Richard Buckley dead: Tom Ford mourns his late husband

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Los Angeles Times 21 September, 2021 - 01:42pm 46 views

How did Richard Buckley die?

Richard passed away peacefully at their home in Los Angeles Sunday night with Tom and their son Jack by his side,” a Ford representative said in a statement. The fashion journalist died of natural causes after a prolonged illness. Los Angeles TimesRichard Buckley dead: Tom Ford mourns his late husband

“It is with great sadness that Tom Ford announces the death of his beloved husband of 35 years, Richard Buckley. Richard passed away peacefully at their home in Los Angeles Sunday night with Tom and their son Jack by his side,” a Ford representative said in a statement.

The fashion journalist died of natural causes after a prolonged illness.

Ford, 60, met Buckley, the former editor in chief of Vogue Hommes International, in an elevator at a fashion show in 1986, when the native Texan was 25 and the New Yorker was 38.

Before being named to head up Vogue Hommes in 1999, Buckley did stints at Women’s Wear Daily, Vanity Fair and Mirabella after getting his start at New York magazine in 1979.

Ford added, “By the time that elevator landed on the ground floor I thought, ‘You’re the one.’ That’s it. Click. Sold. It was literally love at first sight.”

Buckley and family had moved to Los Angeles in recent years, after Ford bought the estate of the late socialite Betsy Bloomingdale in 2016, though they reportedly kept their London residence as well.

First thing on a recent Monday morning and Tom Ford looked more impeccably put-together than just about anyone else on their most glamorous Saturday night out.

The designer said in April 2014 that he and Buckley had gotten married in the U.S. Fourteen months later, a Supreme Court ruling would make same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states.

“Tom has seen me through so much, from throat cancer to my brother and mother dying 48 hours apart, to more bouts of pneumonia than I can count,” Buckley told the New York Times in 2019, noting that Ford had sewn him turtleneck wool dickeys with keyhole slits for his tracheotomy tube and a black silk scarf with slits to wear at formal events.

Ford wrote about their relationship in an essay for the “Love Issue” of Out magazine in 2011.

“One of the things that always amuses me — ‘amuses’ isn’t even the right word, because it doesn’t amuse me — but often,” Ford said in the essay, “I’m at dinner parties with very close friends, straight, and they realize that Richard and I have been together 24 years, and the response is often, ‘Wow, you guys have been together 24 years! That’s so amazing. I don’t think of gay men being together that long.’ And I’m, like, ‘Why? What are you talking about?’ Some of the longest relationships I know of are same-sex couples.”

He added, “Richard and I are bound together, and I think that’s what that recognition is when you look someone in the eyes and you feel like you’ve known them forever. It is a kind of coming home.”

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By Tuesday morning, people from the fashion industry and those with ties to Los Angeles had shared personal stories about Buckley and their condolences on social media. Friends of Buckley described him as a man known for his curiosity, kindness, wit and style.

In his condolences on Instagram, Cameron Silver, owner of vintage store Decades on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, wrote about how he met Buckley in 1997 shortly after Decades opened.

“He purchased a neon and black swirl ’60s dress on eyelash fabric,” Silver wrote. “Richard asked me lots of questions and was generally keen about why I had opened a vintage clothing store. ⁣Within a few days, Tom Ford had popped in and then Lisa Eisner. All explained that Richard had told them about this new vintage store on Melrose Avenue and the youngish guy who had opened it. ⁣Over the next few years, when I flew to Paris to shop for vintage or go to the flea markets, Richard would often accompany me.”

Silver went on to mention Buckley’s inquisitive nature and his spot-on design tastes. “I remember asking Richard about the furniture of Jacques Adnet and a desk I’d seen as I was naive to the value of the design,” he wrote. “Richard said, ‘Buy it’ and the desk now resides in the upstairs dressing room at Decades.”

Designer Rachel Zoe posted her condolences as well on Instagram, including a photo of Ford kissing Buckley’s cheek.

