He is fresh off a BFA nomination for “Designer Brand of the Year” and was also ostensibly being interviewed about his new full beauty collection–which is set to debut any day now–but the conversation veered towards his womenswear line, filmmaking, and his thoughts on how women age and how they should dress. Here are some of his best quotes, but we recommend that you read the whole article (the interviewer’s cheeky asides are super amusing):
On makeup, shoes, and dressing in drag:
Have you noticed how much make-up girls are wearing these days? It’s because it’s cheaper than buying clothes. I love beauty products. At Gucci I’d spend days working with a make-up artist getting the show to look right. I was never drawn to walking in women’s shoes that’s maybe why some of them hurt. I never had a desire to wear the clothes. I’m probably the only man in England who doesn’t want to dress in drag. But make-up? That I’m serious about.
On why he jumped back into the womens wear fashion “system” he once professed to loathe:
Because I’m not Doing The Fashion System. I don’t do shows. I don’t have reviews. I’m not putting the clothes on every celebrity so that by the time they reach the store the customers are sick of seeing them.
On trying all his pieces on his PR assistant and Carine Roitfeld:
If they don’t wear it, it doesn’t go into production. It’s not about youth. Ninety per cent of looking good is about being slim and limber–and how you move around.
On older women wearing his clothes:
You get older, and your customers get older with you. Or some of them do. Some of them are still running around shopping for really trendy stuff and that can look a bit ridiculous. But others want a kind of grown-up dressing that isn’t always out there. At a certain age the skin on the legs begins to change texture, and you have to start watching what happens to the skin on your back in a revealing dress.
On the wall of nude male portraits in his office:
At least I’m an equal opportunity ‘objectifier.’
And at least you say a lot of really interesting things. Never stop talking to us, Tom Ford.