​tom ford is over his perfectionist phase

The ageless menswear designer has revealed how his grooming, sartorial and interior design sensibilities have taken a (baby-shaped) chill pill.

by Charlotte Gush
15 June 2015, 3:40pm

tom and john ford, photography terry richardson.

"When I got up this morning I was going to trim my beard because I knew I was having this interview and I needed to look good," Tom Ford explained in an interview with the Evening Standard. "It's going quite grey, which I sometimes camouflage with Just For Men beard dye - do not put that in the article! - and I just didn't even have the energy," he revealed.

The designer who once said his obsessive perfectionism was bordering on a mental illness describes how these little details that used to matter so much have ceased to have a hold over him since he became a father. "Our house is covered in plastic toys; I cannot believe it!" he laughs, "I mean, I used to just live for decorating. Our houses were flawless. I think for some gay men, their houses become their children. It was that case for me, but I just don't care as much anymore. I have moments where I think, 'Oh shit!' It's not exactly a pigsty, but it's not as immaculate." Describing his work space etiquette, Ford says, "I would never normally have papers on my desk if I knew a journalist was coming. There would be more flowers. Somebody would have spritzed perfume around. But I just don't care."

On his own appearance, the designer famous for his sexy, perfectly polished fashion creations exclaims, "This old dirty suit! I literally just pick up the suit from the night before and put it on. I used to make more of an effort in the mornings but I don't any more." We reckon Tom Ford's 'I woke up like this' look is still hitting Beyoncé levels of #flawless though.



Photography Terry Richardson, Styling Vivienne Westwood. [The Man and Beast Issue, No. 211, July 2001]

Tom Ford
Evening Standard