Tom Ford signing his products“I AM my own muse,” declares the ever-modest Tom Ford, who just last week unveiled an ambitious expansion plan – citing London as a key target – to see his eponymous brand go global within the next twelve months. Ford left Gucci, the house he revolutionised by whipping its catwalks into a sexual frenzy perfectly suited to the mood of the Nineties, three years ago with a healthy £125 million in the bank, which he has invested in his new menswear line. Focussing on the very best in luxury tailoring inspired by “all the guys I know, all my friends, who can’t find anything to wear”, Ford is already thinking about launching a line of womenswear to compliment his new aesthetic of exclusivity. But things weren’t always so high-end for the iconic designer. “One night, I was sitting in my room, thinking, ‘God, please let someone knock on the door’, because I was so lonely,” Ford tells Observer Woman, recalling his days at New York University. “Then this nice guy from my art history class came in and asked if I wanted to go to a party. Andy Warhol was at the party, and he took us to Studio 54 – wow. Even today, I still start shaking when I hear Donna Summer because it’s the music of my coming of age. Every party I have, if I’m not careful, I end up putting that music on and whirling some girl around the dancefloor.”


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