By  on January 12, 2005

NEW YORK — A Tom and Dom return engagement? It could happen sooner rather than later.

In a phone interview from his Los Angeles office, Tom Ford on Tuesday acknowledged that he is working on a design project unrelated to fashion, and that he’s doing so in collaboration with Domenico De Sole.

Ford was unwilling to reveal details of the project other than to say, “absolutely, Domenico and I are involved in discussions together.”

He did, however, shed some light on what the concept is not. “I am working on some things that have nothing to do with ready-to-wear, and I’m not ready to announce anything.”

Ford insisted that an Italian press report Tuesday heralding his and De Sole’s return to fashion for spring 2006, possibly in partnership with Aeffe for women’s and Zegna for men’s, “is absolutely, completely 150 percent untrue — and I’m not lying.

“I have never met with anyone from Aeffe. I have never talked with anyone from Aeffe,” Ford continued. “It is unfounded and untrue.” Aeffe officials also denied the report in the Italian papers.

Ford would not comment on rumors that De Sole has a consulting deal with the Zegna family. 

That said, Ford and De Sole are again in cahoots. And apparently, there have been plenty of opportunities to discuss things. “I can’t say that I miss him, because I see him all the time,” Ford noted of his once, and possibly future, partner. “We talk all the time, and we e-mail constantly — we’ve both learned how to do it.”

The two got together as recently as last week, and will meet up in Aspen, Colo., next week for a ski trip. 

While Ford would not divulge a timetable for an announcement, he conceded that when and if a new Ford-De Sole project goes public, it may be just the prelude. “If I reenter fashion, it would only be with Domenico,” he said. “I have to say I miss fashion a lot. I miss designing. I love it. I miss the rush. I didn’t think I would, so it just proves how turned off and tired I was.”But ever the provocateur, Ford threw out a caveat du mode: “I do miss it, but I have no intention of returning and doing it in the same way.”

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