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By: Constance White, OZY.com

Tom Ford is more than a designer. Tom Ford is a freaking creative enigma with a penchant for shaking up the status quo in unexpected ways. Today, he receives the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award — at age 52.

And why? He packs a punch. Last week, he pretty much declared a whole category of media obsolete with his quote about Rihanna (who is the CFDA’s 2014 Fashion Icon). “Customers don’t care anymore about reviews or hard-copy publications,” Ford reportedly told Style.com’s Tim Blanks. “They care about what picture Rihanna just Instagrammed.”

Ouch.

Then there was the casual revelation, a little over a month ago, that he and longtime partner Richard Buckley (a hard-copy journalist, irony or honesty abound) had quietly wed.

Tom Ford and Richard Buckley, both in tuxedos, seated at a table filled with glasses.

SOURCE: LARRY BUSACCA/GETTY

Designer Tom Ford (L) and Richard Buckley attend the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party viewing dinner hosted by Graydon Carter on March 2, 2014, in West Hollywood, California.
Read more: Tom Ford + the Greatest Gucci Runway Show | Performance | OZY

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