Being a fashion designer is a dangerous business.
“I had a woman slap me one time because her shoe heel broke,” Tom Ford said Thursday at Vogue’s Forces of Fashion conference. “She took it so personally. I was standing in front of the Beverly Hills Hotel waiting to get into a car, and a woman came up and slapped me and said, ‘I bought your shoes and wore them to an event, and the heel broke and I looked like a complete fool.’ She thought I had decided to personally ruin her night by making that heel break. It was scary.”
Ford, who is also a critically acclaimed director with films like “Nocturnal Animals,” also discussed the effect of social media on fashion. “The things that photograph well on Instagram are maybe things that in real life can look a little silly,” he said. “It’s caused us to become slightly cartoonlike. You need that traffic quality, something that will read as an image. Less and less, we react to each other in a real way.”
He said Instagram “leaves you feeling ugly, fat, inadequate, dull, pathetic, sad. It makes you want to just jump off a building,” but, he said, “I like the ads! I buy a lot of things from them.”
Julianne Moore, who starred in Ford’s “A Single Man,” said she first met Ford in 1998 when she went to be fitted for an Oscars dress with her new baby. “The first thing Tom did was pick up my little boy, who’s now 21, and said, ‘I want one of these.’ ”