16 April 2013 by

Tom Ford On Why Rihanna Is The Perfect Ambassador For His Flamboyant Creations

There's nothing quite like a Tom Ford soundbite and Bridget Foley's latest interview with the designer provides more than enough of those. 'There was a lot going on, which I wanted,' the designer says of his unashamedly extravagant Autumn Winter 2013 collection — and it was the matchy-matchy pieces that were his fave. 'If you have the money, I think it’s sort of cool that your boots match your skirt match your jacket,' he says. 'I mean, who does that anymore?'

Tom Ford On Why Rihanna Is The Perfect Ambassador For His Flamboyant Autumn Winter 2013 Collection

In particular, he refers to the ensemble worn by model Herieth Paul (who's his favourite current model, dontcha know). 'She’s wearing pink patchwork boots—it’s patchwork pony, astrakhan, velvet—and a matching skirt and a matching jacket. Head-to-toe pink.'

But who could pull off such a striking look? Rihanna, of course! And conveniently, the designer reveals, Ri-Ri is a Tom Ford customer. 'If you’re that kind of person who can pull off matching hot-pink boots, skirt and jacket, and patchwork multimaterials, I think it’s great,' he says. Over to you, Rihanna...

In fact, it sounds like the singing superstar has become somewhat of a muse for Mr Ford. 'You have to have a point of inspiration. At one point of my life, it would have been Grace Jones. At one point, it would have been Diana Ross—I did a Diana Ross collection at Saint Laurent,' he explains. 'Whenever I’m working on a collection, everything does have to be real, and those outfits are real to me. If I think, “OK, who is wearing this and where is she going?” And I think, “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.”'

Tom Ford On Why Rihanna Is The Perfect Ambassador For His Flamboyant Creations

So do you have to be a rock star to pull off such Tom Ford flamboyance? Apparently, no. 'There are women who have enough style and enough nerve to pull off some of those looks, and that’s what I’m in the mood for... Things that make me go, “Wow! What is that? Oh my God, look at that! That is insane! Is that mad? No! Really?!” That’s what I’m in the mood for. I’m tired of seeing all these very sad clothes where you have to be a breathtaking beauty in order to pull them off.'

Pass us the patchwork boots! See Rihanna's fash-tastic looks in the gallery below...

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Rihanna wearing Balmain in Los Angeles - 19 June 2014 

Rihanna in New York, August 2014 

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Rihanna in helmut Lang, New York - 18 August 2014  

Rihanna in Alexander Haider Ackermann and Balenciaga, New York - 20 August 2014 

Rihanna at a game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Clippers on May 15, 2014

Melissa Forde and Rihanna attend an NBA playoff game between Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Clippers on May 9, 2014

Rihanna attends the Christian Dior Cruise 2015 Show on May 7, 2014 in New York City.

Rihanna attends the 2014 'Met Ball' on May 5th.

Rihanna is seen at the after-party for The Costume Institute Benefit Gala on May 5, 2014 in New York.

Rihanna in the audience at the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Awards on May 1, 2014 in LA.

Rihanna attends Roc Nation Sports 1 Year Anniversary Luncheon at TAO Downtown on April 28, 2014 in New York.

Rihanna at the Toronto Raptors vs Brooklyn Nets playoff game on April 25, 2014 in New York.

Rihanna at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards LA Live on April 13, 2014.

Rihanna at Oklahoma City Thunder vs the Los Angeles Clippers on April 9, 2014 in LA.

Rihanna attends the Miu Miu show on March 5, 2014 in Paris, France wearing a Prada coat

Rihanna attends the Chanel show on March 4, 2014 in Paris, France dressed in Chanel

Rihanna attends the Stella McCartney show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2014-2015 on March 3, 2014 in Paris, France

Rihanna attends the Roc Nation pre-Grammy brunch on January 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California

Rihanna poses in the press room at the 2013 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 24, 2013 in Los Angeles, California

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Rihanna in Alexander Wang out and about in London - 11 September 2013

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Rihanna at Opening Ceremony at New York Fashion Week - September 2013

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Rihanna at Alexander Wang after party at New York Fashion Week - September 2013

Rihanna in Balmain at 2013 MTV Video Music Awards after party - 25 August 2013

Rihanna at 'Lyon' restaurant, West Village, New York - 12 August 2013

Rihanna out and about in London - 20 July 2013

Rihanna in London - 18 July 2013

Rihanna in Rag & Bone out and about in Manchester - 16 July 2013

Rihanna in visor by Fleet Ilya out and about in London - 15 July 2013

Rihanna in Gareth Pugh out and about in London - 14 July 2013

Rihanna in Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci menswear and Versace shoes in Monaco - 13 July 2013

Rihanna in KTZ in Denmark - 6 July 2013

Rihanna in Tom Ford AW13 boots arriving in Poland - 6 July 2013

Rihanna at Chanel show, Haute Couture Fall Winter 2013, Paris Fashion Week - 2 July 2013

Rihanna out and about, London, Britain - 20 June 2013

Rihanna in Stella McCartney top and clutch at Rorrey Fenty after show party at Boujis nightclub, London - 16 June 2013

Rihanna in Christopher Kane out and about, London - 16 June 2013

Rihanna in Big Star USA dungarees at the All Star Bowling Alley, Manchester - 12 June 2013

Rihanna in Miu Miu out and about, Manchester - 11 June 2013

Rihanna out and about by the Eiffel Tour in Paris - 7 June 2013

Rihanna Filming In New York - 16 May 2013

Rihanna out and about, New York - 9 May 2013

Rihanna in Rihanna by River Island in New York - 12 May 2013

Rihanna out and about in New York - 5 May 3013

Rihanna in Mary Katrantzou and Tom Ford sandals - 30 April 2013

Rihanna in Miu Miu coat and Current Elliot jeans - 28 April 2013

Rihanna in Acne jacket, Rodarte coat, Celine shoes and Miu Miu sunglasses in New York- 26 April 2013

Rihanna in custom Givenchy By Riccardo Tisci and Paige Denim jeans in Miami - 21 April 2013

Rihanna in Rag and Bone and Chanel jewellery at the Staples Center in Los Angeles - 21 April 2013

Rihanna in Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci t shirt, 3.1 Phillip Lim jacket, Saint Laurent Paris by Heidi Slimane shoes - 24 April 2013

Rihanna in T by Alexander Wang and shoes by Tom Ford - 21 April 2013

Rihanna in dress by Whitney Eve and Prada sunglasses - 11 April 2013

Rihanna at Los Angeles Lakes Basketball game - April 2013

Rihanna arriving in London - February 2013

Rihanna in custom Azzedine Alaia at the Grammy Awards - February 2013

Rihanna at River Island show at London Fashion Week - February 2013

Rihanna - November 2012

Rihanna - June 2012

Rihanna in London - February 2012

Rihanna at Grammys - February 2012

Rihanna launches her new album 'Unapologetic' in New York City, November 2012

Rihanna at the MTV Video Music Awards, September 2012

Rihanna at Grammys - February 2011

Rihanna in Acne at Westfield, November 2012

Rihanna during her 777 tour, November 2012

Rihanna performs during the 2012 Victoria's Secret Show, November 2012

Rihanna at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Battleship', May 2012

Rihanna in Tom Ford at the Costume Institute Gala, May 2012

Rihanna at the TIME 100 Gala in New York City, April 2012

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Bernard Walker (Tue Apr 16 18:39:04 BST 2013): now who is ready to argue with the idea of her not being top model.