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Tom Ford on Failure, Babies, and Being Too Busy for Botox

In advance of his CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award, Tom Ford has been giving some highly entertaining interviews, and in today’s WWD, he sat down with Bridget Foley for a career prospectus full of typical Ford bon mots. He delivered everything from one-liners (he and longtime partner Richard Buckley tied the knot because they “didn’t want [their son] Jack to be a bastard”) to moving meditations on parenthood:

It has damaged — no, damaged is the wrong word. It has minimized my ambition a little bit, my ambition in business, my ambition in having a beautiful house. It has become the most important thing in my life. Everything else has had to recede, including my appearance. I don’t care about it. I care about being successful. I just don’t care about any of it as much. You can’t.

Ford also spoke candidly about his failures. “Oh God, I’ve had a couple of very bad collections. One I’d intended to show in the showroom and a particular French journalist called and made a huge deal of not having been invited. At the last minute, I decided I’d better do a show. I sent a collection down the runway that was a showroom collection. It didn’t hang together with a cohesive point of view. The concept that I launched with — that was a mistake. It failed.” Oh, and as for not caring about his appearance post-baby, he really means it: “I haven’t had a Botox injection or a filler. I haven’t had time.”

Tom Ford on Failure, Babies, and Botox