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Coming to a newsstand near you: V's January issue, featuring Julia Restoin Roitfeld, progeny of ex-Vogue-Paris-editor Carine Roitfeld, dressed in Tom Ford—who guest-edited the December issue of VP which was, according to sources, the final-straw-reason for Carine's departure from the magazine.
Julia: What made you decide that this was the season to return to fashion?
Tom: I told myself that I would not come back to ?women’s fashion until I felt I had something new to say. I feel that fashion has become too serious and that the actual customer’s needs have not really been addressed. Fashion needs to make one happy. It is a luxury and should enhance one’s quality of life.
Julia: What inspired your collection?
Tom: Real clothes for real women. I want to concentrate on my real customer. That’s why I showed idealized versions of her—different women of different ages. It was about individuality, different body types, women who have their own style.
Julia: What do you think fashion needs more of right now?
Tom: Spontaneity. Fashion needs to be more fun.
Julia: What personality traits does the Tom Ford woman possess?
Tom: My customer has her own sense of style and knows herself well. My goal is to help women become the best version of themselves.
Julia: What is your favorite piece from the collection?
Tom: I love every piece. That is like asking someone which one of their children is their favorite.
Julia: Outside fashion, what are you looking forward to this spring?
Tom: I have to say more fashion. I love what I am doing right now and can’t wait to start the next collection.
Julia: What was the last thing that made you laugh?
Tom: I laugh a good bit so that is a hard question. I suppose a phone call I just had with Richard [Buckley] five minutes ago made me laugh pretty hard. He has a wicked sense of humor
Julia: What’s your New Year’s resolution?
Tom: I don’t have one. I believe in living life the way that you want to live it every day, and if you do that you don’t really need to have New Year’s resolutions.
· V magazine [Official Site]