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“We have lost such a beautiful and special soul, a gentleman of the greatest kind, Richard Buckley,” Zoe wrote. “To know him was an honor, to have had deep meaningful conversations with Richard was a gift I will hold tight forever. He was brilliant, witty, unapologetically honest and so very elegant. What was most extraordinary about Richard was his true love and dedication to Tom and as a father to his son Jack. I will miss you so very much Richard. May you Rest In Peace and with the angels friend”

Costume designer Arianne Phillips, who worked with Ford on his two feature films, “A Single Man” (2009), his directorial debut, and “Nocturnal Animals” (2016), posted a short message on Instagram, including the photo of Ford kissing Buckley: “a love like this rest easy beautiful elegant friend #RichardBuckley

In an Instagram post, designer Zac Posen described Buckley as a class actin the old school way. He had a keen eye, an excellent sense of humor, and was whip smart.

“He was the most loving and supportive partner to Tom,” Posen wrote. “It was such a beautiful thing to witness. I always felt a huge sense of relief over the past 20 years when I would see Richard and Tom. He loved and appreciated real glamour, style and class. He always checked in with me about my career, life and, of course, who I was going to be dressing for the Oscars. His honesty, perspective and care was a real rarity. I will miss Richard a lot. My deepest condolences to Tom and family.”

Glynis Costin, West Coast bureau chief of Instyle magazine, shared her memories of Buckley on Instagram along with a photo from the early ’90s of herself, Ford and Buckley in Milan, Italy.

“I am devastated that the world has lost the wonderful Richard Buckley,” she wrote. “He was a gentleman and a scholar with a quick wit and wry sense of humor. He was a kind and loyal friend and a great all-around human. I cherish our friendship of more than 30 years and my heart goes out to Tom and Jack. Richard, we know your [mischievous] blue eyes are still twinkling somewhere and your spirit will be with us always.”

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Stella McCartney Leads Tributes as Fashion Industry Mourns Tom Ford's Late Husband Richard Buckley

PEOPLE 21 September, 2021 - 11:40am

McCartney, the godmother to Buckley and Ford's son Alexander John "Jack" Buckley Ford, 8, posted a selfie with Buckley along with a touching tribute honoring his memory. "To my dear friend Tom and my beautiful godson Jack… It is with the deepest sadness that I speak of the stunning Richard's passing. What a gentle man; grace and charm filled the room when he was in it," McCartney, 50, wrote.

"His intellect and passion for knowledge always blew me away, and the sparkle in his eyes dove so deep into your heart each time you were blessed enough to feel it. To call Richard a dear and beloved friend is a privilege, and to know the huge hole left in your lives fills me with deep, deep sadness," the designer and daughter of Linda and Paul McCartney continued. "He was so loved, so respected and so madly and passionately dedicated to you, Tom and Jack, that his life was fully complete."

Supermodel Helena Christensen commented on the Instagram post, "He was such a beautiful spirit ♥️." Naomi Watts added: "Such a loss. Sending love ❤️."

According to a statement from Ford's representatives, Buckley, the fashion designer's partner of over three decades, "passed away peacefully at their home in Los Angeles with Tom and their son Jack by his side." He was 72.

"Patrick McCarthy, my best friend, introduced me to Richard. Well, he was one of the most handsome men I'd ever seen, with those blue eyes that could launch oceans of desire. So I, thinking myself quite amusing, said: 'listen Hedda if you ever get any scoops I should I have had I'll scratch your eyes out.' It terrified Richard, Patrick told me, and I spent the rest of our parallel working lives, night after night, trying to make up for my bad joke," he continued.

One of Norwich's fondest memories with Buckley was when they stood outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art to "get the scoop" on the wedding party of Mercedes and investor Sid Bass in 1988.

"So on a cold night Richard, Bill Cunningham and I stood outside the back of the Met with our noses literally pressed against the glass," he said. "I brought tea sandwiches from @williampollny which Bill wouldn't eat. We got our stories. We kept our jobs. Oh, beautiful Richard Rest In Peace and Power. And heartfelt condolences to Tom and Jack and your closest family and friends. #richardbuckley."

Fern Mallis, the creator of New York Fashion Week, commented on Norwich's post. "So hard to process this… yet another loss of a truly special soul. I met Richard when he was at NY Magazine and have adored him ever since… and yes those piercing blue eyes. He and Tom had a love affair for the ages. This is so sad, and sending condolences and love to Tom and Jack. RIP Richard. 🙏🏼💔"

Suzy Menkes, former editor of Vogue International shared what she will miss the most about Buckley.

"Dearest Richard, I shall miss your sparky - but thoughtful - letters. I shall miss your dry wit. And you," Menkes wrote on Instagram.

