by Darian Dawkins
It was quite an inspiring week in the world of fashion; one of the biggest names in the industry was honored with quite a prestigious award. On Thursday, October 29 in Los Angeles, Tom Ford was recognized with the Award of Inspiration at the amfAR’s Fifth Annual Inspiration Gala, a celebration of men’s style. Presented by Rihanna, a famous fashonista, Tom Ford was not only recognized for his everlasting contribution to menswear, but more importantly, his immense dedication to the fight against AIDS. Surrounded by and toasted by the likes of amfAR’s chairman, Kenneth Cole, and global fundraising chairman Sharon Stone, Ford had only this to humbly say to style.com:
"I’m going to say this when I get onstage, but I’m a little self-conscious about this award because the most inspiring thing for me is the men and women who devote their lives to eradicating HIV and AIDS, so an inspiration award to me is really for them."
Ford gave a riveting speech urging younger people not to forget the fight against AIDS, while recalling what he and his husband, Richard Buckley, a fashion journalist and LGBT activist of 28 years, went through watching the majority of their friends pass form AIDS during the plight of its epidemic in the 90’s.
The night ended on a much lighter with Ford surrounded by some of his closest admirers who had made AIDS donations including Gwyneth Paltrow, who hosted, and Miley Cyrusm who donated $500,000 to an AIDS research foundation. Others in attendance had very fond words for Ford including Milla Jovovich who was quoted saying: “I’m always looking for the white Gucci dresses with the cutouts on eBay,” referring to her favorite Ford collection from the 90’s. Rose McGowan mentioned that she owned seven of the designer’s tuxedos saying: “He can cut.” Dits Von Teese said that Ford’s unique brand of femininity resonates most with her own aesthetic, “he speaks to a lot of sexuality and eroticism in his work which I love.” All in all, it was quite a memorable night in the fashion world.