GO & A

GQ (Australia) - - SOURCE -

GQ: You were into fash­ion and clothes from a very young age. Is Jack the same? TF: I went down­stairs yes­ter­day and Jack was sit­ting there fully dressed. He’d got­ten up and dressed him­self per­fectly. It was kind of the be­gin­ning of a new era. ‘Wow, OK,’ I joked with him. ‘Fine, you can fix my break­fast from now on, be­cause you got up and got your­self dressed.’ He was so proud of him­self: ‘I got dressed. I got my right shoes. Is it all on right?’ I said, ‘Yes, it’s per­fect. You’re per­fectly dressed.’ GQ: Does he dress well?

TF: I don’t know. You’re sup­posed to let your kids in­di­vid­u­ate, let them choose their own clothes, do all those kinds of things. He def­i­nitely puts his own clothes to­gether. He’s gone through dif­fer­ent phases with dif­fer­ent colours that he was crazy about. I haven’t said a word to him and he’s now de­cided his favourite colour is black. It was red not so long ago, ev­ery­thing he had was red. And now, all of a sud­den, he only wants to wear grey and black, which I don’t un­der­stand. I keep telling him that just be­cause I wear black doesn’t mean he needs to wear black... I can’t tell whether he’s go­ing to be in­ter­ested in fash­ion or whether he’s just as­sert­ing him­self as an in­di­vid­ual. GQ: Do you, Richard and Jack still call Lon­don home?

TF: We’ve been liv­ing in Lon­don, but this year, we’re go­ing to be liv­ing the school year in Los An­ge­les – so we took Jack out of his Bri­tish school and he’s go­ing to go to school in LA. We’re go­ing to spend a year in LA in the sun and out of the rain and see how we like

that... I love Lon­don, it’s been al­most 18 years that we’ve been there, but, se­ri­ously, for some rea­son, this past year or two, I’ve re­alised that I don’t feel very well there – it’s the weather, the grey. I love the cul­ture, I love the peo­ple, I’ve been very happy there, but right now, I can’t take the weather any longer. GQ: Why? What’s changed?

TF: When I drank a lot it didn’t bother me be­cause I slept a lot in the day – I worked at night, I was out at night. Lon­don at night in the rain is beau­ti­ful, you’ve got so much light­ing and it’s re­flect­ing off the wet street. It’s shiny and peo­ple are out and about, mov­ing around. It’s not re­motely de­press­ing at night in the rain. In the day­time, it’s just... I don’t drink. The weather makes you un­der­stand why it’s a coun­try of al­co­holics be­cause it just makes you want to crawl in next to a fire with a bot­tle of scotch. I don’t do that any­more, so I’ve found it un­bear­able. GQ: You should move here, then. Have you ever been to Aus­tralia? TF: I haven’t and I know I need to go. GQ: Of course the other thing about the UK at the mo­ment is the fall­out from Brexit, which has left a dark cloud of an­other sort over the coun­try. How have you found that? TF: Ob­vi­ously, I was very sur­prised like, I think, most peo­ple. It never oc­curred to me that it would hap­pen. It will be in­ter­est­ing to see how it af­fects ev­ery­one, be­cause my of­fice in Lon­don is half-pop­u­lated by Ital­ians. There are prob­a­bly 60 peo­ple in that of­fice, and we move mer­chan­dise in and out ev­ery day, back and forth to Italy. It will be re­ally in­ter­est­ing to see how it ac­tu­ally im­pacts life and im­pacts busi­ness. Will it be ne­go­ti­ated in a way that there isn’t that much of a change? I don’t think any­one knows yet. GQ: So the un­think­able hap­pened in the UK, and the un­think­able is on the hori­zon in the US. Can you imag­ine Don­ald Trump as Pres­i­dent? TF: I ab­so­lutely can­not – I’d be em­bar­rassed to call my­self an Amer­i­can if that hap­pens. It’s shock­ing that things got to this state, with some­one with so lit­tle un­der­stand­ing of the po­lit­i­cal sys­tem and how it works. It’s ap­palling. GQ: Have you ever met Trump?

TF: I have, at din­ner par­ties. GQ: What did you make of him?

TF: I sat across the ta­ble from him and his wife – both very charm­ing at a din­ner party. We’re not go­ing to go very deep into this con­ver­sa­tion... GQ: Right. As a Demo­crat, are you happy with Hil­lary Clin­ton?

TF: Of course, I love Hil­lary. Rarely has some­one been so qual­i­fied to be Pres­i­dent. I would be very happy to have Hil­lary as Pres­i­dent. [And] I love Barack Obama – I think peo­ple will look back at his

pres­i­dency and re­alise what a great Pres­i­dent he was. GQ: Can you ever see your­self en­ter­ing pol­i­tics?

TF: No, I don’t think so. I would like to think I could be­cause I cer­tainly have a strong moral back­bone. But I wouldn’t have the stom­ach for that. I don’t know why any­one would want to be Pres­i­dent – it’s so in­va­sive. What you have to go [through] to be a pub­lic fig­ure, a politi­cian, it’s ruth­less and bru­tal. GQ: There are lots of skele­tons in Mr Trump’s closet.

TF: I keep hop­ing and wish­ing some­one would pull them out, but you know the scary thing is that no one cares, no mat­ter what he does. He says the most ab­surd things and you’d think that would have been the end of most politi­cians. Some­body said he’s liv­ing in the post-re­al­ity pe­riod, the post-truth, the post­fac­tual, that Trump in­hab­its a post-fac­tual uni­verse – and it’s true. It’s like he can just say things that aren’t even true and his rat­ings go up. It’s ap­palling. GQ: We’re liv­ing in a strange world at the mo­ment where that’s ac­cept­able cul­ture. TF: We’re reap­ing what we’ve sown, I’m afraid. The dumb­ing down of Amer­i­can cul­ture is what is yield­ing this. It’s telling us a lot about where we are as a cul­ture. GQ: It’s been 10 years since you started your epony­mous brand. Can you be­lieve it? TF: Some­times it seems like it’s so long that I can’t be­lieve it’s only been 10 years. Some­times I for­get and think we’re liv­ing in 2006. I feel like I just lost a decade some­where. It’s like, ‘Where did the decade go?’ GQ: So, what’s next? TF: I just want to have more of what I have. And more time. I’m very happy do­ing what I do. Of course more films, more suc­cess with my fash­ion busi­ness and more time with Jack. I just hope to have more time to have the things that I have. n Noc­tur­nal An­i­mals is in cine­mas Novem­ber 10. Tom Ford is avail­able at Har­rolds; har­rolds.com.au

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