There's a lot of talk this week about controversial comments by menswear designer, writer and director Tom Ford in GQ. The profile by correspondent Taffy Akner is fascinating for a lot of other reasons.
Among them: Ford takes between three and five "power baths" a day starting at 6 a.m. What's a power bath, you ask? Not clear, but also "not quick," Akner tweets.
Also, he does not own sweatpants — ew — unless you count the "one pair of white sweatpants" he may wear to a London tennis club "since it's required, but no one on the street sees him because his driver pulls him right up to the club," she wrote.
Then there's the daily battle parents know all too well: dressing your kid for school. For Ford, it's elevated because his son has some strong opinions of his own.
While he lets Jack dress himself, Ford has already picked out everything.
He's just gotten out of a phase in which the only color he would wear was camel-"Camel, camel, camel, camel," Ford grouses, "all he wanted was camel"-a monochrome 2-year-old. Now all he wants to wear is black. "Jack," his father tells him, "black doesn't really look good on little children. You need to wear some color." Grudgingly, the toddler says, "Okay, gray." Ford throws up his hands and retrieves some gray.
Wait, there's more. Just what did Dada say about those light-up shoes?
A sore subject in the Ford household: Jack has some light-up dinosaur shoes, and sometimes he tries to wear them to school, and when Ford catches him doing this, he has to step in. "What does Dada say about the dinosaur shoes?" "They're tacky." "And when are we allowed to wear them?" "On weekends." And so the Velcro Stan Smiths go back on Jack's feet while he looks achingly at his light-ups, counting the days until they can have their brief, private, unphotographed moment in the sun.
Read on for his candid thoughts about Los Angelenos (eep, awkward!) and his new movie Nocturnal Animals.