom, you are so wrong'. He looked at it in too obvious a way." [Vogue UK]