Tom Ford has explained his decision to show in LA next season to all those Londoners up in fashion arms about his "abandonment" of our fair capital. Keep calm and carry on, the Texan says, it is merely a convenient sartorial vacation.
"I love London, and I am not abandoning London Fashion Week," the designer told WWD. "It's a one time thing, it made sense for me, and I plan to be back in September."
Ford - who has previously expressed his dislike for red-carpet dressing, asserting: "It's not a creative process, dressing actresses for the Oscars" - planned the switch to coincide with the Academy Awards. February's Fashion Week schedule begins a week early next year, meaning that the Oscars will take place during LFW, making it impossible for Ford to make his usual trip to the Awards to dress his chosen starlet and dapper gentlemen.
Ford has previously dressed actresses including Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Lawrence for the Oscars and its after parties.