Tom Ford Calls Americans and Londoners 'Too Fat'
But the controversial designer says, "I find it refreshing that everyone Chinese is slim.”
Designer Tom Ford is in hot water after making frank remarks regarding the Asian physique, as compared to Americans and Europeans.
When asked by Time Out Hong Kong whether his new spring summer collection would fit everybody, he responded, “If we have to talk about things like this, Americans are too fat. And in London they are starting to get fat too. So I have to say that if we have to talk about race system and nationalism, I find it refreshing that everyone Chinese is slim.”
The designer hired Asian models Liu Wen, Du Juan and Rinko in his latest runway show, expressing his desire to “represent a multicultural cast.”
“What I really wanted to do at that show was to show different types of women,” he says. “Women with curvy body types, Rachel Feinstein and Lauren Hutton who’s 70 years old. Then of course I also wanted to mix in some models because I wanted a range of body types.”
This is hardly the first time a designer has publicly stated an opinion on larger body types. Earlier this month, Lady Gaga’s stylist and newly minted Mugler designer Nicola Formichetti was quoted in W as saying:
“I was only used to dressing models and skinny kids. And I turned up and it was, like, three fat guys. I just left. That was the last time I tried to work with fat people. I think one of them was Ali G’s brother. It was so ghetto.”
Formichetti later took to his Facebook page to cry misquote. “I know I should just leave it but… I really hate when writers just write whatever they want… ‘I don’t work with fat people…’ Why would someone say such a thing?!” he wrote. The designer also posted various photos from V Magazine of plus-size shoots he had styled.
You can read Ford’s complete interview here, in which he also discusses John Galliano and various issues of racism.