Tom Ford Debuts New Collection, Says Male Designers Are More 'Objective' Than Female Designers

It's a question that's been asked time after time: Why are there so many more male womenswear designers than female? The prospect sounds counterintuitive--but Tom Ford just may have a valid explanation.
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It's a question that's been asked time after time: Why are there so many more male womenswear designers than female? The prospect sounds counterintuitive--but Tom Ford just may have a valid explanation.
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It's a question that's been asked time after time: Why are there so many more male womenswear designers than female? The prospect sounds counterintuitive--but Tom Ford just may have a valid explanation.

The famously press-shy designer spoke to Vogue UK following his spring runway show last night in London, where he addressed the dearth of women designing for women.

"I do think that perhaps people are subjective. I find this about myself when I'm designing menswear: You're very conscious of your own things. Like, 'I don't look good in white, so I prefer to design in black' and 'I don't wear this, or I can't wear that.' I think as a woman, you might not be able to liberate your mind as easily as a man who appreciates women but isn't caught up in the individual obsessive things that all of us have about our bodies or what we want to hide. So I think maybe men are able to be more objective."

New dad Ford, who welcomed son Alexander with his longtime partner Richard Buckley a year ago next week, also disclosed how fatherhood has changed his views on fashion--subtly hinting at his, shall we say, altered mind state while designing his mixed-reviewed fall collection. "I think [fatherhood] might have [affected my design aesthetic] the first season, only because I had been up all night for three months!" he said cheekily. "Maybe I was thinking in a different way than I am now, now that things are a little more settled."

So if his infant didn't play muse to his new collection (which was abundant in sexy sheer fabric and leather so, yeah, he definitely didn't), who did? "[She's] powerful, powerful, powerful, POWERFUL! She could snap your neck with her thighs!" he told the glossy. "I was looking a lot at models from the '70s, and even models from the late '80s. Those supermodels, who are my friends--Elle Macpherson, Linda Evangelista..." he trailed off, before adding, with a smile, "[Vogue UK EIC] Alex Schulman." Never change, Tom Ford. Never change.

Catch the entire interview below, which includes a look at Ford's spring 2014 runway show at London Fashion Week--then click through the gallery to see every piece from the collection.