Hairstylist Frederic Fekkai called Buckley "sensational" as he remembered the influence the editor had on his namesake haircare brand.

"When you've been in this business as long I have and you've sold and bought back your namesake brand three times you really find out who your true friends are," Fekkai wrote on Instagram. "I first met Richard as an editor and he was always generous with brilliant advice and staunchly supportive of @fekkai. He IS the reason we brought back the Apple Cider shampoo. In one of his last emails to me he wrote: 'I still search high and low for your Apple Cider Shampoo. You were the one who told me it was good for my hair and I remain true. I stockpile! I am going to die and they will find bottles and bottles of Fekkai shampoo.' I continue to heed your advice and will miss you dearly, my friend. R.I.P."

Trey Laird, founder and Chief Creative Officer of fashion-focused ad agency Laird+Partners, remembered the kindness he felt from Buckley. "Richard was super welcoming & kind & warm to this young Texan - and he always remained that way to me for the decades that followed every time I saw him," Laird said in an Instagram post.

Buckley enjoyed a career in fashion journalism that began at New York Magazine in 1979. He went on to publications that included Women's Wear Daily and Vanity Fair. He also became the European editor of Mirabella magazine, contributing editor at Italian Vogue, and later the editor-in-chief of Vogue Hommes International.

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Richard Buckley, Tom Ford's husband and fashion editor, dead at 72

Fox News 21 September, 2021 - 10:30am

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Richard Buckley, longtime fashion editor and the husband of designer Tom Ford, has died, Fox News can confirm. He was 72 years old.

"It is with great sadness that Tom Ford announces the death of his beloved husband of 35 years, Richard Buckley," Ford’s reps said in a statement to Fox News. 

"Richard passed away peacefully at their home in Los Angeles last night [Sunday] with Tom and their son Jack by his side. He died of natural causes after a long illness," the statement continued. 

Ford, 60, met Buckley in 1986 at a fashion show and the two married in 2014. They welcomed their son, Alexander John "Jack" Buckley Ford, in September 2012 via surrogate. 

The "Nocturnal Animals" director told People magazine back in 2016 that it was "literally love at first sight" when he saw Buckley. "Our eyes locked and within a month we were living together. We have been together ever since," he recalled. 

Buckley was best known for being the editor-in-chief of Vogue Hommes International. He also helmed Mirabella magazine and was a contributing editor at Italian Vogue.

He was born in New York but grew up in France and Germany. He also lived in England and Italy. 

The fashion world reacted to Buckley's death on social in a number of emotional tributes. Fashion designer Stella McCartney wrote in an Instagram post on Tuesday.

"What a gentle man; grace and charm filled the room when he was in it," she said. "He was so loved, so respected and so madly and passionately dedicated to you, Tom and Jack, that his life was fully complete."

In the comments section actress Naomi Watts and supermodel Helena Christensen sent their love to Buckley's family. 

"Such a loss. Sending love," Watts wrote.

"He was such a beautiful spirit," said Christensen.

Fashion stylist/designer Rachel Zoe penned, "We have lost such a beautiful and special soul, a gentleman of the greatest kind, Richard Buckley. To know him was an honor, to have had deep meaningful conversations with Richard was a gift I will hold tight forever. He was brilliant, witty and unapologetically honest, but most extraordinary was his true love and dedication to Tom and his son Jack. I will miss you so very much Richard. May you Rest In Peace and with the angels friend."

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Editor Richard Buckley Dies at 72

The Business of Fashion 20 September, 2021 - 11:25pm

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The writer, editor and husband to designer Tom Ford died from “natural causes after a prolonged illness” on Sunday, according to a representative for Ford. “It is with great sadness that Tom Ford announces the death of his beloved husband of 35 years, Richard Buckley,” said the brand in a statement. “Richard passed away peacefully at their home in Los Angeles last night with Tom and their son Jack by his side.” Buckley underwent surgery for throat cancer in 1989.

Buckley and Ford met at a fashion show in 1986, when Buckley was an editor for Women’s Wear Daily, and were together for 35 years, marrying in 2014. They share a son, Alexander John Buckley Ford, who was born in 2012.

Buckley started his career at New York Magazine and later worked for Fairchild publications in Paris and New York, as well as Vanity Fair while based in New York and Mirabella and Vogue Italia while based in Milan. In 1999 he was named editor in chief of Vogue Hommes, based in Paris, a position he held until 2005.

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