Tom Ford addressed the crowd Monday night at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund awards. A legend in his own right, Ford was speaking from a place of mentorship to the class of fashion’s rising seniors. Sitting before him were this year’s first place winners Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne of Public School, along with runner-ups Juan Carlos Obando, Marc Alary, and many of fashion’s most prominent players.
“Believe in what you do,” he told them. “If you don’t believe in it, no one will.”
Fashionista listed Ford’s definitive guide to succeeding in this industry. His words were directed to those who design — “know your ideal client…your fantasy muse,” for example — but the underlying advice in each point he made is something everyone can learn from. He spoke honestly and truthfully. In reading through all fourteen transcribed bullets one immediately gets the sense that for a man who creates beautiful clothing he has no intention to sugarcoat reality for others. But he did make sure to point out the wonderful things about fashion and designing, to note that it’s not all tough trails and no reward.
He encouraged kindness and thankfulness. He stressed the importance of family, and keeping friends and good people around.
“You have a voice that can influence contemporary culture as much or more than anything else,” Tom Ford told the young designers — and the veterans — and all of us, really. “If you love what you do, there’s nothing like the rush of having a great idea and then seeing it created.”
Who else feels inspired?
[Tom Ford's Definitive Guide on How to Make It in Fashion via Fashionista], Image via The-Talks.com