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Today, in the longest WWD interview of all time, Tom Ford touched on his new direction for the long-awaited return to the runway (recall the collection was bright, furry, and brighter) and the decision to open up his shows:
A lot of the things I did—it's not going to sound anything but egotistical—if I'm lucky and I did the right thing, they will be at Zara way before I can get them in the store and I don't like that. [But] my company has gone to a point where I can no longer service the global markets that I need to service by doing one-on-one presentations.
His latest looks aren't super translatable for the Zara customer (i.e. people with average wallets). They're for Rihanna, or "that kind of person who can pull off matching hot-pink boots, skirt and jacket, and patchwork multimaterials" and for "a lot of 25-year-olds who are married to someone really rich or are the daughters of someone really rich. They're our customer, and they'll look great in them." You don't make this listicle for no reason.
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