"Women have turned themselves into these bubble-butted, grapefruit-titted, bloated-mouthed cyberbitches. I'm just not into that," comments the always-cheeky & eminently soundbite'able Tom Ford in the January 2011 issue of Harper's Bazaar about the currently abysmal state of sexy affairs. Which doesn't apply to Ford himself: never has he looked more sleek - at 49 (!) - now that he's a good 12 pounds lighter thanks to newfound sobriety. "There was a mega cocktail culture through my whole career...But I realized I wasn't drinking to relax; I was drinking to escape. That's why I saw a therapist, to see exactly what I was trying to escape from." The conclusion? "I was trying to escape from boring goddamned industry dinner parties, which I don't go to anymore."
During the Spring 2011 shows in September, Ford debuted his exclusive new womenswear line- his first since he exited YSL in 2004 - at his Madison Avenue menswear boutique; models who walked included gal pals Julianne Moore, Lisa Eisner, Rita Wilson, Marisa Berenson, Lauren Hutton, Daphne Guinness, and Beyonce. Taking the opposite approach to IMG and their all-comers-welcome spon$orfest Fashion Week, Ford prohibited cameras and even camera-phones. "There's no reason people all over the world need to see your clothes 45 minutes after they're on the runway...By the time it's in stores, you're bored with it, it's overexposed, and my consumer doesn't want to wear the same jacket she just saw on so-and-so from some TV show."
- Lesley Scott
("runway" photos - Terry Richardson)