Top 40 Event Designers 2017: Thomas Ford

The Los Angeles-based Ford shares his design philosophy.

April 25, 2017, 4:47 AM EDT

Thomas Ford

Photo: Courtesy of Tom Ford Designs

Although his name is the same as a famous figure in another category—fashion—this Tom Ford of Tom Ford Designs is known for his haute design work in the event realm. The Los Angeles-based designer’s most highly visible annual event is the Golden Globes party for the fashion magazine InStyle and co-host Warner Brothers; it’s an event he’s designed since 2002. His signature look is sumptuous and rich, with vibrant colors and rich textures. Other big-name entertainment and lifestyle clients include Louis Vuitton, Disney, Fox, Victoria’s Secret, and Red Bull.

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