Tom Ford opens up (again)

24 November 2009

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Just when we’d got used to Tom Ford being this mysterious, composed, cool-as-a-cucumber character, he’s suddenly started baring his soul… and we can’t get enough of it. In a recent interview with New York magazine the designer-turned-director sheds more light on that now infamous YSL 'difficult and evil' comment.

'We bought Yves's company, and Yves had nothing to do with it — he was totally gone and out of the company. I didn't work with Yves. I said that while I was working at Saint Laurent, they made my life difficult, because they did. I don't think any place I've ever worked in has ever been difficult for the people who work there, because I don't throw temper tantrums. I'm a very rational, compassionate, organized guy. Working in a pleasant environment is very important to me.'

And on his reputation as a ‘control freak’? 'I hate that word,' he says. "But, in my life, I've often been called a control freak. There needs to be a better word for it. 'Control freak' makes it sound like you're crazy. If your name is on a shoe, then the heel is the way you want it and the toe is the way you want it and the leather is exactly the quality you want it. A lot of the furniture [on the set of A Single Man] was from my own house. I painted the paintings that were hanging on Charlie's [Julianne Moore's character] wall. If it's not your movie, what's the point? When you're creating something that is expressive, that's the point — it represents your point of view. So, yes, I was an extremely hands-on director.'

In fact, writing and producing The Single Man seems to have been the most significant period in his career with him calling it 'the most personal thing I’ve ever done'. This comes as a shock from a man who has become an icon in the fashion industry, having turned around Gucci, taken over YSL and recently announced his forthcoming womenswear line (did we mention how très très excited we are about this?) But he admits that fashion is a surface industry always focused on the commercial.

'Fashion is a commercial endeavour for me. By its very nature, designing clothes is more of a surface industry. You're making clothes that make a woman's body look good and whether she looks good or not is what determines whether she buys your pair of pants. This [film] was the most purely artistic thing that I've ever done. I wasn't trying to design a film that would be commercial. If I was trying to do that, I would have put in a prom scene and made it Terminator 12. I wasn't trying to make something that competed with Twilight.”

But before we get on our Twi-hard high-horse, the lovely Mr Ford then adds, 'I like Twilight. I liked the first one, and I'm dying to see the new one. But it's a different side of life.' Talented, sexy, down to earth and a Twilight fan? Definitely our rekindled crush du jour! [NYMag]


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