TALKING TOM: In anticipation of his upcoming ready to wear show in Los Angeles, CNBC sat down with Tom Ford for an interview that will air Thursday at 10 p.m. GMT, and on CNBC networks in the US and Asia Pacific. The segment is part of a series called ‘The CNBC Conversation,” and Ford talks to interviewer Tania Bryer about topics ranging from his Texas childhood to his feelings about Yves Saint Laurent, who wrote him “harsh” letters at the time he was creative director of the fashion house. He also talks about spiraling into depression and his mid-life crisis.

In the 30-minute interview, Bryer also asks Ford about John Galliano’s return to fashion. “He’s a terrific designer, a real, true designer. This is his life. I’m happy he’s been given a second chance.” He also plumps for his pal Julianne Moore, who is a best-actress nominee for her role in “Still Alice” at this year’s Oscars. “I really hope she wins, she deserves it.,” he says. Ford also chats about current business trends: His sales have gone up in Russia as a result of more locals staying home, while parts of Africa are becoming “quite important” for luxury.

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