In an interview with WWD, Tom Ford talks about his time spent at Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, his hope to lead one of the top five luxury brands within the next decade "if not sooner," and his conclusion, after seasons of stealth presentations: "I'm a showman and I felt a little sad maybe without a show." A little sad. But, the designer admits, he was expecting "a more positive reaction in a stronger way" to his return to the catwalk in February:
And what I got was a sort of stunned reaction. I couldn't read [it] when people started to come backstage — what they thought. But that simple fact was proof of not getting the reaction that I thought I was going to get. And the reviews were lukewarm. They were not "Oh my God, those are the worst things I've ever seen," but they also weren't "Oh my God, that was great." They were sort of old-fashioned reviews, like "Well, there were pink jackets."
In retrospect, Ford "chose the venue inappropriately" (the show was held at Lancaster House, a nineteenth-century mansion attached to St. James's Palace in London) and he might change two outfits if he could have a do-over; however, he believes the runway represents a "hyped-up reality." As such, he thinks more along the lines of, in his words, "OK, that's Rihanna, and she's going to her lawyer's office in that all-black outfit and she's hung over and that's why she's wearing those glasses. Yet she's still a rock star." (What an imagination!) Of course, customers can purchase the full looks as separates, and if they're still too colorful for you, it's because you need "amazing style to pull this off."
Ford also discussed his renewed relationship with the press and a review that Virginie Mouzat wrote for France's Le Figaro about his spring 2012 collection. He agrees that it wasn't his best work, but:
Virginie got personal. Her review was only a little about the clothes and a lot about me. That's what I had a problem with, and that's what I think is wrong. Really wrong. Say the clothes are the worst clothes that I've ever seen, but you don't need to start talking about the person or their personal life. It was wrong. But, I didn't ban her. I've never banned a journalist in my life. That was her opinion. Whatever, she's entitled to it. She was invited back next time.
Tom Ford wink.
Most Viewed Stories
I Tried Hillary Clinton’s Diet and Now I Sympathize With Her
Blake Lively Reportedly Just Gave Birth, and You’ll Never Guess Who’s Running to the Hospital
Brad Pitt Fights Back Against Angelina Jolie and Her Plot to ‘Destroy’ Him
Looks Like Kate Middleton Is Enjoying the View in Canada
Angelina Jolie Got Everything She Wanted in Temporary Divorce Deal With Brad Pitt
What It’s Like to Be a Female Reporter Covering Donald Trump
The Best Part of Being a Royal Is Getting to Pet Bunnies
22 Intimate Lost Photos of Marilyn Monroe
The Mysterious Deaths of Two Sisters in a Luxury Hotel
Trump Campaign Manager Accidentally Refers to His ‘Abuse’ of Women on Live TV
From Our Partners
powered by PubExchange
The Cut’s Latest Fashion FeaturesCiara's Wedding Dress Was Too Big for the Chapel
To be fair, it was a 13 foot-long dress.You and Rihanna Will Both Want to Invest in Dior’s New Bag
It's got something for everyone.Polo Shirts Have Turned Their Back on Ryan Lochte
Along with his other major sponsors.Ryan Lochte Will No Longer Be Paid to Wear Tiny Bathing Suits
Speedo remains committed to transparency.Laura Brown Is the New Editor-in-Chief of InStyle
After 11 years at Harper’s Bazaar.Tyra Banks Is Going to Teach a Class on Smizing at Stanford
"If I see somebody not paying attention, I’m gonna call on them."This Floating Pier Is the Most Zen Installation Ever
Walking on water in Italy.Nation Is Appalled by Matt Lauer’s Nude Ankles During Ryan Lochte Interview
What’s the opposite of “Jeah”?8 People at the Life of Pablo Pop-up Explain Why Kanye West Is a God
"I mean, Kanye West is just Kanye West. There's not more or less you can say about Kanye West. He's just Mr. West!"A T-shirt Is Enough
Simplicity, versatility, and cool. What more could you want?
She took a perfect pencil dive off a 30-foot yacht.American Apparel Is Being Sued by Former Workers
As the company considers putting itself up for sale.A Gendered History of the Tailored Suit
From Marlon Brando to Coco Chanel.How Zendaya Developed Such Great Style at the Young Age of 19
The star's best looks from Disney to now.Proof That If You’re Chic Enough, a Little Federal Investigation Doesn’t Matter
Is this the best they could do?5,300-Year-Old Mummified Iceman Probably Would’ve Been a Street-Style Star
He had several different looks and was “pretty picky.”J.Crew Has Identified 226 Shades of Pink
Even more than there are shades of gray.Gigi and Bella Hadid Merch Is Now Somehow a Thing That Is Happening
Today in Hadidiana.Gird Your Loins for the Return of Yeezy to New York Fashion Week
The season approaches.This Indie Brand Had a Great Response to Ivanka Trump
When she bought one of their cuffs, they donated the proceeds to the Clinton campaign.