Tom Ford: Trump’s win made me want to move back to US ‘even more’
President Trump’s electoral victory reportedly contributed to fashion designer Tom Ford’s decision to move back to the U.S. from London.
“Oddly, it made me want to come back even more,” Ford told Women’s Wear Daily, which reported that the designer recently bought a house in Los Angeles.
“We have a tremendous number of people in this country who feel disenfranchised and clearly we are not relating to or speaking to them. I am at my core American, and it made me want to come back. It didn’t make me want to run away.”
Ford previously said he would not dress first lady Melania Trump. In an interview with Elle magazine, the designer clarified those comments, explaining that he believes the president and first lady should wear clothes made in America.
“I think that whoever is the President, or the First Lady, should be wearing clothes at a price point that are accessible to most Americans, and wearing clothes made in America,” he told he magazine. “My clothes are made in Italy, they’re very, very expensive. I don’t think most women or men in our country can relate to that, and I think the First Lady or the President should represent all people.”
In the interview with Women’s Wear Daily, Ford said Trump’s victory and its aftermath made him “feel more nationalistic.”
“I think when you sense that there is a divide in your country and that there are people who perhaps you’re not relating to, and that those of us who are fortunate enough to live in a world of very liberal human rights and privilege, it’s a wake-up call that we’re not addressing a big part of the country that does feel disenfranchised,” he explained.
“It made me feel more nationalistic, if anything. The whole country is not like New York and L.A. and the world that I am used to living in.”
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