“I struggle with the fact that I helped create this contemporary consumer culture. And at the same time, I’m repulsed by it, disturbed by it. The reality is we are all actual humans, we live in a material world where material beauty brings us a certain level of enjoyment in our lives, but we can’t let it overtake that. …

You love pretty things, but the most important things in your life are not the pretty things, I would suspect, [but] the people. …

I think in our material culture—not to use the world ‘throwaway’ too much, but we do. This isn’t working, go get rid of it. That person isn’t working, you fire them. If it’s your husband or wife, divorce them. Because we’re told in our culture that if you have all of these material things, you’re going to be happy.”

—Designer Tom Ford speaking to Vanity Fair on September 13 about helping “create” consumer culture and why he’s repulsed and disturbed by it.