Tom Ford may be preparing to show his latest menswear offering as part of London Collections: Men for the first time this week, but that hasn't stopped him whipping up excitement for his forthcoming womenswear show.
As we confirmed back in December, Ford is set to present his first-ever large scale catwalk show at London Fashion Week in February, eschewing his previous preference for private presentations that banned photography. Now the 52-year-old designer has spoken out about his plans for the show, saying it's "going to be for 500 to 1,000 people. Photographers, bloggers - a regular, real show."
Speaking in this weekend's Times Magazine , Ford added that his decision to shift format was down to the vast expansion of Tom Ford stores around the world. "The company has jumped and I can no longer service the stores by not showing. So I have to love it and embrace it," he explained.
As for his decision to show in London, Ford admitted that it was down to personal reasons more than anything. "I hope it works here [in London], because my dream goal is to raise my children here," he said, referring to his newborn son with long-term partner Richard Buckley, Alexander John, and hinting that plans to add to their brood are afoot.
"I'm very old fashioned, When I was little, I was brought up to say, 'Hello, Mr Ford', 'Hello Mrs so-and-so', 'Sir and ma'am'. I want that for my children," he added. "I'm only here 180 days [of the year], but I like the humour, the formality, the manners, the irreverence in England."