Oscar-contending film being celebrated, it was Tom Ford, the guest of honor at amfAR’s fifth annual Inspiration Gala, a celebration of men’s style. Presented with the evening’s Award of Inspiration by Rihanna, Ford was toasted by the likes of amfAR chairman Kenneth Cole and global fundraising chairman Sharon Stone, first for his enduring contributions to menswear, but more important, for his unwavering commitment to fighting the ongoing AIDS crisis.
The Hollywood Hills seemed like a fitting backdrop for the honoree, who recently announced that he’ll be showing his Fall ’15 collection in Los Angeles instead of London next year to better accommodate the Oscars.
Milk Studios was packed with Ford’s celebrity admirers, including host Gwyneth Paltrow, Lea Michele, January Jones, and Eddie Redmayne. “I’m always looking for the white Gucci dresses with the cutouts on eBay,” Milla Jovovich said, alluding to a favorite Ford collection from the ’90s, while Rose McGowan revealed that she owns seven of the designer’s tuxedos. “He can cut,” McGowan said. For Dita Von Teese, it’s Ford’s unique brand of femininity that resonates most with her own aesthetic. “He speaks to a lot of sexuality and eroticism in his work, which I love.”