Tom Ford published a statement explaining the thinking behind his spring/summer 2015 ready-to-wear collection. The designer discusses his inspirations, how he finds criticism of his jeweled pasties amusing and why Rihanna's see-through CFDA Awards dress was a better choice than one of his own designs.
Ford began his statement by saying he finds inspiration in many glamorous icons of the past, including Mata Hari, Greta Garbo and Ursula Andress, and he was encouraged to return to the provocative clothes that made him his name in the '90s.
The designer goes on to say that his criticized pasties were a deliberate tribute to "very young women who have the bodies to pull it off ... as in the case of Miley Cyrus or even a dress that leaves nothing at all to the imagination as worn by Rihanna to the CFDA awards in New York this past summer."
Ford continued to pay tribute to Rihanna's infamous, transparent beaded gown by American designer, Adam Selman, by expressing his sincerest thoughts:
"I was at the CFDA awards as I was receiving a 'Lifetime Achievement Award' [which I prefer to think of as a 'Mid Life Achievement Award'], and I have to say that Rihanna was for me, that night, one of the most beautiful women that I have ever beheld," he writes. "I had designed several things for her specifically for that evening which she did not wear, but when I saw her it did not matter. I whispered into her ear that she was right not to have worn one of my dresses that night because she looked more beautiful than I have ever seen her look. She was stunning. As [husband] Richard [Buckley] said plainly after the evening, 'If you are as beautiful as Rihanna, you almost owe it to the world to appear in public almost nude' and I have to say that I wholeheartedly concur."
Rihanna replied to Ford via Twitter very simply and sweetly:
— Rihanna (@rihanna) November 4, 2014
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