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Tom Ford is tired of stylists who deliver "homogenous" looks for celebrity clients.
The designer, who previously served as creative director at Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent before founding his own brand in 2005, remains one of the biggest trendsetters in the fashion industry.
But while Ford loves to see stars in his outfits on the red carpet, in an interview with GQ magazine, he admitted he has a problem with many celebrity stylists.
"I wish they were a little less powerful, I have to say. There was a time in the '70s, for example, if you look at old Oscar pictures, before celebrities had stylists, and my God, people took even more risks. There were great things going down the red carpet then. I think sometimes there becomes a little bit of homogenisation, because it isn't even the stylist," he commented. "Before these men and women hit a red carpet, their agents weigh in on what they're doing, there's a stylist who weighs in, and things can become a little bit homogenised. I guess, when you asked my favourite celebrity to dress - it's the ones who really know themselves. And if they're working with a stylist, they assert themselves, or the stylist is kind of running around finding things that they asked them to find."
Ford went on to note that he prefers to work directly with celebrities, as they tend to take "much bigger risks" and enjoy experimenting with different looks.
"I like celebrities in general because they're unafraid of fashion. They need fashion. They need, when they walk down a red carpet, to get attention, so they're not afraid," the 60-year-old added.