DIVINE DESIGN TO PRESENT AWARD TO GUCCI’S FORD

LOS ANGELES — Gucci’s Tom Ford will pick up yet another honor when Divine Design recognizes the designer’s humanitarian and fashion contributions at a gala here next month.
Ford, who is already slated to receive next year’s Aids Project Los Angeles award, will be one of several honorees at Divine Design’s Dec. 8 dinner.
In addition to Ford, Herb Ritts will be honored for fashion and fine art photography, MAC co-founder Frank Toskan for cosmetic and makeup artistry, Sally Sirkin Lewis for interior design and Kenneth Cole for corporate humanitarianism. Past honorees have included Donna Karan, Richard Tyler, Todd Oldham, Pratesi, Elsa Klensch and Elsa Peretti.
Divine Design is a six-day interior design and fashion event running from Dec. 5 to 10 at the Pacific Design Center. The event, in its fourth year, raises funds for the Project Angel Food and DIFFA/Los Angeles AIDS charities. It resembles Seventh on Sale, with interior design vignettes and an 80,000-square-foot marketplace, which will feature discounted home furnishings and fashions from designers such as Karan and Calvin Klein. Tyler, who lives here, has donated $250,000 worth of merchandise.
New this year is the Slightly Used Boutique. Fifty celebrities — including Liz Taylor, Sharon Stone, Nancy Reagan, Betsy Bloomingdale, Bette Midler, Liza Minnelli, Barbara Davis, Teri Hatcher and Claudia Cohen — have donated couture pieces from designers Ungaro, Halston, Yves St. Laurent, Gucci, Scaasi, Valentino, Dior, Gaultier, Mugler, Chloe, Giorgio Armani and Claude Montana.

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