In an interview with Lisa Eisner on the Bergdorf Goodman blog, Tom Ford got all catty when talking about Princess Beatrice. “I’ll probably get in trouble for saying this,” he said, “but at the royal wedding, one of the princesses wore a now-very-famous (or infamous) Philip Treacy hat — that hat wore her. Now, Isabella Blow, a woman those of us in fashion knew well . . . had she worn the same hat, it would have looked great.” WHATEVER, TOM. STFU. Why are you picking on a 23-year-old girl? Yes, Isabella wore hats with incredible style, but she was a middle-aged woman who spent a lifetime in the fashion industry, surrounded by tastemakers and fashion revolutionaries. Give Princess Beatrice a chance to grow. Let her test her wings. Let her push some boundaries. Maybe in 20 or 30 years she WILL be another Isabella Blow-type character. But if you chop her off at the knees now, if you discourage her from taking risks, she may never get the chance. She may become just another royal frump and what a dreary world that would be. I want more for her. Princess Beatrice was on the right track with that hat, as far as I’m concerned. It was brilliant and so is she. And I hope she becomes the BIGGEST FASHION ICON OF ALL TIME – bigger than Isabella Blow, Daphne Guinness, and Lady Gaga COMBINED – so that you, Tom Ford, you big bully, will have to grovel on your knees to have her as a client.
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