Tom Ford’s Life Lessons: listen and learn.

31 August 2011

There’s a lot to be learnt about the intriguing Mr Ford. We know he’s a master of fashion and film, but did you know he’s allergic to cucumbers? Yep. We certainly weren’t au fait with the fact he wanted to be fifty when he was five years old and wore a suit + briefcase when he was in third grade. Although we can TOTALLY see that.

There’s also a lot to be learnt from Mr Ford. Already he’s taught us how to work 1970s glam as well as have fun with fragrance at bathtime and he's raved about monogamy not to mention the joys of ‘soft kissing’. And during a recent interview with Bergdorf Goodman, the suave Texan revealed a few more life lessons.

Listen and learn, dear readers…

1. Retain an air of mystery
‘No one takes time to contemplate words and the meaning of words. When you send a text, sometimes they’re not even words, just letters and abbreviations. But there was a time when you really chose your words carefully, and almost everything had some sort of double meaning, and when you sent flowers to someone, certain flowers meant something.’ What an old romantic he is >sigh<

2. Be an individual
‘All of us together, being linked by computers and telephones, are creating one giant computer, and our civilization is becoming like a giant brain…it will be very interesting to see the jumps in technology that start to happen because we’re now acting as a whole as opposed to acting as individuals.’ Oop, Tom has his Political Hat on again...

3. Don’t get an eyelift (if you’re male, at least)
‘An eyelift on a man usually makes the eyes look extremely feminine. It’s something to avoid if you’re a man. The solution is a really beautifully tailored Tom Ford jacket. No one will be looking at your bad eyelift.’ Hmm, we wonder which one would be more expensive?

4. Watch your weight
‘If one does care about one’s looks, key number one is stay thin. I’m the same weight now that I was when I was thirty-three years old. I weigh myself every day. If I gain more than three pounds, I eat vegetables for two or three days until I get back down to my weight.’ Ah, if only it was so easy for us mere mortals.

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- Jessica Vince



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