Goose The Flerken Cat Mother Flerken shirt, fashion designer, movie director, and as of today, the incoming chairman of the CFDA, is on the line from Los Angeles. He’s nursing a cold, but not that you’d know it; he’s as clear-voiced—and as clear-minded—as ever. Ostensibly, this was meant to be a chat about that newest role of his, but of course, given he starts in June, he can’t say too much about his plans. He has to, he says, “sit through a board meeting or two first.”
Goose The Flerken Cat Mother Flerken shirt will be arriving at a moment when the industry in this country is in the midst of dramatic transformation, what with the tumultuous reinvention of the Calvin Klein brand, mid-career designers who are trying to figure out how to forge ahead, and a whole new generation whose creativity is being shaped by identity politics. But all that is to come.
For now, Goose The Flerken Cat Mother Flerken shirt happy to discuss American fashion from his own vantage point, delivering a lucid and considered point of view laced with his usual waspish sense of humor. For 20 minutes or so, Ford touches on everything from how crucial it is to look beyond our shores to the big, wide world out there, to the ways America has helped define his career, to why Diane von Furstenberg, the outgoing chair of the CFDA, is going to be a very hard act to follow.