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FORD MAKES THE LIST: Even seven years after leaving Gucci, the fashion industry still watches Tom Ford’s every move. When he launched his women’s wear line last year, it was the most talked about fashion event of the year. And his much-lauded directorial debut “A Single Man” doesn’t hurt, either. The buzz about Ford continues this week, as insiders gossip about whether he’ll take over at Dior.
Time magazine has taken notice and, for the first time, placed Ford on its Time 100 list. “Tom has manners that are rare these days,” said Rita Wilson, in her piece about Ford. “Handwritten notes are common for the man who wore a three-piece suit every day while directing his visionary first film, ‘A Single Man.’” Ford is the only fashion industry player to make this year’s list; Marc Jacobs and Liya Kebede were on the list last year.
From the media world, Arianna Huffington and Joe Scarborough cracked the Time 100. “Joe’s approach to politics is the same as mine: call ’em like you see ’em, and even if people don’t agree with you on every issue — and they won’t — they will respect you for being honest,” wrote Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Huffington made the list, in part, for “perfecting the art of online aggregation.” “Some of the news organizations that the site links to have suggested she’s hosting a party using their best china,” said Belinda Luscombe. “And one of HuffPo’s contributors has filed a class action against the Web site and AOL, claiming some proceeds of the sale. Still, one sure sign of influence is that somebody wants to bring you down.”
The Time 100 list is online today and the issue hits newsstands Friday.
— AMY WICKS