02 June 2014 by

Tom Ford On Loathing Red Carpet Dressing And Giving Up Botox Now He's A Dad

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Tom Ford has been nominated for a Lifetime Achievement Awards at this year's CFDA Awards, and to mark the nomination Bridget Foley has written a 3,000+ word interview with the designer in WWD. Always one to deliver a pull out quote (or ten), Tom talks about why he's pro PhotoShop and how parenthood has made him turn his back on, err, botox. Read below to find out Tom's latest quoteable quotes...

1. On retouched images...

"Why wouldn’t people expect pictures to be altered? [Fashion advertising] is not about the models, it’s about the image. She’s no longer a person; she’s an image. The way we talk — “she has no neck; her legs are stumps” — of course she has a neck. There has always been retouching; it’s well-known. You see the retouched photo and the original and you can’t tell it’s the same picture. In the Fifties, they certainly slimmed them down. In the old days, Lauren Hutton would pop her extra tooth in [her gap]. Now we do it with computers. This is not new. A photograph used for advertising is no longer a photograph of a person. It’s an image…it’s not meant to be the exact replica of the person. We’re talking about fashion. Fashion is about communicating a dream.

2. On why he decided to marry his partner Richard Buckley...

Tom Ford revealed on stage at a talk at the Apple Store in April that he had married his partner Richard Buckley. Tom revealed to WWD they decided to get married because: "We didn’t want Jack to be a bastard." "It didn’t occur to me that anyone would be interested," he added. "Even the way people sent notes that said congratulations. I ran into a business meeting and people said it in a way that anyone would congratulate anyone. It is odd for someone who was at the tail end of growing up in a world in which it wasn’t OK. It isn’t odd the last 20 years, maybe even longer."

Tom Ford and Richard Buckley [Getty]

3. On giving up botox...

"Yes. I’ve decided to age. Since we’ve had Jack I haven’t had a Botox injection or a filler. I haven’t had time.

4. On how being a father changed him...

"It has really changed me; I’m not sure how to articulate it. A lot of things I cared about before I don’t care as much about anymore. It has damaged — no, damaged is the wrong word. It has minimized my ambition a little bit, my ambition in business, my ambition in having a beautiful house. It has become the most important thing in my life. Everything else has had to recede, including my appearance. I don’t care about it. I care about being successful. I just don’t care about any of it as much. You can’t."

Tom Ford ad campaign Spring 2010

5. On not feeling like an 'American designer'

"I am an American designer, but I’ve lived and worked in Europe for so long, I’m detached from Seventh Avenue. Most American fashion designers, if they’re going to be successful, they’ve got to think globally. I feel more of a connection to European fashion. It is where I learned. The way I know how to work, how to operate, the way the business is still executed, I learned in Europe."

6. On why he loathes the red carpet...

"I loathe it. It’s not about dressing everybody. It’s about dressing the right person in the right thing to create a truly memorable moment. It’s incredibly hard. You have to choose an actress with presence and style. And there has to be a great stylist because you can have a great dress and it can go all wrong with the wrong hair or the wrong jewelry. What you see on the red carpet has nothing to do with what’s happening in fashion. I didn’t dress a single person this year. I wonder if it’s as essential as it was 10 years ago."

Julianne Moore and Hayden Panettiere in Tom Ford at the 2014 Golden Globes [Getty]

7. On why his Twitter ban failed...

"I think I’m only just now getting used to it. In the way that fashion shows happen, you come out now and there’s a roomful of phones held up at you. I don’t know if it’s possible for people in the audience to be moved. Before, you could control the lighting, you could control the atmosphere, it was very cinematic. You could control the audience experience in a way that’s very hard to do today. They seem distracted by all of that [tweeting and Instagramming]. I tried to change that. I wasn’t anti-Internet. I was anti-seeing something six months in advance. If you can make it available immediately, then yes, yes, of course it makes total sense. I was just looking through a retail magazine and I saw something I loved when it came out [on the runway]. Now it feels old, and it’s only now being shipped to the store. The look feels photographed and worn. But I failed. It’s a part of popular culture I can’t not participate in. Once I reached a certain scale, I had to go along with it."

See stars wearing Tom Ford in the gallery below...


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