Tom Ford Talks Family & Fashion in NYC

Mimi ON May 10, 2012 AT 2:03 pm

Tom Ford

Interesting facts about Tom Ford that we found out courtesy of the 92Y and WWD in New York last night.

1. Ford is a Virgo and rather into his astrology stating,

“In fashion there’s a lot of Virgos — Stella McCartney, Karl Lagerfeld, Carine Roitfeld. There are lots of us. I think to really obsess over a millimeter on a shoe heel, it helps to be a Virgo.”

2. When he was 7 years old Ford carried around a briefcase! Ever the stylish man even at an early age, he thought rucksacks “looked messy”. However, sadly his classmates didn’t have the same sartorial foresight as Ford and bullied him for carrying it around, threw rocks at him and slashed his bike tyres!

3. One of his proudest fashion moments was when Gwyneth Paltrow wore that white Oscar dress with the built in cape.

Gwyneth Paltrow '12 in Tom Ford

3. He does not carry a mobile phone because he “lives on the internet”.

 ”I am on the computer eight hours a day. I feel like if something really happens, somebody is going to get to me. I want to be looking and living and engaged. It’s just a personal thing and I can’t stand to talk to someone on a cell phone.”

4. He has a B.A in Environmental Design

5. Meeting his life partner, Richard Buckley, was so romantic it may as well have been a storyline from a film. Having first spotted Buckley at a fashion show, Ford immediately knew that he was the one – but got scared and bolted. And then 10 days later. . . Ford went

 ”to pick up some clothes at Women’s Wear Daily. Richard was…at Women’s Wear Daily…He was standing on the roof — I’m telling this from Richard’s vantage point now — and someone asked if he was seeing anyone. He said, “No, there was this guy I had seen at a fashion show” and at that moment the elevator door opened and there I was. Richard jumps in the elevator and he’s practically tap dancing.…We had three dates. We were living together four weeks later; he gave me the keys to his apartment and we have lived together ever since.”


6. He takes four or five baths a day as it relaxes him.

“If I’m sending e-mails and I get all wound up and stressed and don’t know what to do with myself for 20 minutes. I just go soak in hot water and lie there, thinking, “What should I do?” So it’s meditative.”

7. He left New York because it overstimulates him.

“At this stage in my life I feel as though…you probably notice maybe not that I close my eyes a lot when I talk because I get overstimulated. Everything is so stimulating in New York. Even when I was trying to sleep, I could feel the vibration.”

8. He didn’t feel comfortable being a child, he always wanted to hang out with the adults, listen to them talk, and mix a few cocktails!

9. Ford wants the fairytale happy ending – kids and marriage.

I would absolutely get married to Richard [Buckley.] I have always wanted children, but I think I’d better get busy soon because I still want to be able to pick them up.

10. In another life he would be a cosmetic surgeon because its “architectural.”

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