For the March 2014 issue of Numéro Russia Tom Ford has teamed with André Leon Talley,Numéro Russia’s international editor at large. The duo worked together for the cover and a 14 pages fashion story that features the 70’s supermodel Pat Cleveland and South African model Conrad Bromfield dressed in looks from Ford’s spring women’s collection.
“There are two people of color on the cover looking provocative and elegant. And Pat must be 60 now, proving that fashion is not about age. It crashes through the boundaries of ageism.” said Talley about the new issue.
In an interview Tom Ford said : “I am happy to say that I am color blind, and I simply cast the two people that I most wanted to work with and who I find beautiful. Pat Cleveland is iconic, yet she is still completely current as a model. Her age is irrelevant because her aura and what she is able to bring to a shoot and project to the camera is ageless and timeless.”
“I photographed Conrad with her in somewhat sexual poses, and the two of them as a couple do not look remotely ridiculous together, despite their age difference. They look absolutely right and completely plausible because Pat is forever young in her mind — and I must say her body as well,” he said.
The magazine features also an interview with Ford in both Russian and English . The designer talks about wanting to make more movies, have more children — his son Jack is one year old — and launch home and underwear collections in addition to building up his women’s offer.