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Tom Ford’s The Most Famous Quotes

A Genius Person Has Already His Own Life Rules Collected Throughout Years – Fashion Designer Tom Ford Is Ready To Share Personal Wisdom

What do you usually imagine if we here «Tom Ford»? A sophisticated style and the greatest taste, a handsome and incredibly charismatic man, controversial advertising campaigns featuring porn stars and pubic hair, and Tony Stark unbuttoning his sleek-made black classic jacket in the famous Captain America movie, warning he’s enemies to act carefully and beat gently.

Tom Ford, is undoubtedly a unique personality and the greatest designer standing for an American fashion. Also, Ford is a fashion legend, a former Gucci’s creative director who took Italian brand to the fashion Olympus top in the middle of the ‘90s, a new chairman of CFDA, and critically acclaimed film director: his second film Nocturnal Animals – a gripping thriller, starring Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal, and A Single Man debut brought him an honoured BAFTA award and Academy Award nomination. And this gives us a major cue – this man can do everything in style and finesse.

From his life rules and wisdom to a creative process and working habits, from his penchants for nudity to his muses and style inspiration, from the image of a real gentleman to his sexuality and vision on the contemporary trends – Ford has never been afraid of speaking openly on issues he cares of.

Take a look back at his most remarkable quotes from over the years.

On his infamous Gucci adverts

“When I shaved G for Gucci into the model’s pubic hair it was meant to be tongue-in-cheek statement about branding – we had Gucci emblazoned on everything in those days – so I said, ‘why not the pubic hair too?’ It wasn’t just about sex.»

On his lifestyle

“My real life’s not like the fantasy Tom Ford world – with naked girls pouring perfume everywhere. It’s more staying in and watching Friends on television.»

On the difference between the Gucci and the Saint Laurent woman

“The Gucci woman – you know what she’s after. The Saint Laurent woman – she’s going to torture you a little bit. You might have sex, but she will drip a little hot wax on you first.»

On his advertising campaigns

“I suppose, yes, I’ve been guilty of provocation but it’s also just common sense marketing – put a bottle of scent in a woman’s cleavage, or between her thighs – and men will notice.”

On nudity

“When I come home I actually take off all my clothes, and I wear no clothes until I leave. I eat naked. I do everything completely naked.»

On men’s style rules

“A man should never wear shorts in the city. Flip-flops and shorts in the city are never appropriate. Shorts should only be worn on the tennis court or on the beach.”

On parenthood

“I swore that I wouldn’t be one of those parents who leaves a Bugaboo pram parked in the communal entry hall. Well guess what, ours is there right now.”

On political ambitions

“We have the Terminator as governor, and we had an actor as president, so why shouldn’t we have a fashion designer as a senator?”

On an eyewear advertising campaign

“We shot it with porn stars. Two men and two women. And we paid for them to have sex on set. You don’t see it in the shot, but you feel it.”

On cosmetic surgery

“In another life I would love to be a cosmetic surgeon because it’s architectural. You know, you are trying to figure out where the seams go. Can I do it in one piece like Halston? Can you formaldehyde DNA?”

On Karl Lagerfeld’s advice

“I remember talking to Karl (Lagerfeld) years ago when I was at Gucci, and we were having dinner, just the two of us. I said, ‘Karl, so many amazing things are happening, and they’re happening so fast and I feel like I can’t take it in.’ And he said, ‘You won’t be able to take it in. But later you’ll look back at it and then you’ll be able to take it in and appreciate it.'”

On Film

“While fashion is exciting because it changes all the time, it is also fleeting. Film, though, is forever. In a way therefore, film is the ultimate design project.”

On throwing tantrums

“I don’t think I’m a megalomaniac, though you’d have to ask the people who work with me. Either we click or they don’t last very long. Do I throw tantrums? Yes. But more with Richard (Buckley, Ford’s long-term partner), at home if he’s forgotten to buy milk.”

On Alexander McQueen

“I think that there are fashion designers who are artists. Alexander McQueen was an artist. He was a breathtaking, spectacular, go-down-in-history artist. What I do, and I’ve always said this, is commercial design.”

On his style

“At home, off-duty, I wear T-shirts from Fruit of the Loom but I have them tailored – if the sleeves are cut over the tricep your arms look much better.”

On fashion rules

“Keep your jacket buttoned. Always. It’s just really flattering – it will take pounds off you.”

On women

“First of all, I love women. But I lust after beautiful women in the way that I lust after a beautiful piece of sculpture – this will probably get me in trouble – or a beautiful car. I believe everyone’s on a sliding scale of sexuality. There are moments where I am sexually attracted to women. But it doesn’t overpower my first impulse; my lust for them is the same as my lust for beauty in all things.”

On his legacy

“I know one day I’ll be irrelevant. No matter how hard you try there is a cultural moment, but eventually that window’s gone, your time on Earth is finished, and you might as well leave. I could absolutely die tomorrow – I would not care. I feel like I’ve lived, I feel like I’ve had a great life.”

On working attitude

“When you are having fun and creating something you love, it shows in the product. So, when a woman is sifting through a rack of clothes, somehow that piece of clothing that you had so much fun designing speaks to her; she responds to it and buys it. I believe you can actually transfer that energy to material things as you are creating them. “

On being a commercial designer

“I love to design. I am a commercial fashion designer. I always design jackets with two sleeve. I don’t design jackets with three sleeves, or or the layers and layers come off like little dlls from Russia. Fashion for me is a creative endeavour, but it is not an art for me.”

On fashion changes

“I don’t think fashion has to change every five minutes. I’d like these to be clothes you can wear for a long time – ten, twenty years; pass on to your daughter. Why buy vintage when you can open your own closet!”

On important things in life

I’m living the exact life I planned on living when I was five. My life has takes some turns and changes that I didn’t anticipate, and it has brought me different things. I thought material things would bring me happiness, which they didn’t. But through this, I have learned what things are important and what aren’t.