Tom Ford is one of the more quotable men in fashion, so when he sat down to chat with Grazia‘s style director on Wednesday, he certainly had some interesting things to say. Highlights included how he first arrived in New York wearing Calvin Klein jeans (and how they “were maybe a bit tight” which “helped my career too”), London v. New York fashion, and his 25th anniversary with his Richard Buckley. But this quote on casual dressing was one of the best:
“I am actually extremely casual in certain environments, um, you know, in a city, one of the reasons I like living in London, I like the formality of it, as compared to the formality of America – or informality. I like putting on a suit. I like putting on a tie. When I’m in the country, I wear a T-shirt and jeans. If I’m going to the beach, I wear shorts, you know! There’s an appropriate thing. And I don’t mean everyone needs to wear a suit in London. But also when you’re in a public place with a lot of other people, you inflict yourself on them. We have these beautifully designed buildings and you’re thinking … and then, all these people who look like hell! There used to be this pride… if I’m going out in the world, I should make everything look as good as it can by looking my best, it’s a show of respect. Maybe a lot of you are thinking ‘oh he’s so full of it’, but this is how I feel, is that it’s a show of respect… um, to other people who have to look at you! You should try to look as good as you can look and help make the scenery look good.”
You go, Tom. Work those tight jeans.