GO & A
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