"I don't sleep, I like to work": meeting with Tom Ford for the release of his second book
Dans un premier livre, Tom Ford 001, Tom Ford revenait sur son travail révolutionnaire pour Gucci et Yves Saint Laurent, capturant au vol l’hédonisme de la décennie 1994-2004. Ce mois-ci paraît un second volume, Tom Ford 002, où le créateur évoque les nombreuses vies qu’il a vécues : celle d’un mari, celle d’un père, mais aussi celle d’un artiste visionnaire, reconnu par le monde du cinéma en tant que réalisateur, avant son come-back fracassant dans le milieu de la mode et de la beauté, via la maison qui porte son nom. Hamish bowles, l'editor-at-large européen de Vogue US, a discuté avec Tom Ford de ce que Karl Lagerfeld lui a appris, du fait d'être cité dans une chanson de Jay-Z, et de bien d’autres choses.
Rencontre entre Hamish bowles et Tom Ford
Tom Ford.It’s an honor to receive you.
Hamish bowles.You are welcome.The honour is mine.
T.F.How are you doing ?
H.B.Not bad.I'm fine.And yourself ?
T.F.Oh, pretty good.I have good and bad days.It's easier when I work, since it avoids me to think too much about the rest.You see what I mean.
H.B.I must admit that reading your book has been exhilarating.
T.F.Thanks.When I showed it in Richard (Buckley, Tom Ford's husband, who died last month, editor's note), he just told me, very dryly: “Well, a lot of water has flowed under thebridges."Then he turned around and he left the room.It was his only comment.
H.B.It is strange, because I suppose that in many respects, this book is an obvious complement to the first, published in 2004, a cataclysmic year for you.It was that year that you left the Gucci group.Today, what does this first book inspire?
T.F.I wanted to continue it while retaining this chronological format.I would say that fashion evolves this way, every season, both in reaction to the previous season and when you are as a designer: you live, what you do, the content of your experiences.Tom Ford 001 was therefore the first chapter;This one and I can't wait to live the third.When I started this book, I was going to be 60 years old and my business was about fifteen.Fifteen years, sixty years: an ideal moment to look back.Which is interesting because in fashion we rarely take the time to do it.We spend our time worrying about the suite.We are just wondering "good, and now?"For example, I have never seen a single since I made it.I watched it billions of times during editing, I attended all of its previews and then that's all.I didn't watch it again again.Ditto for nocturnal animals.Ditto for fashion.I rarely look back.Faced with family photos, we immediately say to ourselves: “Oh my God, yes: I remember.I remember who I was, what I was doing, what I thought.I remember such music, such parade, such a city where I lived."It was all the more cathartic and strange that Richard decided to leave us at this precise moment.In many ways, personal and professionals, it was really the end of a chapter - the end of a period of my life.
H.B.Now that you look back, are you surprised by certain things that happened during this period?