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George Christy Talks About Tom Ford, The Breast Cancer Research Fund, Evelyn Lauder and more!

Tom Ford joined supporters at the dinner for “An Unforgettable Evening” held at The Beverly Wilshire. Monies were raised for the Women’s Cancer Research Fund.
Honoree Gabrielle Union
Honoree Kate Hudson with Danny Fujikawa
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Posted Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 5:26 pm

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Tom Ford the Conqueror.

Architect, couturier, film producer, director, screenwriter. And a long-time supporter of women’s cancer research.

Oops, let’s not forget he rescued the House of Gucci from bankruptcy after joining the firm in 1990.

Years later, Gucci ranked the 38th most valuable brand with the company valued at over $12 billion with sales of $4.7 billion. A global contender and fashion empire.

Tom was among the honorary chairs at ‘An Unforgettable Evening’ at The Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, benefiting the Women’s Cancer Research Fund, a program of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) launched by Evelyn Lauder in 1992.

It was Evelyn who immortalized the pink ribbon as the symbol for breast cancer awareness.

Evelyn’s husband, Leonard Lauder, paid for the cost of registering The BCRF in all 50 states.

The Lauders belong to the powerful Estee Lauder cosmetic dynasty and are committed to supporting major breakthroughs in breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment advancements and survivorship.

This year, BCRF awarded $63 million in grants to support the work of nearly 300 scientists at leading medical and academic institutions across 14 countries, making BCRF the largest private funder of breast cancer research worldwide. (For details: www.cancer.org/research/currently-funded-cancer-research/breast-cancer-research-highlights.html).

Along with Tom Ford, designer Carolina Herrera, is among the loyals in the fashion industry committed to this cause.

Thomas Carlyle Ford is revamping the Betsy and Alfred Bloomingdale estate, a hot $38.75 million property which he took over in December 2016. Anticipated by cognoscenti as a much talked about and photographed showplace.

A Texan who grew up in Santa Fe and attended design schools, Tom’s designing success in the international arena is unparalleled. His contemporary chic collections for women and men are impressively wearable.

“Every season, Ford creates an ‘It’ piece, a must-have, a season-defining trend, photographed to death, knocked off ad nauseam,” assessed Amy Larocca in New York Magazine.

Tom describes his customer “as international, cultured, well-traveled, and possession of a disposable income. Strong women, intelligent women who know their own style.”

Michelle Obama wore his floor-length ivory silk evening gown to Buckingham Palace in 2011. He’s dressed Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Gwyneth Paltrow, created Daniel Craig’s suits for the last three James Bond films: Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, and Spectre.

Is it true that the forthcoming James Bond film will star Scarlett Johanson as 007?

Not one to shy away from controversy, Tom is famous for his ad campaigns featuring nudity, both men and women (frontal, as well).

In our world, they are works of art.

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