On selling sex: When I’m making an image of a woman, or dressing a woman—I have a reputation for sex and making a woman sexy, and men as well—but I don’t start out saying, “Oh, I’m gonna make this woman look sexy or sexual.” I simply stand there and put her in front of me and say, “What can I do to make her more beautiful in my eyes?
On the TF Woman: There isn’t a Tom Ford Woman. I mean there is a Tom Ford Woman, and she’s a woman who knows herself well, and who wears her clothes and her clothes don’t wear her. I don’t mean to say you always wear the same thing. You have a look. It changes, but you have a very defined sense of who you are in certain places, on certain occasions. I’m like that. I have a kind of uniform.
On his notorious bathing schedule: I do take a lot of baths a day. But there’s not a lot of rituals involved. I basically lie in hot water for an hour, and it’s not about cleanliness. It’s meditation. It’s really how I wake up in the mornings, how I relax from the day so that I can go out to dinner. I have to take a bath before I change my shirt and go out to dinner. And then when I come home, I take a bath to sort of unwind from dinner, or wherever I’ve been, so that I can go to sleep, or try to sleep.
On success: It has not [found me quickly]! I’m almost 50 years old. I’ve been a fashion designer for 25 years.
On Gucci and YSL: My last few collections for Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent were some of my best. They were beautiful, very well-made clothes and I am proud of them but I don’t think they came from a place of fun or joy. They came from discipline and determination. My earlier collections at Gucci came from a place of happiness because it was new to me