By Andrea Petrou on July 28th, 2011
Tom Ford had a “terrible time” at the end of his reign at Gucci.
The 49-year-old designer – who gained international notoriety for turning around the fortunes of the Italian fashion house – left the luxury label in 2004, and admitted he quickly became “bored” after being used to the fast-paced nature of the clothing industry.
He said: “I had a terrible time at the end of Gucci. But most intelligent people need to take time to reflect on where they are with their lives. I was going to play golf. But even though I was pretty good as a kid, I was just awful as an adult.
“I quickly became bored. I needed something to do. I woke up on holiday one day in Mustique and said to my partner, ‘I want to do womenswear again. I want to do my own collection.’
Tom – who launched his self-titled brand in April 2005 – explained he has learned from his experience at Gucci, but it has made it “impossible” for him to do anything on a small scale.
He added to Grazia magazine: “Having worked at Gucci, it’s impossible for me to do anything in a small way. If I am thinking about the Tom Ford woman and wondering what she will wear, I am also wondering what she’ll smell like, what her lipstick will be, what her boyfriends are wearing, what her accessories are.
“I am already thinking about how her home will look, what linen she’ll sleep in. I need a few seasons to get everything working like clockwork, and then you’ll see. There’s more to come.”